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Textures • Exivious • Extremities – The Underworld, Camden

I don’t think it’s possible for Textures to play a bad show, seemingly existing on a scale from great to absolutely incredible.

And So I Watch You From Afar – Manchester Academy 2

And So I Watch You From Afar are a band growing in confidence, they have honed their craft and mixed an excellent set including both older tracks and tracks from their most recent release and finding the right balance between them.

Moon Duo – Hare & Hounds

It takes them about 10 maybe 15 minutes to achieve lift off tonight and from there it’s a fairly steady ascent into the stars. Swaying here and there from motorik grind to floatingly gorgeous melody they slowly turn up the intensity.


A suitably epic review of the UK’s biggest residential Prog gathering: Krankschaft, Hawklords and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy are just three of the highlights in a weekend full of musical delights. Dive in…

Deer Tick – Islington Assembly Hall

. . . the soft strains of ‘Christ Jesus’ float over us. It’s a powerful song with a striking riff made for an encore. I find myself mesmerized like no other time during the evening. . .

Dylan Carlson and Meltaot in Elektrick Lycanthrope – Cafe Oto, London

A brilliant combination of two performances channelling earthy, secret powers of transformation . . . in an event entitled ‘Elektrick Lycanthrope’ at Café Oto.

Black Country Communion – Eventim Apollo, London

Black Country Communion return for a triumphant display of classy, epic classic rock.

Orange Goblin • Karma To Burn • Black Moth • Riddles – Electric Ballroom, London

Orange Goblin and friends deliver generous amounts of top quality rock riffage to the festive shindig at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Wolves in the Throne Room • Aluk Todolo – Heaven, London

WITTR regain their crown as black metal visionaries.

Sikth • Devil Sold His Soul • Press To Meco – Manchester Academy

Genuinely one of the most unique and talented rock bands this country has produced, it’s a pleasure to see them back and on such good form.

Igorrr • Hieroglyph – O2 Academy, Islington

Simply put, Igorrr is one of the most unique acts in metal (and about 87 other different genres) today, and a live experience that, while bruising and slightly mind-melting, I can’t recommend highly enough.

Cradle of Filth – Manchester

They have one of the most consistently strong back catalogues in the scene today, and a show which backs that up and more.

Boy Azooga – Cardiff

Boy Azooga have this innate ability to strip everything back and play around with the bare bones of a song before generating an energy that is unparalleled . . . the chemistry and understanding they share when playing together is a joy to witness.

Vampillia • VMO • Ruins Alone

Despite touring with incredible artists . . . and having had albums out on code666, Important and Candlelight Records, Vampillia continue to allude most ears, it seems. If this is you, finish this review and then get hunting some streams online. . . The band were simply staggeringly good.

Kerrang! Tour 2017 – The Ritz, Manchester

From The Amity Affliction’s opening scream of “I bring the weather with me,” the tone is set for the rest of the show – I’m not sure if there was a chorus that didn’t get screamed back at them, often louder than they could manage.


A reluctant icon returns.


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