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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.

LENMANIA

A reluctant icon returns.

Perturbator • ]HYPNO5E[ • Sleep Token

The epitome of what a fun gig can be. . .

Hookworms – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

If tonight was anything to go by, Hookworms are back and ready to ascend to even greater heights than before.

Robert Plant – Colston Hall, Bristol

Let’s remain grateful that he is still, at 69 years of age, recording and touring an admirably challenging catalogue of genre busting material with grace, humour and panache.

Fireball Tour – O2 Academy, Liverpool

I know the whole ska-punk scene is Marmite to a lot of people; but if you are on the side of loving it, then Reel Big Fish are a top live band; and behind the humour, they are a group of really talented musicians, as the brass section solos proved.

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings – Afterglow Live

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings brought their unique brand of post-apocalyptic folk to the Globe and a pub, in Cardiff. . .

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