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A reluctant icon returns.

Leprous • Agent Fresco • Alithia • Astrosaur – The Dome, London

As close to a perfect night of live progressive music as you’ll probably find. . .

Abhorrent Decimation – Manchester

Headliners Abhorrent Decimation seem to have gone from strength to strength. . . The new line up, crammed into the small Star & Garter stage power through a brutal set that gives an extra edge to the new material.

Black Moth • The Pearl Harts – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Get ready everyone, Black Moth are back! Stocked up with riffs of massive raise-the-horns destruction. . . With the imminent release of their upcoming Anatomical Venus album they showcase an exciting new heavier sound for their ‘Moonbow’ single release at London’s Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen.

Make Them Suffer, Novelists and Cursed Earth – Rebellion, Manchester

Weeping Wastelands’ is a blackened masterpiece that demonstrates the sheer ferocity of Sean Harmanis’ vocals. . . this is a stunning band, very much in top form. . .

Vulture Industries • code • Talanas – The Boston Music Rooms, London

Vulture Industries are a fucking incredible live band, and seeing them live without any expectations is an experience in of itself… Even with this, my third time seeing them live, it’s no less surreal.

Life Of Agony, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Blood Runs Deep – Manchester

A great band on great form on a night that just didn’t seem long enough.

ArcTanGent Festival 2017

It’s somewhat difficult to sum up three days packed with music, of course, everyone has different highlights and what’s probably more important, new and interesting bands to explore. The only downside being that it is impossible to see everything!

Mutation – Deaf Institute, Manchester

All their albums make for difficult and interesting listening, but live this is a serious force. One that fulfils every promise that that uneasy listening promises, and then some. Be very careful and suitably prepared before stepping into Mutation’s world.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot and Wormwitch – The Opera House, Toronto

Sometimes I forget that I like death metal, but it’s nights like this one – the night you’re currently reading about – that remind me why I love death metal.

Tycho and Maiole – Estragon, Bologna

To see Tycho live is not just a way to witness a perfectly programmed and performed set: it is also an occasion to give new meaning to the songs, and experience the perfect immersive atmosphere in which to fully understand and enjoy them.


Focus, TFATD, Carl Palmer. . . Here’s our rundown of the bands appearing on the Saturday at HRH Prog VI in Pwllheli.


Here’s a rundown of the array of talent playing HRH Prog VI this Friday: Uriah Heep, The Von Hertzen Brothers, Caravan, Hawklords, Heather Findlay, Edgar Broughton and more!

Akercocke – Underworld, London

Bag-obscured face, blank stony glare: a relaxed, suited everyman. Tall-ceilinged, oppressive room. Human, seated, watches the reaper beckon the faceless bagman’s reflection which waves. The monkey is out of the cage, and immortalized in stone. Akercocke’s songs reflect these unsettling juxtapositions. . .

Melvins • Redd Kross – Manchester

a completely dismantled and Melvin-ised take on the Beatles classic ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, with all its usual melody and catchiness replaced by slow lumbering riffs that gave the song a whole new life.

Voivod • Necrophagia – The Underworld, Camden

It’s instantly apparent that Voivod have the crowd in the palm of their hand – any well-deserved break taken between songs descends into a packed crowd chanting their name. . .


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