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Sunn O))) at Barbican Centre, London

Owen Coggins saw Sunn O))) at the Barbican Centre in London. “Without being an intrusive idiot and glaring at people in a weird state, just a glance will suffice: people look utterly drained, almost sorrowful, introspective in massive extension of sound, broken down, blissed out, blown out, checked out but intensely inhabiting themselves, haunted, humble, stunned.”

Shovels & Rope, Matthew Logan Vasquez

Shovels & Rope, Matthew Logan Vasquez Islington Assembly Hall, London, 6.02.2017 Photos by Magda Wrzeszcz

Duke Garwood – Manchester Deaf Institute, 12/02/2017

A great set from the person I came to see, and eyes opened up to those who I hadn’t. Nights out are rarely so complete.

Duke Garwood, Kreol Lovecall and Nev Cottee

Duke Garwood with Kreol Lovecall and Nev Cottee The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 12.02.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare and Snow Burial

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare and Snow Burial The Unicorn, London, 17.01.2017 Photos by Angelique Le Marchand

Movements in Modular at National Sawdust

No longer do New Yorkers need to head to fringe electronic music festivals to see someone tinkering with a modular creation – now, it’s right in our backyard.

We Are Evil: Baba Yaga’s Hut Continues to Blow My Fucking Mind (Evil Blizzard, The Fierce & The Dead & Taman Shud)

Someone’s gotta be the bad guy and with Bad Guys calling it quits and with the world collapsing we probably need Evil Blizzard more than ever right now.

Sabaton, Accept and Twilight Force – Brixton Academy, London

Someone once told Sabaton their music would never be popular in the UK. Someone was very, very wrong.

Sabaton, Accept

Sabaton, Accept O2 Academy Brixton, London, 14.01.2017 Photos by Angelique Le Marchand

MARCH OF THE PIGS: TOUGH TITS, LOWER SLAUGHTER AND PIGS x 7 AT THE LEXINGTON

This will go down as one of my favourite gigs ever and it’s my top contender for performance of the year so far.

Oathbreaker Rule The Underworld

It’s great to see that at a time where millions of people around the world are protesting against sexism, misogyny and inequality within our society, that the underground music scene is once again here to offer us artists who can provide a voice to the voiceless.

Meshuggah & The Haunted – The Forum, London

Meshuggah took to the stage at The Forum in London, joined by fellow Swedish metal heavyweights The Haunted, flaunting the sort of calibre required to give birth to an entire sub-genre of metal, as well as to continue pushing it to its limits.

We Lost The Sea – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

The night gave us three genres so far apart, but with a shared spirit that tied the show together and presented it with passion to an appreciative crowd. The afterglow will last for a few days yet.

Marillion – The Academy, Manchester

Following on from the raving review of Marillion’s new album, Steve Fallows went to see the band live in Manchester. “Easily one of the best live performances I have seen, and even some of the diehard fans I saw on social media in the days afterwards were saying the same thing.”

Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage and Cane Hill – The Academy, Manchester

There is a lot to be admired about Bullet For My Valentine and the fans they have, but I feel that shows like this will do little to win any new fans over to their cause.

Bob Drake with The Nature Centre & Libbertine Vale at The Dark Horse, Moseley

Tonight is surely testament of unrestrained, unseen borders been finally breached.

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