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Live Review: Napalm Death • Dropdead • Siberian Meat Grinder • Escuela Grind – Manchester Academy

After a stint that took in shows all around the continent, Napalm Death retuned to the UK on the last leg of their European Campaign For Musical Destruction tour with an absolutely stellar supporting line-up in Dropdead, Siberian Meat Grinder and Escue …

Kayo Dot • Maud the moth – Signature Brew, London

Kayo Dot triumph as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their daring, influential debut album, Choirs of the Eye’.

Igorrr • Amenra • Der Weg einer Freiheit • Hangman’s Chair

A four-band touring juggernaut entered London. Is this the shape of tours to come?

Martha – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

Martha are a splendid conundrum: both special and ordinary, and somehow special because they are ordinary; but mostly they’re a life affirming shot of pop.

Rolo Tomassi, Holy Fawn, Heriot – Electric Ballroom, Camden

As the quintet navigate through their maze-like mathy, progressive rock/metal melange, one could visibly see the joy ping-ponging between the band and their appreciative, entranced audience.

Revocation, Goatwhore, Alluvial, Creeping Death – The Dome, London

Everything about Revocation is delivered with a phenomenal precision and passion, which – especially with such a strong tour package behind them – places them amongst the finest names in progressive and technical death metal.  

Heilung, Eivør, Lili Refrain – Barrowland, Glasgow

Every so often, a line-up crops up that just feels right. One where everyone on the bill has some sense of commonality that goes beyond a similarity in sound and into the realms of the existential, where the same sense of purpose and soul can be felt in every performer. This is one of those nights.

Ana Moura – Café de la Danse, Paris

From vulnerable to seductive within the span of a single note, Ana Moura’s voice swept feet and cracked hearts for an intense hour of Portuguese fado drama.

Laibach – Cabaret Sauvage, Paris

Laibach’s crusade will honour no boundaries or borders and will subvert and repurpose any cultural artefact to further their agenda of musical totalitarianism.

Dropkick Murphys – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

It may only be January, but a contender for gig of the year has been thrown down. . .

Brutus – Patterns, Brighton

The sheer expanse and accomplished nature of Brutus’ sound is truly extraordinary to experience.

Ho99o9 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

With their phenomenal latest album SKIN, Ho99o9 continue to prove that they are one of the most exciting, vibrant and forward-thinking bands out there at the moment, so the chance to see them tear it up in a live setting was a tantalising prospect. Hav …

Objections – Muthers Studio, Birmingham

Still something of an unknown quantity Objections prove themselves worthy headliners.

Test Dept – The Piper, St Leonards, East Sussex

This was one of the most intense, important, relevant multimedia performance art installations you will ever see. The musicians as both aural creators and canvas for a stream of projections. Visual art, sonic sculptures, nuanced intelligent interrogations of neoliberal capitalism and its baleful effects. An alarm call for a soporific society. A destruction of the Ideological State Apparatus.

Last call for AMFest Barcelona

A mere half-week remains before Barcelona is to host the triumphant return of the sweet, heavy and blissful sounds of AMFest.

Emma Ruth Rundle and Jo Quail – Stoller Hall, Manchester.

Seeing these two musicians in such a venue was, in short, a wonderful experience. The crowd were respectful and totally absorbed by the music. Both acts were faultless, despite them both playing different sets in a very different setting than they are probably used to. It was intimate, very personal and a pleasure to be able to spend a few hours enjoying the music.




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