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Emperor Livestream – A Night of Emperial Wrath

For those fans down on the ground in Telemark… damn, what an experience it must have been.  For those others like me, tuning in from the comfort of home, it… provided yet further insight into the timeless complexity and grandiosity of their classic recordings, and demonstrated that – thirty years down the line – Emperor remain as unique and relevant as ever. 

Napalm Death • Eyehategod • Misery Index • Rotten Sound • Bat – Classic Grand, Glasgow

It’s a ragged rendition of Sonic Youth’s ‘White Kross’ that puts the perfect rusty nail in the night’s coffin . . . a weird and wonderful conclusion to a night of utter sonic devastation.

Sabaton – SSE Arena, Wembley

Sabaton didn’t just rise to challenge of playing Wembley Arena, they smashed right through it and proved why they should be taken seriously as one this generation’s biggest metal headline acts.

Michael – Muther’s, Birmingham

There’s a similar playfulness in reworking rock moves as Pigsx7; but if Pigs dig in to a particular groove and ride it, Michael are more erratic – like Pigs’ weird and intense brother who doesn’t go out much. Imagine that.

The Wildhearts • Backyard Babies • CKY – O2 Forum, Kentish Town

Judging by the array of fans of all ages in the crowd tonight, The Wildhearts once again prove themselves to be the rock band of their generation and of many more to come.

3TEETH • PIG – Heaven, London

In a magisterial feat of heaviness, 3TEETH play a finale triptych of ‘Time Slave’ (like a long-lost and souped-up Fear Factory outtake from Demanufacture), ‘Tabula Umbra’ (like being trampled by a T-1000) and ‘Master of Decay’ (like a direct hit from the Death Star).

The Well • 1968 • Ritual King – The Black Heart, Camden

Texas rockers The Well head a supporting cast of quality British bands for a Friday night shindig at Camden’s Black Heart.

Insomnium – Islington Assembly Hall

Through a combination of excellent musicianship and professionalism, Insomnium gave us a chance to fully experience their signature sound with a real precision performance.

Beth Hart – Eventim Apollo

The modern-day Queen of the Blues, Beth Hart, puts on an incredible emotional roller-coaster of a show at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Wire – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Wire rarely give you quite what you expect and yet the one thing I really never anticipated was for them to make me emotional.

Twin Temple • The Violent Hearts – The Jazz Café, Camden

What they lack in originality, Twin Temple transcend magnificently in pure quality, enthusiasm and an irresistible sense of joyous magnetism, worthy of the Great Horned One herself.

Abbath •1349 • Vltimas – Islington Assembly Hall

The master of disaster has re-entered his kingdom in the mountain of black, and his recent struggles will hopefully feature as nothing more than a blip in a career of unending grimness. Abbath continues to rise as only the true black metal badger-king can. . .

Monster Magnet – O2 Forum, Kentish Town

Celebrating their iconic Power Trip album, Monster Magnet return triumphant!

Petrol Girls – The Oslo, London

Petrol Girls loud ‘n’ clear righteous causes are soundtracked and delivered live by quite possibly the best Post-Hardcore Punk band around at the moment.

HRH PROG VIII – SHEFFIELD, DAY 2

Day 2 of Sheffield’s HRH Prog festival saw great turns from Canterbury legends Soft Machine and Caravan, amongst others.

Boris – Classic Grand, Glasgow

If anything really defines Boris’ appeal tonight it’s the double-whammy of ‘Coma’ and ‘LOVE’, two nebulous, droning titans . . . These are where Wata is given her chance to flex her muscles to the utmost, layering distortion and squealing semi-melodies and then ramping up each of them until the room becomes nothing but a fog of sound and dry ice.

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