REVIEW: High Spirits, Manchester 27/02/17

It was a dark, cold and windy Monday night, even for Manchester. The last place then that you would expect to find the intensely bright light of Chicago’s High Spirits shining, but Retro Bar was next on their post-Brofest mini tour of the UK and I couldn’t wait to get inside and feel the power(and the warmth). This was the first time that the band had ever played in Manchester, and it was certainly going to be one of the rarer opportunities to see them in such an intimate environment, shared...
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REVIEW: Onslaught @ The Live Rooms, Chester 16/11/16

The Live Rooms have been on a mission to bring great Heavy Metal to Chester over the last twelve months, and although the city’s large alternative crowd seem to magically disappear every time somebody not from the Nu Metal/Pop Punk era is booked the venue have continued on with their quest. That leads us to now and the arrival of Thrash titans Onslaught. We’ve seen them play to giant crowds at various festivals over the years so we were relishing the chance to be able to...
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REVIEW: Winterfylleth & Cradle of Filth @ The Live Rooms, Chester 12/03/2016

Tickets for this show had been selling like hot cakes since it was first announced, but as it crept ever closer and was announced as a sell out show the anticipation for a great night built to fever point. Chester and it's surrounding areas' alternative crowds were all headed for The Live Rooms, and a huge booking for the venue in Cradle of Filth fresh from their headline slot at Hammerfest. Scattered amongst the crowd were...
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REVIEW: Enforcer @The Live Rooms, Chester 12/10/15

I’ve travelled all over for gigs in my time. From North Wales to North France, from Stoke to Amsterdam, and I’d do it all again. However I can’t explain the joy held in my heart when I found out that Enforcer had been announced to play a stones throw away from my house in leafy Chester on their co-headline tour with Wolf. The Live Rooms was the venue, and fellow Swedes Dynamite were supporting who I’d heard some great things about, alongside some local talent to boot. After...
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REVIEW: Blind Guardian @ Nosturi, Finland 02/06/2015

After not being able to attend the show Blind Guardian performed in London for various reasons, being given the opportunity to see them in Helsinki whilst I was in Finland was too good to turn down. I turned up to the venue Nosturi to find easily the most metal venue I've ever been to being situated right on the water's edge in Helsinki's docklands and surrounded by giant cranes, and as I headed in I arrived to discover that they had no support band warming up for them. Instead...
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REVIEW: Sonata Arctica, Freedom Call @ o2 Academy Islington, London 01/05/2015

It isn’t often that I make the trip down to our cesspit of a capital city. Very rarely so just for one gig, and even then it has to be something special. To see Ecliptica performed in full however I would have chewed both of my legs off and crawled through the streets of London spouting Tory propaganda all the way to the o2 Academy in Islington. It was my first time here and what a queue there was upon my arrival, snaking through...
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REVIEW: Ascension, Bölzer, Destroyer 666, Vassafor & Dysangelium @ The Dome, Tufnell Park, London 22/02/15

“It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”
Venturing from the countryside to London in search of Sin & Dread and finding it is certainly no problem with the now constantly great bookings by London’s Isengard promotions and tonight was no exception...
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VOTA REVIEW: Moonsorrow, Northern Oak @ Fibbers, York 21/02/2015

Hail! For the last few years now some smart individuals have been booking pagan metal bands to coincide with the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, which also lands pretty close to my Name Day. Myself and the D&L team went up a few years ago to see a much younger and inexperienced TYR and had a bloody good weekend, hence why I jumped at the chance to see Moonsorrow at a similar one off show, so me and the mrs...
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REVIEW - Primordial, Winterfylleth, Malthusian @ Sound Control, Manchester 06/02/2015

There are very few pleasures on offer in Manchester on a brisk Friday night and as the cold wind blows down Oxford Road it seems like an endless walk thanks to my favourite city centre parking spot being kiboshed by the local council. Sound Control is quickly becoming the hub for most of the quality shows passing through Manchester and this was certainly no exception...
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REVIEW: Vemod, Hetroertzen, Cult of Fire, Sortilegia @ Magasin 4, Brussels, 06/12/2014

A Thousand Lost Civilisations have gained a thoroughly well deserved reputation for curating some of the best lineups in the world when it comes to underground Black & Death Metal, and with a quick glance at this bill it was no wonder why. After the mundane chores of low-cost flying we arrived in Brussels for a few well deserved beers before heading to Magasin 4; a disused warehouse in an industrial area of the Belgian...
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH-MAR '17

Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, they’re finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!



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GIG OF THE MONTH - MAR '17

Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales  

One of our main highlights of the year, this month we’re off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRH’s Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. We’ll be covering the whole festival and conducting interviews as well so lookout for the cameras!