Album Review: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel – Don’t hear it…fear it

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel dont hear it fear it review

When this album landed in my inbox the name and album artwork conjured images of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band but alas it was not to be. I was raised on 60’s and 70’s rock so this better be good! Was I disappointed? Was I fu…!!! 

Now either someone has created a time portal back to the early 70’s or this trio from Hastings really have captured the sound that defined an era in rock. Right from the swirling atmospheric blast of acoustic guitar, electrified effects and the chanting of the intro, to opening track ‘Mark Of The Beast’ you know you are in for something special. The electrified riff kicks in and lays the path to the spacey swirl of rock that surges from the speakers. From the disembodied echo effect, to the gritty vocals, to the fuzzed out guitar sound, fat groovy bass and slick beat 

By | October 31st, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Pentagram Bristol gig date and venue change

Pentagram UK tour doom

Due to Hurricane Sandy I'm sure you're all aware that lots of flights have been cancelled.  The promoter for the Pentagram UK tour Francis Mace has been working extremely hard to move things around and make this still happen.  Due to delays in flights the Bristol date has had to move.  The fact a date is still going ahead in Bristol means we have to give big respect to the promoter and venues involved, for managing to move things around at such short notice. Please find all the info below in regard to the Bristol date change from the promoter.  London, Manchester and Glasgow are still going ahead as normal.

PENTAGRAM UPDATE:

As I'm sure most of you are well aware - Hurricane Sandy has been looming over the East Coast of America for the past 48hrs and has caused a state of emergency to be declared in most major East Coast cities.

By | October 30th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Damnation Festival 2012 preview

Damnation Festival final line up 2012 small

Damnation Festival is next week, and for most people it's payday this weekend. There's still tickets available for just £32, seriously that's a bargain you'd be looking at £15-£20 plus booking fee to see Electric Wizard in London and with this you're getting 23 bands, a free programme and a peaceville CD upon entry!!

Also Damnation have just released their bar prices, check this out:

Available ALL day at the festival - including the after-show party:

Tuborg Can - £2.50

Tetleys Can - £2.50

Vodka & draught mixer - £2.50

Bacardi & draught mixer - £2.50

Double up of house spirits for £1 (Vodka, Bacardi, JD, Bombay Sapphire, Southern Comfort, Malibu, Archers)

Pint draught soft drink £1.50

How many festivals or gigs do you go to where the drinks are that reasonably priced. We managed to pick up a hotel room for £28 so that's £14 each, and return fares from London are as cheap as £11 if you are willing to travel at ungodly o'clock. There's really no excuse not to go, this is a true rarity, a music festival that won't leave you crying all the way to the bank.

We figured for those of you still debating going, or those of you who have already purchased and are not too familiar with all of the bands you might find it useful to have links to all of them in one place. So we've done the hard work for you and gathered a selection of links for all the bands playing.

One slight disclaimer, these are not our videos, we've just embedded them from youtube, if any labels or bands are unhappy with it please get in touch and we'll immediately take down your videos on the news post.

Electric Wizard - Headlining this year's Damnation Festival is the mighty doom legends 

By | October 28th, 2012|Featured Gigs|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Revocation, Cerebral Bore – Concorde 2, Brighton

Dying Fetus Concorde 2 live review Reign SupremeBestowed with an unenviably early time-slot, Cerebral Bore fail to disappoint. It’s been over twenty-four months since “Maniacal Miscreation” was belched into creation and the band have rarely left the road; burning rubber across the globe and tearing thousands of Americans a new one every night on their recent tour. By comparison, a couple of dozen south-coast punters must seem like easy pickings. Som’s monstrous gurgle and growls echo around the cavernous spaces, punctuated by the pounding guitar-work and technical noodlry of Paul McGuire and company during songs such as “The Bald Cadaver“. If ever there was a reason to wolf down your roast, this is it. Just don’t expect to keep it down. Unrelenting and sick as fuck.

American thrash/death whippersnappers Revocation have weathered the tempestuous sea of hype that accompanied their arrival over five years ago, arriving intact with album number three; their sophomore for Relapse. Slowly hollowing out their niche in the scene, they attack

By | October 27th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

Doommantia benefit CD BUY THIS RIGHT NOW

Doommantia Volume 1

The first ever Doommantia.Com Compilation is now available for download for only $7 from BANDCAMP. This compilation was put together to raise money to benefit Ed Barnard of Doommantia.com. He suffered a heart attack and due to huge medical bills, he is now homeless.

Immediate download is a mere $7 (about £4). Seriously that's less than the price of a pint in most places now and all the money is going to a great cause AND you get shit loads of music, 39 tracks, spanning over 4 hours!!!  Bands featured are Blackwolfgoat, At Devil Dirt, Low Gravity, Ichabod, Fister, Undersmile, Compel, Iron Man, Wizard's Beard, Oceans Rainbow, Beelzefuzz, Conan, Lazarus Complex, Spyderbone, Order Of The Owl, Dope Flood, War Injun, Heathen Bastard, Halmos, Kriz, Bongripper, Demonaut, In The Company Of Serpents, Switchblade Jesus, Pale Divine, When The Deadbolt Breaks, Bastards Of 

By | October 24th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Devin Townsend Interview

Devin Townsend Retinal Circus interview

Teatime on a drab summer afternoon in a seaside resort. A figure glides along in a grey hooded top and glasses, with the hood up. Could be a moody teenager, complete with the slight head down posture. Or a tech nerd from one of the office blocks on a break. The truth is closer to the latter, but he is no ordinary tech nerd. This is Devin Townsend. After a break of a few months, he is back in Britain to play Download Festival. A few acoustic shows have been added to keep him busy including one in the club, Bournemouth's Sound Circus, I've been going to since my college days.

Townsend seems tired but he is affable and incredibly candid. Tonight is only the third gig after several months away from the stage. That was not much of a holiday. The Canadian was mixing the results of his four-night celebration of the Devin Townsend Project so far, an album per night live in London last November, recorded for the 

By | October 23rd, 2012|Featured Bands|0 Comments

ALBUM REVIEW: Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph

Winterfylleth The Threnody Of Triumph album review

Black metal itself as a genre has always been closely tied to the landscapes. The scene so monopolised by the Norwegians whose corpse paint, and B&W imagery is firmly rooted in the stark black and white winter landscapes of a Norwegian winter.

Whilst Winterfylleth’s music is as bleak and biting as the best Norse offering, they root themselves in English heritage and the legends and saga’s of old Albion. They're named after the name given by the venerable Bede in the 8th century to the full moon which marks the beginning of winter in what is now the month of October.

So, it's a full moon, its October, the autumn leaves are scattered across the ground and winter has indeed begun to fylleth. I’m sat here staring at the breathtaking northern landscape of Mam-tor (whose name graced a song on their 2008 release ‘the ghost of heritage’). 

By | October 20th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

Anaal Nathrakh UK Dates

Anaal Nathrakh code winterfylleth London Electrowerkz

OK so the new Anaal Nathrakh album Vanitas came out today and first impressions are it's probably going to finish in a lot of people's Top 10 albums of 2012.  Yes it's that good, it'll probably be on repeat for the foreseeable future here at metalgigs.

 Anaal Nathrakh have a few UK dates in the works as follows:

30th November 2012 Elektrowerkz London, with <code> and Winterfylleth

2nd December 2012 Cavern Club, Exeter

5th December 2012 Waterfront Norwich

 All dates/ticket links can be found on the right of the Anaal Nathrakh metalgigs page here.

 

By | October 15th, 2012|Featured Gigs|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Anneke Van Giersbergen, Mojo Fury, Death Letters, London Borderline

Anneke Van Giersbergen London Borderline live review

For once the Borderline's air conditioning system was working, making it less of a stifling cavern than usual. Good job too as the temperature was guaranteed to rise with a gig by one of the most beautiful women in modern rock music, both in a vocal and visual sense. Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen first came to prominence as front-woman of The Gathering and is also well-known for her collaborations with Canadian maestro Devin Townsend, including his most recent album “Epicloud”. Anneke also has an album of her own to promote, “Everything Is Changing”, released in Janauary this year.

Before that, opening act Death Letters make a crashing rock sound with strong melodies and vocals vaguely similar to Placebo's Brian Molko and Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria. The Dutch duo are like an all-male metal White Stripes, comprising drummer and guitarist/vocalist. It was a shame to only catch their last two songs, and the final song builds from a gentle melody and mournful vocal to impressively loud crescendo.

By | October 15th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

Devin Townsend Project Epicloud cover

The last few years have been a journey of discovery for Devin Townsend. The Canadian shed his former Strapping Young Lad skin, gave up drink and drugs, lost the infamous skullet and took to being almost always seen in public in a snappy silver-grey suit. It has also been a prolific period, with four albums issued that each reflected part of his internal process as a newly-sober man approaching his 40th birthday. From the introspective “Ki” and “Ghost” opening and closing the series to poignant and sometimes aggressive moments on “Addicted” and “Deconstruction”, he has been exorcising his demons about life, the universe and everything. The series culminated in an extraordinary four-night stand in London last November when he played each album in its entirety and released a nine-disc box set, “By A Thread”, which is a very limited edition treasure well worth seeking out.

By | October 15th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments