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Opeth pale communion tour reviewLast Tuesday, Opeth were in Glasgow and, as usual, I couldn’t resist. Touring Europe with their French shoegazing/post-metal friends Alcest, they’re in the process of promoting the release of their latest album, Pale Communion (August 2014). I’ll guiltily admit that Opeth, to me, are like the faithful partner in a long term relationship; well-proven yet familiar, whereas Alcest are new and exciting, strange and mysterious. Opeth’s retrospective transformation with Heritage (2011) and Pale Communion (2014) is, say, your wife quitting her...


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Fu Manchu Brighton Concorde 2
Last night I went to see Fu Manchu.  It’s been 16 years since I last saw them gracing the stage at the now sadly demolished LA2 in London.  The question before arrival was would they still rock live?  Coming off the back of their latest album “Gigantoid” my hopes were high, it’s Fu Manchu back on form with the riffs that got me into them in the first place.  Within seconds of taking the stage any fears were allayed as they kicked into “Eatin Dust” bouncing around the...

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2014

Monday night saw the Indigo2 in London host the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2014 and predictably it was a combination of ear-splitting shredding, scantily clad hostesses and beer soaked flooring.

The 12th annual event once again elevated itself from the usual industry backslapping of most ceremonies by inviting hundreds of fans to attend. No pretence of glamour and gossip, just plenty of head-banging, live music and shambolic speeches.

After openers Behemoth brought some...


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Wovenhand London Bush Hall Antony Roberts

This was my first visit to Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, and after travel delays and late arrival, I ventured into the rather expansive space of the main Hall to find Wovenhand were already about to take the stage.  Built in 1904 and originally used as a dance hall it's a suitably impressive venue, full of chandeliers, decorative wall and ceiling coverings, mirrors, and a giant red curtain covering the back of the stage that looks like it was stolen straight out of the Twin Peaks set.

Considering how many...


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Incineration Festival 2014 gig listings

Incineration Festival: it does exactly what it says on the tin. Inside the sauna-like confines of the Highbury Garage, fifteen bands from six countries play two stages; melting more faces than the Ark of The Covenant.

First up for us were Slegest, who build on gloomy foundations not far removed from the grooving black n’ roll riffing laid down by Vried, guitarist Ese’s former dayjob. If any criticism can be flung at the Norwegian quartet, it’s that...


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