Monthly Archives: April 2012


LIVE REVIEW: Skindred, Therapy?, Black Spiders, The Defiled, Brixton Academy 13th April 2012

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Jagermeister Tour 2012: Skindred, Therapy?, Black Spiders, and The Defiled


Brixton Academy, London, Friday 13th April


Words by Nicholas Holmes


Photos by Tess Donohoe


In August last year, purely coincidentally following a Morrissey gig, Brixton Academy was at the centre of the riots which caused mayhem across the city for several days. There really was panic on the streets of London. Fast forward several months, and Friday 13th April proves lucky for thousands of fans keen on a more convivial type of chaos – the Jagermeister Tour featuring four of the best bands in modern British heavy music. Even better, the tickets cost just a fiver, and this show sold out ages ago.

By |2012-04-29T00:00:00+01:00April 29th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol

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Album Review – Paradise Lost “Tragic Idol”

by Nicholas Holmes


The number “13” has long been thought of as representing bad luck, but in this case that proves not be. Yorkshire doom legends Paradise Lost have produced a thirteenth album that should satisfy long-time fans and hopefully bring onboard new ones too. The five-piece have experimented with electronica and an almost commercial hard rock-type sound at some points in their career, but the trend more recently has been toward the classic sound of the early to mid-90s, when “Shades of God”, “Icon” and “Draconian Times” helped define a genre. Some years ago, Paradise Lost were labelled by some as “the British Metallica”, and as the US mega-band attempted with 2008's “Death Magnetic”, “Tragic Idol” represents a back-to-basics approach. It is the sound of a band who know what they do best.


By |2012-04-21T00:00:00+01:00April 21st, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

CD REVIEW: Conan – Monnos

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Having just returned from Roadburn we figured what better way to start back than with a review of Conan's new album Monnos.  The hype surrounding this band gets bigger everyday, and they played stage 01 at Roadburn to a crowd bursting at it's seams and spilling out into the outer corriders.  It was simple, if you got there late, you weren't getting in, and they absolutely destroyed the place along with a few eardrums on the way...

Conan - Monnos - 2012

By Gary Lukes

Darwinism be damned. Over the howling cycle of passing millennia, mankind has allegedly evolved from bacterial lifeform to troglodytic primitivism. From intrepid firestarter to destructive splitter of the atom. Not that I expect Conan give a shit. It’s probably fair to say “progression” doesn’t feature highly on their list of priorities. This is a band less concerned with reinventing the wheel and more preoccupied with exactly how hard to run the listener over with it.

A throwback to another time. One before vocoder vocals, polyrhythms and bass-drop breakdowns. This is the sound of purists playing with no regard to trends or scenes; endeavouring simply to create a timeless monument to doom.

But just because they possess a vision as singular as the cyclops gracing the cover, doesn’t prevent the band from standing out. In the short space of one EP and a split with

By |2012-04-17T00:00:00+01:00April 17th, 2012|CD Reviews|0 Comments

At Roadburn….back soon!

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Metalgigs will be away at Roadburn for the next week.


Site creator Antony will be helping shoot and update the Roadburn website with lots of photos over the festival, so why not head to to catch up on what's happening.  This year's line up is amazing as always with Sleep, Yob, Necros Christos, Disembowelment, Agalloch, Ulver, Voivod, The Obsessed, Jesu and many, many more.


We will be continuing to update facebook and twitter whilst away so why not like/follow us to stay in touch with all the goings on...


By |2012-04-09T00:00:00+01:00April 9th, 2012|Site Updates|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Hammerfest IV Saturday review

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Hammerfest 4 Review Part 2 – Saturday


by Nicholas Holmes

Photos by Tess Donohoe (

It is noon on a grey Saturday at a North Wales holiday camp, and heads are sore after the long night before. However, some hardy souls are up or have not even been to bed. Just as the previous day's action closed with the ridiculous spectacle of Lawnmower Deth, the bizarre duo Oaf have stumbled onto the small stage in the Queen Vic pub to begin the second day of Hammerfest in equally ludicrous fashion. One of them is recognisable as Metal Hammer's own Dom Lawson. It seems his, ahem, project is a form of music therapy. Arguably some may need therapy after prolonged exposure to Oaf-ishness! They are actually very funny, and Lawson drops some great stand-up style lines between the shouting, screaming, punk rackets. Apologising for a merch fuck up, he quips, “If you are a 4ft 2 woman with no boobs or a big fat fella like me, we've got T-shirts just for you!” Returning to the therapy theme, he explains one song is based on a Will Self book about mental illness, responding to a heckler with, 

By |2012-04-08T00:00:00+01:00April 8th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Hammerfest IV Friday review

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Hammerfest 4 Review Part 1 – Friday


by Nicholas Holmes

Photos by Tess Donohoe (


Hammerfest, organised by Metal Hammer magazine with the team behind Hard Rock Hell, celebrated St Patrick's Day weekend in thoroughly drunken style, with several thousand heavy metal fans making the bi-annual pilgrimage to the Pontins holiday complex at Prestatyn on the North Wales coast.


The line-up this year featured some true legends in the form of Big Four US thrashers Anthrax and Yorkshire's doom-driven Paradise Lost, plus Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth and eclectic, eccentric Welsh wonders Skindred – not to mention a huge bill of bands that may have been overlooked by others or new ones looking to make their mark.


The weekend includes fancy dress themes, band autograph sessions and a bustling market area where you can get tattooed, stock up on CDs, shirts and patches. Then there is the amusement arcade, open until 3am where hardcore party animals can win a giant-sized cuddly Winnie The Pooh to take to bed. Or not.


The event is all about the live music, and the bill covers numerous genres and tastes across three stages. There really is something that will appeal to everyone. Here are some of the highlights...

By |2012-04-08T00:00:00+01:00April 8th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

An interview with Aaron Aedy from Paradise Lost

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Interview - Aaron Aedy from Paradise Lost

by Nicholas Holmes


After days of glorious sunshine, ominous grey storm clouds gather over the hills around the North Wales coast. It coincides with the arrival of arguably British metal's greatest purveyors of doom, Paradise Lost, who are at Hammerfest 4 to play a special co-headline set with US thrash legends Anthrax.


The press area in Prestatyn's Pontins holiday camp, a room full of packed down billiards tables and lights, is buzzing. The mood is far from gloomy, and affable PL rhythm guitarist, Aaron Aedy,  shows the remnants of a tan after the band's recent trip to Australia. He is obviously keen to talk about the their new album, “Tragic Idol”, which will be released on 23rd April soon after their 24th anniversary. Other subjects include the forthcoming tour campaign, a fond farewell to long-time buddies Cathedral, happy BMX-ing memories of Pontins and being a tight-fisted Northerner abroad!

By |2012-04-06T00:00:00+01:00April 6th, 2012|Featured Bands|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Black Breath, Victims, Tormented, Dead Existence, Camden Underworld 2nd April 2012

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Black Breath/Victims/Tormented/Dead Existence at the Underworld 02/04/2012

Words by Pete Green

Photos by Antony Roberts

The Underworld is crusty at the best of times, but if there were a crust-o-meter system to measure the volume of beards, the essence of scraggly unwashed hair, the number of hoods up over baseball caps indoors and pairs of tight black jeans, tonight would surely be up there as some kind of new record. Seattle, Washington’s premier punk-thrashers Black Breath are in town to wreak havoc and destruction alongside a varied support bill of bands drawn from an equally gnarled darkness. One thing’s for sure, this ain’t gonna be pretty!


By |2012-04-04T00:00:00+01:00April 4th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments