Monthly Archives: August 2012


LIVE REVIEW: Bloodstock 2012 Sunday, Alice Cooper, Anaal Nathrakh and more

Alice Cooper Bloodstock 2012 review

A surprising number of Bloodstock-ers were up early on a Sunday, i.e. before lunch, and shook off their hangovers in glorious sunshine to the sound of Canada's Kobra & The Lotus. They are influenced by classic British metal and blonde-maned vocalist Kobra has a powerful set of lungs on her. Maybe she was having an off-day but her range seemed a bit limited and her use of wobbly vibrato did not compensate. After a couple of songs it became irritating. (NH)


Meanwhile another female-fronted band were well and truly rocking the New Blood tent. From Ruin, winners of the Dorset leg of Bloodstock's battle of the bands contest Metal 2 The Masses, had already impressed on the Jagermeister acoustic stage on Saturday. This was a proper loud show and they were excellent. Mixing traditional metal with elements of thrash, the guys on the instruments make a great sound.


By |2012-08-30T00:00:00+01:00August 30th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Bloodstock 2012 Saturday, Machine Head, Orange Goblin and more

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Bloodstock 2012: Saturday

Words by Nicholas Holmes, Gary Lukes and Antony Roberts

Benediction walk on stage (or should that be hobble - Dave Hunt had a broken foot) to greet us for what they described as "a Death Metal breakfast".  Well "please sir can I have some more?", because if breakfast was like the set Benediction treated us to then I'd be jumping out of bed every morning.

By |2012-08-26T00:00:00+01:00August 26th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Bloodstock 2012 Friday, Behemoth, Watain and more

Behemoth Bloodstock 2012 review


Our Friday commences with Swedish heavy metal Vikings GRAND MAGUS, kicking into “Kingslayer” beneath the rare combination of a Swedish flag and the sweltering sun. There‘s something familiar and reassuringly kick-arse about the music. “Hammer of the North“ turns into the world’s biggest pub sing-along, while “Like the Oar Strikes the Water” could be Judas Priest on a longboat. As an impressively hairy JB swings 

By |2012-08-22T00:00:00+01:00August 22nd, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

Talanas confirmed for My Dying Bride European tour support slot

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If you've been keeping an eye on our facebook page you will have already seen the news that Talanas were announced for support for the My Dying Bride London date.

They have now also been added to Damnation Festival and also the whole of the My Dying Bride european tour. Check the press release for details of the tour and their new album due out in October:


TALANAS, the London-based dark progressive metal act, have been announced as main support for British doom legends My Dying Bride throughout their 2012 UK & European tour following the release of their new

By |2012-08-21T00:00:00+01:00August 21st, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Converge announce UK tour with Touche Amore, A Storm Of Light and The Secret

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Massachusetts' Converge have announced a strong of dates later this year in November/December 2012 including one Irish date.  Support on the tour comes from Touche Amore, A Storm Of Light and The Secret.  Tickets are not yet on sale, but as soon as they do links will be posted up on the site

11/25: Koko, London

11/26: O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

11/27: Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

11/28: Classic Grand, Glasgow

11/29: Academy 2, Manchester


By |2012-08-20T00:00:00+01:00August 20th, 2012|Gig News|0 Comments

Hammerfest V announces first bands – Candlemass, Napalm Death, Enslaved and many more

Candlemass Hammerfest V North Wales gig listings line up

Woah stop what you are doing!!!  Hammerfest V have made their first line up announcements and it's already looking like a bit of a belter...

Hammerfest 5 (In Fear of the Dragon) are proud to announce that the Kings of Swedish Doom Metal Candlemass will grace the event now in its new location at Haven in Pwllheli in North Wales.

For  those of you that need a reminder of Doom at its most glorious click below at Candlemass's classic video for Bewitched.

By |2012-08-20T00:00:00+01:00August 20th, 2012|Featured Gigs|0 Comments

Onslaught add Cardiff date to The Full Force uk dates

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Cripes this is a bit of a line up!  Onslaught announced they would be doing UK dates playing The Full Force in it's entirety some time ago, but up until now only the Plymouth date on the 21st September has been revealed.  A Cardiff date at Bogiez rock bar has now been confirmed and the support line up makes this a MUST SEE gig.  Desecration bring their gore obsessed death, Lifer bring their merging of metal, southern rock and groove, and Bull-Riff Stampede bring their thrash, which blew us away at last weekend's Bloodstock Festival.

Tickets are available now from Bogiez Rock Bar.

By |2012-08-19T00:00:00+01:00August 19th, 2012|Featured Gigs|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Bloodstock 2012 Thursday night Bloodshot Dawn and Viking Skull

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BOA 2012 has come and gone.  The weekend flew by and so much fun was had, so many friends new and old were met, so many pints were drunk, and so many voices were lost singing along to a line up straight from the pits of hell.  Between shooting and covering other gigs this week, and fulltime jobs in the daytime we've gathered our thoughts from this year's spectacular festival.  Gary Lukes kicks off proceedings with the bands we got to see following our late arrival on the Thursday, with the rest of the weekend to follow shortly.  

By |2012-08-19T00:00:00+01:00August 19th, 2012|Gig Reviews|0 Comments

Obituary Rotting Slow in Europe 2012 tour playing classic first 3 albums

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Obituary have announced a string of european dates including one UK date in London at the Garage on 5th December 2012.  Of more excitement is the tour is billed as the "Rotting Slow In Europe" and the band will be playing material from the 89-92 albums Slowly We Rot, Cause Of Death and The End Complete.  Not only this but support is confirmed as Macabre, Psycroptic and The Amenta!  Tickets are sure to sell out pretty fast for this so get yours here now.

By |2012-08-18T00:00:00+01:00August 18th, 2012|Featured Gigs|0 Comments