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Wytch Hazel ‘Prelude’ CD/LP/DD 2016

9th March 2016 at 7:13 pm

Wytch Hazel

Since their formation in 2011, Lancaster’s Wytch Hazel have been something different. Never committing fully to a genre and genuinely sounding like they are not of this time, the divine quartet have won over a varied audience with their Surrender single and The Truth…
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The Skull – S/T – EP CD 2016

18th February 2016 at 6:59 pm

The Skull - S/T - EP

Bands that split themselves into two factions can either be a blessing or a curse. Several different examples of this exist and American Doom legends Trouble are, for better or worse, one of them. Whilst one half of the band have kept their infamous…
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Pentagram / The Order Of Israfel / Mower @ Sound Control, Manchester 15/11/2015

29th November 2015 at 3:29 pm

Pentagram @ Sound Control, Manchester 15/11/2015

In doom, few bands deserve the undiluted respect of Pentagram. Having got themselves back on track for a few years now and with a new album to promote in the form of Curious Volume, it was up to the American legends to prove their…
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Kadavar / The Shrine / Satan’s Satyrs / Horisont @ Sound Control, Manchester 08/11/2015

22nd November 2015 at 12:45 pm

Horisont @ Sound Control, Manchester 08/11/2015

Kadavar have been steadily carving themselves a strong reputation as one of the bands to watch in the modern blues rock scene since their deal with metal label heavyweights Nuclear Blast. Having released their third album Berlin for the label earlier this year, the…
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Graveyard / Imperial State Electric @ Academy 3, Manchester 05/11/2015

12th November 2015 at 8:25 pm

Graveyard / Imperial State Electric - UK Tour 2015

Now that summer festivals are a distant memory in a dank and dark November, the rock gig schedule has got back in full swing with a host of bands competing for healthy audiences. One band that are always guaranteed to pull a respectable crowd…
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Horisont ‘Odyssey’ CD/LP/DD 2015

3rd October 2015 at 6:35 pm

Horisont

Since the release of their explosive debut Två Sidor Av Horisonten, Sweden’s Horisont have been a special band. Their unique take on hard rock has so much emotional depth and clever musicianship that it gives the same type of euphoric feeling as putting Steppenwolf…
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Graveyard ‘Innocence & Decadence’ CD/LP/DD 2015

15th September 2015 at 6:35 pm

Graveyard

Starting from very humble beginnings, Sweden’s bluesy rock quartet Graveyard have grown significantly in stature over the past few years, thanks to their no nonsense live shows and spirited studio output. Now a recognisable name on the very hit and miss, but undeniably massive,…
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Ironsword ‘None But The Brave’ CD/LP/DD 2015

7th July 2015 at 6:50 pm

Ironsword

Epic sounding heavy metal is as victorious in 2015 as it has ever been with more bands than can be counted battling it out for the crown of the next Manilla Road. However, what may come as a surprise is that the criminally underrated…
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Damnation Festival 2014 – Review By Alex Varley

11th November 2014 at 11:34 am

Damnation 2015 - Bolt Thrower

If you’re looking for a wisely picked mix of underground music extremity then Damnation Festival has been the number one choice in England for some time now. This year had a particularly strong feeling of something special with a rare performance from England’s best…
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Amulet ‘The First’ CD/LP/DD 2014

28th September 2014 at 10:36 am

Amulet

Since the arrival of their none more denim Cut The Crap demo in late 2011, London’s Amulet have made quite a name for themselves with their no nonsense take on heavy metal. Supporting everyone from Angel Witch to The Sword demonstrated the broad appeal…
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