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GIG REVIEW – Mammothfest (Sunday) @ The Arch, Brighton

By |October 8th, 2017|0 Comments


The last time I was in Brighton I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, on a camper van holiday of England with my family. I can recall playing a game of plastic bowls on the green at the front with my younger sister, our parents watching from a distance from the van, when there was a suddenly a boisterous gaggle of punks upon us asking for a game. They were just having a laugh, there was no malice there, and they rolled on soon enough after no doubt alarming my folks, but I can still picture the mohawks and dye, the black and the badges, the crazy gang. Who knows what early impression this made on me, and sent me down this slippery cider ski slope I have ended up on?!?

GIG REVIEW – Archgoat, Bolzer, Svartidaudi, Eggs of Gomorhh @ Sound Control, Manchester

By |October 6th, 2017|0 Comments


(pics by dave ingham)

I like my black like I like my coffee.  Not particularly often, in small concentrated doses, but when there’s a high quality selection I’ll usually fill my boots.  So this eclectic collection of the dark extremes of metal fitted the bill for me, a European package tour gathering bands of interest and justifying a hefty ticket price, especially for me as Svartidaudi had been one of the most impressive in the genre encountered in recent years.  I had seen them and Bolzer before in the blazing sunshine of a field in East Germany before (see review), a grim club in Manchester would be an interesting contrast

GIG REVIEW – Rabo De Toro + Red Or Dead @ The North, Rhyl

By |September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

A thoroughly enjoyable Thursday night in Rhyl?  Yes, that is a sentence you can read and believe.  I’m all for taking the gentle piss of the Scouse Riviera, the Slum Centre, Beirut-on-Sea, but the fact is I’ve been to gigs here for decades and through the work of Mr Rastin et al, the bog standard venues have kept a door open and a light on for whatever bands might by fermenting locally or visiting from further afield.  And currently I’m really excited about the wealth of North Welsh music that has the opportunity to stir things up locally, a veritable purple patch of land.

GIG REVIEW – Vallenfyre, Implore, Wolfbastard @ Rebellion, Manchester

By |September 11th, 2017|0 Comments


[pictures – lorraine peaker]

Well back to Manchester again, as the post festival autumn always seems ripe with busy touring bands, and my return this is city is practically on autopilot after all these decades of nipping up the M56 and back.  I wasn’t entirely sure about this one with the filthy (metal) Yorkshire types of Vallenfyre going to be at Damnation Festival in November, but the prospect of seeing them a bit more up close here at Rebellion won me over.  And very glad I was with my decision too.

Terminal Cheesecake, Blown Out, Cattle @ Star and Garter, Manchester

By |September 8th, 2017|0 Comments


The very name conjures the wealth of insanity I kind of recall from the late 80’s/early 90’s and listening to John Peel and where I probably first heard our headliners. I’ve discovered that they took it from a list of imaginary bands from the 60’s so that just adds to the majesty of the multi layered madness.