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Discharge, Doom (+more) @ Temple of Boom, Leeds

By |March 17th, 2018|0 Comments

I shuffled off the mortally wounded liver coil of Hammerfest about midday on the Saturday, having certainly had my fill on the proceeding day.  Returned to Conwy then my ambulance driver arrived to take me off to my next appointment with the doctors of distortion.  Over the Pennines gave me some proper Icelandic flashbacks as the snows set in again, I was feeling more husky than enjoying the hair of the dog, but soon enough we were at our destination and ready to get fired up again.

GIG REVIEW – Hammerfest (Friday) @ Haven, Pwllheli

By |March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Only a day for me at this year’s annual local gathering of holiday camp based shenanigans, so I had to work really hard on condensing my drinking and socialising to a background of heavy music to a narrow window between midday and four in the morning.

GIG REVIEW – Nexion, Dynfari, 0, CXVIII @ Gaukurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland

By |February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Having been savouring the fiery metal output of this frozen land for a while when they have ventured south, Svartidaudi at Hells Pleasure Festival, Misthyrming at Roadburn and North of the Wall, to see something of the highly regarded scene on their home hallowed ground would warm my blackened heart as well as my other extremities.  Would have thought the chances were high, given that the country scores in the top league of metal bands per capita like their Scandinavian brethren, and with their capital city containing about half of the country’s mere 300,000 population. 

GIG REVIEW – Spam Javelin, Red Or Dead, Velvet @ The Skerries, Bangor

By |January 20th, 2018|0 Comments

A handy collection of three fine representatives of the burgeoning local original music scene, all gathered in the cheap and ever cheerful Skerries?  Yes, that will do, even for a flying visit from me.  It was good to see a lot of other band members out to support too, not something that always happens with folks caught up in their own bubbles.  I had sent some drunks to reserve me a seat up front so had a good view of proceedings.

GIG REVIEW – Batushka, Schammasch, Trepaneringsritualen @ Rebellion, Manchester

By |January 13th, 2018|0 Comments


Very much a large congregation of the happily dead gathered for a mysterious ritual experience in these dark winter times.  Batushka have obviously cast a spell of blackened doom off the strength of their only album so far to attract a sold out venue, never had to queue down the street here before even while the first band has started up.