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GIG REVIEW – Whores., Heads, Irk – Temple of Boom, Leeds

By |October 9th, 2018|0 Comments

It was a couple of years back that a friend in the U.S. recommended the filth and fury of these Noise Rock-ing Whores., probably with the release of their only album so far, “Gold”.  I was impressed with the levels and tones at the time but a lot (of drinking) has gone on in the meantime to the extent I couldn’t remember much about them by the time this tour was announced.  Some vestige of memory must remain though as in the traditional busy autumn tours season I thought, hey, why not add another Monday night expedition!

GIG REVIEW – Palm, Friendship, Kurokuma @ Rebellion, Manchester

By |September 16th, 2018|0 Comments

(pics by ad gosling and lorraine peaker, thanks)

Sunday night is Japanese hardcore night, right?  Trekking from Chiba and Osaka in spite of all manner of natural disasters hindering them it was no relative effort to get up from North Wales to check this feast of fury.  And Kurokuma would have had to negotiate the Snake Pass from Sheffield, never easy.   I’d seen them before, and Palm amid the insanity of Obscene Extreme, but the main draw was definitely Friendship who’s recent “Hatred” album really grabbed the attention like having your ears boxed with its brutal tones.  Even for little old desensitized-through-overexposure me.

Break The Chains Festival @ Temple of Boom, Leeds

By |August 26th, 2018|0 Comments


Well, why not try to squeeze another batch of bands in before the end of the summer?  This new festival had dropped like a bomb when announced earlier in the year, to the extent that I took time out of Desertfest London in May to sit on a kerb outside a pub with a pint and await the allotted ticket sale time, grabbing a couple before it sold out in minutes, then returning to the fray.  With a big smile at the prospect of a phenomenal line-up of legendary grind, hardcore, and extreme metal, the underground organisers in Leeds really have the contacts and the cahones to put together something special.

Bloodstock Festival 2018 @ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

By |August 12th, 2018|0 Comments


My first full weekend back at the UK’s prime independent metal festival for a while, my hopes are tempered by being spoiled by more exotic trips, the usual repeated/”safe” lineup, but also enlivened by the memories of the great party congregations experienced previously.  Into the pit we go!

Agrotoxico, The Restarts, + 4 @ The Alma, Bolton

By |August 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Agrotoxico, The Restarts, Emissaries of Syn, Tout Suite, Sonnet 13, Better Reality

photos by The Peaker

The boys from Brazil to Bolton, via the Czech Republic and Rebellion in Blackpool.  I’d only just seen the hardcore punks for the first time in their 25 year history last week at Obscene Extreme and now had the opportunity not only to see them up close and personal but support them too.  What a time to be alive/deaf!