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GIG REVIEW – Marine-core! #1 @ The Marine, Old Colwyn

By |February 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Dogsflesh / Rabo De Toro / Fatalist / Spam Javelin / Entity

I’ve had a few requests from random Americans to join the Marine-core! Facebook group, I don’t think they are intending to visit North Wales, and this was not set up to fetish-ise some elite murder squad.  Marine-core! is rather a celebration of the fact we can sustain alternative music in the area, as we have been for a few years before settling into our accommodating venue of choice.  Sheer sparsity of numbers and disturbance of the gentrified peace is always against us, but we’ve proven that friends are still willing to gather for live original music whether they are particularly into the styles or not. 

Campaign for Musical Destruction @ Stylus Leeds

By |February 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

This is a campaign that’s been running since at least the late 80’s/early 90’s, I’d seen an early edition
involving Obituary and Dismember, (possibly the first time the crossed out musical stave symbol was seen?), there’s been versions in the States, but there’s always a common factor – Napalm Death.
I think now moving comfortably into the lead in the band seen most over the years, this three decade plus standard-bearer of extremity occasionally gathers some other choice brutality together for a touring line-up and we return to the front and over the top once more.

Raging Speedhorn, Desert Storm, Vetala @ Live Rooms, Chester

By |January 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Now that Hammerfest has headed off to the sunnier climes of Great Yarmouth metal visitors to the West North West are fewer and further between. Hence even on a school night the opportunity had to be grabbed to see and hear some heavy vibes, as the Corby-ite sludge sluggers swung by this way on a UK tour.

Warhorns Winterfest @ Corporation, Sheffield

By |January 25th, 2020|0 Comments

What better way to emerge from the bleak/mild midwinter than with an uplifting day of blackened metal in the frozen wastes of South Yorkshire.  The strong and interesting line-up put me in a mind our trip to the highly enjoyable North of the Wall in Scotland a few years ago, if on a smaller scale.  In keeping with the hazards of dabbling with the dark ways the event had taken on a cursed aspect with a last minute forced change of venue/ city, and the loss of a couple of bands, but once you’ve committed to black you can’t go back.  The prime bands I wanted to see were still there so all was good.

Hawkwind @ Albert Hall, Manchester

By |November 15th, 2019|0 Comments


There’s not many bands that have been going longer than me!  Earlier in the summer I celebrated Black Sabbath’s 50th at the heart warming Home of Metal exhibition in Brum, hot on their heels, well… maybe at the top speed of a mobility scooter Hawkwind are having their 50th anniversary via a tour culminating at the Albert Hall in London.  Johnny come lately Mark only first saw them 10 years ago but have enjoyed all their incarnations and tangential exploration sets I’ve caught since so thought this would be a celebration not to miss.