Deathcrusher Tour – Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod, Herod @ The Ritz, Manchester

By |September 30th, 2015|0 Comments

 

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What do you expect with that name but an evening’s earbashing of the highest quality?  There was more than a knowing nod to the legendary Grindcrusher tour of 1989, arguably when a wave of death metal extremity was reaching its peak and being of a venerable age I was there to see/semi-survive as well.  Only half the line-up was the same but there was a great deal of excited anticipation at a proper metal party and a gathering of lots of friends, old schoolers, no wiser!

Bloodstock 2015 @ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

By |August 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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If I thought my arrangements for last year’s visit to this, the peak of independent UK metal festivals, were a bit last minute and random, I upped my game in the chaos stakes this year. From not going at all, to having my other clashing commitments taken off my hands, to considering a day ticket on the Saturday, to running some stuck friends down on the Thursday and being gutted to come back from the gathering atmosphere of excited anticipation, to hearing on Friday that there were nefarious ways and means to get me in, to getting a bit carried away with solidarity drinking at home on the Friday meaning I was late to set off first thing the Saturday, to… Bloodstock.

REVIEW – Hammerfest V @ Haven Pwllheli

By |March 16th, 2013|0 Comments

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Another salubrious holiday destination for us to enjoy/abuse as our local international metal festival shifts from its previous home in Pontin’s, Prestatyn further out to the wild west. Slightly more inconvenient for us never mind the rest of the travellers from around the country but we’re not looking the gift horses of the usual free tickets in the mouth so saddle up in El’s stagecoach motorhome and head for the hillbilly hills. To be fair the organisers really seem to have upped their game in terms of the acts booked too, some real name bands from the States and Europe, so bringing them to this little corner of North Wales is to be appreciated

Hellfest – Clisson, France

By |June 16th, 2012|1 Comment

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Again, it’s the moment’s reflection on the closing Sunday of the festival that sums up the chaos of the proceding. On the last leg and our last legs with NY hardcore legends Madball at the punkish Warzone Tent, they exhorted us to expend our last energies in the pit acknowledging what a GRUELLING time these festivals were. And we had to admit it, why put ourselves through this uncivilised punishment? Have we sinned so badly? Ha, yes of course, with our hedonistic debauchery to the tune of countless (well, a ludicrous 50+ for me) unholy racket bands. The piper (and the bassist) must be paid!

Strong As Ten

Bloodstock 2011 @ Catten Hall, Derby

By |August 14th, 2011|0 Comments


After the great enjoyment of my first visit last year I signed up before Xmas for another expedition to Midgard England. The main factors where the appreciable scale of the event in comparison to the lumpen monsters of Download and Sonisphere, the fact that it would be a great gathering of friends from over the UK (especially those who didn’t make foreign trips), and the single headline announcement made at the previous event of the black metal legends Immortal.