Gig Reviews
Bullets And Octane/The Black Bullets/Psychobabylon – York, The Fulford Arms – 10 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:32

The Black Bullets YorkThe Fulford Arms is steadily becoming the ‘go to’ venue for all Ben H’s gigging needs these days in York, proving that while some venues are content to go down the wrestling and tribute acts back alley, there are some promoters still staying true to the cause of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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Erosion/Rosco’s Riot/Periapt – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:25

Erosion Album Launch PosterIt felt weird. The second successive night flying solo, as UR head honcho Monk headed back to one of his favourite haunts while Mrs A recovered at home from a devastating migraine… honestly, he tells us that it was like being without his right arm! But, the show has to go on, doesn’t it? And, so, it did as he honoured his pledge to the Erosion lads to cover the launch of their debut album, ‘The Cyclopean Passage’. You can find the story of the night’s journey on the other side of this link:

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Pestilence – Manchester, Rebellion – 1 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:40

Pestilence posterIt’s another night, which means it’s another gig – which in turn means that our resident gigaholic once again is heading down the motorway from Liverpool to Manchester, braving the subzero conditions with only a shirt and the hope in his heart for warmth… This time, he’s hoping to be heated up by some old-school death metal from Pestilence. Find out how he got on by clicking the link in time-honoured tradition:

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The Damned/Slim Jim Phantom – Manchester, O2 Academy – 31 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Sabrina Ramdoyal   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 05:00

The Damned ManchesterHaving been a fan of The Damned for a long time and having seen them on several occasions, our resident gigaholic gleefully hopped on the train across to Manchester again.  With support coming from the original runaway boy, Slim Jim Phantom, of Alley Cats fame, who he’s also enjoyed live before, all the makings of another good gig were evident. Click the link to find out how things didn’t quite pan out as he had expected:

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Hollywood Undead/The One Hundred – Glasgow, 02 Academy - 24 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:40

Hollywood Undead GlasgowAs a fan of LA hip hop rockers Hollywood Undead, it is fair to say that Allan M had been looking forward to this show for quite a while. The times he had seen them before had never disappointed, and with their impressive latest album, ‘V’, added to their live arsenal he couldn’t wait to see what the night held. You can find out on the other side of the self-explanatory link:

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Miss May I/Fit For A King/Voids Of Vision/Currents – Glasgow, G2 - 23 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 02 February 2018 04:20

Miss May I GlasgowMiss May I may sound like something one of Monk and DQ’s grand-children ask when they get caught short in the classroom, but it is also the name of a high energy metalcore band from the US state of Ohio, as our very own ketamine queen, the panda by the name of Hannah, found out as she broke her 2018 reviewing duck when they brought their ‘We Are Stronger The Before’ tour to Glasgow:

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Hot Snakes/Liines/Hopper Propelled Electric – Manchester, Gorilla – 25 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:40

Hot SnakesIt’s another winter’s night in Manchester, and where else would our resident gigaholic be but down the front at a gig in a hot and sweaty club… the only problem was, with some pretty fierce competition for audiences, which one would he go to? Well, the winners proved to be San Diego post-hardcore crue Hot Snakes, and you can find out if the big man made the right choice on the other side of the link:

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The Coyotes/Boom And The Tiny Explosions – Pontypool, The Dragonffli – 13 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:20

Boom And The Tiny Explosions DragonffliIt’s the middle weekend in January and you really aren’t sure if you want to go to your local to watch two bands you’ve never heard of – especially when the missus is in bed with the lurgy… but, lo and behold, David O’Neill venturing out into the cold night in search of rock ‘n’ roll! Click the link to find out if it was worth the Sunday morning hangover – or the presumed ear-bashing from his other half:

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36 Crazyfists/All Hail The Yeti/’68 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 – 20 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:20

36 Crazyfists GlasgowSpeaking to 36 Crazyfists’ frontman Brock Lindow before the show, it quickly became apparent to Rich H just how happy he was to be playing in Europe again. And why wouldn’t he be? The band had sold out several of their UK shows, pulling in the crowds eager to catch material from the latest record ‘Lanterns’ and see a well-stacked bill of great metalcore-and-beyond bands. Click the link to find out what went down in the heart of Brum on a Saturday night in January:

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Steel Panther/Wayward Sons – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 19 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 26 January 2018 04:40

Steel Panther BelfastHow many cheap, tacky, tasteless jokes about cocks, fannies and fucking can you cram into 90 minutes of what is supposed to be a heavy metal show? Apparently, as many as you want when you’re Steel fucking Panther. Resisting the urge to make a similarly inane crack about this being it being his virginal experience of SP in the flesh, Über boss Monk found it hard to distinguish if he was watching a rock gig interspersed with stand-up comedy routines or a comedy show punctuated by some (admittedly half decent) tunes when the LA glamsters rolled into Belfast on the second night of their current European jaunt, as he explains on the other side of this link:

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Geoff Tate – London, The Garage – 15 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:40

Geoff Tate BelfastApart from when it was toured on its first release, the opportunity to see an album as legendary as ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ performed in full, and by its original singer, is not one that comes along too often. When you add in the mix of a concept album and rock opera, you realise how few times this has actually been done before, meaning passing up the chance of seeing it performed live would be, in our resident DJ’s mind, just “silly”. So, click the link to find out what happened when he ventured down to London for the second time in four days to see Geoff Tate perform:

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Black Veil Brides/Asking Alexandria/To The Rats And Wolves - Glasgow, O2 Academy - 25 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 09 February 2018 05:00

Black Veil Brides GlasgowThe year that goes by the name of 2018 already has proven to be a great one for quality album releases and high profile tours, of which this co-headliner was one of the most eagerly anticipated so far. So, we despatched our very own ketamine queen, the panda by the name of Hannah, to record the action in detail, and you read all about what went down when the tour pulled into Glasgow on the other side of this link:

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Wonk Unit/Madhouse/The Nilz/Suckin’ Diesel – Belfast, Voodoo – 2 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:20

Wonk Unit Belfast posterSometimes, in this reviewing game, you find yourself rocking up to a gig not knowing quite what to expect. Yes, the vast majority of the time, you’re a fan of one or more of the bands on the bill, or your interest has been piqued by a recent album, or whatever. But, now and again, you find yourself going, “you know what, I’ve heard a lot about these guys, and it hasn’t been all bad, so why the feck not?”. So, that’s how UR boss Monk’s path recently crossed with the lunatics from Wonk Unit, when they made their debut appearance on this side of the Oirish Sea. You can find out how they got on on the other side of the link:

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Mongol Horde/Good Tiger/Rival Bones – Manchester, Academy 2 – 26 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Sabrina Ramdoyal   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:00

Mongol Horde ManchesterA second hardcore gig in two days is beckoned our resident gigaholic back down the M62 to Manchester, this time with the Frank Turner-led Mongol Horde taking the headline spot. Click the link to find out why the big man with the even bigger heart found himself caught up in the midst of a flurry of crowd surfing and ending up finding the night a “simply spellbinding” experience:

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Northern Deathfest – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 27 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 02 February 2018 04:40

Strangle WireGigs by touring bands are ten a penny – but, every so often, it just takes a little flash of imagination from a local promoter to turn what would be just another such Saturday evening show into an actual event. And that is exactly what happened when Bloodshot Dawn returned to Belfast this past weekend, as the gig got turned into a miniature one-day festival, with not one, not two but five local bands added to the bill to ensure that heads were banged for almost seven full hours of this thrashing mad extravaganza, as Monk and DQ reveal on the other side of the link:

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Francis Dunnery – Manchester, Club Academy – 20 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 01 February 2018 04:40

Francis DunnerySince leaving It Bites back in 1990, Francis Dunnery has carved out a successful solo career that seriously outshines his proggy beginnings. For Ben Hughes, personally peaking in the mid-Nineties with the sublime ‘Tall Blonde Helicopter’, an album I really keep meaning to dissect and review in-depth. However, tonight the Cumbrian singer was stepping back further in time, to celebrate almost three decades of his former band’s seminal release, ‘Eat Me In St Louis’. Click the link to find out more about our man’s adventures on the night:

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Michale Graves/SLUTS/Bogans – Chester, Live Rooms – 23 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:40

Michale Graves CroppedAfter a previous solo tour was cancelled, Michale Graves finally ventured back on to British soil, 19 years after his last expedition here with The Misfits. For the opening night, he headed up north to Chester, so it seemed an ideal chance for our travelling gigaholic DJ to finally catch the man live. You can find out if the experience was worth the wait on the other side of this link:

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Escape The Fate/Set To Stun/Shields – Manchester, Club Academy – 21 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Sabrina Ramdoyal   
Monday, 29 January 2018 04:40

Escape The Fate ManchesterScreamo is not something that normally appeals too much to our travelling gigaholic, but a combination of factors made him take that frequent trip down the M62 and brave the torrential rain on a Sunday night to team up with our newest recruit to catch Las Vegas quartet Escape The Fate when they pulled into Manchester as part of their jaunt around the Uber Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘I Am Human’. You can find out how he fared on the other side of this link:

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Firewind/Rage/COP UK – Sheffield, Corporation – 22 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:00

Firewind tour headerIt was a first trip of the year over the hills to Sheffield for our travelling gigaholic DJ, to take him to see what promised to be an interesting line-up – and what turned out to be a rather eventful evening in the company of Greek power crue Firewind and two rather poorly members of German metal legends Rage… oh, and hometown heroes COP UK. Click the link to find out what went down in Steel City earlier this week:

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David Ryder Prangley's Legendary Electric Birthday Parade – Nambucca – 16 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:40

David Ryder Prangley headerLike everyone here at the website that excites parts of your body others can’t even dream of tickling, our resident DJ firmly believes that you don't need worldwide names to make a good gig, just well-rehearsed, genuinely talented bands, who give everything and make it almost compulsory to attend… which is just what he did on the second night of his most recent sojourn in London town – even if the fates may not have quite been aligned in terms of his homebound travel arrangements, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Motionless in White/Ice Nine Kills – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 15 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D and Marc Leach   
Monday, 22 January 2018 04:40

Motionless In White BelfastHe may be one of the younger members of the UR team, but even Jonni D admitted to feeling a little out of touch when he failed to get down with the projectile-vomiting kids who flooded the floor of Belfast’s soon-to-be-demolished all-ages basement venue for the first night of the UK leg of a tour that promised a feast of face-painted gothic metalcore… Find out if our soldier of misfortune came out with nothing more than a few flesh wounds on the other side of the link:

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