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Testament • Annihilator • Vader – O2 Ritz, Manchester

…the show was (for the most part) up there with anything I’ve seen over for a long while. The band were on great form, the crowd were lapping it up, and the connection grew stronger as the show went on.

Death Engine • Wren – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

I come to see Wren, and Wren are magnificent. I get two top class supports in Sapien and Haar. And, to top it all, I get to see the fabulous Death Engine, my new favourite French shouty harcore/noise band.

The Stranglers • Therapy? – O2 Academy, Liverpool

A great set, that showcases the breadth and quality of the material the band have performed over their near 45 years.

Reflections on Roadburn 2018 – Part 2: Simply magnificent

Sander van den Driesche was at this year’s Roadburn Festival and shares his thoughts about the bands and artists he’s seen.

Earthless and Comet Control – Islington Assembly Hall, London

Earthless reached an astonishing high level of full on, rock-out intensity at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.

Reflections on Roadburn 2018 – Part 1: Help Ain’t Coming

Benjamin Bland gives his thoughts on this year’s Roadburn Festival edition, in the first part of our Roadburn coverage.

Havok – The Asylum, Birmingham

Old-school thrash, hardcore, and death metal made for a marvellous mixed-grill at Birmingham’s Asylum.

Press to Meco – The Black Heart, London

Confidence oozing out of every pore, and the crowd entirely behind them, they launched into their set with gusto and with Williams leading the vocal charge.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

To begin the run in to this year’s already amazing looking festival, the good people of Supersonic have brought back two great bands from last year to kick things off with a bang!

Grandbrothers – Village Underground, London

Grandbrother’s set made for a perfect demonstration of live performance used to transcend music into a full-on experience.

Black Label Society • Monolord – Royal Albert Hall, London

Watching Wylde play a guitar solo is like watching a starving person eat a steak or a perennially under-sexed person achieve orgasm . . . He doesn’t so much play the guitar as do guitar to you.

Anna von Hausswolff • Jo Quail – The Dome, London

If you asked me what was going through my head whilst watching Anna von Hausswolff I could honestly tell you very little – I doubt there was a single person in this sold-out show who was not utterly transfixed from start to finish.

Festival Preview: Roadburn 2018

Benjamin Bland and Sander van den Driesche highlight 5 performances each, which we think will be pretty special at this year’s Roadburn Festival.

Mortiis: Special ‘Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør’ Show – The Dome, London

. . .Sometimes you need to get lost in the glorious anachronism and introspection of dungeon synth. So, to all those underground keyboard composers: venture forth from the catacombs and onto the stage. Or go see Mortiis and catch the master at work.

Here Lies Man – The MOTH Club, London

I enjoyed watching Here Lies Man and discovering more of their dynamic but it essentially felt like listening to a slightly altered take on the record. . . With time, I’m sure they’ll be an excellent live band.

How To Have The Best Roadburn Possible (In Seven Easy Steps)

Benjamin Bland gives the Roadburn festivalgoer seven tips which hopefully enables you to have the best Roadburn possible.

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