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Live: Clutch @ The Forum, London (01/05/14)

“It may say The Forum above the door, but tonight this is the church of Clutch. Say hallelujah and enter all ye with the luck to have a ticket; it’s promised that you will leave changed. If they call rock a religion then Clutch are surely some offshoot branch that’s not always widely acknowledged but really touch something inside the attracted masses. They say God has a plan – well Clutch must feature in there somewhere.”

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Live/Chat: Within Temptation @ Wembley Arena, London (12/04/2014)

“Did you see that ludicrous display the other week…” Yeah I’m talking about the football. Maybe. I dunno, I didn’t watch it. I watched Within Temptation instead. And then I wrote about it exclusively for Metal-Rules.com

Read the full thing here. And do a little dance.

Actually hold that dance. Also check out my interview with the lovely Charlotte Wessels of Delain here.

Now you may dance.

Live: Red Fang @ Electric Ballroom, London (21/03/2014)

‘“Wires” opening salvo rings out in an upping-of-the-ante before Aaron Beam’s vocals slide over the top, and then there’s “Blood Like Cream”, which has garnered the Fangsters so much attention, with it’s almost indie-chorus line. The Electric Ballroom’s not-even-remotely-badass curfew means the encore is so unmilked it’s all the way back in the cow, but we do get to go full circle to the very start with “Prehistoric Dog” proving it’s still got all its teeth.’

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Live: Grand Magus @ The Underworld, London (16/03/2014)

“Above ground talk is of shamrocks and Guinness, this being St Patrick’s Day and all, but below, in the bowels of The Underworld is where something interesting is happening. Where the sounds are of steel being sharpened and axes being restrung. For tonight Grand Magus will lead another army of followers into battle. Maybe they’ll even claim an iron throne.”

Follow the riff – read the full review exclusively at The Independent Voice ezine

Live: Crowbar @ The Garage, London (04/03/2014)

Listen to Crowbar. I did.

Here’s a snippet: “Thing about Crowbar is they make the up-tempo and down-tempo work together; different sides of the coin as one. Only you’re never sure which side you want it to land on – slow and brooding or fast and driving. Better to just let it keep spinning on its end.”

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