Author: Steve Fallows

Def Leppard, Whitesnake & Black Star Riders @ Manchester Arena – December 15, 2015

It doesn’t seem too long since I saw the Journey, Whitesnake & Thunder tour at the Arena, and tonight brings another strong line up as Whitesnake return, this time co headlining with Def Leppard on this run of Arena shows. Opening on this run are Black Star Riders, he band born when the latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy decided to write and record new material under a different name. Now onto their second album, he band have gained a lot fo respect for the way they have gone about things, and their albums have been rightly praised and seem...

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Raging Speedhorn, Ten Foot Wizard @ Star & Garter, Manchester – November 30, 2015

The Corby crew, Raging Speedhorn, are now well into their comeback and this latest tour sees them after completing a successful Pledge campaign and ahead of the recording of the subsequent album. Getting to the venue in time for Ten Foot Wizard, and once again they have improved on recent performances as they have every time I have seen them play. They always go down well, regardless of who they are sharing a bill with, something that a lot of bands struggle with. Their energy and delivery onstage ensures everyone has a great time and they quickly get new...

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Cradle Of Filth, Ne Obliviscaris & She Must Burn @ Manchester Academy 2 – 22 October, 2015

The first proper chance I had to see Cradle of Filth in close to 20 years, and coming on the back of the recently released “Hammer of the Witches” album, following on from other acclaimed releases, it seemed like the perfect time to see the band again. I only caught the end of the She Must Burn set but the Londoner’s seemed to be putting on a fine show. A difficult task being openers on this bill but the band put everything into their performance and it looked like more and more people were paying attention throughout their set....

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Enslaved & Grand Magus @ Manchester Academy 3 – September 25, 2015

This is a very different show to what we normally get over here, with just two bands on a co-headlining tour, each playing a full 90-minute set. And although Norway’s Enslaved and Sweden’s Grand Magus may not be the first band touring together that spring to mind they provided a quality night’s entertainment. The small venue (one of my favourites over the years I have been going to gigs) was almost full right from the start, which is always good to see. First up were Grand Magus, a band that are just about as heavy metal as you can...

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Vision Of Disorder – Razed To The Ground

Born out of the NYHC scene that brought many bands to international and major label recognition, Vision Of Disorder somehow managed to stay quite underground and massively underrated despite a string of fine albums on Roadrunner Records. Fans and certain press raved about them, but they somehow missed out on making the next step up. Likewise, their reunion back in 2008 brought a fair bit of acclaim, but once again they seemed to be bubbling under when it came to coverage. The resultant album ‘’The Curse Remain Cursed’’ in 2012 proved that they were serious, this was unfinished business....

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