Prophets of Rage It says a lot that even a tyre blowing out on the motorway and 2 hours waiting to be rescued at 1am in the morning and getting just 3 hours sleep before setting off to work couldn’t kill the feeling that I had just seen, for me, the gig of the year... Prophets of Rage at Manchester Academy.


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FEVER 333 Lining up outside the Electric Ballroom completely soaked through from the glorious rain London had been receiving all day were a horde of fans eager to see FEVER 333.


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Papa Roach Papa Roach's set began with 10 of the most iconic and recognisable words in rock with the explosive intro to ‘Last Resort’, and playing ‘Last’ first was a bit of a masterstroke getting everybody going from the outset.


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HRH Metal 2019 Once upon a time, there was a young writer who found herself presented with the opportunity to review a music festival. But ah! This wasn’t just any festival. This was HRH Metal 2018, and a more magical experience the writer couldn’t possibly have imagined. Sadly the spell only lasted for one weekend, and she had to leave the enchanted world before the O2 Academy turned back into a pumpkin. Or something like that. Many moons she waited for the festival to return. At last, her patience is about to be rewarded. Take her hand and walk with her into the mystical depths of the metalhead Heaven which is Hard Rock Hell. (It’s me, by the way. The writer is me. ‘Sup.)


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Avatar I feel I’ve come a little late to the show for Avatar, despite the band being around for well over ten years, my first experience was at Download only last year, where they blew most of the opposition away with their metal freakshow circus antics. Since June last year I have managed to catch them on more than one occasion supporting Halestorm on their tour of the UK Academy circuit.


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Slayer Tonight’s Slayer show at Manchester Arena was momentous in more ways than one. They brought all the fire with them (and we mean ALL the fire), they brought not one, not two but three incredible bands along for the ride - and most of all - it will be the last time we get to experience Slayer on a world tour - Hell's house band are retiring.


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Coheed and Cambria American Prog-rock band, Coheed and Cambria recently released their ninth studio album, Vaxis Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures album and is currently on a tour to support it. I was lucky enough to catch them a second time in just over a year at Roundhouse in London on Tuesday.


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Incubus “Is Incubus still a band?” is mounted as one of the top 4 Google searches to include the word ‘Incubus’ at the moment, which is interesting considering they’re currently getting ready to wrap their final dates of a world tour, their first in many years. That being said, the atmosphere in tonight’s completely sold out o2 Academy definitively confirms that an army of people in Birmingham never forgot about them for a second.


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Tragedy What a night! Heavy guitars, black eyeshadow, glitter and energy, a match made in… disco heaven? Tragedy, for the uninitiated are the ‘All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond!’ and if you’re looking for a night full of high-octane, adults only, fun, look no further than this group of animals straight out of New York City.


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Alice in Chains Seattle legends Alice in Chains paid a flying visit to the UK for two shows in the run up to the release of their new album due later this year and before they spend the whole summer on a huge run of festival shows. We were lucky enough to catch them at Leeds Academy, the first of the two nights.


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Jonathan Davis More accustomed to playing arena shows, tonight the legendary frontman of Korn, Jonathan Davis, is getting a taste of his earlier days by playing to a crowd of less than 600 in the intimate Manchester Club Academy. With the new release of his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, JD is doing a series of smaller shows in anticipation for his upcoming performance at Donnington's Download Festival later in the week.


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Carnifex It's a fiercely cold night in Birmingham and snow is falling outside Mama Roux's as an almost sold-out crowd stays warm inside for something far more brutal in the shape of deathcore royalty with Aversions Crown, Oceano and headliners, Carnifex.


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HRH Metal "Welcome aboard the Hard Rock Hell experience! This weekend’s lineup will feature the most helpful staff you’ve ever met, flawless organisation, a plethora of bands who would be worth the ticket price on their own, and more hair than you could possibly imagine. We’d tell you where the exits are, but why would you ever want to leave? Sit back, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride, you beautiful headbanging weirdos."


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Arch Enemy Tonight I visited the rowdy Nottingham venue Rock City to see Black Symphonic Metallers Arch Enemy. First up as main support we had Wintersun, a band I was happy to realize were supporting as I was a fan in my teenage years.


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