Steelhouse: Full line up and day splits confirmed


The full line up and day splits have now been confirmed for this year’s Steelhouse Festival, which takes place outside Ebbw Vale on July 25 and 26.

Legendary British AORsters FM have been added to the Sunday bill, which is topped by the inimitable Dee Snider. Steelhouse: Full line up and day splits confirmed.

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27 more bands announced for Download festival


With, unbelievably, less than two months to go until Download 2015, the finishing touches are being added to this year’s masterpiece of a line-up, and today sees twenty-seven more flashes of colour streaking the tableau of Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival.

Seminal post hardcore megaliths Funeral For A Friend make a first appearance in four years followingWith, unbelievably, less than two months to go until Download 2015, the finishing touches are being added to this year’s masterpiece of a line-up, and today sees twenty-seven more flashes of colour streaking the tableau of Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival. Seminal post hardcore megaliths Funeral For A Friend make a first appearance in four years following the release of January’s enormous record Chapter and Verse. Singer Matthew Davies-Kreye said: Download is a festival very close to our hearts and we’re thrilled to have been invited back this year alongside some amazing bands. Alaskan metalcore steamroller 36 Crazyfists are also basking in the glory of a huge new album, February’s Time and Trauma and will join FFAF in taking their place on the mainstage. A long lost friend will also return as, amid reports that a new album is in the works, heavy metal titans Corrosion of Conformity, freshly reunited with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, come to Donington for the first time in twenty years having played Monsters of Rock in 1995, while a new friend arrives in the form of legendary Liverpudlian metallers Carcass give Download a first ever fistful of their mastery of every extreme genre from goregrind to melodic death metal. For Carcass the appearance is the fulfilment of a […]

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Another 26 bands join the Download lineup!


It’s just seven weeks and five days until Download Festival opens its gates once more, but they’re not finished with announcing bands just yet – and today they’ve confirmed another batch to take to the various stages at Donington Park this summer – and there are still a number of big names in the mix!

Taking up theIt’s just seven weeks and five days until Download Festival opens its gates once more, but they’re not finished with announcing bands just yet – and today they’ve confirmed another batch to take to the various stages at Donington Park this summer – and there are still a number of big names in the mix! Taking up the final headline slot on the third stage this year are pop punk legends Yellowcard, with thrash icons Suicidal Tendencies topping the fourth stage bill on Sunday as well. The announcement also includes Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend, Corrosion of Conformity, Italian outfit Lacuna Coil, the awesome 36 Crazyfists and the might of UK death metallers Carcass. There’s also the likes of supergroups Krokodil and Antemasque (featuring members from The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In), Malefice, Canadian rockers Three Days Grace, Upon a Burning Body – who are making up for last year’s no-show – and a flavour of Scandinavia in the shape of Finns Von Hertzen Brothers and Sweden’s Blues Pills. Making their Download debuts this year are Colour of Noise, LTNT and possibly the band with the greatest name in the world in Chunk! No, Captain Chunk. Rounding off this announcement are […]

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 13/03/2015


After less than the recommended mandatory amount of sleep (well, it is a festival after all – and a journalist’s work doesn’t stop when the last band takes their curtain call), Team PM were up at the crack of dawn of the second day of HRH AOR for a busy morning of interviews with theAfter less than the recommended mandatory amount of sleep (well, it is a festival after all – and a journalist’s work doesn’t stop when the last band takes their curtain call), Team PM were up at the crack of dawn of the second day of HRH AOR for a busy morning of interviews with the participating acts before a dander in the crisp early afternoon air to take up our mandatory front and (slightly left of) centre position for the day’s musical menu. Having unfortunately missed Psycho Kiss – who, by all accounts got the afternoon off to a suitably rambunctious start – Tainted Nation hit us up hard and heavy, with big riffs and even bigger melodies, coupled with great vocal harmonies, the latter led by frontman Pete Newdeck (pictured right), who exudes an easy confidence throughout their set. The rhythm section of bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Mark Cross are provide the sort of concrete solid foundation you would expect from musicians of this calibre, underpinning an energetic, passionate and powerful performance. Greeks Kingdragon are the first band of the day to possess what we shall describe as “invisible keyboards syndrome”; but, this does not prevent them delivering […]

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Tigertailz replace CrashDiet at HRH AOR


Welsh glam legends Tigertailz have replaced CrashDiet on the bill at next month’s HRH AOR, after the Swedish sleaze rockers were forced to pull out. PlanetMosh’s favourite new kids on the block, StOp sToP have also been added to the event’s Sleaze stage.

While it had beenWelsh glam legends Tigertailz have replaced CrashDiet on the bill at next month’s HRH AOR, after the Swedish sleaze rockers were forced to pull out. PlanetMosh’s favourite new kids on the block, StOp sToP have also been added to the event’s Sleaze stage. While it had been widely reported for several weeks that CrashDiet were not appearing, an official statement posted on the HRH Facebook page earlier today said: “Just to put some clarity to the recent rumours, CrashDiet will not be performing at HRH United or in the near future due to one of its band members being considerably ill. It’s a shame, as we were all up for it, but we are only human and sometimes these things happen, however once they are fit and back up and running, well get them back in.” A statement from the band added: “Its with a lot of regret that CrashDiet have had to cancel Hard Rock Hell United due to health issues with one of the band members. We apologise to anyone that has bought a ticket to see the band and hope that the band will be able to grace a future edition of the event so as to […]

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Les-Fest 3 Day 3 – Sunday Review by Dennis


So Sunday is here, the 3rd and unfortunately the last day of Les-Fest 3, easily one of the best, if not the best outdoor festival I’ve attended. Perfect location, food was of high quality and reasonably priced, accommodation was second to none, the bar was also reasonably priced and Les-Fest 3 was family friendly withSo Sunday is here, the 3rd and unfortunately the last day of Les-Fest 3, easily one of the best, if not the best outdoor festival I’ve attended. Perfect location, food was of high quality and reasonably priced, accommodation was second to none, the bar was also reasonably priced and Les-Fest 3 was family friendly with quite a few young children there, most of which were obviously wearing ear defenders. Opening act Defy All Reason drew a fair sized crowd for 11am and even though I was born a mere 15 miles from their Wrexham beginnings, this was the first time I had seen them and was blown away by their heavy rock with lashings of Southern rock tinges and their heavy Nickelback riffs and harmonies, fronted by the imposing figure of Gavin Jones, looking a lot like James Hetfield and even sounding a bit like him. Their 6 song set included a riff heavy cover of ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ and the pick of their own material was a song off their new 4 track E.P ‘Every Second Counts’ called ‘Behind Those Eyes’, the slowest song of the set and a huge rock ballad with an emotional vocal. Debut album […]

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