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Acid Reign/Scimitar/Acid Age – Belfast, Voodoo – 8 December 2019

Ding, ding, seconds out – round three! Yes, three massive thrash gigs in the space of eight days ensured that Belfast’s metal community had very little opportunity to rest their weary neck muscles, with this return of H and his troupe capping off the week’s activities, which had been started in fine style by Sacred Reich and continued by the midweek thrashtastic line-up headed by Municipal Waste that had laid, erm, waste to the nearby Limelight just a few nights earlier. The focus of tonight’s action switched to another of our favourite venues, Voodoo, for what promised to be another evening of fast-paced heavy metal action…

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Human Fortress – ‘Reign Of Gold’ (AFM)

Right out of the gate John B has to mention the album cover. Whoever the artist was that put it together, mad props. If I had seen this album on the shelf at the store, he would have bought it based on the art alone. It just screams power metal. You look at it and you have a pretty good idea of what you should expect. The real question is: does the music live up to the high bar that the great art sets? Do we get this epic, hard-hitting and aggressive fast-paced power metal journey that we expect? Or does it let us down?

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Cormac Neeson & The Unholy Gospel Band – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 7 December 2019

When an artist steps away from a project in which they have been deeply involved for most of their adult life, it can be a cathartic experience, but also a revelatory one, in terms of allowing the individual concerned to explore new avenues for their creativity. And so it has proven for Cormac Neeson, best known to UR readers as frontman of high-octane Northern Ireland hard rockers The Answer, who have been on an extended hiatus for the last two years. Not that the charismatic singer has been idle in that time: far from it.

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Hellsodomy – ‘Morbid Cult’ (Saturnal)

OK, this is something John B can get behind. This is an album that delivers on exactly what you want and expect. Dark and aggressive this is the type of black metal that the local priest warned you would drag you to hell as a kid. Had you listened to him back then you would miss out on this epic album now. Sure it probably was not a priest in everyone’s life but the point is JB thinks most of us knew someone that was freaked out by our taste in music and imagines this is the kind of thing that most of those people had in mind. It will terrify the weak and that is great!

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