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Black Star Riders/Stone Broken – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 17 October 2019

Ever since the band’s inception, comparisons between the Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy have been inevitable. After all, the band was founded by long-term Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham and the man who fronted the last (and still sometime current) incarnation of the band, Ricky Warwick. And, it has to be admitted, the shadow of the late Phil Lynott always has loomed large over the Riders’ shoulders. But, latest album ‘Another State Of Grace’ saw them emerge still further from that shadow, with another massive step in that direction being taken on the current supporting tour, which currently is storming its way around these here islands and the other day pulled into the hometown of both their frontman and ÜR ourselves…

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Shadecrown – ‘Riven’ (Inverse)

One of the perks of a music writer being able to delve through the influx of album releases to find their next aural pleasure is that you can scratch your itch for certain genres, and today Jonny B has got a real itch for some melodic death metal. This genre pairs the brutality of death metal with intricate melodies often resulting in some real passionate music which is exactly what he’s looking for in this release from Finnish metallers Shadecrown.

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The Flower Kings – ‘Waiting For Miracles’ (InsideOut Music)

A mere quarter of a century into this particular aspect of their career, The Flower Kings are back with ‘Waiting For Miracles’, something the entire planet seems it could do with at this juncture in time. Anyone with even a vague interest in the softer, more traditional end of prog rock should have heard of these guys, or at the minimum of founder Roine Stolt, who seems to have as many side projects as Mike Portnoy! The main question for a band of this calibre is how does the new release compare to their other material?

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Harbinger/Godeater/Malign – Sheffield, Record Junkee – 15 October 2019

The umpteenth time in Sheffield for our resident gigaholic, but his first time in Record Junkee for a gig of somewhat heavy and quicker delights than his most recent gigs would suggest he likes. Plenty of heavy, plenty of death, even more technical guitar wankery – that actually sounds pretty damn good. Worth a 150-mile round trip? Only one way to find out!

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