Category: Gig Reviews

Ugly Kid Joe/Strangers With Guns – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 23 May 2022

You can tell when a band just loves playing live when they squeeze in additional headline shows on “off days” during an arena-filling support tour. You can also tell when they have an affection for a particular corner of the Überverse when they don’t take the easy option by playing said dates on the ÜK mainland but instead venture across the most expensive expanse of water on the planet to bring the party to the island of Ireland… and it shows how much that gesture is appreciated that the first of the two shows in question sees the venue rammed to the rafters on a Monday night…

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Kickin’ Valentina/She Burns Red – Crumlin, The Patriot– 18 May 2022

The return of the music scene has seen a plethora of gigs announced, almost too many to support them all but it’s not only about ÜK bands anymore like it was last year after the first lockdown. The return to international touring is giving music fans a great opportunity to see other bands. Von Hertzen Brothers last week was a joy but a bit closer to home gets David O’Neill to see his first ÜS band for a while.

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Mayhem/Mortiis – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 18 May 2022

The sun may have been making one of its increasingly frequent appearances and the mercury may be starting to rise, albeit temporarily, but there was a definite chill in the air and sense of impending darkness about to descend… but that was probably something to do with the fact that two of the most iconic names on the European black metal scene were about to hold court and bring their individual and collective brands of ritualistic musical extremity to the heart of Belfast town…

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Employed To Serve/Burner – Huddersfield, The Parish – 17 May 2022

A stupidly humid day in the middle of May brings Jase W to a new place and a new venue, The Parish in Huddersfield. he had been meaning to come here for a while now and sadly wasn’t able to see Modern Error play here a short while back due to health issues. Employed to Serve took Jase’s attention a few years back with their style of hardcore laced with catchy melodies and some really bouncing grooves and they’re touring in support of their latest album finally!

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Killakoi/Seven Year Witch/The Coursing – Charlotte NC, Amos’ Southend – 7 May 2022

If you wanted a real showcase of what the Carolinas have to offer as far as heavy music goes, then Amos’ Southend was the place to be this night. The triple billed headlined by Charlotte’s very own Killakoi was a prime example of the amazing amount of musical talent that the region has to offer. The lineup featured three bands that all fall into the general rock and metal category but are all so very different. It made for an exciting evening with a little bit of something to offer everyone.

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