Category: Gig Reviews

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS (ALMOST) LIVE

No doubt, 2021 has been another traumatic and troubled year for the music industry, particularly on the live front. While festivals and gigs did slowly return as the year progressed, many restrictions remained in place for months upon end, with some form of “normality” only returning towards the latter part of the year. However, there remained, and still remain, inconsistencies in how the Government and the various devolved administrations handled, and continue to handle, the situation. Different regions “opened up” at different times, meaning that tour schedules continued to be disrupted and re-arranged to comply with local restrictions.

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InVisions/Blind Summit/Clashmute – Manchester, The Bread Shed – 18 December 2021

York-based metalcore outfit InVisions arrived in one of Manchester’s steadily more popular venues, The Bread Shed as unfortunately, due to a positive Covid test prior to the penultimate show of the run, Ghost Iris had to drop out and return to Denmark. The line-up for tonight’s show therefore was now local metalcore outfit Clashmute, local prog metallers Blind Summit as direct support and InVisions to cap the night off.

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HRH Vikings III – Sheffield, O2 Academy, Sheffield – 5 December 2021

Hordes of drunken barbarians descended upon the streets of Sheffield this past weekend in a manner reminiscent of the origins of Yorkshire, and this time it wasn’t because of the Sheffield derby. No, instead they were making their way down to the O2 Academy for the third instalment of HRH’s Viking festival for a weekend of metal and debauchery and the ÜR team of Jonny B and Bona P simply couldn’t resist getting involved.

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HRH Vikings III – Sheffield, O2 Academy, Sheffield – 4 December 2021

Hordes of drunken barbarians descended upon the streets of Sheffield this past weekend in a manner reminiscent of the origins of Yorkshire, and this time it wasn’t because of the Sheffield derby. No, instead they were making their way down to the O2 Academy for the third instalment of HRH’s Viking festival for a weekend of metal and debauchery and the ÜR team of Jonny B and Bona P simply couldn’t resist getting involved.

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Lock Horns/Bakken/Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 December 2021

It hasn’t taken long for life to start getting back to some semblance of normality in the last part of the Uber Kingdom to lift restrictions on audience numbers, etc., at shows. On the downside, however, the turnout for tonight’s show, which celebrates the relaunch of the Distortion Project Records imprint with co-headlining performances by the label’s first three signings, is slightly lower than one might expect, especially giver the calibre of the acts. But then, it is the first in an (un)holy triptych of gigs over the course of the weekend, with Alestorm and Gloryhammer bringing their particular bands on in(s)anity to town the following evening, hotly followed by the Chris Jericho-fronted Fozzy the next night. With both bigger league shows sold out weeks in advance, it was only to be expected that the local lads would be the ones to suffer… Not that stops any of them trying to rip the roof off our favourite rock club!

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The Ocean – Phanezoroic I/Phanozeric II – 26 November 2021 (live streams)

Anyone who’s spent any reasonable amount of time in Jase W’s general vicinity will know that he is a huge fan of The Ocean, a truly interesting band hailing from Berlin, Germany, known for their extended length songs across several albums, each with their own narrative. So, imagine his surprise when he got an email dropped into his inbox asking if he wanted to review their ‘Phanerozoic’ live stream; there was not a chance in hell he’d pass up the chance to sit and listen to The Ocean for nearly two hours and gush about it…

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