When Anvil Pounded t...

When Anvil Pounded the Pavements of Belfast A COLD Tuesday night feeling like it was the dead of winter should have ensured the streets of Belfast had only a few stragglers knocking about the place. Not so for the Limelight 2 where the legendary Anvil and the mighty Stormzone were playing....

Raveneye Skam Mosmo Strange.Live in Belfast

LIVE REVIEW: Raveneye, Skam and Mosmo Strange. Three rock bands walk into a bar …. ON a rather cold Friday night the Belfast Empire played host to a full on rock performance of epic proportions. As the crowd milled in anticipating a good show, little did they know what a fantastic night it was to be – minds, as they say blown… Setting the scene was local band Mosmo Strange, a four piece band of Gavin Scott, Nolan Donnelly, Eamonn Doherty and Conor Bradley. Kicking in with ‘L’Etrange’, Clipper and ‘Fumar Mata’, they grabbed people’s attention straight away with an eclectic alt rock energy. These guys were not the usual...

Operation Mindcrime packs the Belfast Empire

When a metal icon comes to town you know the place is going to be packed. And so it was at the Belfast Empire where Geoff Tate brought his Operation Mindcrime to the expectant mass of fans. He was very ably supported by local rockers Conjuring Fate and his daughter’s band Till Death Do Us Part. The Belfast Empire’s hall was already heaving when the excellent metallers , Conjuring Fate, hit the stage and the really hit the ground running to a very appreciative audience. Blasting off with ‘Darkest Days’ ‘Marching Dead’ they were heavy, fun and furious in their set. Working the crowd up into a heavy metal headbanging mood they powered into two...

LIVE REVIEW: Alter Bridge’s triumphant retur...

LIVE REVIEW: Alter Bridge’s triumphant return to Belfast’s Ulster Hall AFTER playing two gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier in the week it was clear the band was pumped up and that Belfast was in for yet another spectacular Alter Bridge show. Playing to another nearly sold out crowd they brought with them London formed rock band As Lions playing songs from their début album ‘Selfish Age’ it was evident from the start that this band had energy and a good stage presence of a band that had been performing for a while, playing songs such as ‘White Flags’ and ‘Bury my Dead’ they got the crowd’s attention. The lights...

LIVE REVIEW: The Glory that is Inglorious live

LIVE REVIEW: The Glory that is Inglorious live ON an autumnal Tuesday evening the bright light in our lives that bears the label classic rock breathed life into Belfast’s Ormeau Avenue Limelight in the shape of Inglorious. Though foreshortened by the usual student disco shit happening later in the night, Inglorious grasped an adoring crowd by the scruff of the neck – in the nicest possible way of way of course. Before that tender rock choking local metal heroes Stormzonesurmounted an albeit cramped stage to assault the unwary with a set crackling with songs oozing with their typical energy. Harv as the deadly vocal jester...

LIVE REVIEW: Fifith and final heat of Northern Ire...

LIVE REVIEW: Fifith and final heat of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses IT was down to the last four bands to challenge for a spot in the Metal2TheMasses semi-finals, all vying for the chance to battle out for a prized slot at Bloodstock in August – and as always the competition was fierce but friendly in Belfast’s Limelight2 on March 11th. The four bands all had varied style, and all put on an entertaining set in their allotted 30 minutes. There was groove, extreme, shlock and melodic metal on display and the variety only enhanced the experience. What was noticeable was that all the bands had worked hard on their...

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