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The Great Escape 2011: see some good bands in Brighton this weekend

May 11th, 2011

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It’s time for The Great Escape 2011 so we’re off to Brighton for a few days to drink beer and get a dry face and fuzzy ears from watching bands while standing near to a large, salty body of water.

Because TGE is a big thing, there’s not very much metal going on so we thought we’d point out the token gigs of heaviness for you and list all the bands that we think are noteworthy PLUS when and where they’re playing.

There is nothing here that resembles a Turisas song.

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Live: Blackstorm @ Brighton Hobgoblin – Friday 9 April 2010

April 20th, 2010

For Brighton-based Brit-supergroup Blackstorm, it was their first gig of the year; for the venue, The Hobgoblin, it was it’s last gig ever. To record this momentous occasion, our man Andy Parker was on hand for both words and pictures.

You’ve got to be pretty bold in this day and age to have your first gig of the year 4 months in, but when you have the pedigree of the swaggering creature that’s known as Blackstorm, you really don’t care. When your founding line-up can boast past and present membership of earthtone9, The Ghost Of A Thousand, The Fall of Efrafa, Twin Zero, Skull Dozer, The Blueprint, This Is Menace, and Thrown To The Wolves, you can afford to take your time.

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2008 into 2009: MiLLS

December 20th, 2008

After drumming successfully for Cable and The Lucky Nine, Richie Mills has stepped out from behind the kit to front his own band. Bloody hell, if Dave Grohl can do it with Foo Fighters, then so can MiLLS.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Hearing Zane Lowe on Radio One telling folk waiting for a Soundgarden reunion that our band could tick a few boxes.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Nearly killing my landlord’s dog in the North Downs.

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Bands

New gigs and tours roundup – 12 June 2008

June 12th, 2008

Bullet For My Valentine

The enormous autumn metal tours have started rolling in. This week we’ve heard news about a couple of consortiums making their way across the Atlantic – one rather massive and one not so – as well as a couple of other big hitters hitting the UK from not quite as far away.

The hot ticket this autumn will be the painfully metal Unholy Alliance. 2006’s European leg had Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed making your ears implode.

This year’s thrash-fest will see Slayer joined by co-headliners Trivium with prog-metal masters Mastodon as the first announced special guests. The final support act is to be confirmed shortly.

October
27
Manchester Arena
28 Birmingham NEC
30 London Hammersmith Apollo
31 London Hammersmith Apollo

November
02
Cardiff CIA
03 Glasgow SECC

The mighty Swedish prog-death metal superstars Opeth will be following up the release of their latest masterpiece Watershed with a November tour. They’ll also be performing at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 if you can’t wait until then. Thrash Hits .com certainly can’t, so expect a review of Bloodstock right here.

November
17
Glasgow ABC
18 Dublin Vicar Street
19 Birmingham Academy
20 London Shepherds Bush Empire
21 Bristol Academy
22 Nottingham Rock City
23 Manchester Academy

Welsh megastars Bullet For My Valentine will also be hitting the road in November as they aim to consolidate the phenomenal success their Top 5-charting album, Scream Aim Fire with some big, big shows.

November
09
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Plymouth Pavilions
12 Birmingham Academy
15 London Alexandra Palace
16 Manchester Apollo

For all you heavy, heavy metalcore fans, Summer Slaughter is about to cross the pond and absolutely demolish the UK with a six-band bill that is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Suicide Silence are headlining with support from As Blood Runs Black, Abigail Williams, Born Of Osiris, Annotations Of An Autopsy and The Berzerker. If you’ve not had enough fun after Reading & Leeds Festival, this is where to go.

August
29
Liverpool Barfly
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Wrexham Central Station

September
02
Sheffield The Corporation
03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
05 Oxford The Zodiac
06 London Islington Academy
07 Brighton Concorde 2

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