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The Amorettes – Steelhouse 19/07/2014

When fiesty Scottish trio The Amorettes pulled into the backstage car park at the Steelhouse festival this past Saturday, they were fully expecting to able to relax with a few beers and catch a few of the other bands before their opening slot the following afternoon. What they found, instead, …

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Electric Boys – Steelhouse, 20/07/2014

Scheduled to play Saturday’s early evening slot at this past weekend’s Steelhouse Festival, flight delays resulted in Electric Boys‘ 15 hour journey from Stockholm to a Welsh mountain top ending just as they were due to finish their alloted set… A bit of juggling with stage times resulted in the …

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The Answer – Steelhouse 20/07/2014

Paul Mahon of The Answer

Half of PlanetMosh’s Belfast team endured flight delays, endless roundabouts and hikes up and down mountains to enjoy the various delights of the annual Steelhouse festival in Ebbw Vale. While there, we took the opporunity to sit down for a cold beer with our fellow countrymen, Paul Mahon (pictured right) …

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James Toseland – Steelhouse 20/07/2014

James Toseland

The opportunity to catch the charismatic former double World Superbikes champion James Toseland live for the first time was one of the highlights of this past weekend’s Steelhouse Festival in south Wales, for the PlanetMosh Belfast team at least. Before he took to the stage in the glorious sunshine of …

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Alestorm – Interview with Chris Bowes


With the launch of their new album, ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’, scheduled for August 1, PlanetMosh pulled up a tri-cornered stool, cracked open a bottle of the finest liberated rum and fired up ye olde telephony thingymajig to the captain of the good ship Alestorm – vocalist Chris Bowes …

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Skarlett Riot interview

Skarlett Riot

As part of our continuing build up to this weekend’s fourth annual Steelhouse Festival, PlanetMosh chatted with the beautiful Skarlett from Skarlett Riot about the event and her band: Skarlett Riot play Steelhouse on Saturday (June 19), alongside Black Star Riders, Sebastian Bach, Electric Boys, The Graveltones, Tax The Heat, …

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Tax The Heat interview

Tax The Heat

As part of our continuing build up to this weekend’s Steelhouse Festival, PlanetMosh grabs a chat with Jack Taylor, drummer with Bristol’s Tax The Heat, who’ll be popping over the Severn on Saturday to appear alongside the likes of the Black Star Riders, Sebastian Bach and Buffalo Summer. We started …

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Fair Warning – ‘The Box’

Fair Warning - The Box artwork

This box set is one of those kind that brings together a number of a particular band’s album in a cheap and cheerful manner… In this case, the collection marks the latter stages of hugely under-rated German melodic hard rockers Fair Warning‘s career, from 1997’s patchy ‘Go!’ through to 2000’s …

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Europe – Interview with Joey Tempest

Joey Tempest of Europe

Europe headline the second night of the fourth annual Steelhouse Festival, being staged just outside Ebbw Vale in south Wales, on Sunday July 20.   As part of our build-up to the event, PlanetMosh put in an early morning call to frontman Joey Tempest to discuss the gig – which …

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Judas Priest – ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls Artwork

The over-riding question which immediately springs to mind – as it inevitably does with any act with a pedigree stretching back some 45 years, plus a back catalogue which is one of the most iconic and influential in heavy metal – is “are Judas Priest still relevant today?”.  It is …

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Toseland – ‘Renegade’

Toseland - Renegade artwork

Like most self-respecting music fans, I have a real bee in my bonnet about so-called “celebrities” attempting to jump on the rawk ‘n’ roll bandwagon and establish their street creds by recording an album and playing a few gigs before returning to their various degrees of infamy and disappearing back …

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Monsters Of Rot: second stage line up completed

The line-up for the second stage at the PlanetMosh-backed Monsters Of Rot festival, being held in Letterbreen in County Fermanagh on Saturday August 16, has now been completed. This is the first time the festival has featured a second stage, which will feature sets from Phoresy, Cthl Rdgrs, Maximum Terrorem, …

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Cursed Sun return with new EP

Cursed Sun - The Fall And Rise artwork

Northern Ireland metallians Cursed Sun return to action this summer, with a new EP, ‘The Fall And Rise’ (artwork pictured right). The band will precede the release with a pair of new videos.  The first of these, for the song ‘Unleashed’ – from the band’s debut album, ‘Premonitions’ – will …

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Virgin Steele – ‘Invictus’

Virgin Steele - Invictus Artwork

This lavish re-issue of VS’s 1998 opus is very much – as it was originally – a companion piece to the also re-packaged ‘The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell I+II (reviewed here: – and indeed serves as the third instalment of what eventually would become a quartet of themed …

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Mastodon – ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’

Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun artwork

There’s a saying about first impressions being misleading, and this certainly was the case the first time that this reviewer listened to the latest, sixth full-length offering from Atlanta’s finest musical export.  The initial wave of reaction which not so much swept over me but lapped mildly at my ankles …

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