Author Archives: Ash Crowson

Guitarist, photographer, geek, gamer, full on metalhead and allround barfly, if i'm not at work, a gig or studying for my degree, you'll find me at the bar! A fascination with second world war history and military aviation. All with a very dry humour to round me off!
Decapitated

Decapitated kill the cult at the O2 Islington

It may well feel forever ago that Decapitated unleashed onto the World their monster of a release, Anticult, but with a thirst and new energy after the challenges that they have battled through, they have finally regrouped and brought the tour the album deserved to justice. It seems no matter how well you plan, things are never always in your ...

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Inglorious

Inglorious rock Nottingham

Gaining a solid name for themselves over the past few years, Inglorious are back on the road in support of the third extremely anticipated album Ride to Nowhere, a name that they are far from living up to, as they continue to bring outstanding performances to every stage and venue on the way. Bringing the finest of talent on the ...

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The Infernal Sea

The Infernal Sea finally bring the ritual home

Having been relatively quiet for a period, local blackened plague, The Infernal Sea announced an extremely rare home town show, bringing an end to a tour with the noise bringers Abigail Williams. Seeing show after show going down well in post gig updates across social platforms from fans, excitement of our local anti-heroes grew and grew as our hazy memories ...

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Incite – Built to Destroy

Having knocked around for more than few years, Incite have been a band that have relatively been stuck in the shadows of vocalists Ritchie Cavalera’s fathers’ bands, which clearly after reading the family name, need no mention. It is rather unfair to read the name and all of a sudden raise expectations of what you believe may come from Incite, ...

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Zeal & Ardor

Manuel talks all things Zeal & Ardor, Satan, & Guilty Pleasures

We were offered the chance to speak with not only possibly the most musically controversial artist of the year, but also the kindest, most humble artist of the year. The brain behind Zeal and Ardor, Manuel Gagneux, was kind enough to sit down with us and talk over a beer (thank you!) before taking to the stage at the Electric ...

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Clutch Brixton 2018 Dec

Clutch deliver a spectacular performance at Brixton Academy

Starting somewhat gently, Clutch have hit the UK with two bands of European flavour that bring something a little different to the mix, flying the flag for the French, are the somewhat politically charged folk sounding The Inspector Cluzo, for the Germans, the desert rock sounding The Picture Books. Both bands consisting of nothing but two members. First up came the ...

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Zeal and Ardor

Zeal and Ardor at The Electric Ballroom – His command dominates as his intent glare stares through the centre of the crowd.

Following the release of Stranger Fruit, Zeal and Ardor have exploded from being a small, underground band, to a band that really are on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream. Their blend of gospel blues and black metal hasn’t come without its fair share of hate from elitists, but if you’re getting hate, clearly you’re doing something good. Currently ...

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Diamond Head

Diamond Head, Burnt Out Wreck, Saints of Sin, Neuronspoiler, Alteration – Four Sticks Weekender Four Sticks Weekender

Finding our way south of the river we see our way through the hustle and bustle of the capital’s maze of streets and tube lines to New Cross. Here a fantastic live venue with that cosy pub feel is embracing a three day live music festival of which we are lucky enough to enjoy the first day of. As with ...

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Bast – Nanoangstrom

Slow and heavy, Bast are a band that have entered their tenth year of existence this year and through that time, they have crafted themselves a name with an unnerving sound of blackened doom that has landed them slots on festival lineups and one off support slots with plenty of bands that have caused a stir in their genres. Following ...

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Metal Allegiance – Vol II: Power Drunk Majesty

Ah, Metal Allegiance, the band where my entire music journalist life started! A few years ago their self-titled debut was my first ever album to review, not having a clue what I was doing other than being straight with myself and stating what I felt about the album, I couldn’t flaw it! It still gets played often to this day ...

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