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Live Review: Ride – O2 Ritz, Manchester 28.04.2022

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By Sian Connolly It was a Thursday evening in Manchester and the venue we are in tonight is the amazing o2 Ritz, welcoming not one, not two, but four incredible metal bands to get the party started! Kicking off the night with the likes of “Black Forest” and “Liquid Mourning”, German death metal band, Nailed …

By the time I’d battled across the Pennines, in the now all too familiar tailbacks and gridlocks of the M62 and Manchester City Centre, I arrived at the Ritz just as the closing chords of the mighty Nailed To Obscurity were ringing out. I was absolutely gutted as I had been really keen to catch …

By Sian Connolly The Deaf Havana tour has finally arrived in Manchester and warm-up band Jaws The Shark are here to kick it off.  Originally working as a tour manager, upcoming singer and producer Olly Bailey took to the stage to start the night off with a bang. With a low-fi vibe and punk aesthetic, …

By Sian Connolly To all the metal heads out there, this one’s for you. The Never Say Die Tour well and truly smashed it this year with headlining band After The Burial tearing it down at Manchester Academy.  All the way from Minneapolis, the death metal band who formed way back in 2004, are still …

With a bill that was dominated by thrash, what better way to keep the evening grounded than by kicking it off with a heavy dose of New Orleans sludge courtesy of the legend that is Windstein and his troops of doom. With another early door time the ritz wasn’t as full as Crowbar would have …

Manchester’s underground has never been short of bands, but recently a new breed are emerging, none of them more exciting than duo The Dirt. Being less than a year into live performances they have clocked up an impressive number of hours so BSM caught up with them recently to find out what makes them tick. …

I was already fighting to make it over the Pennines to reach the Manchester Academy 2 for the advertised doors of 18.30 but when I heard that the doors had actually been moved to an 18.00 start I held my hands up and inevitably went on to miss the opening band, Horizon Ignited. To say …

When you have a four-band card, and 3 of those are uber major players in the metal league, then you need an early door time in order to cram in sets of colossal size and nature. That was exactly what we got with the late afternoon time of 17.30 yet the only downfall with an …

The four band members of cruush

The Manchester 4-piece cruush have been described as shoegaze but on the evidence of this track their sound is much more complex. The haunting vocals of vocalist Amber Warren weave through the guitars which are urgent and raw rather than melancholy. ‘False Start‘ is an atmospheric track which captivates with the guitar reverbing over the …

As the majority of the festivals close their doors on yet another season, what could possibly lift us out of these doldrums and inject a much-needed spark of metal mayhem back into our lives? A colossal co-headlining tour from 2 demigods of the extreme music landscape, Amon Amarth and Machine Head, oh and throw in …