The last time Combichrist were in Newcastle was for their performance in July 2010 and if northerners still have their memories of the adrenaline-fuelled spectacle, then they’ll remember that it was a show of bombastic proportions. After a string of UK shows last year, the industrialists found their way back up north, but would it match the euphoria of the last occasion?
After 2010’s masterpiece ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’, Agalloch release their eighth EP to date and in the true fashion of the four-piece’s unpredictability, it’s a lot different from previous attempts.
Pathfinder caught a lot of galloping power metallers off their stride when they released debut ‘Beyond The Space Beyond The Time’ in 2010. The Polish act conjured some feisty technical solos, expansive film score-influenced theatrics and soaring vocal melodies to produce a sound that outplayed that of their age.
Hawkwind’s legacy in rock and punk music is a remarkable one. The band essentially created space rock, were a trailblazing pre-cursor for punk music in the 70s and through a tumultuous storm of line-up changes, kept a signature sound. But what’s even more impressive is that the journey still continues. Captain of the ship, Dave Brock, remains the only original member, but it’s his constant drive and unerring ambition that keeps the sails proudly flying. Originally joining as a replacement for Alan Davey on bass, Mr Dibs joined the band in 2007 and was followed by Niall Hone a year later, who handles sampling, synths and keyboards whilst interchanging with Dibs on bass duty. Calum Robson caught up with the pair on Hawkwind’s latest ‘Onward’ tour.
After 43 years of happiness, sadness, beauty and madness, the legendary Hawkwind continue their journey through the realms of deep space to consistently come up with the goods. Dave Brock and co have a following that remains strong, and if new album ‘Onward’ is anything to go by, then there’s plenty more for this astonishing act to offer.
Dwelling in a dark basement while the sun beats down might not seem like the best way to spend your Sunday afternoon. But it’s fair to say that it was the vitamin D-leeching, surface-folk that missed out on something rather special. With the common theme all things ‘doom’, seven bands each gave us a slice of their own noise in this cracking all-day event.
Last time SoundShock spoke with Liverpool’s Conan, the band were sitting backstage at Damnation Festival 2011, relaxing ahead of their 4:00pm performance. Steadily gaining a UK fanbase at the time, the three-piece had just released a split EP with Slomatics a few months earlier that put them on the musical map. With all things going rather well these days, Calum Robson caught up with the band to find out how they’re handling a new phase in their careers.