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  • hellyeah - KMFDM - new video - show next week! KMFDM – new video – show next week!

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    We’re just a week away from history being made as KMFDM come to Newcastle for the first time ever.  Hitting up Think Tank on September 5th, this will certainly be a night to remember.

    They’ve just recently unleashed stunning new album ‘Hell Yeah’ and you can check out a lyric video to the title track here and the new video for ‘Murder My Heart’ below

    Don’t forget, very special guest Lord of the Lost are coming along for this tour – and you can check out the video for their new track ‘Waiting for you to die’ here read more


  • cib - Cold in Berlin make October return Cold in Berlin make October return

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    Doom-Gothic ensemble Cold in Berlin are set to make a pilgrimage to Newcastle this October to lay waste with their haunting tones.

    The band will be playing Trillians on October 22nd – and as a special treat, this time around the show will be FREE entry.

    They’ve created a rather nifty video here for the song ‘She Walks’ from their 2015 album ‘The Comfort of Loss and Dust’

    In a really quick turnaround, we even have some supports lined up already.

    Gothzilla will be one such support, they’re erm, quite Goth.  Check out a video here for ‘Today is a Good Day To Die’ – reminds me very much of The Merry Thoughts… read more


  • 17265089 991801617618336 8717822541990730887 n - The Electronic Liberation Tour The Electronic Liberation Tour

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    Manchester DIY alternative label AnalogueTrash will be taking four of its hottest acts on tour this November under the banner of the Electronic Liberation Tour 2017.

    Syd.31, ded.pixel, DEF NEON and St Lucifer will be playing at the Head of Steam (Think Tank Underground) on Saturday 25th November

    Here’s a little bit information about each band…

    Syd.31 – Genre-mashing, political electro-punk. Imagine the furious love child of Grace Jones and Sid Vicious fronting Atari Teenage Riot.

    ded.pixel – Progressive electronics and Northern bleakness; pushing the boundaries of electro, post rock, ambient and classical minimal composition. read more


  • NEWCASTLE - M2TM Newcastle - 2017 Winners and Write Up M2TM Newcastle – 2017 Winners and Write Up

    “You’re not making this any easier for me,” jokes Simon Hall of Bloodstock, after a string of strong performances in the 2017 M2TM Final.

    “Isn’t that the point?” I joke back.

    Seriously though, some of the performances were out of the park.

    Some things I’ve kept close to my chest. When anyone asks my opinion on who will go through I’ve said stuff like “we’ve 4, 5, 6 great bands tonight” (depending on how many playing) although the truth is, in some of the rounds I did have an opinion… and in most cases I was wrong! read more


  • M2TM Semi Final 2 – This Sunday

    Last weekend we had six of the best and it was Decrepit Monolith and Vigil who secured places in the final, with play offs secured for Erebor and Blood Moon Bandits

    Semi Final 2 is this Sunday at Trillians, with 6 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 6pm (first band 6.30pm)

    Two bands will go straight to the final in June, while two bands will be given entry into a wild-card play off…

    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming… read more


  • 887f7770 7242 4b30 97c2 6fccc1400e21 - M2TM Semi Final 1 : Preview Each Band M2TM Semi Final 1 : Preview Each Band

    Contains video previews of each band in this weekend’s semi…. all video courtesy of Truth Hurts….

    It started back in February and we’ve seen 29 great bands on the way so far.  We’re now down to 12.

    Semi Final 1 is this Sunday at Trillians, with 6 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 6pm (first band 6.30pm)

    Two bands will go straight to the final in June, while two bands will be given entry into a wild-card play off… read more


  • 17952861 614011308798728 5543381475842860713 n - M2TM - Heat 6 Write Up M2TM – Heat 6 Write Up

    I knew it was going to be tight.

    I just knew it.

    But not even I could predict how bloody tight it would be. Such joy and heartbreak as the final two bands join the semi finals (we’ll get the updated list out when we know which rounds they each drop into)

    First up, Altostratus, they’re like an instrumental Coheed and Cambria – there is a niche here, because instrumental stuff can go two ways – some get really desperate for vocals to kick in. I’m reminded of the old Karma to Burn story, you know, “We’ll give you a record deal – but we want you to have proper song titles and a singer” – well, Roadrunner dropped them and they reissued the album without vocals or song titles and they’re doing well for themselves.
    Anyway… yes.. Altostratus, they’re bloody good like, they captivate the audience with their riffs and it’s quite marmite but certainly many people would like to see more from them. read more


  • NEWCASTLE heat 6 copy - M2TM Heat 6 - This Thursday M2TM Heat 6 – This Thursday

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     Last time out, Molasses and Coma Violet became the 9th and 10th bands to octoberends 300x213 - M2TM Heat 6 - This Thursdayprogress to the Semi Finals – there’s now only two more slots to fill and a very tough round of bands to fill them.

    Round 6 is this Thursday at Trillians, with 5 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 7pm

    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…

    Erebor  – Technical Death Metal. read more


  • 17796685 1292627924188740 2464819685638078272 n - M2TM Newcastle - Heat 5 write up M2TM Newcastle – Heat 5 write up

    I’m a bit later than usual with my M2TM heat round up (Heat 5 this time).

    Believe it or not, in the crazy world I live in, after the gig I got on an over night bus to London to film a pop music video cover of an RnB classic. No, really.

    Where was I? Heat 5, yesss…

    Opening tonight is Coma Violet. It’s only their second gig. They’re a kind of Fuzz-Pop. Although it’s their second gig, plenty of familiar faces from other bands, the guys have experience and they make it pay off. Plenty of catchy powerful songs. They bounce their way into the semis. read more


  • NEWCASTLE heat 5 copy - M2TM Heat 5 - This Thursday M2TM Heat 5 – This Thursday

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    Last time out, Vigil and Creature joined the ever-swelling semi finals – and it’s looking to be some serious tight competition alredy and there’s still plenty of bands to look forward to over the next two heats.
    Round 5 is this Thursday at Trillians, with 4 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 7pm

    There is scope for a 5th band, but at time of writing only 4 are confirmed.

    Nice.
    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…molasses 300x200 - M2TM Heat 5 - This Thursday

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