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Mother's Ruin may not be an instantly recognizable name to you yet (they went down a storm earlier this year at the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip) but this is a band where its personnel have a proven track record of producing great rock music, and they are very much a band to watch in the rest of 2012 and beyond. I caught up with the band at a live show in Glasgow's Ivory Blacks to see what it's all about.

Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Gary Moat, those unfamiliar with the name Mother's Ruin may have their memories jogged a bit if I mentioned the band Heavy Pettin' (best known for their 80s albums, 'Lettin' Loose' and 'Rock Ain't Dead') with whom Moat played drums until the band broke up in 1988.

With Mother's Ruin, he's back with a vengeance, and this is more than ably demonstrated with the first number of the set, 'Look In The Box'. It has a great fat heavy rock sound to it, and certainly grabs the attention of the audience as Moat's rhythm guitar provides good back up for Adrian Dunn's lead guitar as he produces the first of many great solos tonight.

Moat mentions that there are some old friends and colleagues present in the room (including Jools and Paul from Scots rock band Gun), and that this is the first time he's played Glasgow for sometime, which may make for an unusual gig for him, but it's nonetheless an enjoyable experience all round.

Not one to be living in the past, however, the new tracks come thick and fast from this point on, with Moat giving good, solid vocal performances on both 'She's A Dirty Love' and 'Love And Money' (one of the slower songs showcased tonight), 'Medusa' (a track about 'hard ons' we're all informed) and 'She's The One' all get the crowd moving, before a dodgy microphone causes some laughter between the band and audience as it steadfastly refuses to remain on its stand!

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Drummer Mick Ivory keeps a solid heavy beat at the back, and with bass player Joe Thomas completing the line up, the band steam through the rest of their set. Ivory's drumming is superb, especially on 'Pulling It Out" where his rhythm hits you straight in the chest, on what turns out to be a great straight-ahead rock tune, again with an emphasis on heaviness.

There are, as you would expect, a couple of Heavy Pettin' numbers ('Love Times Love' and 'Rock Ain't Dead'), in the set tonight, but you get a clear sense from Moat that these are for perspective only and it's clear that this band have so much more to offer in the future.

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The band are persuaded to come back on for an extra couple of songs and with 'Best Of Your Life" Moat gives one of his best vocal performance of the night and as 'Rocking Man' reaches its climax, Moat steps aside to give Dunn one last chance to shine in the spotlight.

Alas, time is against them and as the band finish their set, I'm sure I wasn't the only one in the audience who is hoping that it's not too long until they come back up for a return visit.

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Also worth a mention were the two support bands – Glasgow based Devil May Cry are a solid five piece with a great twin guitar sound courtesy of Andy Farrell and Ian Murray. Amongst the stand out tracks in their set was the heavy 'Love Me Too Much', followed by the more rocky tones of 'Maria Maria' and 'Don't Say Yes, A Little Too Late', with singer Jim Jackson doing particularly well on the latter. With the prospect of new tracks to go with their already recorded EP, this could be a band worth watching out for.

Dante's Assassin were the first band to grace the stage, on what turned out to be their first ever gig. Full marks to the four piece, especially lead guitarist Eddie Trainer and Mark Boyle on bass with 'Bruiser' and 'Lockdown' amongst the best songs showcased tonight. With the prospect an EP early next year, this band have a lot of talent that should put them in good stead and they have all to play for in 2013.

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You can catch Mother's Ruin live on Saturday 7th December at the Snooty Fox, Wakefield.

Mother's Ruin's Set List:
Look In The Box
She's A Dirty Love
She's The One
Love & Money
Pulling It Out
Janies Home
Love Times Love
Rock Ain't Dead
Best Of Your Life
Rocking Man
Give Me A Bullet 2 Bite On

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Mother's Ruin are:
Gary Moat – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Adrian Dunn – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Joe Thomas – Bass/Backing Vocals
Mick Ivory – Drums

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

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