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Alestorm interview @Sub 89 Reading 23/10/14

November 13th, 2014

Alestorm Interview with Dani Evans

Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Photos by Graham Hilling

23rd October 2014

@ Sub 89, Reading

Alestorm

Alestorm

Saying that Alestorm have been a busy band is an understatement, with a new album just out and the Scottish pirate crew are ready to release the Kraken that is their new album “Sunset on the Golden age”.We caught up with Dani Evans, who lends his guitar talents to Alestorm, for a quick chat about the new album, the current tour and plans for the future.
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Alestorm [PirateFest 2014] Live review @Sub89 Reading 23/10/14

November 7th, 2014

PirateFest 2014
Alestorm and Guests

@Sub 89 Reading 23/10/2014

Photography By Graham Hilling

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Alestorm

Alestorm

The pirate crew re back on this stop of their swashbuckling journey they are in Reading’s prime venue Sub 89, famed for their wench at the ready tunes that make you want to crack out a bottle of rum in an instant, have three valiant support acts for tonight’s debauchery. Rainbowdragoneyes, Red Rum and Lagerstein and of course the evenings head line act Alestorm.

 

Without further ado it’s time for some merriment, first up are Rainbowdragoneyes [4/5] who on paper might sound like am audio disaster, but in reality are surprisingly infectious. Opening up with a dance-chip-core sound, the corpse painted one man band is met with a crowd who look almost anxious about the lack of fellow musicians on stage. His sound is somewhere between the soundtrack of fighting dragons with majestic 8-bit trumpets, stomping dance beats and topped off with death metal growls.

Rainbowdragoneyes

Rainbowdragoneyes

It’s not long though before the slowly trickling in crowd start to enjoy the strange sound flavour before them. There is an aura of uncertainty around the frontman until he asks the crowd an obvious ice breaker “do you like video games” before proceeding with his 3D game boy antics.

Rainbowdragoneyes

Rainbowdragoneyes

With slices such as “the rift” which sounds like Nintendo dubstep and other notable wonders such as “Primordial ooze” which is not without some killer electronically created riffs. It would be fair to say that this band have a very old school sound to them, with childhood rekindling in every chord. A thoroughly enjoyable if not unexpected set from the American gamer.

Rainbowdragoneyes

Rainbowdragoneyes

Red Rum [3.5/5] are up next with a full band on board, it’s a visual re-adjustment for the crowd (which has filled out by quite a long way). With music that sits somewhere between Neoclassical Pirate Metal and fairy-tale land infused folk. The crowd lapped up the chance to interact with the band and show them their “claw/hook” instead of the traditional metal horns.

Red Rum

Red Rum

The six piece from the Midlands step up the pace with a heavy rendition of Lord of the Rings famed “Taking the hobbits to Isengard” among other delightful offerings that are as addictively danceable as they are drinkable too. It’s not long before the crowd are thrown by command into a tundra of excitement, whirling its way into a circle pit.

Red Rum

Red Rum

The bands bring with them rhythms that are drenched in a sound that is a combination of Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, and Eluviette influence.

Red Rum

Red Rum

It’s time to say bye to the plush pirates who needless to say may have felt a bit underdressed in compare to the crowd, which had finally filled out the venue completely and just in time for the gigs second to last act.

Red Rum

Red Rum

Lagerstein [4.5/5], the troupe who hail from Australian, have travelled across the seven seas to be here tonight. The outfit who are self-described as being formed in 2010 after a 12 Kings hangover and decided that there weren’t enough drinking bands out there so formed Lagerstein and did something about it!

Lagerstein

Lagerstein

The band don’t waste too much time with formalities as they get stuck in with the first guitar chords ringing out from band members “The Majestic Beast” and ” Neil Rummy Rackers”. They work in fruitful harmony and start off the bands musical journey packed with story- telling antics, which serve as the backdrop for the beer guzzling.

Lagerstein

Lagerstein

Highlights of the bands set included a swashbuckling cover of “I’m on boat” that gets everyone familiar with the lonely island masterpiece to sing along, after downing multiple beer bongs of course. Shared with one man band Rainbowdragoneyes and the evening’s headliners Alestorm it’s needless to say that the stage is pretty packed.

Lagerstein

Lagerstein

The excitement for Alestorm [4/5] has begun to boil as the band are about to kick off with an instrumental sea shanty followed by new found classic: “Walk the plank”. Which kicks off the “First annual Anglo-Irish pie rating festival 2014” according to the set list.

Alestorm

Alestorm

The ‘True Scottish Pirate Metal’ band were welcomed onstage by the packed out crowd. The band who are nearing the end of their nineteen day tour of the British Isles, most bands at this point would be faltering but the crew are roaring to go helped by a power punch of excitement in their bellies to add fire to the hearth.

Alestorm

Alestorm

Working their magic all over the intimate stage, Alestorm show their ability to play to a large and relatively small crowds. Displaying their calibre as musical geniuses and as theatrical master minds. With no stopping except for topping up the dosage of alcohol as the band continue onward on their high energy rampage.

Alestorm

Alestorm

The twenty strong set list has been one killer track after another, with the likes of “drink”, “Nancy the tavern wench”, “wooden leg” and of course the awesome “Wenches and Mead” .It’s fair to say that when final fun filled tracks “Captain Morgan’s revenge” and simply named “Rum” rung out the crowd wouldn’t have asked them to walk the plank in punishment.

Alestorm

Alestorm

The concert tonight has been a fine display of how an intimate stage can really bring out the most excitement in a crowd and the best in a band. Helped, naturally by lashings of beer, plenty of whirlpool worthy circle pits and more antics than a circus. It’s fair to say that Pirate fest 2014 in Reading has been a success.

Alestorm

Alestorm

The band’s latest release Sunset on the Golden age here

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Anathema live in London 26/09/2014

September 29th, 2014

Anathema

@ The Koko, Camden

26th September 2014
Review and Photography by Ashlinn Nash

There is a lot to be said about a band by the choice of venue, and here the Koko seems to be the perfect one for the British progressive outfit, Anathema to be in. With its dramatically pleasing high balconies and theatrical interior the venue harmonises with the bands uplifting, passion fueled and refreshing sound.

Anathema

Anathema

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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?

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Bloody Hammers @ The Underworld, London

July 8th, 2014

Bloody Hammers

The Underworld, London, UK

8th June, 2014

Review by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Ashlinn Nash

It seems hard to turn anywhere on the London scene at the moment without bumping into a psychedelic or doom lineup playing one venue or another. Heading up the Underworld that night are Carolina based Bloody Hammers, bringing along with them a suitably dismal line up.

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Interview with The Bloody Hammers

July 8th, 2014

Interview with Anders Manga and Devallia
of the Bloody Hammers

Interview by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Ashlinn Nash

With the rise of doom metal and the occult on the scene at the moment, its no wonder that were starting to see such a plethora of bands emerging onto the UK scene. Another band stepping up to fill this title are US based Bloody Hammers. Heading over to tour the UK for the first time since their conception 2 years earlier, we caught up with Anders Manga and Devallia before their headlining show at the Underworld that evening.

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The Answer @ Sub 89 – Reading

March 18th, 2014

The Answer

@ Sub 89, Reading UK

9th March  2014

Review and Photography by Ashlinn Nash  

Sub 89 in Reading, the upstairs legendary venue that lives on the town’s high street is blessed with charm, intimacy and comfy sofas, plus the drinks are reasonably priced too. Along with a past collection of bands that would make most venues jealous; with the likes of Firewind, Towers of London, Sham 69, The Buzzcocks, The Haunted and Gary Numan just to name a few.

The Answer

The Answer

On with the show…Blackwolf [3.5/5] open this evening with their combination of hard rock, bluesy dreams tales and the element of sleaze you just fall in love with. Tonight playing new slick tracks from latest album “The hunt” they are energetic, powerful and graceful around the edges of pure pumping hard rock.

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

The Bristol based five piece’s Leading man Scott Sharp has a prowl, contained in the capsule of a contemporary voice with a vintage focus. A voice that sends the crowd on a narrative journey through a rock and roll time scape, with moments from their set, sounding not to de-similar to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd along with elements of modern rock revival grunge too found with Black Stone Cherry and Alterbridge.

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

Whilst others later in the set take a new departure that focuses away from their influence and into their own musical styling’s for example “Moving Mountains” and “sea of Mercy” reflect a cooler rock persona from the band. The set is not without variants of crowd sing a longs with plenty of involvement.

BlackWolf

BlackWolf

As the band conclude their swish set it’s one that has left the crowd with an abundance of not only energetic feelings but also revitalised.

The Answer

The Answer

The answer, [5/5] the bold and lovely four piece arrive on stage to a crowd, who are pumped and ready to get another rock fix. They are not disappointed as Cormac Neeson, the proud to please front man takes on the roll of setting the pace for tonight with his blend of traditional stage moves that are familiar and similar to those of influence, all served up whilst delivering music with the tones of and emotions that harboured a unique take on recognition from the span rock music’s history, hits the stage.

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer

The band now in full swing of their club UK tour, it’s great to be in a intimate setting such as this one. As the band work through songs like “new Horizon” from the same titled album [and latest release] , “speak now”, and “concrete” it becomes clear that the band have a strong artillery of sound slices to work with.With lyrics that seem inspired by camp fires, it’s a joyous sound to be witnessing, which in tonight’s venue is one of the best live sound mixed gigs I’ve ever been too. With plenty of banter, musical displays and fine rock and roll it’s hard not to love this band live.

The Answer

The Answer

 

After falling out of acquaintance with the band for two albums worth a AC/DC tour and many festival appearances. It’s lovely to see them back with new adventure fuelled music that gives you the sense of wonder to make you want to grab your mates and make a band .As they work their way through traditional drum and guitar solos, along with the odd harmonica too.The set of course is not without a Rory Gallagher cover of “Cradle Rock” which sends waves of sing alongs within the tiny venue, accompanied by a lot of harmonica based blues.

The Answer

The Answer

 

Ending the evening with “Preachin’ Cormac wove into the crowd and began to undertake in an almost punk-esque performance, by getting the crowd to get down on their hands and knees and start – a jump up and preach response to the song.

The Answer

The Answer

The Answer, are one of the grooviest exports from Ireland in the last few decades, with their soulful lyrics, party anthems to back them and a wildly electric live show that sent ripples of excitement amongst the crowd here tonight. It’s with great honour and privilege to have witnessed the true splendour their live performance had to offer.

The Answer Setlist:
New Horizon
Road Less Travelled
Trouble
Speak Now
Under the Sky
Concrete
Cradle Rock (Rory Gallagher cover)
Nowhere Freeway
Spectacular
Memphis Water
Come Follow Me
Encore:
Comfort Zone
Preachin’

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EVILE w/ Pythia & Wolf @ The Garage

November 8th, 2012

EVILE w/ Pythia & Wolf

@ The Garage

28th October 2012

Review by Lianne Alice

Photography by Ashlinn Nash



The day couldn’t have been any more miserable, freezing cold and raining, not to mention that it’s a Sunday night and transport was non-existent! But that was not going to dampen my mood, as I was on my way to a gig I had been waiting for, for a long time! I finally get to see Evile live!

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Interview

October 30th, 2012

Devin Townsend Interview

by Ashlinn Nash

Photos by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography



Devin Townsend is a musician prized for his wizardry and creative integrity.

With a back catalogue ranging from the extreme metal influenced Strapping Young lad, to experimental craziness with his self release “Devlab”, right upto the soft and melancholic album “Ghost” . The variations from the Canadian, are somewhat of a creative collage, making Devin one of the most hard working and busiest musicians to date.

I managed to catch up with Devin in Century media’s London office for an exclusive face to face interview in time to question him about Epicloud and the upcoming projects as I tried to unravel the maze behind the magicians’ mind.

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SACRED MOTHER TONGUE INTERVIEW

September 26th, 2012

Sacred Mother Tongue Interview

http://www.sacredmothertongue.com/

10th September 2012

@ O2 Islington Academy II

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Andre Purvis



Sacred mother tongue have been a driving force in the metal scene since first inception in 2004, after a creative change of hands the band solidified a line-up in 2008 consisting of:

Darrin South (vocals), 

Andy James (Guitar),

Josh Gurner (Bass) and

Lee Newell (Drums).

The new line-up went on to create; Revenge Is Personal (2007) – EP, The Ruin of Man (2009)A Light Shines (2012) – EP and the upcoming album Out of the Darkness (2013). I caught up with Darrin and Andy to discuss the newly released EP as well as the new eagerly anticipated album. 

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