Posts Tagged ‘Graham Hilling’

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in 2014, Heavy Metal, Interviews | Comments (0)

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

Facebook 
Offical website 

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Heavy Metal | Comments (0)

Overkill – Interview with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth

March 23rd, 2014

Overkill Interview

with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth

at O2 Islington Academy, London

13th March 2014

Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Graham Hilling

BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH

BOBBY ‘BLITZ’ ELLSWORTH

“I’m not sure what the fuck is going on here with these lights!” laughs Bobby, as we board the Overkill tour bus, which does appear to be operating some pulsing disco light setting. “This is like day one for me. I dunno if it bothers you or not – I feel like I’m doing a porn!” He laughs again.

Hang the lights. We got things to discuss. Especially as given that Overkill’s forthcoming new album has been delayed, and with it the rest of the European tour, we’re lucky we’re here at all. With the band about to take in a handful of dates throughout the UK, including a headline spot at Hammerfest, we grab a few moments of frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s, one of heavy metal’s nicest guys, time to talk about the new record (It was probably the hardest one to make for me…), the music industry (But for some reason there’s always a want for this stuff. There’s always a need….), seizing opportunities (You know take that chance and if you can and succeed more times than fail you can string days into years and into decades…), and pie…

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in 2014 | Comments (0)

LACUNA COIL @ KoKo, London

November 8th, 2012

Lacuna Coil @ KoKo, London

 28th October 2012

Review by Ollie Thomas

Photography by Graham Hilling  



2012 marks fourteen years since Lacuna Coil released their EP and first album, In a Reverie, and they have decided to celebrate that history by bringing a set spanning some two hours to London.

There should be something for all fans tonight as they will be playing something from every album. 
Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in 2012 | Comments (0)

DECAPITATED @ The Garage, Islington

November 6th, 2012

Decapitated

@ The Garage, Islington

16th October 2012


Review by Lianne Alice

Photography by Graham Hilling

Despite not knowing all the bands playing tonight, I really couldn’t wait for tonight’s line-up, especially tonight’s headliners Decapitated!

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in 2012 | Comments (0)




Home | About Metal-Rules.com | Staff | Advertise With Us | Staff Openings | Donations

Content is © 2009 Metal-Rules.com. All Rights Reserved.
Graphics by Hammerblaze studio.