Posts Tagged ‘HEavy metal’
Tags: 2016, AFM records, Camden, concert, DELAIN, EVERGREY, Gig review, HEavy metal, Kobra and the Lotus, KoKo, Live, London, Metal, Napalm Records, November, Review, symphonic metal, UK
Posted in 2016, Concert Reviews | Comments (0)
Amon Amarth + Testament + Grand Magus
@ Roundhouse, London
4th November 2016
Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
Photography by Inty Malcolm
Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth returned to the shores of Britannia the first Friday of November in the year of 2016. Having finished plundering and burning all relevant villages and settlements about a millennium earlier, the Swedes arrived that day with gifts rather than trouble: gifts in the form of a behemoth of a metal show, including old school thrash from the New World, rocking heavy metal from their homeland, and a good dose of hard hitting melodic death metal centered around themselves. This was of course Amon Amarth’s stop at the Roundhouse in London, as part of their headlining tour promoting Jomsviking together with Testament and Grand Magus. An eager London audience greeted all bands with what was probably more enthusiasm than the villagers of the isle a millennium earlier, when they saw the armada of longboats approaching their shores.
Tags: AMON AMARTH, bay area, Brotherhood of the Snake, concert review, Grand Magus, HEavy metal, jomsviking, jomsviking tour, London, melodic death metal, roundhouse, Testament, Thrash Metal
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Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest
On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.
Tags: Alberta, ANNIHILATOR, Big Nate Productions, Calgary, Calgary Metal Fest, Canada, CMF, Exciter, HEavy metal, Monika Deviat, Nancy Barnes, Nate Renaud, Razor, SACRIFICE
Posted in 2016, Interviews | Comments (0)
King Diamond + Angel Witch
@ The Forum, London
21st June, 2016
Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos by Talie Rose Eigland
The King’s return to the UK after a seven year long absence at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 must have impressed a lot of metalheads, because now the band haunt London again for the first time in ten years, they are playing to a crowd that is over twice the size to the that back out the Electric Ballroom in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2016
@ Hammersmith Apollo, London
13th June, 2016
Review and photography by Sabrina Selkis
With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30 years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been!
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Band leader/singer Yiannis Papanikolaou- Diviner
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.
The Greek heavy metal act Diviner released their debut album FALLEN EMPIRES last year and since I thought the album was great I hooked up with one of the band’s leaders, singer Yiannis Papanikolaou, to learn a bit more about them. The band is jammed with experienced and skilled musicians like guitarist Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) and drummer Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish). Innerwish is one of the biggest metal acts from Greece and Yiannis was also a member of that band before joining Diviner. Besides Diviner this busy man also leads and fronts the Dio cover act Rock N Roll Children, whom we discussed during our interview. To learn more about Greek heavy metal lean back and enjoy…
Tags: Diviner, Fallen Empires, Fragiskos Samoilis, Greece, Greek heavy metal, HEavy metal, Innerwish, Rock N Roll Children, Thimios Krikos, Ulterium Records, Yiannis Papanikolaou
Posted in 2016, Interviews | Comments (0)
Exodus+ Lost Society +Striker
@ The Underworld, London
March 5th, 2016
Review by Ann Sulaiman
Photos by Inty Malcolm
31 years since the release of debut album “Bonded by Blood” and Bay Area legends Exodus hit the road with a European and UK tour to mark the occasion.
Carrying Lost Society and Striker in tow, they paid a visit to The Underworld in London (admittedly one of their favourite spots to play, according to frontman Steve “Zetro”) for what was to be a consistently crazy night of crowdsurfing and moshing for all to enjoy.
w/ Testament & Carcass
March 14, 2016
Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat
It is not too often that the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall gets completely sold out for Metal shows, but Slayer, who have performed at this same venue a few times before, managed to do just that on their most recent stop in Calgary, Alta. Slayer is riding high on what many people are saying is their best album in years (REPENTLESS [Nuclear Blast, 2015]) and the legions of Metal were out in force! Managing crowds and traffic flow is a complicated endeavor at the best of times and it was a bit of a struggle on Monday night.
Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, United Kingdom
November 24, 2015
Review by Andrew Watson
Tuesday night saw classic performances from both support and headline acts at what is arguably Glasgow’s most famous music venue; the Barrowlands.
Interview with guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren
18th October 2015
@ Limelight, Belfast
Just ahead of their co-headlining gig with fellow Swedes Enforcer in Belfast, we got the opportunity to chat with gregarious Wolf guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren, who revealed what it’s like being on the road for much of their twenty year history, why they love Bloodstock and what was behind the decision to use the ‘Wolf’ name to sell absinthe, ale and their special hot sauce. Read the rest of this entry »
With special guests VADER, DIVINE CHAOS and WITCHES
live at The Underworld Camden, London
September 21st 2015
Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant
The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.
Tags: Abaddon, Black Onyx Tattoo Studio, Brutal Death metal, Camden, Divine Chaos, frenchmetal, Gig review, HEavy metal, London, london underground, Mantas, Metal, Metalgigs, Nuclear Blast, Old Empire, PHOTO, poland, Prime Evil, The Demolition Man, The Underworld, UK, vader, Venom, venom inc, witches
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Edge Of Paradise Interview with Vocalist Margarita Monet
Interview by Jo Blackened
Margarita Monet – vocals
Dave Bates – guitars
John Chominsky – drums
Nick Ericson – bass
Tags: aggressive, classical, Dave Bates, dynamic, EDGE OF PARADISE, Guitars, HEavy metal, Interview, Jo Blackened, John Chominsky, Margarita Monet, melodic, Nick Ericson, Robin McAuely, symphonic
Posted in 2015 | Comments (0)
Alestorm Interview with Dani Evans
Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Photos by Graham Hilling
23rd October 2014
@ Sub 89, Reading
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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Calgary Metal Fest III
June 4-8, 2014
Review and Photos by Monika Deviat
Calgary Metal Fest (CMF) started out as a two day event in 2012 put on by Nate Renaud to celebrate his birthday and this year it expanded into a five day party. Along with the expansion of the fest Renaud has expanded his repertoire and is now running shows and this event under his company Big Nate Productions. This year’s event started out with a free kickoff party at the Ship and Anchor, three nights of line-ups at Dicken’s Pub and Vern’s Tavern and ended with an impromptu hangover party at Dicken’s pub – the idea for which was drunkenly conceived in a kitchen by organizers and bands partying late into what was supposed to be the final day of the festival. Unlike last year there was no all ages venue, all five nights being 18+ shows.
The MC of this year’s CMF was James Arsenian aka Big James, known for his vocal work in Endast and Exes for Eyes and his YouTube show “The Big James Morning Show”. Big James was an excellent choice as shown by his gregarious and witty personality. He did his research on bands and was able to help promote upcoming tours and albums when he introduced the bands.
On the final night of the festival there were prizes auctioned off between bands Renaud joined Big James on stage to auction off tickets to some western Canadian festivals like Farmegeddon and Armstrong Metal Fest. The big prize was the massive poster with the CMF logo, band logos and signatures of bands and, as requested by the winner, fans. This year $1400 was raised for the Make a Wish Southern Alberta charity. We have to say thank you to Big James for giving us the best photo of the festival (featured above after the title) during the auctions between bands.
Tags: ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, After Earth, Big James, Big Nate Productions, Calgary, Calgary Metal Fest, CMF, Death Toll Rising, Gatekrashor, HEavy metal, Kyoktys, Midnight Malice, Monika Deviat, Panzerfaust, The Great Sabatini, The Order of Chaos
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Metal Alliance Tour 2014
MacEwan Hall, Calgary Alta.
April 29, 2014
Review and Photos by Monika Deviat
On April 29, 2014 the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into Calgary Alta. for a very early show. The venue at the University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, had a very early curfew for the show and so doors were opened at 5pm with the first band on at 5:45pm. The early start time unfortunately reduced the number of attendees, as did the lack of Inquisition on bill who were unable to cross the border. The three more well-known acts on the bill, Goatwhore, 1349 and Behemoth have played packed venues in Calgary previously. Due to the size of the hall and the division between the beer gardens at the back of the room and the all age’s section in front of the stage, the crowd looked a little thin.
It was a slow start when Black Crown Initiate came on stage. There were very few people in the venue and no line up outside because of the early start time. A few more people trickled in over the course of the set but it was a very noticeably small crowd. Their technical death metal infused with progressive influences was enjoyed by the audience, and a sizable amount of people moved up towards the stage to show their appreciation of the music. The songs flowed seamlessly from an instrumental introspective intro into their heavier catalogue.
Louisiana’s Goatwhore always gets a good response in Calgary, filling larger bar sized venues with raucous fans. Although there were considerably more people for Goatwhore’s set, it still looked like small crowd due to the room size. Frontman Ben Falgoust demands the audience’s response with his intense stage presence as he prowls around the stage striking epic poses and headbanging in between ferocious vocals. Sammy Duet shredded through driving riffs and razor sharp solos. Bassist James Harvey was an indomitable presence as he delivered tight bass lines and Zack Simmons was menacing behind his drum kit. The set sampled from the bands previous albums with songs like “The All Destroying”, “When Steel and Bone Meet”, along with a new tune from the upcoming album Constricting Rage of the Merciless [Metal Blade Records, 2014] called “Baring Teeth For Revolt”. The set finished with favorites that really got the crowd moving “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” and “Apocalyptic Havok”.
Norway’s 1349 brought a more malicious atmosphere to the line-up. The stage was awash in red as the band took the stage. Vocalist Ravn was an intimidating force, holding up gauntleted fists to crowd to emphasize his venomous vocals. Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) was filling in once again on drum for Frost and did an excellent job with the relentless drum beats. “Sculptor of Flesh” started off the set and after a few songs the band gave the crowd a taste of upcoming album with “Slaves” which seemed well liked by the crowd. They finished off with “When I was Flesh” and “Atomic Chapel”.
Behemoth never fails at putting a performance that shows thought put into every detail. From costumes and backdrops and sets, to stage presence and character, it all holds the audience enthralled. Whether or not you are a fan of their newest offering the Satanist [Nuclear Blast, 2014], which was heavily featured in the set list, the performance delivered entertained and engaged. The band strode on stage with Nergal following last, ceremoniously walking out with fire torches held in both hands. Nergal stood with his back to the audience, torches crossed, and the anticipation was built up until they launched into “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”. Orion was towering and ominous with his bass. Inferno pounded into his drums, though was mostly hidden behind his kit for the majority of the set. Seth shredded on his guitar with Nergal and stalked around the stage. Behemoth gave fans some older favorites like “Conquer All”, “Christians to the Lions”, and “Chant for Eschaton 2000” mixed in with the new, including the title track from The Satanist. Their excellently executed set ended with “O Father, O Satan, O Sun” and the band donned horned masks to finish with a very evil atmosphere.