Category: Gig Reviews
Monday night saw the Indigo2 in London host the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2014 and predictably it was a combination of ear-splitting shredding, scantily clad hostesses and beer soaked flooring.
The 12th annual event once again elevated itself from the usual industry backslapping of most ceremonies by inviting hundreds of fans to attend. No pretence of glamour and gossip, just plenty of head-banging, live music and shambolic speeches.
After openers Behemoth brought some...
This was my first visit to Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, and after travel delays and late arrival, I ventured into the rather expansive space of the main Hall to find Wovenhand were already about to take the stage. Built in 1904 and originally used as a dance hall it's a suitably impressive venue, full of chandeliers, decorative wall and ceiling coverings, mirrors, and a giant red curtain covering the back of the stage that looks like it was stolen straight out of the Twin Peaks set.
Considering how many...
Incineration Festival: it does exactly what it says on the tin. Inside the sauna-like confines of the Highbury Garage, fifteen bands from six countries play two stages; melting more faces than the Ark of The Covenant.
First up for us were Slegest, who build on gloomy foundations not far removed from the grooving black n’ roll riffing laid down by Vried, guitarist Ese’s former dayjob. If any criticism can be flung at the Norwegian quartet, it’s that...
The Dorset seaside town of Bournemouth has a reputation for old folks retiring to see out their doting years. One area, Boscombe, has been infamous for its population of drunks and drugged-up lunatics. The latter is the perfect backdrop for a gig by former Jackass star Bam Margera's vanity project Fuckface Unstoppable. This bizarre prospect was popular enough to be upgraded to a venue more than double the original size. But would it prove to be shit-faced unwatchable?
The night kicked off with local hopefuls Pump Action Radio, whose style is catchy pop punk with added heavy bass. A strong American influence was clear (think New Found Glory, etc) but with infectious choruses reminiscent of...
Prague is a city unlike many others. A remnant of pre-WWII Europe and thus an architectural goldmine of medieval and renaissance splendour, rich in religious symbolism and pertaining to a history of alchemy and spiritual experimentation. From it’s famous Charles Bridge through to the astronomical clock of Old Town Square, the castle and it’s great St. Vitus cathedral, the city, one of ghosts and folklore, proves after considering it’s cheap ale prices and abundance of archaic drinking holes something of a perfect host for a festival such as Prague Death Mass, returning once again in 2013 for it’s second installation.
What instantly strikes the attendee when considering the line-up of...