Archive for Glasgow

Norderobring announced as local support for I AM I

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th February 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Epic Scottish folk metal sextet Norderobring have been confirmed as local support for ex-Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart’s I Am I at Stereo in Glasgow on 28th March. Details of the event can be found here.

 

Korpiklaani UK tour kicks off tonight

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

The UK leg of Korpiklaani’s European tour, in support of their new album Manala, kicks off tonight in Norwich at the OPEN Concert Venue. The band are being supported by Metsatoll on the full European tour, with local support at the Glasgow (Morlich) and Manchester (Andraste) shows.

UK tour dates are as followed:

2013-01-31 Norwich (Open)
2013-02-01 Glasgow (Classic Grand)
2013-02-02 Manchester (The Academy)
2013-02-03 Dublin (Button Factory)
2013-02-04 London (Underworld)

 

Interview with Stuart McLeod [Storm of Embers]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 31st January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Scottish power trio Storm of Embers are hot on the tail of the release of their new EP, I. With a string of shows coming up throughout the year, Nico grabs Storm of Embers bassist Stuart McLeod for a chat.

Nico: What’s the meaning behind the band’s name, Storm of Embers?

Stuart: When Al and I were coming up with the band name we wanted it to represent the musical ideas we had in mind and nearly all of the other names we were kicking around didn’t seem to suit the music. In our last band the music was very much thrash metal, so the name of that band kind of reflected that. To us, Storm of Embers suits our music perfectly. We don’t really have a meaning behind it, but if you listen to the music then it seems to be the only way to describe what we do.

Nico: Storm of Embers recently released the EP; I. What are the main themes that run through the EP?

Stuart: The main themes with the I EP, aside from giving a glimpse at what we are all about, lyrically speaking the main themes are life, change and the trials one goes through. Musically speaking this comes over as sometimes rather melancholic but with moments of, we like to think, beauty in amongst the melody and metal elements. Already we are working on the rest of the material for the upcoming full length release and it’s taking a pretty dark shape!

Nico: Describe Storm of Embers sound in five words or less.

Stuart: Dark, melodic, progressive music.

 

Nico: Are there any bands you’d like to recommend to our readers?

Stuart: Rather than recommend individual bands, we would like to encourage everyone to check out a new movement in Scottish music. There are so many amazing bands coming from Scotland we would be here all day if I were to try and name them all! We are part of the Hollow Earth Collective. This is a group of musicians and fans who are interested in all music progressive, post and experimental. Already there are plans for setting up a Hollow Earth Collective tour, I strongly recommend people to check this group out and listen to the bands, there are so many talented musicians and bands in Scotland, so that alone is a reason to check out any band from Scotland!

Nico: Where do you think the band will be in five years?

Stuart: In five years my hope for the band is to be working with a label to help further our career and help us get the music to as many people as possible. We are in this for the love of it, but having a 400 million pound contract wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Nico: When it comes to writing new material, where does the band draw inspiration from?

Stuart: Inspiration behind our music really depends on whoever the main writer of that particular song is. For me, when I write a song usually all it takes is an idea for a melody or feeling, then let the song write itself. Al is very much the lyric man of the band. So I present the music to the guys and we then flesh it out in funereal and develop the song into what it wants to be, and Al puts a message behind the song with his lyrics. So what may inspire the music may not necessarily be the same feeling that inspires the lyrics. Other times we jam riffs or melodies out in the studio and write it as a band jamming things out. I usually get nervous when Al comes in with songs as it usually means playing some sort of crazy riff in an even crazier time signature! But it’s all good, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who wrote what because once the three of us start playing, it’s Storm of Embers.

Nico: As the Scottish metal scene in rarely spoke of, let alone mentioned much by the press, outside of Scotland, what can you tell us about the Scottish metal scene?

Stuart: The Scottish metal scene is great! There are so many amazing bands, so many different styles. You can pretty much find a metal gig any night of the week, especially in Glasgow where we are from. All scenes have their good and bad points, but overall its good. Again I urge you to check out the Hollow Earth Collective.

Nico: Do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Stuart: To your readers all I can say a massive thank you for the support, it means the world to us for people to check us out, or buy our merch or come to our shows, and above all else enjoy the music and we hope to play near you soon! Stay inspired, support underground music because that’s where its at!

You can check out Storm of Embers at this location.

 

Five reasons to see Korpiklaani on their UK tour

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on 14th January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

In less than a month, Finnish folk metal legends Korpiklaani will be bringing their vodka flavoured brand of folk metal to the UK, alongside Metsatoll. So, here’s our list of five reasons why you should go see them!

5. Shows Are Almost Sold Out

Yup, that’s right folks. According to our sources, tickets for each show are flying off the proverbial shelves like hotcakes. So, it would be wise to get your tickets now.

4. Drinking Songs!

Even the most casual of listeners will know that Korpiklaani has a number of drinking songs in their back catalogue and what’s more fun that dancing away to songs like Vodka or Beer Beer with a pint in your hand?

3. Local Supports

Okay, so while not every show on the tour has a local support*, the Manchester and Glasgow shows do have local supports opening up and both of them are fantastic acts, so it would be worth getting a ticket to the Glasgow or Manchester shows.

2. Probably Be The BEST Tour of 2013

Yeah, that’s right. We’re already taking bets on it being the best tour of this year – Probably will be the best tour of the decade.

1. It’s Korpiklaani!

And they don’t tour the UK that often!

Tickets for the Korpiklaani/Metsatoll UK tour can be found at the usual ticket retailers. Tickets for the aforementioned Glasgow & Manchester shows can be found at this location.

*Local supports at Glasgow and Manchester are Morlich (Glasgow) and Andraste (Manchester).

Local supports announced for Korpiklaani Manchester and Glasgow shows

Posted in News with tags , , on 22nd November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Korpiklaani will be hitting the road with Metsatoll all over Europe in February and will be hitting the UK for several dates. Local supports have been announce for Korpiklaani’s Manchester and Glasgow dates.

Opening up for Korpiklaani in Manchester will be folk metal outfit Andraste, who are renowned in the north of England for their unique blend of folk elements and hard hitting metal sound, while symphonic black metallers Morlich will be opening up for Korpiklaani in Glasgow.

Tickets are available form the usual outlets and full tour dates are below:

January
30 – Essen, Germany – Turock
31 – Norwich, England – Waterfront

February
1 – Glasgow, Scotland – Classic Grand – With Morlich opening
2 – Manchester, England – The Academy – With Andraste opening
3 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
4 – London, England – Underworld
5 – Colmar, France – Grillen
6 – Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
7 – Rennes, France – Antipode
8 – Cognac, France – West Rock
9 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razz2/Salamandra1
11 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
12 – Lyon, France – CCO
14 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
15 – Chur, Switzerland – Palazzo
16 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – Tempo Rock
17 – Turin, Italy – Combo@Suoneria
18 – Rome, Italy – Orion
19 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
20 – Maribor, Slovenia – Stuk
21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
22 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
23 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Westpark

 

The Faceless announce UK tour for January & February

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Californian progressive metal visionaries The Faceless to headline in the UK supporting their highly acclaimed third album, Autotheism, in January and February 2013, with The Safety Fire in support. Dates are as followed:

Wed 30 January – Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 31 January – Southampton, The Cellar
Fri 1 February – Brighton, The Haunt
Sat 2 February – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 3 February – Glasgow, King Tut’s
Mon 4 February – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Tue 5 February – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Weds 6 February – Manchester NQ Live
Thurs 7 February – London O2 Academy Islington
Fri 8 February – Sheffield, Corporation
Sat 8 February – Leeds, The Cockpit

Autotheism was released on 13 August 2012 and is widely regarded by critics and fans as one of the most exciting progressive metal albums of the year. Guitarist and band leader Michael Keene and drummer Lyle Cooper are joined by new recruits Geoffrey Ficco (vocals), Evan Brewer (bass) and Wes Hauch (guitar), to deliver the band’s most musical and progressive record to date. It’s a fast, technical and blistering record as a Faceless record should be, but is much more expressive, moody and expansive than ever before. Speed picking, flying double bass and skin melting guitar solos are aplenty, however a greater emphasis on clean vocals, big harmonies, moody passages and the use of keyboards, synth guitars, sequenced segments and even saxophone add a whole new dimension to the sound.

 

Pentagram Bristol show postponed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Due to Hurricane Sandy, all transatlantic flights from Washington DC were cancelled at 9am yesterday morning – The same day Pentagram were due to fly out. Pentagram have rebooked their flights and are set to arrive early Thursday morning which means that their show at The Fleece in Bristol has been postponed til 3rd November and will now take place at The Exchange in Bristol.

The promoter has stated that he’s aware this will cause problems for those with tickets to Damnation and also went onto state that this was a measure of last resort to ensure that people in the South West get a chance to see Pentagram in the region, as opposed to cancelling the show all together. The other tour dates which are London, Manchester and Glasgow are still going ahead as planned.

 

Anberlin reschedule UK tour for January 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Anberlin are set to release their sixth studio album, Vital, via Universal Music on 15th October 2012. Hailing from Florida, the band’s latest album is produced by Aaron Sprinkle who they have previously worked with on a number of records. For a taster of the new album, the track Self-Starter is available to listen here.

The band were due to tour the UK this month but had to reschedule when they were personally asked to support The Smashing Pumpkins. The rescheduled UK dates are as follows:

Saturday January 26 Fleece Bristol
Sunday January 27 The Haunt Brighton
Monday January 28 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Tuesday January 29 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Wednesday January 30 Academy 2 Birmingham
Friday February 1 Great Hall 2 Cardiff
Saturday February 2 Academy 3 Manchester
Sunday February 3 Academy 2 Newcastle
Monday February 4 Cathouse Glasgow
Wednesday February 6 Academy 2 Sheffield
Thursday February 7 Garage London

Tickets are priced at £12 advance in London, £11 advance in Manchester & £10 everywhere else and are available to purchase via www.kililive.com/artists/anberlin & seetickets.com

Grand Magus announce 2013 UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

After this summers highly celebrated release of sixth studio album, The Hunt, and a storming set at Bloodstock Festival, Swedish riff gods Grand Magus are heading back to the UK for a comprehensive 10-date tour!
The dates are as follows:

  21/02/13 – The Fleece – Bristol
22/02/13 – The Cathouse – Glasgow
23/02/13 – Stiff Kitten – Belfast
24/02/13 – The Pint – Dublin
26/02/13 – Mohu – Manchester
27/02/13 – Bogiez – Cardiff
28/02/13 – Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton
01/03/13 – The Pavillion – Weymouth
02/03/13 – Talking Head – Southampton
03/03/13 – Underworld – London

Rival Sons’ Keep On Swinging video premiers on VEVO

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Rival Sons have premiered their brand new music video for the track Keep On Swinging (#KeepOnSwinging) on the front page of VEVO.

Keep On Swinging is the first single from the band’s highly-anticipated new album, Head Down.  The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who also shot the band’s music videos for Pressure and Time and All Over the Road.

Watch the video for Keep On Swinging now on VEVO’s front page carousel, or go directly to the video here.

For viewers in territories where VEVO is not available, the video is also available on YouTube or down below.

Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan comments “Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure.  Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time.  Excuse me while I go to hell.

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley adds “We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure.  The Spirit was moving in that room.  We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can’t reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded.  We had to tame snakes with our music.  There was a swarm of ravens.  A girl that was baptized was on fire!  Crazy stuff!  And it was all caught on tape…  I’m sure it will be all over the interwebs soon.  Be on the lookout…

Head Down is due to be released on September 17th, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order HEAD DOWN now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Martyr Defiled unveil new video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Heavyweights Martyr Defiled have premiered their new video Nemesis on their Facebook page yesterday, taken from their new EP In Shadows out now via Siege Of Amida.

Check out the video for Nemesis below.

The band announced a run of UK shows back in May to follow the release of their new EP In Shadows and have promised fans each show will be £2 entry with advance purchase tickets. – see dates below.

Martyr Defiled £2 tour:

6th September – The Well, Leeds (Official EP release party & video shoot)
7th September – Venue, Newcastle
8th September – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
9th September – Chameleon Cafe, Nottingham
10th September – Relentless Garage, London
11th September – Seabreeze, Lowestoft
12th September – Labour Club, Yeovil

Rival Sons confirm UK signing sessions

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Rival Sons have confirmed two signing sessions in the UK, which will take place this September during the band’s European tour in support of their new album, Head Down.

The band will be chatting to fans and signing items in Newcastle on Wednesday, 26th September ahead of their show at Academy 2, and in Glasgow on Thursday, 27th September ahead of their show at the Garage. Don’t miss your chance to meet Rival Sons:

REFLEX – NEWCASTLE
Wednesday, 26th September at 5pm
23 Nun Street,
Newcastle,
NE1 5AG

LOVE MUSIC – GLASGOW
Thursday, 27th September at 4pm
34 Dundas Street,
Glasgow,
G1 2AQ

Head Down is due to be released on 17th September, and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon).

The album is available to pre-order now on CD, digi-sleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition hand-made by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order Head Down now in Europe here or in North America here.

See Rival Sons on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Sep. 21 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 22 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 23 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Sep. 26 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Sep. 27 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Sep. 28 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
Sep. 29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Oct. 03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Oct. 04 – Cologne, Germany – Werkstatt
Oct. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 – Vilnius, Lithuania – New York Club
Oct. 09 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Club Circus
Oct. 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Club Teatria
Oct. 15 – Stockholm Sweden – Tyrol
Oct. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Oct. 17 – Stavanger, Norway – Folken
Oct. 18 – Bergen, Norway – Hulen
Oct. 20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgår’n
Oct. 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Oct. 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Oct. 23 – Munich, Germany – 59:1
Oct. 24 – Vienna, Austria – B72
Oct. 26 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza
Oct. 29 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

Alestorm ready to set sail with Dragonforce

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

image (1)Scottish pirate quartet Alestorm will join Dragonforce on a string of dates in the UK and Ireland kicking off in Dublin on September 25, 2012.

They’ll be joined by The Defiled and Cavorts.

The dates are as follows:

September 25 – Dublin, Academy
September 27 – Belfast, Mandela Hall
September 28 – Glasgow, ABC
September 29 – Newcastle, Academy
September 30 – Wolverhampton, Wulfren Hall
October 1 – Bristol, Academy
October 3 – Nottingham, Rock City
October 4 – Norwich, UEA
October 5 – Manchester, Academy
October 6 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
October 7 – Portsmouth, Pyramids

Tickets are available from http://www.kililive.com

Evile announce headline UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Evile have confirmed dates for a UK headlining tour, which is set to kick off on October 18th in Glasgow.

Following their run around the UK, the band will also be playing a special hometown show on November 3rd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome, dubbed “All Hallows Evile”.  Tickets for the event will cost just £10 and will be available this Friday at: http://www.picturedrome.net

Evile drum machine Ben Carter comments: “Evile are damn pleased to announce our UK headline tour in October 2012!  We can’t wait to get back on the road and get back to some familiar places and some new ones, and see some of our awesome Evile fans both at the gigs and at special meet-and-greets!  We always have a great time playing in the UK, and this tour will be no different!  We have a few new tricks up our sleeves as well as some old ones haha – we just can’t wait to unleash our live assault once again!  Get tickets early, tell your friends, hold your parents hostage ’til they buy you a ticket, whatever it takes.  Come to the show, thrash yourselves stupid and we’ll see you at the bar afterwards!  JOIN OUR CULT!!!”

See Evile live on tour at the following shows:

May 28 – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall (w/ MACHINE HEAD)
May 30 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre (w/ MACHINE HEAD)
Jun. 03 – Exeter, UK – Real Devon Rocks at Exeter Phoenix
Jun. 06 – Reading, UK – Sub89
Jun. 08 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
Jul. 20 – Luarca, Spain – Luarca Metal Fest
Aug. 12 – Walton-On-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 24 – Wörrstadt, Germany – Neuborn Open Air Festival

Oct. 18 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC 2
Oct. 19 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Oct. 23 – Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
Oct. 24 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
Oct. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
Oct. 26 – Norwich, UK – Open
Oct. 27 – Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
Oct. 28 – London, UK – Garage
Nov. 03 – Holmfirth, UK – Picturedrome

Alestorm w/Support @ Garage, Glasgow

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 2nd March 2012 by underthenorthernstar

Bands: Alestorm, Claim The Throne and Darkest Era

Location: The Garage, Glasgow

Date: 10th February, 2012

Having arrived at the venue a total of 4 hours early, escaping the tedium of normal life, I proceeded to get into a suitably piratey mood for the reason the horde had gathered (well, there were 6 of us at the time, but it grew). Having been backstage to interview Gazz and Elliot, grabbed a beer or two and engaged in all manner of forms of lunacy, I returned to the ever-swelling mass and entered Glasgow’s Garage on a mighty quest for gold, rum and Pirate metallers, self-proclaimed “Useless Drunken Bastards” Alestorm.

Opening the gig were Irish metal warriors Darkest Era, a personal favourite of my own. They thundered through a glorious half hour set, playing mostly from their new album, “The Last Caress of Light,” but “On the Crest of Doom” sneaking in from their “The Journey Through Damnation” EP. Whipping the Glasgow crowd into a frenzy wasn’t difficult with such incredible sings as “Heathen Burial,” “The Morrigan” and the 11 minute wonder of “The Last Caress of Light Before the Dark.” The latter in particular I didn’t expect to see, due to its epic scale, but it was somewhat more than welcome. One of my favourite bands certainly proved that night that they were more than worthy of the awesome reception they got. Get them back here, is all I can say!

Claim The Throne, of an Australian origin, followed. A band that I had not heard much of, until that point, they proved extremely entertaining, with the first use of tambourine at any metal gig I’ve been to.  The crowd loved them though; songs like “Set Sail on Ale” resulted in copious amounts of moshing. The appearance of Alestorm’s Gareth Murdock with a beer funnel went down with ecstatic applause, especially when the keyboard player drank the whole thing. While playing. She also got lost crowdsurfing at one point. Safe to say, this is a brilliant band, with a brutal edge and a horde of fans. No doubt they would be welcomed back with reckless abandon as well!

Of course, there was no stopping the onslaught of our Scottish (well, two of them are Scottish) brethren, and to the tune of a dance remix of “Shipwrecked,” Alestorm leapt heartily onto stage. Alestorm are one of those bands that it is desperately important in your life to drop everything to go and see, and without a doubt, it was one of those nights where everything went brilliantly.  “Shipwrecked” into “Wenches and Mead” into “Leviathan”… it was relentless, and all the better for it. Of course, one doesn’t just go to see Alestorm for the music, oh no… the in-between song banter literally had me in tears of laughter. When a Glaswegian crowd begins to shout “CHUG CHUG CHUG” at your buckfast-occupied hands, you’d normally do what they say… Chris Bowes dismisses this with “Yer all Dicks!” Getting “A wee bit slow… and homosexual,” they jumped straight into “Nancy the Tavern Wench,” which had the entire crowd swaying like Glaswegians on a Friday night… which, coincidentally, they were. Other highlights included “No Quarter” and it’s brilliant Pirates of The Caribbean theme, which had a massive singalong , the black metal brutality of the epic “Death Throes of the Terrorsquid,” a wall of death and the amount of crowd surfing indicated that the crowd would make incredible seamen… or, at least, were incredibly drunk. They go hand in hand really.

A truly brilliant gig, all in all, and one that had to be experienced… this review in no way does it justice. Get Drunk or Die!

Alasdair Dunn of Norderobring

Interview: Ade Mulgrew [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on 26th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Alastair Dunn catches up with Ade Mulgrew [Darkest Era] at the Glasgow show on the Useless Drunken Bastards tour.