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Paul’s Top Ten Live Performances of 2018

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2019 by Paul Macmillan

As these end of year lists tend to go, a lot of those based on releases are quite similar. So, to side-step that, this one is going to be quite the personal account of various live experiences. Some may have been shared with tens of thousands. Others with barely one hundred. The one conjoining feature of each and every one is that they are embossed upon my own memory as something far beyond the average. So, without further ado,  and in no strict order, here’s my top ten list of live performances from 2018.

1 – Virus at Smashed Fest, Perth, SCO

While this was an amazing show to be part of, for many reasons, one of the things which will stay vibrant and real in the memory is the performance of headliners Virus. Headed by self-proclaimed “geriatric thrasher” Coke Finlay, this was the first of a big set of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Force Recon album. At around an hour and a half, it was a pretty demanding gig, but they laid down the riffs and showed the young uns how it’s done!

2 – Arroganz at The Viper Room, Vienna, AT

While on a run to Vienna, we decided to take a chance on a local show. I had no idea who any of the bands were before buying tickets, but a quick advance scan of online videos quickly showed it was a full black metal event. While every band churned out a quality performance, it was Arroganz who really clinched it. Bringing their own sludgy death-groove riffs to a hard-hitting BM tradition, to sent me home with a big grin and a big handful of merch.

3 – Krysthla at Hordes Of Belial, Dundee, SCO

This Northamptonshire based tech-death outfit have got to be among the top five of British extreme metal bands at present. The never fail to blitz the audience at every show, from toilet gigs to big fests. Their first time at Hordes Of Belial saw them take on main support on stage one, and I have to say, they just blasted the place in half, leaving the Dundee crowd completely and utterly shell-shocked. The level of intensity delivered was simply unhinged.

4 – Power Trip at Bloodstock Open Air, ENG

Somehow, I hadn’t properly heard Power Trip before this show. A friend camping with us let me listen to a snippet or two, but the sound didn’t really let me know what I was in for. From start to finish their mid-afternoon onslaught was irresistible, and saw me inexorably drawn into the pit for a band with which I was previously unfamiliar. I didn’t remember having “my shit” with me when they kicked off, but I had sure as hell lost it by the time they were done.

5 – Vuur at The O2 ABC, Glasgow, SCO

Having been a fan of vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen’s previous band, The Gathering, for many years, I’d put my expectations on hold for this one. I was surprised to see the evening’s activities were to take place in a small-ish, cosy room of the (sadly now destroyed) venue. This only elevated the special charm of what turned out to be a beautifully intimate show, featuring emotional favourites, acoustic renditions, and sparkling new numbers.

6 – Annihilator at QMU, Glasgow SCO

It’s always great to see Testament, but I think I speak for everyone who was in attendance at this event, when I say Annihilator were truly the kings of the kill. Tighter than Scrooge McDuck’s bum, they smashed out hit after hit, Jeff Waters commanding the crowd with a maniacal grin. There was no huge stage spectacle. No special occasion. No tricks and traps. Just a phenomenal performance, at a great gig, from a band who nailed every aspect of being them.

7 – Watain at Wacken Open Air, DE

Have you seen Watain live? I’d only ever seen videos before. Witnessing their 2018 show live (twice, actually) was really something else. So much atmosphere. And so much fire! It’s no wonder they are gathering a mass fan-base with increasing pace, as being there could make you feel like you’re part of something bigger. Something empowering. Something dark. Looking close, one could even see rituals being muttered between lyrics. If the heat didn’t melt your eyeballs first.

8 – Suicidal Tendencies at Bloodstock Open Air, ENG

The odds were stacked against this legendary band making BOA, from the sound of things, mainly in the form of  various ‘transport issues’. When they finally arrived, their set shifted from the RJD stage to the smaller Sophie tent, they rolled straight into high-energy mode. Seemingly powered up by the trials of the day, they went on to make their show all about the audience, getting a kid involved in the drumming, and one wheelchair bound crowdsurfer pushed up and down the stage by Mike Muir. Simply lovely and legendary.

9 – Heilung at Wacken Open Air, DE

“Ethereal” is probably the one and only single word which could begin to describe this experience. Taking to the medieval themed Wackinger outdoor stage, in the middle of the night, Heilung swamped the intoxicated masses. I didn’t manage to catch them on their subsequent tour, but it’s really hard to imagine indoor venues matching the character of this performance being cast out into the dark of Germany’s witching hour. It was simply one of those moments in time which I don’t believe it will be entirely possible to replicate. You were either there or you weren’t. I would love to watch them again, but I suspect I would be chasing the elusive “first hit”.

10 – Slayer at SSE Hydro, Glasgow, SCO

Well, at the start of this article, I did say these events were in no particular order, but you know what they say about rules. The live metal crown of this year absolutely has to go to original thrash titans, Slayer. Aside from hosting one of the best under-cards for a long time, the atmosphere when the headliners took to the stage – seemingly for the last time in Scotland – was insane. This was not only down to them playing at their best. Credit is also due to the production crew, because they transformed that venue into another world. One last time, we were taken into Slayer territory, deeper than we had ever dared before. It was one Hell of a farewell.

2018 – It was a real live one…

Arroganz. Photo Paul Macmillan/Slow Dragon Music

Paul Macmillan

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Watain release first video for Outlaw; UK tour in process

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish black metal titans Watain have released the first music video for their song Outlaw. The song is taken from the band’s recent musical opus The Wild Hunt, which was released in August earlier this year through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media. The video is produced by Watain and Johan Bååth who already directed the band’s Opus Diaboli DVD in 2012. The video can be viewed below. Watain comment:

The Outlaw video is a knife stab in the face of today’s clean and witty metal scene and yet another step for us to bring back something real and extreme into this limping music movement.

The band also started their UK tour earlier tonight and can be caught live at the following dates:

Dec 06 Glasgow, Garage, UK
Dec 07 Birmingham, The Library, UK
Dec 08 London, Electric Ballroom, UK

Dec 13 Eindhoven Metal Meeting, NL
Dec 14 Paris, Le Trabendo, FRA

09.01.2014 Amplifier Bra, Perth, Australia (Watain only)
10.10.2014 The HiFi, Melbourne, Australia
11.01.2014 The Factory Theater, Sydney, Australia
12.01.2014 The HiFi, Brisbane, Australia
23.01.2014 Fryshuset
25.01.2014 Lille Vega, Vesterbro, Denmark
20.06.2014 Hellfest, Clisson, France
07.-09.08.2014 Party-San Open Air, Schlotheim, Germany

More dates to be confirmed soon.

Watain online:

http://templeofwatain.com
http://facebook.com/watainofficial

Watain announce tour through the old world

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish black metallers Watain recently released their latest offering of black metal hymns in the form of The Wild Hunt which impressed both fans and media alike. Following their extensive North America tour in October and November, the band will set fire to European stages to present their new musician opus live. Those who witnessed Watain‘s album release show in Uppsala, Sweden last month will know exactly what to expect while  those who missed it will have to remain curious and is advised to not miss it. The band comments:

It will be with the dead of winter that we shall come hunting through Europe again. By then the dry heat of summer will be long gone, moistened by gasoline and tears, ready to explode into a storm of panic and euphoria, death and metal, war and pain, sodomy and lust! So gather yourselves and prepare, forbidden fires and unearthly lights shall illuminate the winter nights…

UK tour dates are as follow:

05.12.2013 Manchester, Academy 2
06.12.2103 Glasgow, Garage
07.12.2013 Birmingham, The Library @ The Institute
08.12.2013 London, Electric Ballroom

Watain online:

http://facebook.com/watainofficial

Svartsot and Old Corpse Road confirmed to play York

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 13th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Once again, Asgard are another night of furious metal to the city of York at the end of the Jorvik Viking Festival. This year will see the show headlined by Danish metal titans Svartsot who have never headlined a show on British shores. This will also be the band’s first ever UK show. Joining them as main support are one of the UK’s finest black metal covens: Old Corpse Road, who hail from the dusky location of Darlington. Drawing heavily on British folklore for their influence, Old Corpse Road are the perfect addition to the bill. The opening act is to be confirmed.

The show will take place on 22nd February 2014 at Fibbers in York. Tickets will be available soon from Asgard as well as the venue and other ticket outlets.

Svartsot online:

http://svartsot.dk
http://facebook.com/svartsot

 

Watain’s ‘The Wild Hunt’ enters the charts

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , on 4th September 2013 by izaforestspirit

Swedish black metal band Watain have recently entered their national charts in their home country with their new album ‘The Wild Hunt‘ at #1. Even in the second week the album is still in the top five. Elsewhere ‘The Wild Hunt’ is also make waves, reaching #18 in the German charts and #158 in the Billboard Top 200 in the USA. This follows a highly successful, sold-out album release party held in their band’s home city of Uppsala, Sweden last month.

As a token of appreciation to the fans, Watain offers a gift – a free download of the b-side from the ‘All That May Bleed’ 7” single released on Summer Solstice, June 21st, 2013. The Side B is a track called ‘Play with the Devil’ originally recorded by the Black/Heavy Metal band Taiwaz in 1988, in Watain’s hometown Uppsala and features Gottfrid Åhman from In Solitude participates on solo guitar. To access the download click here: http://thewildhunt.se

Here’s a message from their frontman, E.: “It’s always a special feeling to release an album with Watain; to let the levee break and have the hungry waters gush forth again, swallowing everything in its way. Hail to all of our supporters who gave the release of The Wild Hunt the attention and dignity it deserves! See you on the long and winding road that now lies ahead of us.”
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http://www.templeofwatain.com
http://www.centurymedia.com

In Solitude announce new album and stream title track; Sister

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 19th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish metallers In Solitude have announced their third studio album, Sister, which will be release in the UK on 30th September via Metal Blade Records. The title track, Sister, is now streaming at this location. Vocalist Pelle Åhman speaks on behalf of In Solitude:

It’s time to release our third album, and things have never felt this clear and pervasive before. This is a feeling that has permeated our whole lives during the latest year of writing and recording this album, as well as digesting and dealing with its consequences. And it has been wonderful, overwhelming and utterly devastating. Which, in the world of In Solitude, are very positive things, and exactly what was required.

It is a very special album for us, and I am very thankful and proud of my brothers (including our great friend, and producer, Martin Konie Ehrencrona), for this is truly the most visceral music we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait for you to experience it too.

You come without. And all falls within. There is a light in the world. There is a stone to the head.

Sister was recorded at Studio Cobra in Stockholm, Sweden during March 2013. The album was produced and mixed by MartinKonieEhrencrona and stands as a logical next step above and beyond its predecessor, The World.The Flesh.The DevilIn Solitude‘s strength resides in their ability to craft dark and oppressive atmospheres within the auditory realm of classic heavy metal.Sister compounds this trademark sound further, beginning with the acoustic intro, He Comes and saturates the record in an aura of uniqueness; see: Lavender and the title track.

The album concludes with an 8-minute, driving, near trance-like opus that features guest guitarist Pelle Forsberg (Watain). Additionally, Jarboe of Swans fame can be heard on Horses in the Ground. Moods range from Mercyful Fate-esque guitar flavors, shadows of Black Sabbath, the heavy dissonance of Swans, to straight-forward, ear worm riffs. In any case, one thing can be said for certain: their delivery is as genuine as it is impressive.

North American fans will have an opportunity to see In Solitude live this Fall. The band will be supporting Watain on their Wild Hunt tour beginning on October 8th in New York City. The tour also features support from Tribulation.

In Solitude online:

http://facebook.com/insolitudeofficial

The Wild Hunt begins now

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

This week sees the beginning of The Wild Hunt – the latest album from Swedish black metal heroes Watain, which is released today (14th August) in Sweden, 16th August in Germany, 19th August in the UK, 20th August in the US and the rest of the world early next week. More info on the new album can be found in this interview with Watain vocalist E.

The Wild Hunt will be released in the following formats:

–standard CD jewelcase
–limited edition CD mediabook
–2LP, 180gr black vinyl
–limited edition box set
–digital download

Pre-order links and audio samples can be found on the band’s official website.

On 24th August, Watain will conduct the grand opening ceremony of The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown of Uppsala. They will be joined by In Solitude and Degial. The tour will continue into North America – Dates as follow:

Oct. 8–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Oct. 9–Philadelphia, PA–Underground Arts
Oct. 10–Worcester, MA–Palladium Upstairs
Oct. 11–Montreal, QC-Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 12–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Oct. 14–Detroit, MI–The Magic Stick
Oct. 15–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16–Minneapolis, MN–Triple Rock Social Club
Oct. 18–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Oct. 19–Salt Lake City, UT–In The Venue
Oct. 21–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Oct. 22–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw
Oct. 23–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 25–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro
Oct. 26–Los Angeles, CA–VEX
Oct. 27–Phoenix, AZ–Rocky Point Cantina
Oct. 28–Albuquerque, NM–Launch Pad
Oct. 30–Austin, TX–Red 7
Nov. 1–Atlanta, GA–Masquerade Hell
Nov. 2–Charlotte, NC–The Casbah
Nov. 3–Baltimore, MD–Baltimore Sound Stag

European tour dates are still to be announced.

Watain online:

http://templeofwatain.com
http://facebook.com/watainofficial