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Metal gigs weekend December 2011

After months of waiting, these two gigs were finally upon us.

Trivium at Wolves Civic – Friday 2nd December

On arrival I looked on with my confused face at Ghost whose lead singer seemed to be dressed as a scary Pope. Never one to judge a band by it’s cover (see also The Defiled) and coming from a huge Slipknot fan it would be silly to do so. They’re music was quite good but I didn’t catch enough to  fully get them. I need to take time to listen to them but due to their name it’s a bit difficult to track them down. Googling Ghost wasn’t very helpful!

In Flames were ace and just what I needed to get going. I’ll be checking out their latest album for sure.

Trivium kicked off with In Waaaaaaaaaaaaves, the title song of their recent album.

They played Departure from Ascendency which was a first I think. Matt Heafy still looks too young to be that good but he still is. Gutted I missed out on Corey’s pick which landed right next to  me but was quickly snapped up by someone younger and more sprightly than me.

Full Trivium setlist

Machine head – Sunday 4th December – Birmingham NIA

A big group of me and my mates got together to go to this.

Where's Wally (Stace)?

Some of my boys. (Bro Ricky 2nd left, my man Ban far right).

After catching half of the mighty Devildriver we retreated to the bar whilst Bring Me The Horizon were on. To be fair their music was good, the screamo vocals were not our thing at all though. I fail to see the point in people who watch the supports just to moan about them. Seems people try too hard to be cool not to be cool. You could see the older metalheads jeering or putting ther fingers in their ears. A bit unnecessary I thought. They obviously have a big following and as I often say I would rather our ‘youth’ get into (versions of) metal like this than be at a some charty shit pop band.

Anyway, onto Machine head. We’ve seen them loads of times, maybe into double figures now and they are always awesome. A good mixture of songs old and new. Stand outs from the new album were of course Locust, I Am Hell and Be Still and Know was good for a singalong. I always get very excited at The blood, the sweat, the tears live.

Full Machine head setlist

You can see some photos from the gig here courtesy of Danny’s Concerts Captured.

The best thing was despite messing my neck up at Trivium moshing all night to Machine head seemed to stretch my neck back into place and I was fine in the morning. Bargain.

So on my to do list include trying to find some Ghost to judge them properly and getting the In Flames album.

Cheers for reading.

Stace x

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An Audience with Corey Taylor – The Man, The Legend!

It’s been a while but  I felt the need to post about An Audience With Corey Taylor at HMV Institute, Birmingham last night.

For those of you that may not know, Corey Taylor is the lead singer of one of my favourite bands Slipknot and also Stone Sour.

Now non Slipknot and metal lovers will probably think of the cliche  that metal vocals are just a screaming noise into a microphone but Corey Taylor is an amazing and diverse vocalist. This event was a bit different to usual gigs as it was to promote his new book Seven Deadly Sins.

In the first half he read excerpts from his book and really connected with the audience answering their questions with banter and  honesty. Inevitably he spoke about the death of Paul Gray, the Slipknot bassist who passed away last year.

In the second half it was just Corey and his guitar performing an acoustic set which really showed his vocal talents off.

Highlights for me included this cover of Pearl Jam’s Black…

…and an unforgettably funny rendition of the well known Slipknot song SPIT….. IT….OUT!!! This is the real version which I go loopy at when I see them live.

and this is the version Corey sang….

Brilliant. All in all well worth the ticket price and reaffirmed my adoration of the man, the legend Corey Taylor!

We are not worthy!

Stace x

Gig Review – She Screams Murder plus support @ The Old Wharf

Gig Review –  SHE SCREAMS MURDER plus support

The Old Wharf, Digbeth, Birmingham 11th March 2011

Having missed out on them last time due to my usual tardiness, going along to see them at their second headlining gig turned out to be a very good plan.

Supports were Incendia, Come The Light and Sanctified Torture.

Incendia from Stourbridge started the night off well, the singer was pretty damn good and there was plenty of hair flying around.

Come The Light had some good melodies going on and were much better than my initial presumptions.

Death Metal band Sanctified Torture received mixed reviews from my comrades, but that could just because we don’t usually choose death metal bands as a genre. I would have liked to see the band a little more connected. It was a bit like watching a solo vocalist with his backing band, the bassist being the stand out member.

And so to She Screams Murder….

Originally this was to be the launch night for their EP ‘Chronicles of Sanity’ but it has been rescheduled (date tba) so the band can get it just right.

Frontman David Woodhouse really knows how to get everyone going, encouraging the moshing, clapping, sing-alongs and generally getting the crowd involved. The camaraderie and banter between band members was refreshing to see.

Highlights included a new song which has one of those chorus lines that will hunt you down and follow you around all day.

‘Never be alone, never be alone, never be alooooone!’

Some bands don’t have that gift of making their songs stand out and memorable enough and I do like a good sing-along. They also more than managed to pull off covers of My Last Serenade and Rose of Sharon with these, and quite a few of their songs benefiting from the backing vocals of the other band members. In particularly those of bassist Andy Weaver who maybe could get up front with David more as their voice styles do complement one another very nicely.  Which brings me on to Tom Wills, also on backing vocal duty but man, he can play some mean riffs! One of the best guitarists of the local bands I’ve seen recently I reckon.

Promising one more became two more after some coaxing from the crowd. I did get rather excited at the suggestion of a possible Trivium cover but the random finale of ‘Beat It’ was bloody good…and I’m not a Jacko fan…and much better than the *coughs* Fall Out Boy version because it had more balls to it. The band were playing their hearts out and looking like they enjoyed it too. What would be the point otherwise? Go see them.

Stace @StaceInspire

Gig Review -She Screams Murder, Adust, Abandon The Faith, Warlord UK @ The Old Wharf, Digbeth

Check out my gig review for Crave Metal here.

Gig Review


Anger Management EP Review for Crave Metal

Check out my review of Anger Management’s Beyond The Threshold of Pain EP out on 28th February 2011 here.


Gig Review for Crave Metal, Asylum 2 Birmingham 21.1.2011

I Hate You More, Eradikator and Adust @ Asylum 2 Birmingham 21.1.2011

Check out my gig review here


I Hate You More interview for Crave Metal

There’s a newly launched metal website called Crave Metal and I’m excited to be on board as a contributor. A fun new year challenge for me.

Here is my first post, an interview with I Hate You More.

Check it out here.

Stace x

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