Usually when The Bronx come to town, they leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Upturned tables and a crowd with a look that sits somewhere between confusion and ecstasy are their stock in trade. However, every now and then they leave that insanity behind. They don the Mariachi gear and choose instead to serenade us, with tales of love, life and all those other lovely things.
It has become accepted that Slipknot can fill venues like the Hydro. However, when you sit down and think about it, that fact is insane. 9 masked men wearing boiler suits and playing pretty extreme metal, should not be coming close to filling places like this. Yet, here we are.
Live music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Little is more exciting than seeing a band on fire, doing their thing in front of a baying crowd. Therefore, it has to be said that ranking gigs is always kind of difficult, different bands go for different atmospheres. However, I am still going to give it a damn good try.
Machine Head are having one hell of a year. Their Killers and Kings tour, where they hit up places in the UK they hadn’t been in a long time and played venues they were too big for 15 years ago, led to some of the best live shows the UK has ever seen. While their latest album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, saw a return to form, after the slightly patchy, Unto the Locust. Now they are out on tour in support of said album and sadly back in the kind of venues you expect to see one of the UK’s favourite metal bands in. Although, I have to admit, I really hate the O2 Academy in Glasgow.
There aren’t going to be many bills that can compete with just how metal Behemoth’s current touring party is and therefore, it is nice to see them playing a venue the size of Glasgow’s O2 ABC. The beer might be overpriced and it’s not actually sold out, but it show’s that extreme metal doesn’t have to exist solely in the underground.
Hacktivist are beginning to make a habit of coming to Electric Circus, with this being their second performance here within a year. Therefore, it’s kind of strange that tonight seems to actually see a smaller crowd come out for the Milton Keynes band. Although the lack of new material and the fact it’s a Wednesday night might have also played into that.
So on Friday I nipped down to Caberet Voltaire in Edinburgh on a whim, to check out a few local bands. I came into this gig with exactly zero knowledge of any of these bands, except for the description on the Cab Vol website and came away very pleasantly surprised, as all four bands put on a great show. Not bad for a fiver.
Sometimes I sit down to write a review and realise that there is probably not much point. Today was one of those days. On Sunday night I went to see Ginger Wildheart in Glasgow and had a rather fantastic night. However, me writing about how awesome Ginger is seems a bit pointless. If you wish to know my opinion on the man and his music you can find it here, here and here, as well as a few other places if you want to delve a bit deeper. I’m a huge Ginger fan and therefore repeating myself is now going to be that interesting. Of course it was awesome, he’s always awesome.
Having dropped the best album of their career, Feed the Rhino made the decision to hold off on starting their UK tour. Instead, they waited a few months before rolling into Glasgow with their electrifying live show.
Heights are dead. Not in the sense that Alex Monty and co have actually keeled over and slipped off their mortal coil, but in the sense that the band are saying goodbye. Anyone who has paid attention to my blogs for the last few years, will be well aware that I have a great deal of affection for this band. In a UK where there are more hardcore bands than ever before, they stood out as something a bit special and I am genuinely gutted to see them go. However, the opportunity to go and see them live one last time – they played their last ever show in London last night and were in Glasgow on Saturday – was something I wasn’t going to miss.