Live Review: Overkill, Vader & One Machine – Classic Grand, Glasgow 8/4/16

It seems like it was only a few months ago that Overkill made their long overdue debut Scottish gig, yet two years have passed and the band are back in Glasgow. Bringing Vader and One Machine along for the ride, the night was one no self-respecting thrash fan could miss. Continue reading “Live Review: Overkill, Vader & One Machine – Classic Grand, Glasgow 8/4/16”

Live Review: Avantasia – 02 Forum, London 8/3/16

I’ve probably typed the following a hundred times, if not more. Best gig ever. Now usually I type that when I’m gig drunk, so high on the energy and joy from a show that I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened, then after a few days it dies down. This time I truly mean it, Avantasia’s show in London is the single greatest show I’ve witnessed, and by god have I seen some good shows before. This is going to be a longish review I should say, no support band means no dividing the word count. Plus it’s digital, who gives any amount of a damn about word count! Continue reading “Live Review: Avantasia – 02 Forum, London 8/3/16”

Live Review: Alestorm & Sabaton – Barrowland, Glasgow 3/3/16

This was always going to be a sloppy, sloppy night. Alestorm in Glasgow alone is normally call for a piss up, but with Sabaton in tow you knew the pints would flow. It’s not the first time this has happened. In 2010 both bands visited Glasgow as part of the World War Tour/Trenches and Mead tour, I was on the barrier for that one and therefore looked forward to being in the middle of the action for this one. Continue reading “Live Review: Alestorm & Sabaton – Barrowland, Glasgow 3/3/16”

Live Review: Satanic Warmaster – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 13/2/16

Before I begin, I should note that this review isn’t so much a review but a review meets story meets rant. It’s therefore quite long but the details are necessary I feel.

It was a night of two firsts. The main one being Satanic Warmaster performing on UK soil for the first time in their career, the other was finding myself in a queue outside of Ivory Blacks. Continue reading “Live Review: Satanic Warmaster – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 13/2/16”

Live Review: Ghost – 02 ABC, Glasgow 18/12/15

Ghost are one of those bands that you can’t help but feel a slight sense of scepticism about before you hear them properly. I had pegged them as a novelty act before I sat down and listened (and fell in love with) the first album, so watching this gig in Glasgow’s ABC made me want to kick that small judgmental bit of my brain that could have made me miss this show. Continue reading “Live Review: Ghost – 02 ABC, Glasgow 18/12/15”

Live Review: The Darkness – 02 Academy, Glasgow 5/12/15

I love The Darkness, a sentence that seems to be acceptable to say now in 2015. Now that they’ve moved out of the main-mainstream it has become acceptable to enjoy their work in the eyes of doddering old elitists, so god forbid this latest Christmas song propels them back into the limelight of BBC Christmas specials or we’ll all suddenly be uncool again. Continue reading “Live Review: The Darkness – 02 Academy, Glasgow 5/12/15”

Judas Priest – Barrowland, Glasgow 24/11/15

It felt very odd writing the title for this review. For a long time now, when Judas Priest and Glasgow were uttered in the same sentence, you could assume SECC would follow. Well it would be Hydro now but the point stands, it’s now Judas Priest in the Barrowlands, and what an excellent thing that is. Continue reading “Judas Priest – Barrowland, Glasgow 24/11/15”