Arch Enemy, Koko, Camden, London

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Alien Ant Farm, Kentish Town Forum, London

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Möngöl Hörde, Scala, London

Sunday, January 28, 2018

AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool FC, Kingsmeadow, Norbiton

Saturday, January 20, 2018

AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Blackpool FC

Attended this one with Vinny and Alex.

A couple of things of note, with everything Wimbledon have gone through it’s great to see that they still have some great support, 4000+ were there, despite the fact that the ground is poor and the level of football isn’t the best. Hopefully their new stadium gets built and is packed every week helping them get back up the league.

It was also interesting to see that Jay Spearing is still playing the game. He is someone who should have pushed on a lot more than he did. Under Rafa Benítez at Liverpool he looked quite promising in lots of games and its kind of sad for him that he didn’t, he could easily put a shift in for clubs in the Premier League. I felt yesterday that he showed a lot of composure, on and off the ball.

Goal Scorers:
AFC Wimbledon: Trotter (49′ minutes), Pigott (77′ minutes)

Report: BBC

Lacuna Coil, Kentish Town Forum, London

Friday, January 19, 2018

The venue was changed from Shepherds Bush Empire to The Forum, now the last time we saw Lacuna Coil in here, Simon was smashed off his face and I licked beer of Kristina’s tits.

Five Finger Death Punch, Wembley Arena, London

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Max & Iggor Cavalera, Kentish Town Forum, London

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I saw Max and Iggor last year absolutely destroy the Roots album and as soon as they confirmed a new show I grabbed tickets for it.

I was feeling like crap and super sleepy so on the way to the venue I grabbed a can of Monster, 2 pork pies and a scotch egg to munch in the queue. On arrival at the venue there were only a handful of folks around, I guess they were in the pub as it was cold. I just had enough time to eat the food and down the Monster before doors. The Monster drink seemed to cure everything in one go, makes you wonder what other shit is in that stuff!

With the early doors I headed into grab my normal spot at the side but its closed off along with the other side, I check with security and it’s because upstairs is closed tonight. They used these areas for additional accessibility areas which is fine by me. I therefore needed a new location and went back to my old one in this venue behind the sound desk. I shall not be returning to the sides again, the easy access to the beer isn’t enough compared to where I was last night, the view and space is so much better.

Tonights event is part of MTV’s Headbangers Ball which is a bit odd as MTV haven’t rocked since sometime in the 90s. Nonetheless the line up is as heavy as fuck, support came from Deserted Fear, Insomnium and Over Kill.

Deserted Fear are first up, they are full on Death Metal from Germany, everywhere you look there are hair windmills from the few who have made it in to the venue for this early start. Next up are Insomnium, a black metal band from Finland who had some great riffs. Even though neither of these bands are my cup of tea, they were both way better support bands than some of what I’ve seen in recent weeks.

Over Kill from the US were next to hit the stage and really got the already crazy crowd into overdrive. Security already had a lot of work prior to them appearing but now there were even more crowd surfers. Tonight they really earned their money, there won’t be many nights where they deal with so many people coming over the barrier and the good thing is everyone seemed to enjoy it, well maybe not the front row who must have been kicked in the head every few seconds.

Max & Iggor hit the stage and tear straight into Roots Blooody Roots, the crowd go fucking mental with the pit exploding into even more life. I’m glad where I am as I’d not have the energy to still be in there after whats gone on so far. Circle pits are breaking out left, right and center and there has to be at least 3 crowd surfers up at all times for the remainder of the gig, even between the songs!

They play the classic Sepultura Roots album in full and in order before playing a new track. The encore consists of Ace Of Spaces and the faster version of Roots Blooody Roots.

All in all this wasn’t quite as good as the show last year, my guessing is that I kind of knew what was going to happen, having said that this gig for sure is in the top 10 gigs of 2017 for me.

A funny thing also happened during their set, my iPhone decided that I must have been driving and enabled the safety feature.

Mastodon, Brixton Academy, London

Sunday, December 10, 2017

We saw Mastodon at the Golden Gods Awards earlier in the year, and while it was a short set it was pretty decent, enough to buy a ticket to their show at Brixton.

It had snowed the night before and I felt like crap during the day so we headed to the venue late, which was perfect as we were more or less straight into the venue by switching the sim cards in Kristina’s phone.

We met Jim and Diana in the usual spot but as Sean and Alisa were also there I headed down the front to say hello. As there was loads of space I said to the rest lets try it here, as the sound might be better. I’ve not liked the sound at my recent visits to Brixton.

Initially I didn’t think the sound was that bad here during the support acts Russian Circles and Red Fang, but during Mastodon‘s set it became obvious it wasn’t good at all. The guitars and bass were so loud it drowned out the vocals. Diana decided she’d had enough and headed home after just a few songs. Jim, Kristina and I headed back to our normal corner at the back, where the sound was a bit better, we still left early as it was a pretty boring gig to be honest.

Marilyn Manson, Wembley Arena, London

Saturday, December 9, 2017

We headed to Wembley quite late, as we’d been out for a walk on the South Coast with Betty (my parents Basset Hound). We managed to catch the end of Amazonica‘s set, something we were more than happy to miss. Lets be frank here, what is the difference between a DJ playing on stage or a spotify playlist? DJs are great in a club setting but crap at a gig. If you’re going to have a DJ then the best way to do it is to have them play at the side of the stage, in between the acts.

We were quite a way back during Amazonica and felt it was time to find a better spot for Marilyn Manson, one which was located right down the front of the venue. Manson’s recent injury has meant he’s got a protective boot on his right leg which hampers his movment around the stage. This hasn’t stopped the show from working, in a way it’s improved as his first couple of songs are performed in a mechanical wheelchair. He’s then joined on stage for the remainder of the set with 2 medics who help him around the stage with various hospital props.

They weren’t the only people to join the stage tonight, Johnny Depp also made a guest appearance on guitar for both The Dope Show & Beautiful People.

The set was short tonight with just thirteen tracks, but given his current injuries I don’t really have any problem with that, it is better than the show getting cancelled. All in all a good gig, and far better than the time I saw Manson at Brixton Academy a few years back.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Brixton Academy, London

Friday, December 8, 2017

Didn’t see either Funhole or Ecca Vandal as we opted for dinner instead, we caught Basement, I only knew one of the tracks myself.

I don’t know much of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, just a couple of their singles to be honest but attended as Tim was interested in going. There was a nice moment before Wild Flowers where he encouraged all the girls to crowd surf without fear of being touched, something which should be the case everywhere, not just at gigs. Many obliged and security had an even busier night on their hands.

The sound once again wasn’t right, there’s definitely something wrong with the sound at Brixton Academy right now as this is the third show in a row where it wasn’t up to scratch IMO.