Sepultura, Lazarus Syndrome, Grind Horizon @ The Live Rooms, Chester

By |August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

After not being to this place in the previous years of its existence I now find myself here two weeks running. I’d like to say I was “fresh” from the seeing the headliners Sepultura just a couple of days earlier at Bloodstock but in fact I was still a bit reeling from that excellent weekend and maybe “pungent” would be a more appropriate. The Brazilian outfit had put on a storming show in the sunshine there, getting a strong reaction from the gathered throngs, and that made it all the more appealing seeing them up close and personal in Chester.

Bloodstock 2015 @ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

By |August 9th, 2015|0 Comments

If I thought my arrangements for last year’s visit to this, the peak of independent UK metal festivals, were a bit last minute and random, I upped my game in the chaos stakes this year. From not going at all, to having my other clashing commitments taken off my hands, to considering a day ticket on the Saturday, to running some stuck friends down on the Thursday and being gutted to come back from the gathering atmosphere of excited anticipation, to hearing on Friday that there were nefarious ways and means to get me in, to getting a bit carried away with solidarity drinking at home on the Friday meaning I was late to set off first thing the Saturday, to… Bloodstock.