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Live + Photos: Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through & Black Tide @ London Alexandra Palace – 15 November 2008

November 19th, 2008

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine are playing in front of about 9,000 people. Slayer did the same thing last month but with a much stronger supporting line-up and over two nights. Some might say there is no justice.

The fact of the matter is that Bullet For My Valentine are a Top 5 charting band in the two most important countries and they sell records to the people that matter – people that actually give a shit.

Bullet sell records to the people that will also show their love for a band by actually turning up to see them play the songs on that record.

Yes, large portions of those people are very young girls, ably escorted by similarly young boys but don’t let that fool you.

Their brand of modern metalcore is absolutely not as true to traditional metal as many demand. That’s what makes is modern rather than traditional. The years don’t start with the number 19 any more, FYI.

This is a band that is going to be around for a while yet. This is no flash-in-the-pan pop band. They write real songs for real people.

Take the chap to my left in his mid-40s, for example. To him, this is as real as any metal band. His hangover, tomorrow morning, is testament to that.

Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Black Tide @ Alexandra Palace photo gallery by Graham Pentz


Photos: Less Than Jake @ Oxford Academy – 11 November 2008

November 14th, 2008

Graham Pentz was right down the front at The Oxford Academy to photograph Floridian ska punkers, Less Than Jake.

Less Than Jake @ Oxford Academy photo gallery by Graham Pentz

Photos: Lacuna Coil @ Oxford Academy – 10 November 2008

November 14th, 2008

Graham Pentz was right down the front at The Oxford Academy to photograph Italian metallers, Lacuna Coil.

Lacuna Coil @ Oxford Academy photo gallery by Graham Pentz

In Photos: Soulfly, Gama Bomb, Trigger The Bloodshed @ London ULU – 16 August 2008

August 20th, 2008

Soulfly headlined London ULU with Gama Bomb and Trigger The Bloodshed in support for a Kerrang! Awards Show.

Graham Pentz was there to take some photos.

Soulfly, Gama Bomb & Trigger The Bloodshed @ London ULU photo gallery

Live: Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders – 11 July 2008

July 14th, 2008

When Biffy Clyro played their first ever show at Northampton Roadmenders as a T In The Park festival warmup show, Anne Waites was there to witness the magic with Graham Pentz photographing the Scottish trio.

Biffy Clyro in the park Thrash Hits James Johnston Ben Johnston Simon Neil

After well over a year spent touring the arse off Puzzle – zipping across America, Japan and Australia as well as hitting most of Britain and the rest of Europe for good measure – you’d think Biffy Clyro would spend the night before their triumphant T In The Park homecoming performance having a nice sit down at home with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Fat chance. Rather than conserving their apparently limitless energy, they’re to be found playing an intimate show in the dark and sweaty confines of Northampton’s Roadmenders, blazing through an hour-long set as if it only dawned on them this afternoon just how powerful their triple-attack rock actually is.

Clad in a uniform of red jeans, they blaze into ‘Saturday Superhouse’, hair and beards flying and sweat-soaked within seconds, as a crowd of ever-loyal fans launch their bodies skywards in response.

Watch the video to ‘Mountains’ by Biffy Clyro

They’re rewarded with old favourites punctuating Puzzle highlights – the euphoric ‘Justboy’, the attack dog bite of ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake’, the irresistible bounce of ‘Glitter And Trauma’ – and new single ‘Mountains’ hits like a tsunami, every bit as huge as its title.

This visceral night is an example to all newcomers of just what they’ve been missing for all these years, and a reminder to everyone else of exactly how this band reached their recent lofty heights in the first place – by blasting us into submission until it’s impossible not to join in the fun.

Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders photo gallery

Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders setlist
‘Saturday Superhouse’
‘Who’s Got A Match’
‘Whole Child Ago’
‘9/15ths’
‘Justboy’
‘Love Has A Diameter’
‘Jaggy Snake’
‘All The Way Down’
‘Mountains’
‘Get Fucked Stud’
‘Machines’
‘Now I’m Everyone’
‘Living Is A Problem’
‘Glitter And Trauma’
‘As Dust Dances’
‘57’

‘Mountains’ is released on 25 August 2008 on 14th Floor Records

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