Live Arena 2016.8

This week I’m supposed to be off work for eight days, but I’m already working two of those days. Towards the end of the week I’ve got a few nights entertainment. 

Thursday – Birmingham, Asylum

Bay Arean thrash legends Exodus kick off their European tour with young Finnish upstarts Lost Society in Birmingham. Thursday is the first of 17 dates here covering England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It’s their longest tour here I’ve ever known them to do. 


Saturday & Sunday – Tilburg, 013

A bit of a hastily arranged trip to the Netherlands for the DeathFest. I looked into this late last year when the line up was announced, but I juggled with the idea  about attending it. Freinds are already heading over so I belatedly arranged to do two of the festivals three days. 




Hopefully I’m heading north to Leeds tomorrow for the Damnation Festival. An indoor event now held over four venues all housed within the the walls of Leeds University.

To be honest there aren’t many bands this year that I want / need to see, which is why it’s a “hopefully going” rather than “I am going”!

The biggest attraction for be is Asphyx hailing from Overijssel in Holland. Asphyx are primarily a death metal band, but later in the their career fused the death metal buzz saw guitars with a few more doom metal elements.

A rare visit to UK soil – but like buses you wait for ages and two turn up together! In a 23 year career, admittedly a very stop start 23 year career, they have only played London twice before (that I am aware of. I’m pleased to be politely corrected if wrong). The first time back in 2007 and their latest visit was earlier this year where they headlined the Doom Over London festival – again in London. Despite a dodgy sound in the Tufnel Park Dome their take of old school death metal was still a crushing end to proceedings.

It’s going to be case of going as you never know if, or when, they’ll be back!

Deathhammer is taken from their most recent album that surfaced in 2012.

The Live Arena 2

So this weeks on stage viewing may consist of these three gigs. As it stands now though I’m not sure about tonight as I’m currently battling “man flu”!!

Monday – Manchester Gorilla.

Massachusetts hardcore band Bane are playing Manchester on their farewell show, calling it quits on a 20 year career. In tow is Pennsylvania hardcore band Code Orange (now they’ve dropped the Kids part!)

Wednesday – Birmingham Genting Arena.

“All bad things must come to an end. The final tour”

Calling it quits on December 31st this year are Mötley Crüe after nearly 35 years of ups and downs and even more downs. Their support is the ever youthful Alice Cooper – the first tour I saw in this venue in 1989 on the Trash tour. This is going to be quite a spectacle.

Saturday – Leeds University.

The annual Damnation festival now in its 11th cycle. From its humble beginnings of Raging Speedhorn and Entombed at the now defunct Jillys Rockworld in Manchester, to Bolt Thrower and Cannibal Corpse last year this indoor festival has grown from strength to strength. I wait years to see Asphyx – now they play the UK twice in one year!!