Main tour support for Sepultura’s UK dates are Huddersfield natives Evile. For many people Evile were at the forefront of the resurgence of the UK thrash metal scene.

It feels like they’ve been around a lot longer than 11 years or so, but I have been watching the band live since they supported Onslaught and Xentrix in Bradford in 2006. If memory serves me right I think Testament were also originally due to play but cancelled.

During that time they’ve released some great albums, recorded their debut offering with Flemming Rasmussen – a name familiar to all Metallica fans! They’ve also had way too much bad luck at the same time. Bass player Mike Alexander died whilst on tour in Sweden in 2009.

Shortly after their fourth album Skull was released in 2013 guitarist Ol Drake quit the band. In September of that year the band were due to play special album release shows for Skull. Those shows finally happened two years later when their new guitarist was suitably bedded in. That release show happened seven weeks ago in the same venue where I’ll be seeing them tomorrow.

Cult is taken from 2011’s Five Serpent Teeth and has firmly become a live fan favourite.


The Live Arena 4

Back from a decent, but tiring, weekend away at Hard Rock Hell. Feels like I’m back in the civilised world now – wifi, 4g and phone signal!! First world problems, eh??

Anyway, already looking forward to a couple of gigs this week. First up…

Tuesday – Manchester Club Academy.


Brazilian / American thrashers roll into Manchester as part of their 30th Anniversary tour. I’ve already seen them twice this year and they’ve been superb – hence my third viewing is imminent!

Saturday – Buckley Tivoli. 


That should of read Birmingham Genting Arena as the wife and I should have been going to see Nickelback there, but Chad Kroeger is having vocal chord issues so it’s a second weekend in North Wales to see the metal queen Doro. 

A bit disappointed in not off to see Nickelback to be honest as they’ve been great live every time I’ve seen them live, but Doro is a quite adequate replacement.