Nathan Lagden

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A 26 year-old history graduate living in Manchester, I am a lover of most kinds of rock and metal.

Articles by Nathan Lagden

Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage and Cane Hill – The Academy, Manchester

There is a lot to be admired about Bullet For My Valentine and the fans they have, but I feel that shows like this will do little to win any new fans over to their cause.

Live Review: Armored Saint, Savage Messiah and Dendera

Nathan Lagden saw Armored Saint, Savage Messiah and Dendera at the Camden Underworld. “Although they don’t have as full a touring schedule as most other bands, Armored Saint proved at the Camden Underworld that they have the personnel and experience to put on an excellent show.”

Interview: Phil Sandoval from Armored Saint

Last month Nathan Lagden had the opportunity to chat with Phil Sandoval of metal legends Armored Saint, where they discussed the band’s past, present and future.

Live Review: Blind Guardian and Gloryhammer – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Nathan Lagden saw Blind Guardian at the Forum in Kentish Town, London. “Seeing Blind Guardian should definitely be on everybody’s heavy metal bucket list. Even if you’re not that huge on the band themselves, you will not be wasting your time or your money by going to see them.”

Live Review: Funeral for a Friend – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Nathan Lagden went to the Forum Kentish Town to see Funeral for a Friend’s last ever show. “Funeral for a Friend went out in spectacular fashion, but they also went out in a way that I’m sure they will be very contented with.”

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II

This is clearly Zakk Wylde at his most personal, and there is no song on the album for which this is not the case. – By Nathan Lagden

Live Review: Trivium, Heart of a Coward & As Lions – O2 Academy Oxford

Nathan Lagden went to Oxford to see Trivium, Heart of a Coward & As Lions. “Trivium are clearly a band who are going from strength to strength and are not afraid to take risks or put aside convention, and they appear to be getting even better with experience.”

Babymetal – Metal Resistance

Whether you love them or hate them though, ‘Metal Resistance’ proves beyond a doubt that Babymetal are not just a passing fad. This band is going absolutely nowhere but up! – By Nathan Lagden

Interview: Paolo Gregoletto from Trivium

Nathan Lagden caught up with Trivium bassist and vocalist Paolo Gregoletto to ask him about the current tour, new band drummer Paul Wandtke and the current state of the metal scene.

Live Review: Ghost & Poltergeist – London Palladium

In many ways then, Ghost’s performance at the Palladium was a simple and predictable one. But in no way did this make it anything other than a truly special experience for those of us who were lucky enough to be there, and I could not hear anybody from the audience say anything to the contrary as we filed out of the theatre. – By Nathan Lagden

Live Review: Symphony X, Myrath & Melted Space – Islington Assembly Hall, London

It’s always refreshing I feel, to see bands who do have an abundance of talent and aren’t afraid to showcase it. Symphony X do that whilst adding energy and showmanship to their shows to boot. – By Nathan Lagden

Live Review: Dream Theater – London Palladium

It’s not the best show I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s probably not the best Dream Theater show I’ve ever seen. But it’s nonetheless one which will resonate with me for some time to come and one which has cemented Dream Theater in my mind as the best band going at the moment. – By Nathan Lagden

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