Articles by Steve Fallows
It looked an impressive bill before the show, and looking back I realise that I saw 13 great sets in one day… It took a good few days to properly get over this show, and I wasn’t even drinking.
During their recent UK tour Steve Fallows managed to catch up with Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson to talk about the album, evolution of the band and how the band have finally got their own identity.
Life of Agony have always done exactly what they have wanted to do and never really paid any heed to what has been expected of them, and this album is no different.
During their recent UK run in support of their new album ‘Gods of Violence’, Steve Fallows had some time to sit down and chat to Sami Yli-Sirniö of Kreator to ask about the new album and the thrash scene.
The second day of this year’s edition features excellent line ups at each of the four venues in Camden, and indeed it was the first day of the weekend to sell out, which considering the strength of the rest of the bill is some going.
They do what they do without any gimmicks, give their all onstage and get a great response in return.
Steve Fallows saw Skindred, Raging Speedhorn and Death Blooms at the O2 Academy in Liverpool. “If they could somehow manage to capture this atmosphere on record, they would be one of the biggest bands in the country.”
An eclectic daring record that maybe doesn’t quite take them onto the next level just yet, but instead sets them on a different path, where if they develop this sound over the next couple of albums, you could see them producing something very special.
Steve Fallows went to the Manchester Academy 3 to see Helmet with tour support Local H. “It wasn’t until maybe six or seven songs into the set that Page addressed the crowd, and then he started educating the crowd with a few facts about the band members hometowns.”
Steve Fallows managed to chat to guitarist Andreas Kisser from Brazilian legends Sepultura about how the band have survived through difficult times, how they rebuilt and the future as they look towards a new chapter in the bands life.
When Me First and the Gimme Gimmes recently came over to the UK to tour to promote their upcoming best of compilation, Steve Fallows managed to grab a few words with singer Spike Slawson about the tour, some of his other projects and how they deal with permission to cover the songs they have recorded over the past twenty years.
The Wildhearts are like a hurricane whenever they do a run of shows, often leaving chaos and confusion in their wake.
It seems that recently (and definitely on this album) Frank Carter has looked to find that mixture between aggression and melody to produce an album that should take The Rattlesnakes onto the next level.
Steve Fallows caught up with The Raven Age, to chat about the band’s recent tour with Anthrax and their new album ‘Darkness Will Rise’ and more.
A band that are on a completely different level to almost every other metal band on the planet.
Following on from the raving review of Marillion’s new album, Steve Fallows went to see the band live in Manchester. “Easily one of the best live performances I have seen, and even some of the diehard fans I saw on social media in the days afterwards were saying the same thing.”
A magnificent celebration of not just a band, but the scene they they helped create and mould into the worldwide stage it now has, from the tiny Kingston studios where they first played.
An unusual combination of style and subject matter, great musicians who don’t take things too seriously, making for a highly entertaining show.
Steve Fallows caught up with Chris Brooks from Lionize. “We decided that in this modern era of music it is no longer viable for us to spend so much money to go to studios and make records with engineers and producers. So we decided that we had to learn to record our albums ourselves.”
Steve Fallows caught up with Chuck Mosley when he was in the UK recently. “If we are all going to die I want to do it in the rolling hills and green countryside of the UK. I don’t want to see Cleveland as I’m getting blown up.”
The thrash scene is thriving right now. Older bands releasing some of their best music and a raft of new bands ready to take their chance.