Children Of Bodom – Glasgow O2 ABC – 3/4/11

Children of Bodom have returned to Scotland, and they’ve brought with them Viking metal warriors Amon Amarth.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – Glasgow Garage – 29/10/10

The Dillinger Escape plan were greeted in Glasgow to the usual beautiful Scottish weather, yes, it was pouring with rain. But that didn’t stop them, and the support act The Ocean from putting on a hell of a show.

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As I Lay Dying – Glasgow Garage – 29/11/10

After braving the snow in Glasgow, As I Lay Dying treated their Scottish fanbase to one of the best gigs of 2010.

Up first was Sylosis, who were added to the tour at the last minute to replace Rise To Remain. They only had a short set, but they made the most of it. This is a band with a fantastic future ahead, I urge you to catch them on tour next year.

Heaven Shall Burn were next, playing their first ever gig in Scotland. The crowd absolutely loved it and the band seemed to enjoy themselves too. Hopefully we’ll see them back here soon. Check out our review of their latest album here.

I’m not a fan of Suicide Silence and personally I didn’t enjoy their set, but everyone else seemed to love it, so if you are a fan of the band, you’d probably enjoy seeing them live.

As I Lay Dying are the band people paid their money to see, and people certainly got their moneys worth, playing a set made up of mostly material from An Ocean Between Us and their new album The Powerless Rise. The new tracks went down brilliantly and the crowd went crazy for the few old tracks they threw in. This is a band that have to be seen live, the songs sound great on album, but sound a thousand times better live. Their set had to be cut short, but their were fans still shouting for one more song, even after the house lights had went on.  Download and Sonisphere would be insane not to book this band for their festivals next year, definitely one of the best live bands I have had the pleasure of watching all year.

World War Tour – Glasgow Garage – 12/10/10

Sabaton bring their World War Tour, featuring special guests, the kings of Scottish pirate metal. Alestorm, to Glasgow.

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t to fond of Alestorm prior to this gig, but the show really changed my mind, it was great fun and the songs are much better live than they are on record.  The fans loved it, everyone was singing along and the new song Rum went down a charm. I’d recommend seeing this band to anyone, even if you aren’t a fan of the albums.

The Final Countdown by Europe plays as Sabaton make their way on stage.  opening with Ghost Division, the band storm through a great set with plenty of old tracks mixed in with tracks from the new album. The fans went crazy for every song and the Sabaton chants between songs were deafening.

In all, this was a great night, I can wait to see both these bands again!

Limp Bizkit – Glasgow O2 Academy – 26/8/10

Finally, the reunited Limp Bizkit return to Glasgow!

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AFI – Glasgow ABC – 8/4/10

Excitement was building in Glasgow as fans got ready for what looked like a fantastic concert.

Opening band The Dear & Departed sound like a mix between Alkaline Trio and The Cure. They aren’t the best band in the world, but the fans seemed to enjoy it.

After they left the stage, the anticipation started building for Sick Of It All, the New York hardcore legends. their set was brutal, exciting and so much fun. The crowd went crazy and every single person loved them, I’m sure they found a few new fans from that crowd.

After a long wait, AFI take the stage, opening with Medicate from Crash Love and playing a setlist of mainly the three newer albums. There was not a bad song in their set and the fans went crazy for everything. Everyone was singing along and the thunderous applause between each song showed how much the fans love this band. Even the fans only there to see Sick Of It All enjoyed AFI, they are a band that anyone can love, because they have covered so many different genres of music. Davey took the time to tell the fans how beautiful Glasgow was and spoke about his favourite Scottish bands, which adds a great personal touch to the concert. The band left the stage, which was followed by about five minutes of the crowd chanting “AFI, AFI”

They returned to the stage and played two more songs, including a superb rendition of Silver And Cold from Sing The Sorrow.

This was by far the most enjoyable concert I have ever been to, and im sure every fan in the crowd would agree with me.

The only downside was, after the concert, Jade Puget of AFI walked outside and completely ignored all the fans waiting, hoping for an autograph. I can understand that he had just played a full show and was tired, but so many other bands take the time to talk to their fans and sign stuff for them, and I think ignoring all your fans is a despicable thing to do.

Airbourne – Glasgow O2 Academy – 6/4/10

Another miserable night in Glasgow, but anyone with any sense is at the O2 Academy rocking out with Airbourne.

First up, we have Roadrunner newbies Taking Dawn, they only have a half hour set, but they tear the place up. Smoke machines and strobe lights are used to the max during their set, showing that these guys deserve a bigger stage. The highlight of their set was a fantastic rendition of Fight Them With Your Rock.

Up next was the three guitar attack of Black Spiders. This was the first time i had heard anything from these guys and the blew me away, great musicianship and some of the chunkiest riffs you’ll ever hear. The singer was on fire and the drummer looked crazy, just what you want from a hard rock band!

Finally, Airbourne take to the stage, the blast straight into Raise The Flag from their new album No Guts, No Glory. The energy from the band is unlike anything I have ever seen, they were on fire and the crowd loved it as they sang along to every single word. Singer/Guitarist Joel O’ Keeffe was superb, he is a brilliant frontman, at one point he left the stage and walked up to the bar, whilst still playing, and every fan had their back to the stage, their eyes glued on O’ Keeffe. Highlights of the set were Runnin’ Wild, Blonde, Bad And Beautiful and Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women (introduced as Cheap Buckfast Wine & Cheaper Glasgow Women… Scottish people will get the joke.)

In all, this was a great night, some superb rock songs and good times all round.