We were lucky enough to catch Black Sabbath at Hyde Park July 2014 (with only point and shoot access) Check out the full event review on our EVENT pages.
With Hyde Park slowly sinking into darkness, the atmosphere was dripping with anticipation for the highly influential hard rockersBlack Sabbath.
What started out as four hard-core working class guys from dreary 60’s industrial Birmingham are now global legends and founders of British Metal.
The sirens signalled Sabbath time was upon us and the band that the critics loved to hate cranked up the volume with opener War Pigs. Still relevant today with clever use of powerful music and imagery, this political song conveys a powerful anti-establishment message.
The captivating “Prince of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne’s piercing vocals and energetic showmanship was back in the spotlight reminding us how the mighty Sabbath has captured the imaginations of generations of music lovers.
With Jimmy Page spotted side of stage, the powerfully definitive Fairies Wear Boots and Iron Man had Tony Iommi’s unique full and heavy guitar style cut through the evening air like an undulating sonic wave.
N.I.B. was preceded by “Basically” a Geezer Butler solo carried out with immense feeling and passion. The audience and band interacted feeding off each other and illustrated by the lighting's atmospheric rain-like showers, the eponymous Black Sabbath was a memorable moment.
Going out on a high the closing song Paranoid with a Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro, maintained the full force of theatrics with a fiery backdrop and fireworks rounding off an awe-filled spectacle to experience.
With a bill full of innovators from Soulfly's worldly resourcing of new sounds as stated by the band's website, Soulfly deliver “the idea of combined sounds and spiritual beliefs” through Motorhead's fast and vicious classic brand of chaos to Faith No More's innovative and evocative style this was an awesome compilation of well-established and adored artists.
Soundgarden's honest heart and soul performance and Black Sabbath's legendary enduring passion made for a 4th July to remember.
Almost 40 years since their inception Buzzcocks are still going strong. We caught them in Southampton this May and were not disappointed.
The pop-punkers originally from Manchester gave a cracking set with all the energy and enthusiasm you would have expected in the early days.
Their more melodic brand of punk still packs a punch and you can really tell how much these guys love playing together.
On great form to a packed out audience they mixed new material with old favourites like "I Don't Mind", "What Do I Get" and of course "Ever Fallen In Love...".
Crossfaith - Omen
Dead By Dawn
Echo & The Bunnymen
Faith No More
We were lucky enough to catch Faith No More at Hyde Park July 2014 (with only point and shoot access) Check out the full event review on our EVENT pages.
FAITH NO MORE
Faith No More took to the stage in a late afternoon slot with the sun still strong in the sky. With the band dressed as priests on a stage adorned with wreaths and lilies, Mike Patton added extra interest working the crowd expertly while spraying “holy water” and quoting The Exorcist.
Reforming in 2009 after an 11 year hiatus Faith No More really have stood the test of time, performing with vigour this highly innovative and inspiring band certainly do not disappoint.
Mike Patton’s use of ingenious instruments including the megaphone added another dimension to the performance and with the melodic From Out Of Nowhere Faith No More consistently delivered passion and raw aggression together in a truly awesome combination.
Soon the sunglasses and braces were off, shirt untucked and the belting Angel Dust classics Caffeine with Patton's cheeky demonic grin in the breakdown and Everything’s Ruined truly testified to the band's longevity.
Easy as always went down a storm with Patton encouraging the crowd “it’s ok metal-heads … you can sing”, Faith No More are surely one of the few rock maestros who can pull off a Commodores cover.
With a high quality, all round tight performance by the band, Mike Patton kept the crowd engaged and enthralled with immense charisma and his vast vocal range at full strength. From effortless crooning into the screaming growls of Mid Life Crisis, the dramatic balance of complimentary quiet and raucous elements still has Patton's vocal versatility firmly cemented as one of the finest in modern rock.
Faith No More's twitter quoted “the reunion was fun but now it’s time to get creative” which they really have thrown themselves into. We were treated to two new songs Leader of Men and the fresh sounding Mother F**ker “get the mother f**ker on the phone” hinting at a more experimental direction for this still growing and perfecting band.
The title track from 1985’s debut album We Care A Lot closed the set with a layering of sound, this Epic performance could only have been bettered would have been to have more atmospheric weather to match the musical tone.
Feed The Rhino
We caught Feed The Rhino at a couple of shows over the past 12 months, one of which was Butserfest, check out the full festival set here: