Summer is leaving us as quickly as last night’s chips and cheese from Best Kebab, so we’re preparing ourselves for dark clouds and a lot of rain. And what better music to soundtrack the autumn and winter months than metal? Good thing then that Scotland has some barnstorming metal lined up over the next little while.
Reading djenters TesseracT hit Glasgow’s Cathouse on 13 September, soon followed by fellow tech-metallers and all round pant-wetters Between The Buried Me, who will no doubt demolish King Tut’s to smithereens on 23 September. It is going to be amazing. We promise.
Young Legionnaire aren’t quite metal, but they aren’t quite ‘rock’ either, and they play King Tut’s on 5 October. They feature members of Bloc Party and The Automatic – but don’t judge them. From alt-rockers to scary men in makeup, Black Veil Brides hit Glasgow’s ABC on 9 October with all their theatrical pomp. But we’re informed it is sold out, so good luck getting a ticket.
Black Veil Brides: Weird (photo: Chad Michael Ward)
But who cares about unit-shifting metallers when you’ve got great talent on your doorstep? Scotland’s Achren and Zombie Militia play the 13th Note in Glasgow on 15 October, but let’s hope the latter’s live show is a tad more engaging than their interview skills. It’s a pinch and a punch of Manowar for the first of the month meanwhile as the semi-naked warriors return to Glasgow on 1 November, but it’s not all about the Dear Green Place as Swedish overlords Opeth play Edinburgh’s HMV Picture House on 10 November.
December usually brings a lot of goodness, like snow, presents and Jingle All The Way on ITV2, but it seems like the gods of metal are being extra nice to us this year. Ear drums will be begging for mercy as Glasgow looks set to reign supreme with a triple-header of stupendous bills in three straight days of anarchy. Machine Head and package tour chums – Bring Me The Horizon, DevilDriver – hit the SECC on 5 December before Trivium and In Flames ambush the 02 Academy only a day later. But in what is our Most Anticipated Gig Of The Year, Every Time I Die visit King Tut’s on 7 December, promising to be the most stupidly sensational metal gig of 2011.
However, George Michael is playing the SECC on the same night. Decisions, decisions…