2013 has been a fantastic year for music. Being one of cackblabbath.online’s busiest years for festivals and gigs, there has been an awful lot of live performances to choose from. Below are listed my top 5 personal highlights of the year ranging from a relatively unknown band playing in a living-room for charity, right up to one of the biggest and most influential metal bands of the last 20 years headlining a festival.
5) Excellent Cadaver’s performance for Oxjam in Dundee.
This event took place back in October and it has remained a massive high point of my year. Seeing a band as loud and as heavy as Excellent Cadaver play in someone’s living room was a spectacular sight. Performing to an audience there by invite only from the house owners and the band themselves, there was a real mix of people in the small crowd… some of whom it is safe to say had never seen a metal band before! That’s what made this event so special though – People coming together in the name of charity and experiencing something totally new.
4) The St. Pierre Snake Invasion at Y-Not Festival.
This band were a complete diamond in the rough find for me at Y-Not Festival. Impressing me instantly with their energy, passion and ‘don’t give a fuck’ attitude, they have remained a highlight of my year since seeing them live back in August. A real stand out band at what had been quite a tame festival musically for me – I would highly recommend seeing these boys in the flesh.
3) Shining at Damnation Festival.
Norway’s Shining came recommended to me by the mighty King Ov Hell from God Seed. They were a band I had never heard of before and all I knew about them was that they played Black Metal Jazz. Until Damnation Festival, I didn’t even really know what to expect from Black Metal Jazz! Everything about their performance was amazing. The talent of the guys in this band is just incredible and seeing a saxophone solo live on stage at a festival like Damnation was something I honestly never thought I’d see. Absolutely brilliant!
This was a really special moment for me. After being a fan of Katatonia for several years but never managing to catch them live, this was always going to be a highlight of Damnation Festival for me. Once I found out however that the band were playing the entirety of my favorite album, Viva Emptiness, my excitement for their set was taken to a whole other level. Most importantly… on the night they did not disappoint. The set was absolutely flawless and getting to interview front-man Jonas was just the icing on the cake.
1) Fozzy at the Cathouse in Glasgow.
The highly deserved top spot for my highlights of 2013 goes without a doubt to Fozzy. For a band who I had always assumed were only famous due to singer Chris Jericho being a WWE legend, I was forced to eat my words when I saw them perform live at the Cathouse. Performing a set full of songs which were not only catchy, they were surprisingly heavy and technical in places, they are 100% a band who deserve the recognition they receive. After having the pleasure to meet the band afterwards and witnessing first hand how lovely they all are also, this will remain a very special night for me for a long time to come.