November – a month for metal
If heavy metal had a month it would have to be November. A metal audience will always resemble a Halloween fancy dress party and the preoccupation with death and darkness, which are part of the ancient feast of Samhain, are two of metal’s perennial themes.
In keeping with the time of year, it has been something of a vintage month for metal gigs and the live scene here is thriving. Already Ugly Kid Joe supported by Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan’s band Loaded have been here as have Swedish power metallers Sabaton.
Though Anthrax is the big one, on Wednesday, November 14th, the incomparable Opeth will play Vicar Street. They have been touring their brilliant new album Heritage. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Mikael Akerfeldt, there is no musical avenue that this band hasn’t been down in their 22 years from the