Novem­ber – a month for metal

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

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

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