2015: A Year In Metal - The Show-Stoppers
From history-making festival sets to underground crushers, it’s been a blinding year for gigs.
Here are the shows that ruled 2015.
70,000 TONS OF METAL MEGA-JAM
ON A FUCKING BOAT, JANUARY
WE SAY: There really is nothing like heavy metal on the high seas, and when 70,000 Tons Of Metal set sail for its fifth outing in January, smashing sets from the likes of Behemoth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy and Napalm Death made it the best one yet. What truly stole the show, however, was a multi-band, mega-jam covers set on the cruise’s fourth day that saw some of metal’s greatest names – including Nergal, Max Cavalera, Barney Greenway and Cronos –pull together to throw the party of a lifetime. We’re still hungover now...
THEY SAY: “When they asked me to do a Black Sabbath song, I chewed it over, and decided to sing it straight. I could easily have died a death, but thanks to the fellas playing with me it went quite well! I am a big Birmingham buffoon after all, so who better?”
BARNEY GREENWAY, NAPALM DEATH
WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, JANUARY
WE SAY: We’re used to Slipknot putting on a show worthy of a fourth of July in Hell, but what made their winter arena outing all the more special was a show-stealing support slot from longtime buddies Korn – topped off with the two metal titans teaming up for a ridiculous, shambolic and utterly brilliant cover of Beasties’ classic Sabotage at Wembley. What a time to be alive.
THEY SAY: “I ran into Clown backstage and was like, ‘Oh man, what if we did a song together?’ He said, ‘What are you thinking?’ and I was like, ‘...Sabotage!’ And the next thing you know, we’re all in Slipknot’s dressing room rehearsing, and it really just clicked. We did it that night, and there was such chemistry, it was amazing. It was one of the funnest times I’ve ever had.” FIELDY, KORN
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON, MARCH
WE SAY: Completing a renaissance that started with 2012’s Daybreaker and was bolstered by last year’s career-defining Lost Forever // Lost Together, Architects smashed their biggest-ever headline show in style. A flawless victory for the Brighton crew saw 3,300 people proceeding to lose their minds – and their voices – to an unstoppable run of crushing metalcore anthems.
THEY SAY: “I was crying after the first song – the vibe was so perfect. We’re a technical metal band and we were playing in front of over 3,000 people?! It was emotional; we were all so happy and had so much fun.” SAM CARTER, VOCALS
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, APRIL
WE SAY: How could Devin top his phenomenal Retinal Circus show at London’s Roundhouse in 2012? By taking over the Royal Albert Hall for an even bigger show dedicated to his extra-terrestrial compadre, Ziltoid, of course! Split into two halves, one a Ziltoid-led space opera and the other a special by-request set, Devin pulled out all the stops, and it was spectacular.
THEY SAY: **“That was for that kid that saw Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and has never really forgotten the experience of it. I can’t really believe that we pulled it off. It’s a triumph for everyone involved; the audience, the band, the people that have supported us for all of these years.” **DEVIN TOWNSEND, GENIUS