Nathan Lagden

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A 28 year-old history graduate living in Oxford, I am a lover of most kinds of rock and metal.

Articles by Nathan Lagden

Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason

Bad Religion have always set an incredibly high standard, so the fact that do not deviate from that standard here is to be commended. The album is full of exquisite hooks, terrific rhythmic intensity and memorable lyrics which will satisfy any fan of Bad Religion or alternative music in general. It also serves as an articulate commentary on the world around us and is a solid effort by the veteran punks.

Cellar Darling – Jazz Cafe, London

The truly incredible thing about Cellar Darling is that they make an astonishing performance like this feel so effortless and natural. They combine technical brilliance with entrancing ambiance, yet with a real human side that leaves everybody in the venue leaving feeling as though they had witnessed something very special indeed.

Holding Absence – Underworld, Camden

Holding Absence duly delivered on one of the biggest nights of their career thus far, wonderfully fusing the dynamic power of hardcore with beautiful melodic emotion. They are one of the most exciting bands breaking through the British alternative scene right now, and they will have many more nights like this to come.

Haken – Islington Assembly Hall

This tour and this performance marks the turning of a corner by Haken into a truly astounding live act.

Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan

It is a real triumph for Periphery and continued proof that even after six albums they are still one of the most exciting metal bands around.

Charlie Griffiths from Haken

Haken’s Charlie Griffiths talks about their new album, Vector, and fesses up to being a Dream Theater fanboy. . .

Stone Broken – O2 Academy, Oxford

Stone Broken have demonstrated why they are such an exciting act for the UK classic and hard rock scene right now. They bring a freshness, energy and genuine passion to a style of music which is often derided as obsolete; and will surely continue to work their way up to bigger venues and bigger crowds in the years to come.

Rival Sons – Roundhouse, London

More than their talent though, Rival Sons bring a real sense of joy to the night. The feeling that they are genuinely doing what they love in front of their adoring fans is infectious.

Týr – Hel

At this stage of their career, they are unlikely to win hordes of new fans any time, but what they can do is keep their music fresh and interesting for those who have supported the band this far; and Hel does just that. It is one of the band’s finest and most consistent releases and is certainly worth multiple listens.

TesseracT – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

It is easy to see why TesseracT have built up such a loyal following with performances like this. The professionalism and innovation that they have become known for are personified in tonight’s show and the only downside was that they didn’t play for longer.

Within Temptation – O2 Academy, Brixton

Within Temptation belong on the big stage, and with some epic new tracks, well-rehearsed and waiting to be released, there is no doubt that more arena-style performances like this await us in future.

Architects – Holy Hell

Not only is it a personal triumph and a musical powerhouse, but it is also an incredibly culturally important release; coming at a time when metal is on its knees and thoroughly needs a band like Architects to pick it up and unite the scene. Holy Hell does this and cements its place as a modern classic that we will still be talking about in years to come.

Epica – O2 Forum, Kentish Town

Each member of Epica is engaging, talented and ready to put on a good show for their fans. Epica departed London that night to head back to their home country of the Netherlands for their thousandth show, and with performances like this, it is really no wonder that fans keep coming back for more.

Placebo – The Albert Hall, Manchester

The sound was phenomenal all evening and the emotional aspects of so many of Placebo’s songs were communicated amazingly well at many points throughout the show. The audience was taken on a great journey of the last twenty years of Placebo’s history. Hopefully there will be plenty more yet to come.

Alter Bridge – Royal Albert Hall, London

Alter Bridge went out on a bit of a limb with this performance, but gave everyone there a night they will never forget. A truly stunning performance from start to finish, and proof that the world, and possibly those in charge of booking festival headline slots, really need to start paying more attention to Alter Bridge.

Anna Murphy from Cellar Darling

Nathan Lagden caught up with Cellar Darling’s iconic singer Anna Murphy to discuss the band’s album ‘This Is The Sound’ and future plans.

Sonata Arctica, Striker and Thunderstone – Club Academy, Manchester

Finnish power metal veterans Sonata Arctica came to Manchester on the second UK leg of their Ninth Hour tour, bringing with them not only a strong selection of new and old material, but also a wealth of experience in how to please their crowds.

Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica

Last month, Finnish power metal stalwarts Sonata Arctica were in the UK for their ‘Ninth Hour’ tour. Nathan Lagden caught up with their enigmatic frontman Tony Kakko.

Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage and Cane Hill – The Academy, Manchester

There is a lot to be admired about Bullet For My Valentine and the fans they have, but I feel that shows like this will do little to win any new fans over to their cause.

Live Review: Armored Saint, Savage Messiah and Dendera

Nathan Lagden saw Armored Saint, Savage Messiah and Dendera at the Camden Underworld. “Although they don’t have as full a touring schedule as most other bands, Armored Saint proved at the Camden Underworld that they have the personnel and experience to put on an excellent show.”

Interview: Phil Sandoval from Armored Saint

Last month Nathan Lagden had the opportunity to chat with Phil Sandoval of metal legends Armored Saint, where they discussed the band’s past, present and future.

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