Nathan Lagden


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

Articles by Nathan Lagden

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.

Live Review: Blind Guardian and Gloryhammer – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Nathan Lagden saw Blind Guardian at the Forum in Kentish Town, London. “Seeing Blind Guardian should definitely be on everybody’s heavy metal bucket list. Even if you’re not that huge on the band themselves, you will not be wasting your time or your money by going to see them.”

Live Review: Funeral for a Friend – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Nathan Lagden went to the Forum Kentish Town to see Funeral for a Friend’s last ever show. “Funeral for a Friend went out in spectacular fashion, but they also went out in a way that I’m sure they will be very contented with.”

Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II

This is clearly Zakk Wylde at his most personal, and there is no song on the album for which this is not the case. – By Nathan Lagden

Live Review: Trivium, Heart of a Coward & As Lions – O2 Academy Oxford

Nathan Lagden went to Oxford to see Trivium, Heart of a Coward & As Lions. “Trivium are clearly a band who are going from strength to strength and are not afraid to take risks or put aside convention, and they appear to be getting even better with experience.”

Babymetal – Metal Resistance

Whether you love them or hate them though, ‘Metal Resistance’ proves beyond a doubt that Babymetal are not just a passing fad. This band is going absolutely nowhere but up! – By Nathan Lagden

Interview: Paolo Gregoletto from Trivium

Nathan Lagden caught up with Trivium bassist and vocalist Paolo Gregoletto to ask him about the current tour, new band drummer Paul Wandtke and the current state of the metal scene.

Live Review: Ghost & Poltergeist – London Palladium

In many ways then, Ghost’s performance at the Palladium was a simple and predictable one. But in no way did this make it anything other than a truly special experience for those of us who were lucky enough to be there, and I could not hear anybody from the audience say anything to the contrary as we filed out of the theatre. – By Nathan Lagden

Live Review: Symphony X, Myrath & Melted Space – Islington Assembly Hall, London

It’s always refreshing I feel, to see bands who do have an abundance of talent and aren’t afraid to showcase it. Symphony X do that whilst adding energy and showmanship to their shows to boot. – By Nathan Lagden

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