10 best metal, punk and hard rock gigs at this year's Edinburgh Festival
- Henry Northmore
- 5 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
Skindred, Steve Harris, All Time Low, New Found Glory and Seether lead the charge
It's not all comedy, cabaret and theatre. Grit your teeth and bang your head to the best metal and rock action taking over Edinburgh this August.
Yes the Steve Harris, as in legendary bassist and leader of heavy metal heroes Iron Maiden. Usually at home headlining festivals, stadiums and arenas around the globe, Harris takes time off his day job for classic rock solo project British Lion (just don't expect any Maiden covers or you'll be sorely disappointed).
Studio 24, 558 3758, 9 Aug, 7pm, £15.
Devastatingly effective post hardcore from California screamo quintet Touché Amoré, fronted by Jeremy Bolm. Mixing the power and intensity of hardcore punk with the confessional honestly of emo and the melodic flourishes of metalcore.
Studio 24, 558 3758, 11 Aug, 7pm, £12.
Taking it to the extremes with a blast of death metal and grindcore from this Mexican- American outfit formed in LA back in 1989 by Fear Factory's Dino Cazares (who left the band in 2005), currently featuring members of Napalm Death, Cradle of Filth and Arch Enemy amongst their ranks. Brutal support comes from Cancerous Womb and Tower of Flies.
Bannermans, 556 3254, 12 Aug, 7.30pm, £16.50.
The Get Up Kids
Kansas City emo rock scene leaders who toured the world with Green Day, Weezer and Dashboard Confessional. They originally split in 2005 but couldn't stay mad at each other and reformed in 2008.
Studio 24, 558 3758, 17 Aug, 7pm, £15.
The Fall of Troy
The complexity of math metal meets post hardcore in the hands of Washington's The Fall of Troy. Renowned for their jagged riffs, stuttered time signatures and intricate song structures. Solid support from British kindred spirits Rolo Tomassi.
Studio 24, 558 3758, 18 Aug, 7pm, £14.
The ultimate mash-up of good time ragga, drum & bass, metal and punk all rammed into the rock blender by frontman Benji Webbe, inventor of the ever popular Newport Helicopter. Headlining the Edinburgh Metal Party 2015, also featuring Certain Death, TRC, Mind Set A Threat, Dog Tired, Disposable, Perpetua and Lifelines.
Studio 24, 558 3758, 22 Aug, 5pm, sold out.
South Africa's grunge revivalists keep it downbeat but still rock hard, perfecting the quiet-loud-quiet loud formula on breakout hits 'Broken' and 'Fake It'. They've even been known to drop the odd Nirvana cover into their sets with frontman Shaun Morgan doing a mean Kurt Cobain growl.
Liquid Room, 225 2564, 24 Aug, 7pm, £16.50.
All Time Low
Young pop punk upstarts who are a big hit with da kids and are already Reading, Warped and Soundwave veterans. ATL owe a huge debt of gratitude to their forefathers New Found Glory (see below) having cribbed their name from the track 'Head on Collision'.
Corn Exchange, 477 3500, 25 Aug, 7pm, £23.50
New Found Glory
Second wave pop punk innovators from Florida who helped define the genre back in the 90s. Famed for their adrenaline fuelled live shows and quirky covers (from Celine Dion to Madonna). Prepare to bounce.
Liquid Room, 225 2564, 26 Aug, 7pm, £15.
Why not end the fest with a big ol' singalong with Volts? Scotland's greatest AC/DC tribute act. For those about to rock we salute you...
Brunton, 665 2240, 27 Aug, 7.30pm, £15.50 (£13.50).