Back in the heydey of Myspace I connected with a lovely lady named Marie who had some pretty cool gig pictures. I've followed her work ever since and it's been amazing seeing her work evolve.
Over the past few years Marie has photographed countless shows, including being an accredited photographer for Guns 'N Roses, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, Mötley Crüe, Rammstein, Kiss, Slipknot, and ZZ Top to name a few.
Music is a big influence for me and Rock 'n' Needle and through designing the mens range (which will be going live on the Rock 'n' Needle website very soon) I thought it only a natural fit to ask Marie to be the Rock 'n' Needle music photographer for the blog. Marie will be posting from gigs she's covered along with her awesome pictures!
Where best to kick things off than with a review of the Trivium and Killswitch Engage sold out gig in London.
Live: Trivium, London, UK.
After some awful rainy weather (even by London’s usual standards) I went along to the Brixton Academy on a very sunny, yet icy cold day to shoot possibly the biggest co-headliner show in recent metal history - Trivium and Killswitch Engage.
A sold-out show for this four band bill, and the venue was buzzing despite the early doors. Following on from openers Battlecross, and Miss May I, the stage transformed into a polar-ice setting complete with CO2 blasting cannons. And the lighting? Incredible.
Trivium opened with ‘Brave this Storm’, the first of their twelve song set, taken from their latest album ‘Vengeance Falls’. Hard-core fans down the front were a little rowdy from the get-go, while further back they seemed to find the show a little lacklustre, maybe it was the awful sound mix that people had to get over? Old favourites like ‘Gunshot’ and anthemic set closer ‘Pull Harder’ united everyone in a sing-along, but for me, the stand out song was the beautifully inspiring ‘Shogun’, during which artificial snow fell making it like a winter wonderland.
Trivium can in no way be faulted on their musicianship or vocal abilities. In all a very good performance, one of the most enjoyable shows I've been to recently.