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BST Hyde Park Black Sabbath

Last week’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park was like a masterclass in metal with Black Sabbath (yes, Ozzy Osbourne!) headlining, plus a complete set of epic bands who brought a wave of thundering musical nostalgia to everyone there, including myself.

The weather worked in our favour bringing undisturbed sunshine throughout, but black was still the uniform of the day. With my festival essentials in tow – sunnies, Vans, a flannel for the evening, and endless Jack & Coke, it was a case of catching all the headliners, mainly on the Royal Oak stage.

BST Hyde Park

Soundgarden’s set was pretty spesh. They opened with a message to the crowd they were going to play their 1994 album, Superunknown track by track from start to finish, and that they only did this two other times and that this would probably be their last. While this meant, they weren’t going to play anything off their later albums (“Pretty Noose“), we were still treated to 60 minutes of 90’s rock nostalgia, one of epic proportions.

BST Hyde Park Soundgarden

I admit, back then, I hated “Black Hole Sun“. I’m from the States so I’m allowed to say this. I hated Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction too; it was too much, all around, it dominated the airwaves and the music channels. Only now, ten years later can I truly appreciate Kim’s masterful guitar riffs, and Chris’ raspy yet ravishing vocals. Heard live, I absolutely loved “Black Hole Sun”. And I fell even harder in love with “The Day I Tried to Live” – my all time favourite Soundgarden track.

I was most excited to see Faith No More. Dressed in black robes and white collars, Mike Patton spewed lines from “The Exorcist” in between songs – as you do. Their set left a smile on my face. Midlife Crisis“, “We Care Alot“, “Easy“, “Epic” and so. much. more. A part of me wishes I was just getting into this band, discovering them and waiting for their next record, I feel the same about Underoath. There’s something about being in a time when a band is charting and everything they release is new and excites you!

As day turned to night, darkness started to cover Hyde Park, helped by the day’s ultimate headliner, Black Sabbath. Ozzy looked amazing and was in top form. They opened their set with “War Pigs” to an appreciative crowd. A random fact I learned during Black Sabbath’s set: it only takes up to ten seconds to lose one’s shoe in a mosh pit. During the set, I had to find my partner’s missing Vans in the darkness of the field, somehow I found it and the headbanging resumed.

In the end, we were tired, our legs were tired, we were wet from the rain that did eventually come later in the evening but we were only 30 minutes from home and it being a Friday, we still had a whole weekend to look forward to!

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The AlmostWith 2013 ending in a mere number of days, it’s only fitting to reflect on how the past year played out, literally and musically – glossing over the bad times and highlighting my most content times. There was plenty of good music and records – both old and new – discovered that made it something memorable.

Underoath

Underoath
They’re Only Chasing Safelyand- Define The Great Line

This band was solely brought back to my attention from someone I knew this year. Back when these guys were actually making new music, I regretfully didn’t take to them. However, this was the year I fell hard for Underoath, and boy am I grateful for that. I only have great memories linked to these records, it was a great Summer after all.

Standout tracks: A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White, Reinventing Your Exit, Down Set Go, It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door, You’re Ever So Inviting, A Moment Suspended In Time…basically every track on both albums!!!

Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids, Scaring Kids

Autumn was a tricky time and this played heavily throughout. It also happens to be my absolute favourite record that I found this year. Although I listened to this during my most stressed, I don’t associate it with anything bad. It’s too flawless a record.

Standout tracks: Faces, Free Again, The Deep End

Ben Howard

Ben Howard
Every Kingdom

I listened to this record all throughout the core Summer months. It was the perfect accompaniment to those lazy, long hot days that we had here in London this year. It became my morning ritual listening to this record while getting ready for the day ahead, so it reminds me of short skirts and silk scarfs tied in my hair

Standout tracks: Only Love, Keep Your Head Up, Old Pine

The Blackout

The Blackout
Hope

I can only thank Spotify for recommending me this perfect record. It travelled with me every morning in August as I commuted to my new job that I was still unsure about at the time. This kept me sane.

Standout tracks: Last Goodbye, No More Waiting, You’re Not Alone, Keep On Moving

Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari
A Flash Flood Of Colour

This album was the soundtrack during my trip home to New York City earlier this year, and continued to be what I played over and over again while I took countless trains back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan every day.

I was re-introduced to the band through this record. I loved them for years earlier but fell out with their sound as I didn’t like their previous release. However, this was the year they won me over once again!

Standout tracks: …Meltdown, Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here, Arguing With Thermometers

From this list it’s fairly evident that I love metal, I love indie, I love emo, but I love screamo even more. Looking ahead, I can’t wait to hear what 2014 will sound like.

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