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  LES-FEST 3: DAY ONE
Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire
Friday 27th June 2014


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Les-Fest is Scotland's only annual Rock and Metal Festival which attracts a host of local talent and bands from across the UK.

Now in it's third year, this was the first time the event had been held in Wiston Lodge in South Lanarkshire but the new home of the festival suited it well and with fifty bands performing over three days, the organisers made sure that there was something for everyone no matter what age and musical preference.

Edinburgh based Disposable started off the three days of Rock and Metal in fine style as the clock stuck 11:00am. The band walked on stage to warm applause and bearing in mind the campsite had opened only a few hours earlier, many had stopped midway through erecting their tents to catch the band's set.

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The relatively young age of the band belies the power they have when performing and with the likes of 'Existence', a fast thrasher, their set list kept the crowd entertained. Drummer Liam Tucker seemed to be having fun atop the drum kit as he smiled away throughout the bands set whilst the head bangers in the audience crowded together at the crowd barrier.

'Addiction' had the crowd fully involved which delighted vocalist William Robertson before the band plough through 'Into The Water' (for which the band have recently shot a promo video for) had an influx of spectators coming into the main area giving the band their best reception of their short set.

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A short drum solo created some laughter from the band before 'Void' which, we're told, the band haven't performed live before. Taken from their forthcoming (as yet un-named album), is was certainly my favourite of their set. It's a good start to the festival and the band left the stage to great applause having certainly picked up a few new fans.

Disposable Set list:
Disposable
Existence
Addiction
Into The Water
Void
Now It Ends

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Disposable are:
William Robertson - Vocals/Bass Guitar
Andrew Anderson - Guitar
Jack Batcharj - Guitar
Liam Tucker - Drums

Disposable Online:
http://www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash


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Having seen (and enjoyed) a performance by What's The Damage?! In December 2013 as part of Les-Festive, I was keen to see how the band performed here and was pleased to say that this is one young band who are thoroughly entertaining. Although maybe not some festival goers cup of tea, the band delivered a performance they should be proud of.

Guitarist Gordon McVean really worked well on set opener 'Dreams of Tomorrow' but some of the crowd took a while to get used to what is an aggressive but great vocal performance from Samii Morton. 'Grace In Despair' has a faster pace with the McVean's guitar unfortunately lost in the mix for most of the song, but Morton more than makes up for it with another sterling performance.

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'Eradicate The Night' receives (what I believe is) it's second live airing ever, but you wouldn't think that as it's a well rehearsed performance. Guitarist Dominic Donaghy shares the vocals this time around which is a refreshing change from Mortons more hardcore vocal style and creates another nice counterpoint with Donaghys more softly sung vocals. The break also leaves Morton free to elicit a response from the ever growing audience.

The band clearly enjoyed themselves throughout their short set and this comes across in their performance, which is appreciated by the crowd who warmly applaud as the band take their bows and move towards the backstage area knowing they've left a good impression on those who caught their set.

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What's The Damage?! Set list:
Dreams of Tomorrow
Grace In Despair
Eradicate The Night
Shadows Will Crawl
Golden Silence
Overthrow

What's The Damage?! are:
Samii Morton - Lead Vocals
Dominic Donaghy - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Gordon McVean - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Gareth Dunion - Bass Guitar
Robert John McIndewar - Drums

What's The Damage?! Online:
http://www.facebook.com/WhatsTheDamageband


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Haerken seemed to be the talking point early in the festival (have a look at their fantastic website!) and so as the band's stage time approached, a sizeable crowd left the sunshine outside to get a good vantage point inside the main arena ready for the band.

A long intro of Gregorian chants announces the arrival of the band on stage resplendent in their medieval garb as they burst into 'Exordium' while the crowd show their appreciation with a rousing welcome.

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By the time the band perform 'King Herla', there is some synchronised head banging from the band which helps invigorate the crowd as bass player, Reverend Benjamin, takes over the lead vocal duties from Laird Logan.

'One To Defend, One To Defeat' slows the pace slightly but by now the crowd are loving the spectacle as camera phones are hoisted stage wards. Logan encourages the crowd to join in the shouts of "Hail!", and gets a good reaction from the audience who raise their fists skywards at the same time.

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Benjamin introduces the band in Ye Olde English to the crowds delight before 'The Eve of Bealltainn' has him taking centre stage as he windmills furiously to the frantic beat, much to the delight of those fans wedged against the barrier. Certainly my favourite of their set, this band have a lot to offer and I highly recommend you catch them live if they're playing near you.

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Haerken Set list:
Exordium
King Herla
One To Defend, One To Defeat
The Eve of Bealltainn
The Bannauc Burn

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Haerken are:
Laird Logan, the Scot - Guitar/Vocals
The Baron - Guitar
Reverend Benjamin, the Scribe - Bass Guitar
The Revenant Knight - Drums

Haerken Online:
http://www.haerken.com
http://www.facebook.com/Haerken


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Having caught Cambion live at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow supporting Beholder back in April I was keen to see them again but unbeknown to me, the band had swapped stage times with another band and it was only when I heard the bands intro music from outside the main arena that I was alerted to their on stage presence.

Described as a Tech-Metal band, this quartet are extremely talented and are steadily building their reputation as a solid live band.

'Virus Part 3' has front man Elliott Alderman-Broom producing the first of many great guitar solos, that is when he's not standing centre stage head banging away, and the track gives way to the slightly more up tempo 'Salem'.

Drummer Frank Dennis is the star of the show here as he pounds away on the complicated drum patterns as the rest of the band head bang in time.

My favourite of the band's thirty minute set is new song 'Heterodox' as Alderman-Broom jokes with the crowd that this may be their "first and last time to hear it!". The song itself is another technically excellent display with Alderman-Broom giving his most ferocious vocal performance whilst Dennis uses every drum and cymbal available to him.

If this new track is an indication of the direction the band are moving into, then any upcoming release from them will certainly be high on my priority list and I'm hoping the track remains in their live set for some time to come.

Cambion Set list:
Virus Part 3
Salem
Heterodox
Virus Part 4
Virus Part 5

Cambion are:
Elliott Alderman-Broom - Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Marc Randall - Guitar
Jonny Walker - Bass Guitar
Frank Dennis- Drums/Backing Vocals

Cambion Online:
http://www.facebook.com/CambionOfficial


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It's unusual for Scotland (and indeed the rest of the UK) to have such glorious weather and part of the appeal of the Les-Fests held so far is that the main stage is undercover in case of inclement weather.

However, as the sun continued to beat down outside, the festival goers possibly felt they were missing out on topping up their tans and so the main arena tent was conspicuously quiet as Martyr De Mona took to the stage.

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As any professional band do, of course, the band carried on and did their very best to get those audience members who witnessed their performance, the very best show that they could. Kicking off their set with 'Siege Mentality' which is a solid enough number, those in the main arena seem glad of the opportunity to catch the band live.

Vocalist Louis Hale has a good voice and drummer Ashley Leatherland does a good job holding down the beat at the back.

The set is mainly made up of tracks from the bands latest album, 'Imperia', which was released back in March 2014, and amongst the bands best songs of these was 'Kyo' which has some solid guitar from Ant Rickett who will only improve as the band's career goes from strength to strength. Certainly from their performance here, I'll be searching out a copy of their new album.

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Martyr De Mona Set list:
Siege Mentality
Influence & Persuasion
Am I Sorry
Imperia
Suffer Unto Me
Kyo
Lycanthropy

Martyr De Mona are:
Louis Hale - Vocals/Guitar
Ant Rickett - Guitar/Vocals
Joshua Wooldridge - Bass/Vocals
Ashley Leatherland - Drums

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Martyr De Mona Online:
http://www.martyrdemona.com
http://www.facebook.com/mdmband


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sanctuary SANCTUARY RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'FROZEN'
Seattle Thrash luminaries Sanctuary return with a new album and video, their first for twenty five years...

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES TO RELEASE 3D CONCERT 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D: LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS' INTERNATIONALLY
This is the first official Guns N' Roses live concert film since 1992's 'Use Your Illusion' concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GN'R tracks...

blues pills BLUES PILLS KICK OFF THEIR HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR
The three month tour takes in seven UK dates, including an upgraded venue in Manchester...

tesseract TESSERACT SIGN TO KSCOPE
The band have a new creative energy after reuniting with singer Dan Tompkins and have already written half of their third album, the follow up to 'Altered State', slated for a 2015 release...

primordial PRIMORDIAL TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH THIS NOVEMBER VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
"We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history..."

ill nino ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'I'M NOT THE ENEMY'
The video tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES ZTV AND NEW ZILTOID SITE
"I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST OPEN US TOUR WITH NEW SONGS AND CLASSICS: SPOILER ALERT - FULL SETLIST HERE
The legendary British Metallers are touring in support of of their new 'Redeemer Of Souls' album...

tony wright TONY WRIGHT RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM 'THOUGHTS 'N' ALL' ON 17TH NOVEMBER
The Terrorvision frontman has made a personal, heartfelt and passionate reflection of his journey...

off PUNK/HARDCORE LUMINARIES OFF! RETURN TO THE ROAD
There will be six UK dates before the band head off to mainland Europe...

queensryche BREAKING NEWS: QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCED AS HARD ROCK HELL VIII HEADLINERS
Following the official cancellation of W.A.S.P., Hard Rock Hell are pleased to announce that Queensryche will be stepping up to the top slot...

motorhead LEMMY TALKS TO FULL METAL JACKIE ABOUT HIS HEALTH, THE NEXT ALBUM AND THE MOTORBOAT CRUISE
Lemmy Kilmister was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show this weekend...

hellion HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW 'KARMA'S A BITCH' MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Hellion's strongest line-up to date unleash first new material in over a decade...

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES 'SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE' DVD
Blaze and backing band Absolva are captured in a performance celebrating 30 years in the business for Blaze...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

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