PREVIEW: Hammerfest XI

As we head into March the warm festival fields of summer seem like a lifetime away, but don’t worry because there’s something better, something much better! Hot water, comfy beds, Papa Johns, and plenty of quality Heavy Metal as well. It’s like other festivals but here you can watch four episodes of Come Dine With Me before Grand Magus in the afternoon. We’ve been coming to Hammerfest for many years now and it’s always one of the highlights on the calendar. The bookers at HRH surprise...

Back when the announcement for this festival was made we couldn’t believe our eyes, and after checking it wasn’t April 1st it went straight into the Calendar. As huge fans of the NWOBHM era and it’s surviving bands, our Christmas was going to be coming early with some of the biggest names of the whole movement set to rip the roof off the o2 in where else but ruddy Sheffield...
REVIEW: Blackwood Gathering 2016

As we were sponsoring this year's event we decided to try - albeit in vain - to place more emphasis on coverage and less on whisky consumption and to put together a highlight video from all of the goings on. With tickets being so limited and always selling out quickly we wanted to show those who have never been able to enjoy everything Blackwood has to offer just what they’re missing out on. From the duck taped, incense filled stage character of the main stage to the captivating rituals of Barry of the Blackwood...
PREVIEW: Blackwood Gathering 2016

With less than a week to go before proceedings kick off, the excitement of this year’s Blackwood Gathering has become too much to bear. As such, we’ve put together a little preview of what’s on offer this time around to help whet the Black Metal whistle a little bit more. We’re sponsoring this year’s event so come and say hi and don’t forget to smile/grimace for the cameras...
PREVIEW: Blackwood Gathering 2015

Taking place in the rugged wilderness of Cumbria, The Blackwood Gathering offers a unique chance to witness some of the best Black Metal around both domestically and internationally. Situated in the Fell Foot Wood and nestled away in the picturesque English Lake District, Blackwood overlooks a vast Lake Windermere with an outdoor performance area. The rituals take place on the 2nd and 3rd of October and we cannot wait. Below are some of the bands we urge you to check out if you...
REVIEW: Hellfest Day Three, Clisson, France 21/06/2015

As the relentless sun shone through our tents and forced us outside to face the final day of Hellfest, a delightful mixture of ‘Winds of Change’ and ‘Bloodlust’ floated through our heads from the night before. Looking at the schedule it was another very busy day indeed with lots to look forward to, chief of all the rarest of chance to see Scott Reagers perform with Vitus, something that we all thought we were ‘Born Too Late’ for. *Ahem*, is this thing on?...
REVIEW: Hellfest Day Two, Clisson, France 20/06/2015

As we tucked into a selection of cheeses, cooked hams and freshly baked French baguettes whilst perusing the schedule for the day ahead, it was clear that it was going to be a very busy one, even for Hellfest standards. So after filling up our hip flasks, charging our camera batteries and applying a generously northern amount of sun cream, we headed for the arena in anticipation of what could well be the best day of the whole weekend. ...
REVIEW: Hellfest Day One, Clisson, France 19/06/2015

So here we were again. After months of counting down the days and building up our excitement, we set out on our annual pilgrimage to Clisson for Hellfest. Making the trip even more special this time around were two factors. The first being that it was Hellfest’s tenth birthday and that knowing the organisers something spectacular would be planned, and the second being that The Scorpions were playing! We hit the road bright and early on Wednesday morning for our long...
REVIEW: Hammerfest VII , Pwllheli, Wales 12-14th March, 2015

As this would be Denim and Leather’s first official outing as a team since launching the new website, we were counting down the days until we could hit the road and head for the beautiful landscapes of North Wales before ultimately arriving at Hard Rock Hell HQ in Pwllheli. With our hip flasks full, patch jackets on and black metal flyers in hand we arrived at our digs and the wine began to flow. What followed were a series of blurred photographs, infinite rounds of toast, true company...
PREVIEW: Hammerfest VII

As another March rolls around the Denim and Leather crew will be riding across the Pagan vastlands of the Clwydian Range and through Snowdonia to descend upon Hammerfest once more armed with enough bacon and rum to put down even the stoutest party of Dwarves. With so much action happening across the three days, as usual we’ve done the hard work for you and below you’ll find our top bands not to be missed over the weekend. Note: though not a ‘band’ per...


Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, they’re finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!



Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales  

One of our main highlights of the year, this month we’re off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRH’s Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. We’ll be covering the whole festival and conducting interviews as well so lookout for the cameras!