INTERVIEW: Heathen Deity

October last year saw the return of True English Black Metal outfit Heathen Deity to the stage at The Blackwood Gathering in Fell Foot Wood, Lake District. It seemed like much more was happening than a brief live show though, that the band were showing us the beginnings of a full rebirth and I was intrigued to find out more. Dagon and Azrael opened up about where the band is going, and what makes the message so important after all these years...
INTERVIEW: Reign of Erebus

This year’s Blackwood Gathering was one of rebirths, and there were none more anticipated than godfathers of the scene Reign of Erebus. Cthonian was resurrecting the project after a long hiatus and bringing some fresh faces in to breath new life into their legendary brand of Pure English Black Metal. We sat down with the man himself and guitarist Cinis before their performance to see what brought them back, and where they were going from here...
INTERVIEW: Blind Guardian

Arriving early during the immensely deafening but hugely enjoyable Gloryhammer sound check, we made our way backstage at one of Manchester’s finest venues The Ritz to sit down with the mighty Blind Guardian ahead of what was to be a blistering 2 hour set that night. Talking all things Guardian past, present and future, you can watch the whole thing below and lookout for our review of the show (spoiler, it was bloody magical) in the coming days...
INTERVIEW: Power Quest

After the news broke that UK Power Metal stalwarts Power Quest had decided to make a triumphant return to the scene three years after their emotional farewell set at Bloodstock, we were excited to find out their plans. The only man truly qualified for the job was of course our roving reporter and PQ megafan Terry Devaney, so he sat down with the man himself Steve Williams to find out what exciting things were to come...
INTERVIEW: Roy Bjørge - Photographing Bergen’s Metal scene

The life of a concert photographer in 2015 is an unforgiving one. Promoters and record companies want you to work for free, and if you disagree then they’ll find somebody else that won’t. Your art is exploitable, and your time isn’t valued. This is thanks in no small part to the rise of the front row, smartphone photographer. ‘Johnny iPhone’ if you will. He turns up early to get his spec against the railings and proceeds to not watch any of the gig ahead with his own eyes in favour of...
INTERVIEW: Alexxx Rebecq, Hellfest Productions

As we’ve mentioned a few thousand times before here at Denim and Leather, Hellfest is the crowning jewel in our festival calendar. Since our first trip to Clisson we’ve been more and more in awe of the festival - from the truly eclectic lineup to the wonderfully welcoming staff - every year that we’ve been back. After the triumphant celebrations of this year’s tenth installment, I’ve had time to reflect and wonder just what makes Hellfest tick. Thankfully I didn’t need to wonder for long, as...


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!