Tag Archives: evil scarecrow

HRH Metal

Saturday’s Review (Part 2).
O2 Academy Birmingham 17th February 2018.

So, after spending the early part of Saturday over on Stages 2 and 3, it was time for things to get underway on Stage 1 and a saving grace in my opinion, when it came down to my personal enjoyment today as the lighting was exceptional, which is why I caught every band playing on it! First up then, Collibus.

My first encounter with this band, was at another fantastically run festival, called SOS Festival which is based up in Manchester, where this band are from. I remember thinking then, what a phenomenally powerful singer Gemma was and still is today! I love the originality in this bands music although it is hard to categorise, so we’ll simply call them a great metal band.

Another band I haven’t seen for a long time is Ballsdeep – since Swampy played on bass, to be honest. I’ve always enjoyed watching this band perform but today’s set was magnificent. Their sound and energy suited the larger stage and the crowd loved them. I was pleased Paul remembered who I was and managed to flip me the middle finger, which he has done in every other show I’ve photographed him at. Bez pondered whether they were the best band the crowd will see today? That’s a bold statement, but they were very good, so a just comment.

Surprisingly, today’s next band up, on the main stage, were an Iron Maiden-esq type band, who go by the name Monument and they were definitely another highlight for me today. I say surprisingly, because I’m not a massive fan of Iron Maiden, I find them a little, how do I put it, over the top but these guys impressed me greatly. Although they follow a similar style, I’d say they were a more stripped back version, yet with the same raw power as Maiden. Peter Ellis is a very charismatic front man, a bit like Bruce, to be fair and I love his style and energy. Not sure how many people know this, but Peter actually makes belts, not your typical trouser belt, no, the kind that gets awarded in sporting events, like wrestling and boxing, which is a fact I find very interesting! What a cool job! As a live music act, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better, more hard working act than these guys. Definitely check out Monument, if you get the chance!

Next up on Stage 1 and yet another band I’ve encountered before, were Haerken but it has been a long time since I’ve seen them perform, so I was looking forward to seeing how these guys have changed – if at all. These local lads opt for a viking/medieval themed style of metal, which is very unique to them but is growing in popularity with live music lovers, as it’s fun to watch. It would appear their stage set up, costumes and props have improved along with their popularity, judging by the crowd that turned out to see them. I’d like to say I’m pretty good friends with Justin, the bands lead singer/rhythm guitar player and Ben, the bands bassist, as I’ve met them at many other festivals over the years. I recall Justin and I being the last two standing at the first ever Beermageddon, many moons ago. They performed at that festival and I recall how much fun they were back then, throwing out plastic swords and watching the crowd attack each other, in a playful way, and this was one of the reasons why I fell in love with this band. I’m happy to report that they’ve lost none of that playful interaction with the crowd or amongst themselves and are every bit as much fun as I remember. Today, we had the band playing the classic game with the audience of who’s louder – Justin’s side or Ben’s side, and with the crowd shouting back at the band, Ben’s side was the clear winner – much to Justin’s disappointment but all in good humour. Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist even joined the band on stage towards the end of their set to help with a song. He wasn’t their only guest of the day, as we also saw a bag pipe player, which is a remarkable instrument that makes a great sound. I’m aware Haerken will be performing at another HRH event this December, aptly named HRH Vikings, so these guys will definitely go down a storm!

The Dread Crew of Oddwood were up next and I can safely say they were the least metal band on today’s bill, but by no means the least interesting. Their self proclaimed style of ‘Heavy Mahogany’ consists of an organ player, a double bassist, a flute player, a drummer and some kind of ukulele (small guitar, you usually see in medieval movies). I believe these guys have been main support on Alestorm’s current tour, so it made sense to include them on today’s bill as they are a very entertaining act indeed. Great fun to watch, musically very unique and very funny, albeit close to the bone humour on occasion. If you’re playing a metal festival, it’s probably a good idea to not alienate your audience, just saying!

With a main stage bill, built around the humour of Alestorm, it was no surprise to see Evil Scarecrow next up on the main stage. Let’s face it, this band generate just about as much fun as you can have, with your clothes on! They are now also every promoters wet dream because they are sure to bring in the crowds. After obtaining a couple of great shots of this band I made a swift exit, simply because I felt as if Princess Luxury was going to gauge out my eye balls every time I pointed my camera at her.

As I’ve seen Evil Scarecrow so much, I thought I’d run on over to Stage 3 to catch the headliners, Elimination, closing the days events out on this stage. Let’s face it, any band that goes up against ES on a bill is going to struggle to pull in the punters, as everyone is usually watching them. Sadly, this was the same situation here, which must be demoralising for any band, however Elimination didn’t let the lack of crowd stop them from giving it their all. I tried desperately to capture these guys, but I’m sad to report I couldn’t even manage one decent picture. Pretty dismal situation, all round then!

And finally, to Alestorm. Apparently, they’re from The Banana Islands in Sierra Leone and are a female fronted smooth jazz band, who are signed with Napalm Records – I did not know that, but it’s good to know! Seriously though, Alestorm are a multi-national pirate metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterised by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a “pirate metal” band by many critics and their fan base. After signing to Napalm Records in 2007, their debut album ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’, was released on 25 January 2008. ‘Black Sails at Midnight’, the band’s second album, was released on 27 May 2009. The band’s third album, ‘Back Through Time’, was released on 3 June 2011. The fourth album from the band, ‘Sunset on the Golden Age’, was released in August 2014. Their fifth and latest album ‘No Grave But the Sea’ was released on 26 May 2017. (Credit Wikipedia)

As expected, the crowd went nuts for these guys, with crowd surfers a plenty. Sadly, one lady hurt her foot coming over the barrier, as the security guard couldn’t quite get her to the ground safely. To be honest, there are in fact signs up, in and around the venue that clearly state “No Crowd Surfing. Doing so could get you ejected from the venue”. Security don’t even have an obligation to catch crowd surfers and could, by rights, let the surfer fall onto the metal security rails and the ground, so the fact they put themselves in potential harms way to save crowd surfers is noble. Remember that, the next time you think its a good idea to crowd surf, yeah it’s fun, but you could get hurt. I hope the young lady was ok, after the paramedics looked after her. Thankfully, this didn’t ruin anyone else’s enjoyment and the band continued on with their epic set.

It’s well know that lead singer Christopher Bowes wears a kilt but what isn’t known is does he wear anything else underneath? I’m pleased to report that he does in fact wear boxer shorts, as I got a pretty good view whilst he was flashing me, whilst I was capturing him with my camera!

This is a pretty epic review, even for my standards, just as today was a truly epic event! Some say we had an earthquake today here in Birmingham – I didn’t feel anything other than the bass line from the O2’s epic sound system on the main stage, which probably recorded a reading of 7.1 on the Richter scale today. BOOM!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Evil Scarecrow

Announce their ‘Lost In Antartarctica’ tour dates for 2018/2019.

Plus new information on their upcoming fourth album which is due for release later in 2018. A quote from Dr Hell about the new forthcoming album, for release later in 2018. ‘We are also really close in completing the writing of our 4th full studio album (as yet untitled)’.


Saturday 6th January 2018, Yardbirds, Grimsby

Saturday 17th February 2018 – HRH Metal, Birmingham

Saturday 12th May 2018, Ibiza, HRH Road Trip

Friday 6th July 2018, Amplified Festival, Gloucester

Friday 13th July 2018, Rock And Bike Festival, Derbyshire

Lost In Antartarctica’ Tour poster:

Quote from Dr Hell about the new forthcoming album, for release later in 2018: “We are also really close in completing the writing of our 4th full studio album (as yet untitled). In 2018 we’ll be back at the amazing Parlour Studios with our long-suffering (yet most excellent and legendary) record producer Russ Russell. Is that his real name? No-one knows. I’ve heard that his middle name is Rustle. Along side the album launch which should take place sometime in 2018 we’ll be slowly rolling out a whole new stage show, to compliment our latest musical stories about martians or ghosts or robotic beer or whatever. We’re also working on a new video early in 2018 to support our new show and summer festival appearances (soon to be announced).So 2018 is going to be big one for us. As long as Russ Rustle Russell does a good job in making us sound amazing and we don’t break of all our equipment or lose our costumes”

Now watch ‘Hurricanado‘ by Evil Scarecrow.



Evil Scarecrow are:
Dr Rabid Hell, vocals, guitars, Brother Dimitri Pain, guitars, Kraven Morrdeth, bass, Princess Luxury, keyboards, Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist, drums.


Live review Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Some called it biblical, some called it apocalyptic, either way, I can confirm Friday evenings weather messed everything up but that didn’t stop us from having a great night though, even if things there after didn’t go to plan.

Saturday’s proceedings saw the main stage playing host to a combination of bands from both the Very Metal Art Stage and the Red Stripe Stage, as the VMA stage basically closed for the rest of the festival but thankfully, the guys who ran the main stage managed to get it back up and running safely, and allowing us to continue enjoying ourselves.

Bands who were scheduled were contacted and asked if they still wanted to play and if so, Amplified would try and slot them in, on either the main stage, or the newly adopted second stage over in the beer tent. Sadly, with the pit in the beer tent being very small, access was restricted to the official festival photographers only so I was restricted to the main stage only for today.

That said, there was a great days entertainment to be had on the main stage and first up are a band I have some seriously conflicting emotions with. Outright Resistance are made up of some very talented, yet on stage, very angry young individuals which helps make Outright Resistance, who they are. During today’s set, Paige, the bands lead singer gave several rousing speeches about equality, mental health and other aspects of society and mentioned that if anyone was feeling down, they were free to contact the band, or them personally and talk freely to them about issues they may be experiencing which I though this was commendable.

Press to MECO were up next – we love a good three piece here and these guys didn’t disappoint. There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for Press To MECO, building on their unconventional take on riffs, pop hooks and 3-part vocal harmonies that have become a trade mark. PRESS TO MECO have released their new single “If All Your Parts Don’t Make A Whole”, the first track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album “Here’s To The Fatigueout on 17th November 2017.

Scarsun, a female fronted band, ticked all the right boxes. Jessica’s vocals reminded me of Floor’s – the whole band, in fact had a very similar feel to that of Nightwish, which was enjoyable to listen to. Matt, the bands guitarist, who I’ve known of for a while, appeared to be concentrating very hard, yet the bands bassist, Paul appeared to be a right character, playing up to the cameras, to great effect! I will try and catch this band again!

Welcome Back Delta recently supported Lionize at The Flapper in Birmingham, which was probably a great gig as from what I saw of the in between rain falls, they appeared to have all the right ingredients for an accomplished rock band – antics, great songs and riffs, plenty of riffs and that is always good. Unfortunatley, trying to operate a camera through a plastic bag is in fact a very hard thing to do – so I didn’t!

When an apocalypse is upon you, there’s only one band you need have play and to get you through it and they are Anti-Clone. I simply love this bands music and their live performances which I got to mention to Con, one of the bands guitarists, who said the bands energy and persona on stage was a conscious decision that the band made back when they first formed, as going to shows before hand were boring and lifeless. Yes – a band that gets it as a live show needs to be just that, entertaining! Take a bow Anti-Clone and speaking of which, at the end their set the band played out to a Linkin Park track and whilst doing so, they revealed their true identities for the first time ever out of respect for the recently deceased Chester Bennington. RIP sir, you’ll be greatly missed. Many bands, over the course of the weekend paid tribute to Chester, in one way or another, which was great to see.

Firm favourites, ‘Rain’ of Fury’ brought a little light humour to their set by wearing some super ‘sunnyHawaiian shirts, which made us all feel as though we were somewhere sunny and hot. No such luck, but their set was terrific as per usual. I must say, this bands drum kit reminds me of a porn film though, what with the leopard print on it. ah, the laughs!

Time for a break, so I jumped on over to the Motley Brew tent for another of many cups of tea that I had here, over the course of the weekend. Phil, who runs the best tea stall at any and every festival going is a great bloke, he also makes a mean cuppa! Thanks dude.

Back on the main stage we had Krysthla, who were my surprise find of the day. I’ve received their press releases from Stampede Press over recent months, so I was keen to check these guys out live. Today’s set was a powerful display of metal, which followed on nicely from the previous two bands we’d just witnessed! The bands new album, released earlier this year, titled ‘ Peace In Our Time’ appears to be doing very well, in various music charts and has been well received, by the critics. Be sure to check these guys out, if you can – you won’t be disappointed.

Having spoken to Barry, the lead singer of Massive Wagons, prior to their set in the beer tent, I’d told him of my disappointment at missing photographing their set due to pit restrictions and thanks to his powers of persuasion, he managed to sweet talk the stage manager into opening the pit up to all of us non-official togs wanting to shoot Massive Wagons. I, of course was first in line, no second, no third, well, I eventually got in the pit to shoot these phenomenal rockers, from Lancashire! I love this band and the guys who make it so awesome are the biggest reason why I love them so much, they are all great guys and very entertaining. Some would even go as far as calling them sexy….ppfft, behave, have you seen them with the lights on? HAHA!

I watched as much of the ‘Massive Wagons’ set as I could but as I heard One Machine starting up over on the main stage, I made a mad dash to catch them as this was the first time I’ve been able to catch this band live. This band features non other than Stefano, on bass, who’s also another fantastic character in the music world, such a nice guy. When ever we’re at an event together, he always says hello and is happy to chat with me, which we do when ever we get the chance. I haven’t seen him performing live since his time in Savage Messiah, which was some time ago now! One Machine, remember this name, I dare say you’ll be hearing it a lot more, from here onwards! Great live band!

With Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons opting to deliver their headlining slot over in the beer tent instead of the main stage, this now meant that Evil Scarecrow would play the Red Stripes stage instead – Result! And as Evil Scarecrow are one of the best performing live bands around, who provide one of the best live shows in the music world today, it was fate. All their usual antics took place tonight, just as you’d expect and as a special thank you to the two contestants of the televised game show, ‘Pointless‘, who’d mentioned the band live on air, stating they’d spend their winnings on going to watch Evil Scarecrow, the band got them up on stage to say thank you and also to show off their winning trophies. The pair certainly appeared to be enjoying themselves, up on that stage, with the band for a song. After which, Dr. Hell stated “now get off my stage” in the nicest possible way, of course!

Evil Scarecrow have recently announced that to celebrate the fact that they started some 15 years ago, to the day (nearly) that they’re heading off to perform at Waken open air festival, which is a dream come true for the band and well deserved too. I wish we could be in Germany to see it, like we have for all of their other major milestones but sadly we’re not, however I know those who are there will have an absolute blast, as will everyone in the band. Enjoy guys.

I’ll now hand you over to Sue for her take on the Sunday here at Amplified Festival. It’s been a blast and I hope that we get to do it all again and see you back at Amplified Festival in 2018!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)