Staff Highlights 2013

Rich Dodgin’s Best of 2013

Written by Rich Dodgin

2013 was my first year as a member of the team at All About The rock – and what a fantastic year it’s been!

I’ve interviewed some of my heroes, seen some amazing live performances, and reviewed some outstanding albums.

Here are my personal top 10 highlights of 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

richard-patrick01 Interview with Richard Patrick from Filter

This was my first ever face to face interview with a genuine rock star, so I was nervous to say the least. Fortunately, Richard is a friendly and genuinely down to earth guy and, as a result, the interview was very relaxed and felt more like a chat.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/interview-richard-patrick-filter/

 

Xentrix02 Xentrix @ The Cathouse, Glasgow, 13th December 2013

My favourite UK thrash band of all time, and a band that I never thought I’d get to see live. An intimate venue, great sound quality, and an awesome set list made this a truely fantastic gig. Worth the 20+ years wait.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/xentrix-cathouse-glasgow-13th-december-2013/

 

Hagana103 Interview with Hagana

Hagana are my favourite band of 2013 – I’ve seen them live 3 times this year, and have had their EP and new (soon to be released) album on repeat play for months. They’re lovely guys and interviewing them was a genuine pleasure. Look out for the album review in early 2014.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/interview-hagana/

 

albatross04 Interview with Dr Hex from Albatross

Albatross are the band that got me into Indian metal in a big way, and are still my favourite Indian band – so getting an interview with their bass player and founding member Dr Hex was a huge thrill for me. The fact that he’s someone that I’ve since become good mates with is also very cool.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/interview-with-doctor-hex-from-albatross/

 

Rob Cavestany05 Interview with Rob Cavestany from Death Angel

With their latest album blowing away all opposition, I was thrilled to do a Skype interview with Rob – someone who has been one of my heroes of metal since the early 1990’s. Rob is a very cool down to earth guy and the chat was friendly and informal.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/interview-rob-cavestany-death-angel/

 

filter06 Filter @ Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, 26th August 2013

A perfect live performance by a band that totally gave it their all live. I went home exhausted – with neck ache and ear ache that lasted for days. Fantastic.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/filter-edinburgh-liquid-rooms-26th-august-2013/

 

Coshish-Cover07 Coshish – Firdous

My surprise album of the the year. A concept album, sung completely in Hindi, by a band that four months ago I’d never heard of. An album of beautifully haunting but uplifting music that deserves to be checked out by fans of Porcupine Tree and prog-rock in general.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/coshish-firdous/

 

6PAN1T08 Pamela Moore – Resurrect Me

Musically, this is heavy as hell, with awesome riffs and guitar work. Add to that Pamela’s amazing vocals and songwriting skills and you have a fantastic album that deserves to be heard by anyone who likes hard hitting rock music.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/pamela-moore-resurrect-me/

 

Death-Angel-The-Dream-Calls-for-Blood09 Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood

Brutal and uncompromising, this release showed that Death Angel are still a major force to reckoned with. For me, this has set the standard for modern thrash, and is my favourite thrash album of 2013.

 http://allabouttherock.co.uk/death-angel-dream-calls-blood/

 

 

nin10 Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

Dark, moody and less poppy than the last couple of NIN releases this is a fantastic return to form for Trent Reznor. Can’t wait to see them live in Glasgow in 2014.

http://allabouttherock.co.uk/nine-inch-nails-hesitation-marks/

About the author

Rich Dodgin

I’m an Edinburgh based fiction writer, cat lover, and metal fan. My favourite genre is thrash metal – in particular those bands from the late 80’s early 90’s Venice Beach thrash / crossover scene, such as Suicidal Tendencies, Excel, Beowulf, No Mercy, and Uncle Slam. I’m also a huge fan of the Indian metal scene, which is producing some incredible bands and albums.