LIVE: Saxon & Hell – Limelight, Belfast
For lovers of Gothic and heavy metal, you may be a bit disappointed in finding out that metal group Saxon played in the Limelight over the weekend with support from the newly reformed Hell.
For the older and more avid fans there, it was most definitely a nostalgic trip into the heyday of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. While for most of the younger audience it was a look back at how heavy metal used to be, performed by one of the iconic bands of the metal movement in the 80s. Yet, for some of the younger members of the audience, like myself, it was another night of good music.
The support act, Hell, have had more than a hellish past trying to become established, however due to tragic and sheer unfortunate circumstances the band never truly came to prominence during their initial run in the late 80s. Despite their on-stage persona and often controversial antics, it was through underground tape trading that brought the original band to a small measure of cult status.
While maintaining a modern theme to their music, you can still pinpoint some of the 80s heavy metal characteristics in Hell’s songs. Regardless of how they sound, whether you like them or not, they do put on a great show, especially in such a locked off venue when everyone clambers past one another to catch a glimpse of the stage. While that setting may not appeal to everyone, it does most certainly add character and depth to the show.Playing all of their latest and greatest crowd pleasing hits for their 35th anniversary to promote the ‘Warriors of the Road Tour’ and Sacrifice, the latest addition to their growing discography of 20 albums, Saxon thundered through the night. Not as lively as they tended to be, they have a more relaxed presence on stage which is counter active towards their heavy sounding anthems.