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  BEHOLDER: THE 'EDGE OF INSANITY' UK TOUR DIARY VOLUME 2: NORTHERN EXPOSURE
SIMON HALL WRITES EXCLUSIVELY FOR MetalTalk.net

14th September 2010

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Simon Hall continues his 'Edge Of Insanity Tour Diary' chronicling some interesting insights into the daily grind of a hard working band on the road. Has he reached the edge yet..? read on...

Day 5 Manchester

Today anticipations were high after a day's break as we picked up our hire transport for the remainder of the tour and although we're on a tight budget we were happy with the fact that it fits all the gear, has adequate sleeping compartments....... BUT........ It ain't got a bloody stereo and as far as vehicles goes – this will be responsible for the mental deterioration of the band and will cost us a long overdue show in Manchester!!

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Basically the accelerator pedal went "Twang!" and we were left high and dry for hours and unable to make the show in time. Needless to say morale at this juncture was a little less than buoyant!

This couldn't be helped and we promise to make this up to all those who came out to Manchester. This is just the beginning of the Edge Of Insanity!!

Day 6 Newcastle

Happy faces people, the sun's shining, we're on the road again.... what could possibly go wrong?

8am and the coppers flag us down and drag us off the motorway into the VOSA Station, taking down details whilst a fat faced little twerp went round purposefully tapping the wheels and body work with a toffee hammer, all the time looking at me like a piece of shit. Utter Cock!

But hey I'll rise above this dickhead 'cos all the paperwork is in order and this should be a breeze....

"Mr Hall we don't seem to have records of your insurance details so that'll be sxi points, a £200 fine and we'll impound the vehicle until such time.... blah.... blah.... blah..."

In all honesty I didn't hear the rest #cos I was too busy fumbling for my cigarettes and feeling like I'd just laid a rather large brown egg!! A life time of phone calls and heated debates ensue and then as it happens all was well and the insurance company were being a little more than anal in releasing details.

........"roll the shoulders, take a deep breath and relax." So that's all cleared up - let's go do a show.

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Fifty miles down the road and that was the sound of PURE FUCKIN FEAR as I take the exit to Newcastle and the bloody gear stick comes off in my hand. Blind panic descended upon the band as they instantaneously turned into a Formula 1 pit crew and re-attached the gear stick whilst I swerved around all obstacles.

Bandages, Gaffer Tape, Zip Ties and Valium and we make it to Newcastle.

A new territory and a mid week show and we're not expecting a great turn out, but the fifty or So punters did themselves proud and were chomping at the bit and any previous vehicular problems were genuinely forgotten.

Day 7 Wakefield

Drove through the night and simply shrugged off the fact we'd got no dashboard lights – just because Beholder has gone into stealth mode!!! Sleeping by day and driving at night we're now like a well oiled machine or a heavy metal swat team.... but hold up a minute...

Unfortunately the sights that greeted us were way too bizarre to even consider sleeping.

For all those who turned up to the show, the following does not apply to you (or indeed the vast majority of upright walking humans) but the sights were out of this world.

All I can say is – "This year Wakefield will mostly be wearing Track Suits!!"  The place is littered with baby pushing, tab smoking, attitude swaggering chavs – a prime example being the girl chugging on a can of super strength lager, smoking rolls and pushing a pram that contained a baby with an unfeasibly large head.

But that all paled into insignificance when we headed to HMV and we spotted a Grandad/Grandma (the jury is still undecided) wearing an extremely tight pair of purple spandex disco pants and a matching sparkly purple blazer, blissfully sifting through the CD's whilst hobbling around on crutches and dragging several carrier bags of shopping!!

Possibly a little difficult to paint the full picture, but it was jaw dropping stuff and kept the band amused for hours.

Before the show I hooked up with Greg Moffitt (writer for Metal Hammer/Classic Rock /Decibel etc etc) and we recorded a Beholder Podcast Special for Bloodstock Radio and it was great to choose some tunes, talk trash and spend time with a like minded chap, who's got some killer stories.

The show itself was both recorded, filmed and streamed on the net and turned out to be a real breakthrough for the band (in yet another un-chartered territory) and we had a blast with a whole bunch of new friends – good times!!

Day 8 Glasgow

We've been looking forward to returning to Glasgow after our last visit a few months back. Not only is there a strong metal scene but the Glaswegians are my kind of people. They don't suffer fools gladly and they don't talk shite. Not just that but the hospitality was second to none with a packed Ivory Blacks full of head-banging lunatics.

Prior to the show the Front man for Achren thrust a bottle of "Buckfast" in my hand and claimed "this is what all the bums in Glasgow drink for breakfast!"  Well that's fuckin' charming I thought as I took my first mouthful – OMG it tastes like death!! But it had the desired effect as we stormed the stage and gave em a full on Beholder crash course in English Brutality.

Highlights of the show (of which there were many) was the crowd attempt to lift a 30 stone crowd surfer only to realise the magnitude of the task and crumple like a deck of cards and members of Attica Rage, Switchblade Scream, Achren and more join us on stage to belt out "Never Take Us Down!" Now that's POWER!!!!

Day 9 Grimsby

The drive from Glasgow through the night has left us all feeling extremely jaded and there was little to report throughout the day as we pretty much slept like hamsters in whatever position we fell.

After rising from our slumbers the band were all hyper active and in a euphoric state of play which is never a good sign 'cos it usually means trouble for someone. But what we ended up with was one of the most humorous Beholder shows for an age.

It all started with the crowd (as is always the case) cos they were in great spirits and had turned out in their droves, which always helps. When I screamed "What was the war cry of the Spartans?" some young girl screamed "achoo" - to which Martyn (quick as a flash) replied "bless you". Queue spontaneous laughter as both band and crowd burst into hysterics.

This was soon followed by tripping up over the monitors, spilling drinks, totally forgetting the lyrics to sections of certain songs and the whole thing turning into a totally impromptu heavy metal pantomime.

So why stop there....

Fungus was introduced as the villain of the piece and he was greeted with the obligatory "Boo" and "Hiss" whereas Chris was introduced as "Hattie Jacques" & "The Fattest Man in the band" – which for those who've not seen the chap the expression "more meat on a butchers pencil" sums him up a treat.

In summary whatever shit was thrown at us with regards the transport for this run it was soon forgotten as the Northern part of our tour turned out to be everything we had expected and more.

A couple of days rest and we're off darn sarf so prepare for further instalments – or even better catch us on the road and support the British Metal Resurgence.

Here's the remaining 'Edge Of Insanity' tour dates...

SEPT 15TH... RIFFS BAR SWINDON - support from Ventflow & Senturia
SEPT 16TH... WHITE RABBIT PLYMOUTH - with Breed 77 and Malefice
SEPT 17TH... CHAMPIONS BOURNEMOUTH - support from Maniacal Edge
SEPT 18TH... MAMMOTHFEST BRIGHTON - with Orange Goblin, Breed 77, Malefice & more
SEPT 19TH... FALMOUTH RFC FALMOUTH - support from Credit to Dementia, Decimation, Ded Hed, Rash Decision & Red Mist
SEPT 20TH... LONDON UNDERWORLD - support from Zocalo, Silas and more
SEPT 22ND... HOBO?S BRIDGEND - support from Darksite & Fell on Black Days
SEPT 23RD... CENTRAL STATION WREXHAM - support from Arceye
SEPT 24TH... SAWYERS KETTERING - support from Held Beneath & Korose
SEPT 25TH...THE OLD BELL DERBY - support from Susperia & Scarlets Wake


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Watch the thematic centerpiece for the album 'Severance' right here...

hordes of belial DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR HORDES OF BELIAL V: A 2014 SCOTTISH EXCLUSIVE
The Geordie quartet will play the Dundee event along with other high quality Metal bands...

sikth SIKTH ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR OF THE UK
"We decided we had to do a full UK tour, just one show was never gonna be enough for us... Also we aim to add some 'never played before live songs' too"...

tankard TANKARD ANNOUNCE HILARIOUS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR 'FOOLED BY YOUR GUTS'
The latest track from 'R.I.B.' (Rest In Beer) has been created by producers from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE US SUMMER DATES WITH KISS & DEF LEPPARD
The band are ready to "bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF INTIMATE UK SHOW AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline show is on 27th June. The Metal heavyweights will also headline Yorkshire's Ghostfest on 28th June...

Eluveitie ELUVEITIE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE 'KING' ONLINE, TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ORIGINS'
The Swiss Folk-Metallers release a mighty tale of the historical figure Ambicatus...

sikth UK TECH-FEST WELCOMES THE GODFATHERS OF UK TECH-METAL SIKTH TO THE BILL
Djent monsters Monuments and acoustic guitar master Jon Gomm also join the line up...

escape the fate ESCAPE THE FATE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2014
Now it is time for UK audiences to get their first look at the new look Escape The Fate...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYLS AS PART OF THRASH BACK CAMPAIGN
Celebrate 30 years of Thrash with reissues from Anthrax and other classic bands...

gatecreeper GATECREEPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SELF TITLED EP
'Force Fed' is available as one of the tracks on the pay what you want download...

jonny morelli JONNY MORELLI, DRAUGR DRUMMER DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Condolences start to pour in for the musician, tattoo artist and writer...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER IRISH SHOW, BLOODSHOT DAWN TO SUPPORT
Swedish Melodic Death Metal pioneers to play Dublin in January 2015...

nita strauss ALICE COOPER ADDS NEW GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS TO LINEUP FOR 2014 SUMMER/FALL TOURS
The LA guitar wiz will join the tour in Michigan on June 26...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL PREMIERE NEW VIDEO 'WORSHIP THE DIGITAL AGE'
The clip is the first full performance video from 'Our Endless War' and was directed by acclaimed director David Brodsky...

behemoth BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED & GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER TOUR
A chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE THEIR BIGGEST EVER UK TOUR
The dates include a night at the legendary Wembley arena in March 2015...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DRINK'
If you need a new anthem of the summer then look no further...

rik mayall RIK MAYALL'S 'NOBLE ENGLAND' SONG HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE SPOT AS ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP ANTHEM
The beloved late comedian looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his lost anthem...

red dragon cartel EXCLUSIVE: RED DRAGON CARTEL GIGS BACK ON - BAND TO PLAY MANCHESTER AND BUCKLEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events...

brutal truth DAN LILKER OF BRUTAL TRUTH INVITES YOU TO OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL
This will most likely be the very last chance fans will get to see Danny and Brutal Truth live in Europe...

belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

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