Andy Shaw

WRITER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Andy has been going to gigs for more than 40 years and has a passion for rock music, especially of the extreme variety. He has been shooting and reviewing gigs for a while with MetalTalk, mainly around our beautiful Second City. Andy brings the passion and joy live music gives him via his reporting for MetalTalk.


Andy also has a weekly Extreme Metal Radio show across a number of platforms and a podcast, which exclusively features underground bands and brand-new music. He can also be seen by the side of a football pitch, photographing wherever the mighty Birmingham City travel.

Joanne Shaw Taylor / The blues brilliance of Wolverhampton hometown show

Gig Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - Connor Selby - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – 23 February 2024. This is the closest to a hometown show that Joanne would ever do Words And Photography: @andyshaw16 @joanneshawtaylor @connorjamesselby

Xentrix Lead Blockbusting Thrash At The Devil’s Dog

Live Gig Review: Xentrix 35th Anniversary Tour of Britain hits The Devil's Dog, Digbeth in Birmingham. Plus Tortured Demon and Elyrean join on a blockbusting night of Metal. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @xentrix_metal @tortureddemon @elyrean_thrash @devilsdog_digbeth

Saint Agnes / One of the best around play The Devil’s Dog

Live Review: Saint Agnes, one of the best live bands around, play The Devil's Dog, Digbeth. Plus Crashface and Tightie Whities. Kitty a superstar in the making. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @wearesaintagnes @crashface @tightywhitiesband @devilsdog_digbeth

Xandria And Skarlett Riot Light Up Birmingham Asylum

Live Review: A night of hard rock and symphonic metal at The Asylum, Birmingham, with Xandria and Skarlett Riot. Thrilling and captivating performances. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @xandria_official @skarlettriot @theasylumvenue

King 810 / Six Incredible Bands At The Asylum, Birmingham

Gig Review: King 810 - Nasty - Ten56 - Left To Suffer - Fox Lake - Reduction. The Asylum, Birmingham - 21 November 2023. Six Incredible Extreme Metal Bands. Words and Photo: @andyshaw16 @theasylumvenue @king810flint

Max And Igor Cavalera Bring Classic Sepultura To KK’s

Legendary rock brothers Max and Igor Cavalera bring their Morbid Devastation Tour to KK's Steel MIll. True Sepultura nostalgia, Plus Incite and Recall The Remains. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @cavaleraconspiracy @incite_heavymetal @recalltheremains @kkssteelmill

Thy Art Is Murder – Whitechapel – Fit For An Autopsy – Spite

O2 Institute, Birmingham - 24 October 2023 - Thy Art Is Murder - Whitechapel - Fit For An Autopsy - Spite. Unadulterated brutality, an abyss of extreme music. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @thyartinstagram @whitechapelband @fitforanautopsy @spiteofficial @o2institutebham

Of Virtue, RXPTRS, Colosseums and Second Cities – Devil’s Dog, Digbeth

Unleashing a great night of Heavy Metal at Devil's Dog, Digbeth. Of Virtue, RXPTRS, Colosseums, and Second Cities Rock Birmingham | July 9, 2023. Words nad Photography: @andyshaw16 @devilsdog_digbeth @ofvirtue @rxptrs @colosseumsuk @secondcitiesofficial

Amon Amarth and Bleed From Within bring a Viking Invasion to Historic Halls

A Viking Invasion at The Halls in Wolverhampton with Amon Amarth and Bleed From Within. A fantastic night of music with stunning melodies and crashing vocals that left us wanting more. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @amonamarth @bleedfromwithin @thehallswolverhampton

Distant, Extortionist, Dagger Threat and Abbie Falls pound The Asylum

A blockbusting night of Deathcore at The Asylum with bands from Europe and The States with sets from Distant, Extortionist, Dagger Threat and Abbie Falls. Words and Photography; @andyshaw16 @theasylumvenue @abbiefalls @daggerthreat @distantofficial @extortionistnw

Andy Shaw

WRITER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Andy has been going to gigs for more than 40 years and has a passion for rock music, especially of the extreme variety. He has been shooting and reviewing gigs for a while with MetalTalk, mainly around our beautiful Second City. Andy brings the passion and joy live music gives him via his reporting for MetalTalk.


Andy also has a weekly Extreme Metal Radio show across a number of platforms and a podcast, which exclusively features underground bands and brand-new music. He can also be seen by the side of a football pitch, photographing wherever the mighty Birmingham City travel.

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