Live performances are the lifeblood of heavy metal. In a
world where albums are increasingly unprofitable, it’s the best way for an
artist to earn their keep. And for the fans, seeing your favourite artist live
is a rite of passage: an experience that affirms your love for the band in
question by letting you get up close and personal with not just their music,
but their visual element and mannerisms.
Ergo, as 2018 begins to draw to a close, it feels right to
honour those extreme bands that have really gone above and beyond when crafting
their own live shows. The ten names in this list are all massively different
from one another, but the common thread here is that they are all heavy, all more
than worthy of the entry price and all put as much effort as humanly possible
into putting on an excellent show.
Whether it’s a brutal black metal extravaganza, a cavalcade
of prog-inspired technicality, an armada of bruising hardcore or an upbeat
party of joyous melodies is irrelevant. The point is, every group here is a
must-watch for any metalhead that frequents their local music venues.