Reggie’s Final Post From England
Posted by Reggie
What a journey this has been; living in England for four years. The chilly and cloudy island is a great place to visit and absorb some culture. For me, the metalhead, this was my Mecca – the home of heavy metal. Ever since I was a young teenager there were a few things I knew about England. They have a Royal family, drive on the left, and have a hell of a metal scene. I knew about Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy before I ever got here. I saw these places in live concert videos and though they are nothing that special in appearance, it’s cool to me to be able say I have been there. There are also the festivals; something that just doesn’t work too well in America. Europe is the perfect continent for the metal festival for which I am completely grateful to have been a participant more than once to both Download and Sonisphere.
In my time here I have had the pleasure of seeing so many of my favorite bands, meeting some cool artists, and having my eyes opened to a world of metal I barely knew existed. I mean, I was always into metal, but sometimes we (Americans) have to go out of our way for exposure to bands more popular in Europe. Needless to say, my music collection has grown exponentially since 2008.
Now it is time to go; back home (to America) and finish out my military career. Luckily, I will be relocating to a place near Denver, CO, where I can have my fix for metal shows satisfied on somewhat of a regular basis. Before I reach the end of my final post from England, I want to show you what England has done for my morale. On top of the culture, easy access to the 13 other countries we visited, great people both here and online, and pleasant summer weather, I have had the pleasure of seeing the following bands with some of them multiple times as noted in parenthesis.
Amon Amarth (3), Entombed, Black Label Society (2), Godsized (2), Chimaira (2), Revoker, Neosis, Paradise Lost, Insomnium, Trivium (3), Whitechapel, Rise to Remain (2), Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Machinea Supremacy, Idiom, Eluveitie, DevilDriver (3), After All, Heathen, Destruction, Overkill (2), The Haunted, Slayer (2), Megadeth (4), Anthrax (2), Metallica, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Septic Flesh, As I Lay Dying, Dream Theater (2), Periphery, Machine Head, Bring Me The Horizon, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, ZZ Top, Black Stone Cherry, Tesla, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Rage Against The Machine, Lamb of God (2), Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Fly Leaf, Hellyeah, Taking Dawn, Him, Skin, Deftones, Cake, Eastern Front, Black Sabbath, 3 Inches of Blood, Purified in Blood, Degraded, Kyuss Lives!, Rise Against, Ugly Kid Joe, Sebastian Bach, Kobra and the Lotus, Firewind, Ghost, The Blackout, Evile, Katatonia, Corey Taylor, Soulfly, Fear Factory, Apocalyptica, Motley Crue, Rammstein, Sabaton, Sick of it All, August Burns Red, Rams Public Radio, and Matchbox twenty.
For now, I need to pack up and move. This is my last post from this wonderful country. You may see me posting here and there, but for the most part my presence on this site will be sparse until I get settled in and back to the grind. It also goes without saying this is the country where A Metal State of Mind was created. To our readers and faithful followers out there thank you so much for stopping by and chatting about metal. See you soon!
Reggie AKA Plantera7