It may have been a cold winter’s night in Newcastle, but blistering sets from Amon Amarth along with Huntress and Savage Messiah at Newcastle University.

Making a welcome return to the Northeast, British four piece hard hitting outfit Savage Messiah got the night off to a great start. The band brought with them in tow tracks like, “Scavengers of Mercy” and the fast and furious, “Minority of One” from their latest album The Fateful Dark. The band conjure up sounds reminiscent of early Metallica, much to the pleasing of the Geordie crowd. Devil horns all around.

Next up was LA’s Huntress fronted by the captivating Jill Janus. The band who are on the verge of completing the follow up to 2013’s Starbound Beast took the opportunity to introduce one of their newest tracks “Flesh,” which Jill dedicated to all of the ladies in the audience, and was very well received.

Janus glides around the stage, hair blowing through the air, such an incredible voice you would expect nothing less from a professionally trained opera singer. Huntress rocked their way through tracks like, “Zenith” and “I Wanna Fuck You To Death,” which they co-wrote with Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, the crowd hanging on every word.

The band closed their set “Eight of Swords” from their debut album Spell Eater, Janus taking the opportunity to jump off the stage and into the pit to get closer to the fans. The band most certainly whet the appetite of the Newcastle crowd, and left them suitably warmed for Swedish Viking Metallers.

A crowd of eagerly awaiting death metal fans, some of which paid tribute to  Amon Amarth by wearing Viking Helmets, awaited the arrival of the band. Frontman Johan Hegg now back in action, having recently blown out his voice at the start of the tour.

Amon Amarth are tight, Johan commands the audience, smoke cannons go off on stage. The penetrating drums of Fredrik Andersson and the melodic guitar work from Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg have the crowd pumping their fists, head banging and cheering along. The band played a brutal career spanning set including, “As Loke Falls” and “Shape Shifter” from their latest album Deceiver of the Gods along with classics like “Guardians of Asgaard,” from their 2008 album Twilight of The Thunder God and left the crowd wanting more.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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