North East five-piece metal band, Nephilim, are set to play Sage Two in Gateshead this month so Lee Allcock caught up with them to find out more about their sound, how they’re preparing, and to discuss networking events.
For those of our readers that haven’t come across Nephilim just yet, can you describe your sound to them including your influences?
We’re undoubtedly a metal band, but there are so many sub-genres it’s hard to boil it down to just one. Nephilim is really a fusion of metalcore and heavy metal taking inspiration from bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Ghost. If you like any of these bands, chances are you’ll like us.
You’re playing the Sage in Gateshead this month; you must be excited about that? And how are you preparing?
“Excited” doesn’t really capture how we felt when we were given such an amazing opportunity. We received the call to play at the Sage due to our huge effort in selling tickets when we supported Twister at the O2 Academy Newcastle in March earlier this year. Thanks to the great support of our fans, we managed to sell over 100 tickets for that show. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to knuckle down to make sure our performance is taken to the next level for this immense show. With the recent addition of our new bass player, Marco, making our set at the Sage “a show to remember” is going to be more than achievable.
What can those in attendance expect from your set at Sage?
Those who attend our set at the Sage can expect nothing less than our best performance to date. The atmosphere is going to be very powerful and we want the crowd to feel the chemistry and energy flowing through us on stage. Our set will consist of older songs such as ‘Fuelled by Hate’ whilst also incorporating our newer songs such as ‘Breath of Blood’. There’s also the potential for brand new originals to be thrown into the mix but we won’t give too much away…
You recently attended our first networking event for musicians, but what do you feel can or should be done to help up-and-coming artists in the North East?
The networking event was a great experience that allowed us to meet new contacts within the local scene. It can be hard to know who to get in touch with, especially in regards to gigs and promotion, but that event brought everyone together in a professional environment.
And finally, what can your fans expect from you in 2019? Any new releases, more gigs?
2019 is going to be our biggest and best year to date. Plans are in the works to record and release our first full-length album, something we’ve dreamed of doing since the band was formed.
Nephilim head to Sage Two, Gateshead on Saturday 29th December where they’ll support Twister. Tickets, priced at £10.00 in advance, are available from sagegateshead.com.