Skam at the O2 Academy Leicester

Skam's Steve Hill

Skam at the Leicester O2 Academy

1 November 2013

The Furies, Massive Wagons and Skam 

Leicester band Skam at the O2 Academy
Leicester band Skam at the O2 Academy

This event celebrated a certain style of rock and brought to the audience three of its finest exponents. That style is powerful, passionate and technically impressive. 

The Furies, from Leicester, is a band that we have reviewed many times before. As a band they deliver very good music. As a group of musicians, The Furies includes some of the best in Leicester.

The Furies has an album which out on release now, we reviewed it in September

One of our featured bands, we reviewed the band’s album launch in September.

Arts in Leicester made The Furies their band of the month in October 2012


From Carnforth (near Lancaster) came …. Massive Wagons.

Massive Wagons
Massive Wagons

Arriving moments before they went on stage, they straight away unleashed their hard rock and metal mania into the room. Despite a long journey across England, Massive Wagons delivered an exciting sets of songs, rich in supercharged sounds and roaring rhythms which reminded us of the great metal bands of the 80s like AC/DC and Motorhead.

 Watch Massive Wagons on YouTube


One Leicester band that is outstanding for their practice of the art of classic sounding rock, is Skam. As a band they one of the finest groups playing this style of music anywhere in the East Midlands, if not beyond. They have played well 250 gigs and festivals and have appeared in almost very major city in the country, alongside also having full-time jobs! Now that’s dedication.

Flashback: Skam at the Queens Hall in March 2013

It is not only the emotional impact of what they do that makes this band stand out but also their technical brilliance. The vocal power and guitar playing of Steve Hill is the stuff of legend. The performance of bassist Matt Gilmore is outstanding among bass guitarists in Leicester. The drumming of Ray Peverill is exceptional. This is a highly talented trio of musical artists. You have only to look at the reviews Skam has been getting from the nation’s music press to see that they are a widely acclaimed band.

Skam at the O2
Skam at the O2

Within this genre of rock music the musicians of Skam ticks all the boxes. A band (or at leas its musicians) that remains one of the longest standing in Leicestershire, Skam has a remarkably good track record as a band, consistently putting on live music and gigs and benefiting from a supportive fan base, constantly attracting new followers, they are band that has, for well over six ears, done better than most and they are still going strong. Only a few bands from Leicester can fill the Queens Hall at O2 with people and tonight is not the first time that Skam has achieved that.

Skam Steve and Matthew
Skam Steve and Matthew

Tonight Skam played a selection of their newest songs as well as some established favourites. There are a lot of things to like about Skam – all three members contribute to the vocals, backing Steve Hill’s amazing talents as a rock singer and what you get from them is fire and energy – from the whole band – music that electrifies a room with megawatts of power, ear-lickingly good melodic lines, scintillating guitar solos and they have created new songs consistently for many years. A band really worth honouring and celebrating.


Skam’s set list for tonight’s show

Make you pay

Soldiers of rock

Dead from the waist down

Holy city

Going away


Touch of death


The wire


No lies


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Skam’s web site has the band’s new single Rivers available for download

Reviews of Skam

Review of Skam’s EP Killing Times

Skam on Reverbnation

Review of Skam on Chesyrockreviews


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See also:

Diary of live music in November

Diary of live music in October

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