Human Hell, Beyond Extinction, Thrashatouille, Daybreaker, Oaths, Navnlos
Central Live Music Venue, Wrexham – 28/01/22
Review by Rob Sutton
So this review has been requested by both Fozzy and Beth. Normally I wouldn’t review a gig that I was playing nor one I had a hand in organising but here we are, I gave in to peer pressure. This review will be brief as I was not expecting to write about it. Wales has just come out of lockdown and the turn out to this was not too bad (if I do say so myself).
First up were local boys Navnlos, who seem to be going through members as quickly as I go through t-shirts. While the set oozed of Old School Death Metal and the riffs were a many, I think the lack of time as a 3-piece was hurting them a little, as in-between songs breaks were as consistently a ring out with minimal crowd interaction, as well as perhaps looking a little awkward on stage. Nevertheless Navnlos are a band to watch going forward as with a bit more practice and refinement they will be a Death Metal machine.
Next up were Oaths, a band that have been floating around my radar for a little while now. They fill the stage with confidence and energy, spending equally as much time running around off stage as they did on it. Musically they were tight, showing off a mix of Hardcore shouts with clean singing. It was aggressive with a good hint of melody. Oaths are definitely a band to bounce to and maybe even throw a few two-step shapes to.
Daybreaker I have known for a long time from their days of competing in the Metal To The Masses competition in Burnley all those years ago! First off the snare sound is phenomenal – such a nice metallic ping to it. Along with the fact that Tom was an absolute beast on the kit! Daybreaker also seem to be the happiest band to watch, as all of them are grinning ear to ear. They are a pleasure to watch and are incredibly engaging and likeable as a group of musicians!
Thrashatouille are by far and away the greatest band to grace the earth and performed a set worthy of the main stage at Download with Iron Maiden supporting. Oh and that vocalist… What a guy! [Now you see the challenge of having the review submitted by someone who was actually performing, but hey, he’s cheap – ED]
Beyond Extinction… I’ll start by saying WOW! I saw Black Tongue last year and was impressed by their levels of heavy, but Beyond Extinction took this to a new level! So much aggression and passion from these guys. I would simply describe them as Black Tongue, but better! Oh and did I mention these guys are all under 20 years old! Honestly the future of British Extreme Metal is safe with these guys leading the way!
Human Hell, these guys blew me away in Northwich, hence why I helped them into North Wales and boyo did they not disappoint, more aggression and spin kickers are a many throughout their set, not only that but push pits, without any controversy I might add. There may have been a few inflatable ice-creams floating around as well but that had nothing to do with me… Human Hell are a band that really should be bigger than they are, their music being such a wonderful blend of Hardcore / Tech And Black Metal, it is like nothing else I have heard!
This was an amazing night and personally I have to thank everyone who came to this as it was the first gig where North East Wales Metal Productions and I had collaborated. I enjoyed it and everyone who was there looked to have a great time. What a way to kick off metal in North Wales in 2022!
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