Crepitation, This Is Turin, Beneath The Ruin, Chinsniffer – The Outpost, Liverpool – 11.02.22

Crepitation, This Is Turin, Beneath The Ruin, Chinsniffer
The Outpost, Liverpool
11.02.2022
Live Review by Rob Sutton

Liverpool has always been a strange place for gigs, they aren’t short of venues or bands for that matter but there never seems to be that many gigs actually going on. So this was the first time in Liverpool for a long time and also my first time I had been to the outpost. Now the venue is pretty small but on the positive side, they serve food! Shame I didn’t know this beforehand otherwise I wouldn’t have filled up on McDonalds. Anyway, this line up was quite possibly the most diverse line up I have been to in a long time. I personally love a mixed line up as each band completely changes the atmosphere and can sometimes mean you find a new genre to obsess over!

Kicking things off was 3 piece chaotic / tech / noise band Chinsniffer from Liverpool, first off all those three words completely describe these guys! The whole sound is complete chaos! I mean there isn’t even a guitar – just bass, drums and a keytar. This does provide a very eclectic mix of influences which does mean it is very interesting to listen to, even if sometimes it is a little much. Vocally it is also manic and in fairness I couldn’t understand anything that was being said (not a bad thing for this genre). The drawback of this set was between the songs; while there were bits of humour which was appreciated but for the most part the members did end up looking at each other which made it feel like I was watching their practice. Chinsniffer were an interesting watch, although I’m not sure if I enjoyed it or whether I was just interested in the chaos?

https://www.facebook.com/Chinsniffer

Second on was Beneath The Ruin, a band I had never heard of nor seen before. They bring a more Progressive side to the evening, so that means not a single scream or growl in sight. Well, the vocalist did try a couple of times but this did not work and he admitted couldn’t scream on stage. Nevertheless, this was a nice change and a nice sound they are aiming for, almost pretty. Vocally, the singing was reasonably good, though did get significantly better as the set went on. Perhaps his voice wasn’t quite warmed up enough at the beginning. Beneath the Ruin also boast a keyboardist which really does add a whole other texture to their set and adds a more ambient feel to their sound, throw this with a fantastic bass tone and these guys start stand out. Beneath The Ruin were a good watch and I did enjoy them, while not the tightest band and there were a few mess ups in some songs, it was a solid show.

https://www.facebook.com/beneaththeruin

This Is Turin are a powerhouse in the Technical Death Metal scene and have been on some incredible line ups and festivals in their past. Tonight was the first time in a long time that I had seen them support another band and thus play a shorter set. Sadly the Cheshire based technical difficulties struck one of the guitarists which delayed them starting and also seemed to throw them off their game. I’m not entirely sure what it was but the first two or three songs did feel almost forced. This soon went away and normal business did resume – their usual charismatic front man, the stunning guitar solos and blistering drums just seemed to come alive! A stand out moment was for me ‘Misery’, this is such a banger of a tune and the crowd seemed to come alive for this song but I would have had this as the closing song rather than the new song, while the new song is a solid tune and showcases their Blackened Death metal sound, it didn’t work as a closing track. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this is Turin but I have watched them perform better. Probably an off day, it happens.

https://www.facebook.com/thisisturin

A rare hometown show for Crepitation is something that apparently doesn’t come up too often. Now I have seen Crepitation before and just loved the bizarre vocals that they have. Honestly between the two vocalists making pig noises, grunts and just about any ungodly sound you didn’t even know a human could make, there are some amazing riffs which really make these guys stand out further from the rest in the Slam scene. I also have to give note to both their intro and outro samples, I won’t say what they are as I don’t want to give away too much of their set but they were absolutely hilarious! Crepitation had the whole crowd head banging though surprisingly there was neither pits nor much two-stepping, I did find this odd but still, the crowd all had smiles on their face and to me that’s what matters with slam. Brutally heavy but a bit tongue in cheek and fun. This set was fantastic again they really are one of the top bands within their genre and if you like heavy (very very heavy) then these guys are a must!

https://www.facebook.com/crepitation

Liverpool surprised me, the venue filled up nicely and there was a really friendly atmosphere around the gig. I will have to keep my eye open for more in the city as I am sure I’m missing some. 

LINKS:
Venue – https://www.facebook.com/OutpostLiverpool 
Promoter – https://www.facebook.com/Ukslamfest 

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Ghozt / Wolves In Winter – The Parish, Huddersfield – 18.02.22

Ghozt / Wolves In Winter
The Parish, Huddersfield
18.02.22
Review by Dark Juan

So, a couple of weeks ago I was finally tempted by Mrs Dark Juan to leave the comforting confines of Dark Juan Terrace (mainly to get away from her giant and terrifying “Beelezbugs” which she is currently unleashing on to an unsuspecting world populace – Clearly she wishes that everyone around the world to have an experience not unlike camping in the Australian outback) and go out into the heavy, black and pendulous world of Huddersfield, to a splendid bar called The Parish, which is LGBTQIA+ friendly, and is a local West Yorkshire rock hotspot, and a fucking lovely place to have a pint and a babble with like-minded people. Granted, the car park machine was utterly incomprehensible and I was probably charged many shekels too much for parking the Schwerer Gothikpanzer in it, but such a good night was had that zero fucks were given. Is it possible to give negative fucks?

So having got on my glad rags (Sisters Of Mercy hoodie, Blackwulf cap and combat pants. I’m nothing if not sartorially elegant) and collected our good friend Mrs L. Jack (small but fearsome). We proceeded to buy alcohol and mosey on upstairs to have a butcher’s at the West Yorkshire based Wolves In Winter. This is a band with a serious pedigree, being as it features members who have variously played in Chorus Of Ruin, Solstice, Slammer, Ironrat, Lazarus Blackstar, Pigwitch, Slammer and Monolith Cult. The sound guy at The Parish appears to have lost his hearing decades ago considering how fucking LOUD the sound was. However, although my ears were bleeding after a mere fifteen seconds, the sound quality was superb and clarity of each instrument top-fucking-notch. Oh, disclaimer here…. My mate Izak plays bass for Wolves In Winter and his sound and ability make me want to weep and cut myself open because I want that level of talent so much.

A thunderous crack in the space-time continuum emanated from the stage as WIW slammed into gear and opened with ‘Nemesis’. Once I had peeled myself from the back wall of the venue and braced myself in front of the sonic onslaught (front-and-centre, natch) I started to pay attention. This is a band that deserves to be huge. Mixing impassioned, clean vocals with a percussive, doomy assault not unlike being slowly crushed under a 20 tonne concrete block, WIW impressed me mightily. Second track in was entitled ‘Promised Harvest’ and the often short-changed emotional component of doomy metal came screamingly to the fore from vocalist Jake, whose highly-charged vocal delivery tugs at heartstrings in a very similar to one Halifax metal legend, Mr Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost. Sadly, though, there was not enough time for the band to run through ‘Pastime For Helots’, but by jiminy the crowd were not short changed.

Wolves of Winter have everything. Massive, MASSIVE riffs, huge songs, a bottom end heavy enough to spontaneously create sinkholes and a drummer who flails at his kit like he’s possessed by the devil. In short, superb musicians and a sound that encompasses all the bands I listed a couple of paragraphs ago. Also, it was bloody lovely to see Izak again after sojourns abroad for many years. Wales counts as abroad, right?

The Dark Juan Patented Blood Splat Rating System awards Wolves In Winter 10/10 for an awesome set that turned me into an overnight fan. Can’t wait to give them all my money for merch and shit when they eventually sort some out.

https://www.facebook.com/Wolvesinwinter/

And then … the main event. I normally do not do cover bands. An exception had to be made for this, though. Ghozt. I mean, a fucking Ghost cover band. A FUCKING GHOST COVER BAND! I knew nothing about this genius! Let’s be fair, Ghost are a polarizing band at the best of times, personally Dark Juan is of the opinion that they are the most exciting thing to happen to metal in the past ten years and brought back a welcome sense of showmanship and theatre and good old fashioned silliness back into an increasingly po-faced and miserable genre. Also, their mix of modern metal sensibilities and retro chops appeals deeply to Dark Juan. Anyone who thinks they are overrated or lightweight are just plain wrong and I WILL fight them about this. To not understand Ghost is to not understand where metal came from…

However, I am here to discuss Ghozt. Who cover Ghost songs. And WHAT A FUCKING SHOW IT WAS!!! Fronted by a facsimile of Papa Emeritus II, backed by a rabid pack of “Meliora” era Nameless Ghouls, Ghozt took us on an hour and a half of greatest hits. Everything from oldies like “Ritual” through to the latest songs ‘Hunter’s Moon’ and ‘(Call Me) Little Sunshine’, this romp through the best bits of Ghost was intoxicating to say the least. The Ghouls played their black little hearts out, Papa worked the crowd (and there was a sizeable one) just like our actual beloved Anti-Pope should and there were liberal blessings bestowed upon the adoring masses in the form of pin badges and Devil Dollars. Papa II’s vocals were occasionally a little patchy and he occasionally struggled to hit the high notes, but by fucking Satan I was singing every single word back at him and it just DID NOT FUCKING MATTER ONE LITTLE BIT! This was a show that was just sheer, unadulterated fun. The ersatz Ghouls engaged with the crowd more than the actual Ghouls do and all the jokes were in there too (the foiled attempt to play ‘Enter Sandman’ being a particular highlight) and they even played ‘Miasma’, sadly without Papa Nihil appearing to play his kick-ass sax solo. But all the hits were covered – ‘Rats’, ‘Dance Macabre’, ‘He Is’, ‘Cirice’, ‘Guhleh / Zombie Queen’ and ‘From The Pinnacle To The Pit’ being particularly magnificent and it was a fucking joyous occasion for a fraction of the cost of full-cream Ghost. Papa Emeritus (in all his guises, including impostors) and Dark Juan go hand-in-hand to preach the gospel of Satan via the means of stupid words in my case, and surprisingly melodic metal in theirs. Again, the sound quality was absolutely on the money and every instrument was clearly defined and Papa soared over the lot just as he should.

Never have I wanted to buy a Hagstrom guitar and play dress up again as much as I do right now.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System experienced some form of nirvana watching Ghozt play live, and the young gentlemen that he wrangles found it all highly amusing when Dark Juan turned up for work slightly hungover and unable to speak due to overuse of the old voicebox. Considering my knackered throat and lack of desire to work the day after I can do nothing but award Ghozt the full Satanic Panic 10/10 for the most fun I have had at a gig in years.

https://www.facebook.com/thebandghozt/

LINKS:
Venue – https://parishpub.co.uk/ 
Promoter – https://www.facebook.com/parishevents 

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Underdark w/ Burial, Inhuman Nature, and Argesk

Underdark at the Alma Inn 2022 Poster

Underdark
w/ Burial, Inhuman Nature, and Argesk
The Alma Inn, Bolton – 04/02/2022
Review by Rob Sutton

This was always going to be a strange gig as the Alma themselves had taken over the promotion following the previous promoter doing some very naughty things. This promoter, who will remain anonymous for this review, had impacted the scene massively in a positive way, and then proceeded to hurt the scene, and many people. This even lead to a number of chants throughout the night saying ‘F*ck **** ******’. Despite all of this, the attendance for this gig was incredible! The Alma is known as being a very cosy venue at the best of times, but this was on another level, you could barely move around! Again a massive testament to those that made sure this event happened. Although, last time I was here the toilets were frankly vile, so I was hoping this may have changed in the last couple of years… nope! Still no goddamn toilet seat! Come on!

Rant over and it was a night of mainly Black Metal. First up was Manchester based Argesk, who I have seen a few times before and they have always impressed me. I like the old school Symphonic Black Metal feel they have going, it really does feel like Emperor or Dimmu Borgir from their early days. Hits the right notes for me! They also manage to mix raw Black Metal pace with elements of melody, which again give you the cold Norwegian feels. They even add in a bit of clean singing in a handful of songs, which I personally felt their set could have done without, as unfortunately the singing was flat, and if anything took away from their sound rather than adding to it. Vocally, the rest was spot on, and even though I am usually not a fan of growling/ screaming between songs as crowd interaction, the fact that his diction was so clear made it work very well. This is probably the only time I would ever say this. What annoys me more about Argesk is that I have seen them play M2TM on a few occasions and they have never got to the final. These guys are good enough and offer an older darker feel that is certainly missing from this year’s Manchester event.

https://www.facebook.com/argeskuk

The slight outlier in the line up was Inhuman Nature, who are a Thrash machine! Having said that, vocally there’s a slight hint of Black Metal, which makes them stand out from other Thrash bands for me. These guys hit the ground running, quickly whipped the crowd into a frenzy of head banging and pits! There were even a few crowd surfers… impressive considering the size of the venue. Inhuman Nature provided everything a Thrash fan would want; speed, aggression and breakdowns and they did this with insane quality. I have never been a huge Thrash fan; I normally get bored pretty quickly when watching it. But Inhuman Nature were something very different, and it worked for me. Not only did I watch the whole thing but I had a massive smile on my face while head banging throughout their set. For me this was the best Thrash set I have seen, and dare I say the best Thrash band I have seen?

https://www.facebook.com/Inhumannaturehc

Burial were up next, and they followed on with yet more aggression, although taking more of a darker, Black Metal twist. By this point however, I was getting collared by many people at the bar so sadly missed a lot of their set. I do apologise, it just means I will have to catch them again.

https://www.facebook.com/burialtheband

Finally tonight and for me, the second time I had seen them perform, it was Underdark. The whole evening took a much darker turn as they played through their catalogue of depressive Black Metal. As with the last time I saw them, vocally they were incredible; the range within the songs is fantastic to listen to and provided a nice change to the usual bands of this genre. Adding to that, the guitar harmonies underlined their aggression and pain, and really evoked a melancholy feel to their set. There was some fantastic pacing throughout each song, mixing blast beats with much slower, more melodic parts. This truly was a fantastic set and showcased how diverse and talented the underground Black Metal scene is!

https://www.facebook.com/Underdarkuk

This was again another showcase of brilliant Black Metal, and although the venue still needs work, the beer is good and the bands were great, so what is there to complain about?

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Human Hell, Beyond Extinction, Thrashatouille, Daybreaker, Oaths, Navnlos – Central Live Music Venue, Wrexham – 28/01/22

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/Navnlosband

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.

https://www.facebook.com/OathsUK

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!

https://www.facebook.com/daybreakerUK

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]

https://www.facebook.com/Thrashatouille

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!

https://www.facebook.com/beyondextinctionband

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!

https://www.facebook.com/HumanHellUk

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!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions
https://www.facebook.com/CentralVenueWrexham

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Severenth w/ Karma’s Puppet and The Shuffle – The Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

Severenth at The Swan With Two Necks

Severenth w/ Karma’s Puppet and The Shuffle
The Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield
3rd December 2021
Review by Robb Sutton

It’s been many years since I’ve been to Macclesfield, and to The Swan With Two Necks, which was a venue/pub I loved as it has an intimate and homely feel to it. Going back there was a proper blast from the past, and it still has the same friendly atmosphere and probably the best smoking area of any venue I have been to this year! I called it ‘Granny’s Shed’ as that was the feel of it: sofas, old décor and lovely blankets everywhere.

Tonight wasn’t about Granny’s Shed however! It was about 3 bands. First up was The Shuffle, an Alt Rock/Metalish band who I’m sure I had seen in their previous guise Monkey Shuffle. This was their first gig in a very long time. The band said they had been going for 19 years, and their longevity shows, as they offer up a very nostalgic, MySpace era feel, with the nod your head riffs and pop/punk style vocals. Mix these with a couple of cheeky screams and it all fits together very nicely. It reminded me of Alexisonfire, a band I used to be into as a teenager, it’s the mid 00’s vibes that really get you going. To me this is what The Shuffle are, a fantastic trip down memory lane, although I did feel like there was one song too many in this set. But that’s a minor setback for what was a solid and truly enjoyable set.

https://www.facebook.com/theshuffleuk

Next up was a band I have seen a lot of online but never managed to see in the flesh, Karma’s Puppet. They certainly had an air of professionalism about them, with the stage covered in their logos, and a cheeky box for the vocalist to stand on. Karma’s Puppet seem to take influences from many places in music, most notably for me was the Lamb of God influenced riffs, which offered the grunt and speed to their set, and this was backed up with some solid drum beats as well. They seem to take a lot of influence from the Metalcore genre as well, adding a mix of both clean and growled singing. The growling was really good, it fitted beautifully with the pace of the songs, the singing however was not so much to my taste. It isn’t bad, but it reminded me of Billy Idol. It does work with their sound, but just isn’t quite my usual go to style. Karma’s Puppet as a whole performed a brilliant set, and from this, I can see why so many people were wearing their t-shirts, myself included. They are carving a name for themselves in the North West, and performances like this will be a reason why I would see them again.

https://www.facebook.com/karmaspuppet/

Finally was a band I have seen many times over the last decade, as well as having the honour of standing on stage with them at this year’s Bloodstock! It is, of course, Severenth. Each time I’ve seen them this year they have only had a half hour set, but this time was a full 45 minutes. This meant we were treated to the usual tracks, such as ‘Reveal’ and ‘Two Mirrors’, but also some others, including a brand new as yet unnamed track. This was a personal highlight for me, as it gave a glimpse into what’s to come in the next year for this band. Although, the new song still kept to the Severenth ‘UK band doing a German Metalcore’ sound, it did sound fresh. This performance was filled with little gems for us to enjoy; from the blistering drums to the jaw dropping dual guitar solos. Top this all off with a delicious mix of clean and screamed vocals and you have the recipe for a fantastic set. We were also treated to a really old song from their back catalogue, ‘Age of Paranoia’, which was a song I used to jam to so many times as a teenager. Here it did feel dated, though it was nice to hear the old song again. Severenth are one of those bands you can sing along to, mosh to, but most importantly, really enjoy watching, just hope they remember to get the merch out! Until next time boys!

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSeverenth


One thing to note about this gig was the absence of a sound tech, this meant all the bands tonight were adjusting their own sound or helping others do so, this really shows the many talents that are hidden in the underground scene. It was another cracking gig with good bands, good music and lovely people. What more can you ask for?

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Internal Conflict w/ Hounds, Odysseus, and Unbroken – The Boulevard, Wigan 09/10/2021

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Internal Conflict w/ Hounds, Odysseus, and Unbroken
The Boulevard, Wigan 09/10/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

Back in Wigan again, and it seems the bad weather of the North resides here, as yet again it is raining! As I’ve already commented on this fantastic venue before, I’m not going to do so in this review. What I will say though, is that the issue last time with the paint not being dry wasn’t actually the case. It was due to flooding in the area before hand. Luckily tonight there were no such problems, and the full floor space is able to be utilised.

A few years ago, when I played in Wigan, we played with a lovely groove metal outfit called Unbroken, and it was nice to see these guys back on a line-up so I could have the pleasure of watching them again. Tonight’s gig was their first back after lockdown, and while you could tell there were some nerves to begin with, they soon settled into their rhythm. Straight out of the gates was a song which stood out from all the others; A nostalgic trip back to the early 00’s, where the groove/nu metal trend was in full swing, and we even got some Slipknot style rappy vocals from G-Bar (vocals)! This was nicely backed up with Andy (Bass/Vocals) and Dave (Guitar/Vocals) adding more vocal layers. Honestly, this was a very strong opener, and set the scene for the rest of the show. While their music isn’t anything new, it is a nice blast from the past and is done very well. They’re a ‘smile on your face’, feel good kind of band, who provided a solid benchmark for the night, and while they were sometimes a little static on stage, they more than made up for it with banter and shed loads of character.

https://pages.facebook.com/unbrokenmetal/


Second up, and fresh from Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage, were Preston based Tech/Deathcore outfit Odysseus. I did manage to catch these at Bloodstock, but the sound really didn’t do them justice there. Tonight however, the sound was much better, and allowed them all to really show just how technically talented they are. The riffs provided by both Dylan (Guitars) and possibly the only guitarist able to smile for an entire set, Kev, were crisp and tight, and all held together beautifully by Tom (Bass), and Sam (Drums). Rach (Vocals) voice was solid through the set, and fitted the genre nicely, though I would have maybe liked a bit more range, especially when the breakdowns come in. For me, the thing that let these guys down the most was between the songs, the songs themselves are solid but all the energy is lost with huge gaps of silence. This led to the set feeling a lot longer than it was. Perhaps if they gave a mic to another member, it may take the pressure off Rach, or throw some samples between songs to keep the high energy that the actual songs set. Odysseus have a solid foundation to build on, though. This was massively apparent when they unleashed a new song second from the end; It was by far and away my favourite of the set, and I look forward to seeing what else is up their sleeves.

https://pages.facebook.com/odysseusuk

The first review I did for Ever Metal was back in July in Bolton, and sadly I missed a band when I was there. This time there were no distractions, so I finally got to watch Isle of White based Hardcore bruisers, Hounds. These boys really stepped up the night! They are ‘balls to the wall’ hardcore, and it’s done exactly how it should be. Maximum aggression, maximum engagement, and full on in your face! The speed these guys play really gets the adrenaline pumping and makes you want to jump in the pit. There was a pit, but for some reason a lot of the crowd had thinned drastically?! Maybe these guys were too energetic? Their influences are clear to see in each song, with Hatebreed and Terror springing straight to mind. Hounds just released their cover of Terror’s ‘Stick Tight’, and they performed it well here, but personally I wouldn’t have had this as their last song. While they weren’t the tightest band here, and Ash (Vocals) either lost his breath or forgot some of the lyrics, they provided the evening with a fast paced aggression that not many bands can deliver on, even ending on the very punk note of smashing a few instruments. Quality set, great fun.

https://www.facebook.com/houndsuk/


Headlining this show was a band from back in my old Synapse days, so I was very excited to see how far they’d come since then. Internal Conflict, from Leicester, are a metalcore band with a huge reputation behind them. They have now played Bloodstock a staggering 4 times, and from tonight’s performance, I can see why they keep getting asked back. First off, the stage was decked out with their logos and the band filled the stage. Each song was performed with pin-point precision, layered with beautiful solos, harmonic singing, and blistering drums. Adam (Vocals) pointed out that a reviewer of their latest album didn’t like his voice; personally I think it fits with this genre. While the music and clean singing remind me of As I Lay Dying, his voice has a more hardcore sound to it. It works and gives a good contrast between aggression and depression. On the subject of the new album, there were many songs from it played at this gig, and they sounded so good live! (Yes I did buy the album, and so should you). Internal Conflict is a band I could listen to over and over again, live or on recording. Tonight’s set flew by and I was left wanting a lot, lot more. They have been the most professional, tight and musically brilliant band I have seen so far this year. You guys have a new fan!

https://www.facebook.com/internalconflict

Tonight was another cracking gig, Oli at …And Heavy Metal For Wigan has knocked it out the park again, great bands, great sound, great turn out and nice beer. What more could you want? Oh, a few more people in the pit!

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And Heavy Metal For Wigan XXIII: Redemption

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And Heavy Metal For Wigan XXIII: Redemption
Defied w/ Solarshift, Shrike and Bloodmores
The Boulevard, Wigan, England
07/08/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

Another week, another gig and this time it’s off to Wigan. Did you know Wigan sent a pie to space? Anyway, The Boulevard is a venue I have not been to before and has also had a recent refurb. It’s a lovely venue with fantastic facilities and good beer (driving this time meant I didn’t have a chance to fully explore what the bar had to offer).

BLOODMORES

So, the terrible weather that had descended on the North had set the scene beautifully for tonight’s opening band Bloodmores. Now I have seen these boys many times and really think they don’t get the recognition they deserve and tonight proved this. This set was tight, insanely tight. Every song felt thoroughly rehearsed and it provided a very early assault on my ears. The absolute powerhouse behind the kit was not only brutally fast but incredibly technical with the beats and fills which was mesmerising! The sheer speed his legs were moving became just a blur. Guitar-wise the lead role was switched not only between songs but in some cases during. This really highlighted the immense talent that these guys had. Sadly, the vocals did get lost during a few songs but this was more of a sound issue as opposed to a band issue. When they could be heard they were that lovely meaty death metal growl, they really complimented the music. I did feel, that while the bassist was also very strong, he did feel distant from the rest of the band, this was most apparent when a breakdown would kick in and the whole band was in sync but he would just slightly bob. Saying this I did appreciate, during one breakdown, where he came off stage and just went crazy. More of that please! Now Bloodmores have been working hard as they are already on album number 2 and the tracks they played from this were on another level, I would have just liked something in the background while they changed guitars. Complete silence really lost a lot of energy. Having said all this, they were fantastic and if you’re a death metal fan I would highly recommend them!

https://www.facebook.com/Bloodmores

Now, as stated earlier, the venue had recently been refurbished. This meant that the floor in front of the stage still had wet paint. Because of this, barriers were put up in front of the stage which left almost no room for pits or even headbanging…hmmm not well planned here.

SHRIKE

Anyway, enough of me ranting as next up was Shrike, a band I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many times and with their new single ‘Martyrs’, was looking forward to seeing a new Shrike. ‘Martyrs’ was the opening number and this is a belter of a song! I love the tone of the guitars the brutality of the drums, everything about this tune. Sadly, after that I felt the energy drop; the clean singing didn’t work for me and personally I feel a lot of practice is needed to fully polish the style they are going for. The ‘oohs’ were out of tune and there were a few longer gaps between songs which let the energy drop further. Having said this they still maintained the heavy which I loved and the last song ‘In Pursuit Of The Wych’ feels like an old classic. Shrike have a lot of talent and a lot of quality songs. Their stage presence during the set is insane; they really use all their wireless instruments to their advantage and dominate the stage but, for me, this wasn’t the best I’ve seen them , but I know next time will be better.

https://www.facebook.com/shrikeofficial

SOLARSHIFT

As I am from near Manchester I feel like I have seen most Manchester based bands on multiple occasions. However, Solarshift I have somehow never witnessed before. Why have I not seen them before?! Holy cheese balls these guys are good! The fantastic blend of KoRn style Nu Metal with the new age Metalcore is mix I never thought I’d like. Honestly the stagemanship of vocalist Ben is so engaging you can’t help but focus on him. This is not to say the rest of the band aren’t good, they really are. The drums, sound simple, but work beautifully in every song and provide the beat to bounce to. (There are a lot of bouncy beats, it’s like a workout). With the bass and guitars providing added meat, it makes this set feel like it should be on a large stage with a sea of people bouncing away. I had the same feeling watching these as I did watching Parkway Drive. Bounce, jump, spin, love life! Now I have to comment on the use of samples, for Beth, who will read this first. They are fantastic and add an extra layer to what is an already phenomenal sound. Also, bass drops! So, I have to bounce back to the front man, he has one of the best voices in the underground scene. Not only can he growl but he can shout and sing. All of these flow from each other seamlessly with such control and power. My only criticism with this set is I wanted more! Please check these guys out, you will not be disappointed.

https://www.facebook.com/solarshiftmusic

DEIFIED

This leads us to the final band of the evening. A band who are really gaining momentum in the UK metal scene, Deified. From the first beat this band oozes with professionalism and charisma. Is it any wonder they are playing the SOPHIE stage at Bloodstock? Now I will comment that they are the only band tonight who didn’t use in-ear monitors and this did mean that their set didn’t feel quite as tight as the previous three bands. However, they made up for this with fantastic melodies echoing that of At the Gates (love Melodeath) and utilising numerous guitar styles such as tapping and sweeping to make each song feel fresh, keep you engaged and guessing what they are going to do next. I love the humour front man Jamie has, he is a natural entertainer although, I don’t think, banging his head on the ceiling during the first song was in the script. Deified are a no B.S straight up metal band who always provide a good show, always look like they are having the time of their lives, no matter how big or small the crowd is, and because of this have become one of the most enjoyable live acts in the scene to watch.

https://www.facebook.com/deified

Tonight, was a real showcase of what metal in the Northwest has to offer. The calibre and professionalism of all the bands made this one of the best ‘local’ gigs I have ever been to. I would recommend checking all four of the bands out. I would recommend checking the Boulevard out as it is a fantastic venue and lastly I would recommend highly, going to one of And Heavy Metal For Wigan’s gigs as Oli has an ear for putting together incredible line ups!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/andheavymetalforwigan
https://www.facebook.com/boulevardwigan
https://www.facebook.com/wiganart

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0161 Day Of Destruction – The York, Bolton 24/07/2021

0161 Day Of Destruction poster

0161 Day Of Destruction
The York, Bolton
24/07/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

After a short shift at work, and with BoJo now finally giving us our freedom back, gigs are back on the menu (couldn’t help a food reference).

This was my third gig of the year (second as a punter) and the first all originals as well. So off I ascended to the York, in Bolton, a venue I have never been to before. I was pleasantly surprised as the last venue I visited in Bolton was a bit of a dive. Most notably the terrible toilet facilities. Firstly, I am pleased to say the toilets were actually useable, there was a lock, bog roll and a door! Also, I have to add the whole place felt clean and with a lovely outdoor area. But most importantly for me, Newcastle Brown at the bar. We are onto a winner.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to catch Crowfire, a hard rock/metal band from Manchester. I guess I will have to wait for next time. Sadface emoticon.

https://www.facebook.com/crowfireofficial

The first band for me was I Am The Wreckage, a metallic hardcore band with masses of stage presence. Both Guitarist and Bassist used their wireless systems to their advantage by getting right up in the crowd’s face. Very fitting for the genre and engaging, so much so I found myself having a good ol’ mosh to band one, along with many of the other onlookers. This led to a few pits even at that early point in the day. If I have to pick at the set I would say try and ride through any technical difficulties. But all being said the whole sound these guys have is incredible, I would strongly recommend anyone to check them out!

https://www.facebook.com/IAmTheWreckage

Next up were newcomers Ecstasy Engraved, and I only found out on the night that this was their first ever live gig! It was brutal! The songs were well structured, and while they were in the groove of the songs looked to be having the time of their lives, as did the crowd as yet more pits began. However, between songs felt a bit awkward, this I would put down to nerves as it was their first gig. The vocalist had a fantastic voice, and the set flew by, making me want to hear more, especially when they complete their line-up. (No Bassist L)

https://www.facebook.com/Ecstasy-Engraved-324221248279053

Chimp In A Box was a band that, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get when doing a listen before the gig, and in fairness I don’t get the joke? But all that aside, my god do these guys have groove! I loved it and could listen to those riffs for days. Maybe missing the joke stopped me enjoying these as much as I should have. or maybe adding a bassist will thicken the sound up more for me. But a solid set nonetheless and another band to see again.

https://www.facebook.com/ChimpInABoxBand

From three bands I have not seen before it’s onto the only band I had, and many times at that. Portrayal of Ruinn is a band I have gigged with often, and since their latest EP dropped it seems they are starting to gain the buzz they deserve. This gig was proof of that; they were the first band with the audience actually singing along to their songs, no mean feat, considering most people can’t understand metal vocals! This is a true testament to the traction these guys are building. The set was tight, brutal and immensely enjoyable. Pits were present throughout the whole show, with a sea of Portrayal t-shirts bouncing around. This was one of the best shows I have seen them play, and it would be nice to see them on a bigger stage, so they can really show off how they can dominate the stage.

https://www.facebook.com/portrayalofruinn

Sadly, I ended up missing Hounds, and again I am hoping to catch them when they are next in the area, as what I heard I liked!

https://www.facebook.com/houndsuk

The night closed with a band I have been following for a long time, Asleep At The Helm. These guys were mega! Full on new age of metalcore. This is exactly the genre I love, and they did not disappoint. The whole set was like listening to a pre-recorded album, with added energy and oomph. The mix of clean and growled vocals really added something extra here, as I hadn’t heard much actual singing (not complaining). When I say they were worthy headliners, I mean it, and I can see why they are getting picked up to support bands such as Our Hollow, Our Home. These are seriously a band to watch as I can see them going far!

https://www.facebook.com/AsleepAtTheHelmOfficial

So, gigs are back, and this was a belter! My only downfall was the Newcastle Brown which cost me a band. But aside from that, this venue is a fantastic new home for 0161 in Bolton, and I am looking forward to appearing at the next event!

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The Wildhearts By Request

The Wildhearts Livestream Poster

The Wildhearts By Request
Livestream Presented by Crosstown Concerts
17/04/2021
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Livestream events (whether they are truly live or not) are all we’ve had to keep us sane over the last year and a half. They are also about the only revenue stream currently available to musicians right now and have become something of a lifeline to many bands. Even though The Wildhearts have a bunch of real dates planned for later in the year, the reality of this actually happening is by no means certain, so doing something like this makes a huge amount of sense. I also personally think these types of events are going to continue to be a part of the furniture moving forward. More on this later however…

This band have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years and the line-up has been something of a revolving door around Ginger, but for many the golden years were that seminal line up of Ginger, CJ, Danny McCormack and Ritch Battersby, so I was delighted to find that that’s what we’ve got for this show. This group of four really are the essence of the act and even though we know in our hearts that this may not always stay stable forever, or that the four of them may not always be “in” The Wildhearts at any given time, but that none of them are ever never truly “out” either…

This event opened with ‘Dislocated’ from the 2019’s ‘Renaissance Man’ album, but being a fan requested show the vast majority of the set list was not going to come as much of a surprise to most. In some ways that’s a shame, as that recent album has some great material on it and is a massive return to form, but thanks to the joy that is Covid it’s not had time to worm its way into the fan consciousness live yet, but I am glad they opened with this song. You get the sense from Ginger’s sometimes caustic comments on the subject during the show that they were hoping for some more obscure requests for material that doesn’t get played live too often, but no, after eighteen months of lockdown, the fans wanted what they knew and love. Ginger refers to the debut “Earth Versus The Wildhearts” record as “The best of the Wildhearts” and that album certainly gets plenty of airplay in this set list with six of the thirteen songs coming from this disc (although with thirty years of hindsight “East West Versus The Wildhearts” would have been a more appropriate title for it). This included what might just have been the final performance of ‘Greetings From Shitsville’, as Ginger made it abundantly clear that he dislikes this one intensely – it’s his nemesis apparently and it’s officially got retired tonight by mutual band agreement, although personally having lived in the ridiculous overpriced squalor that was digs in London around the time this was written I can completely empathise with the subject matter.

The atmosphere of the performance is pure Wildhearts – no large hanger size sounds stages here, or fancy camera work and tableaux, no technical effects or staged gimmickry – this looks and feels like it’s coming from a small rehearsal space. The musicians are all pretty much facing each other rather than assuming stage positions with cameras crammed into the space between in the middle, so the overall feeling is that we’ve been allowed into their private and intimate home. The lighting is bare bones too – a few white par cans with the odd bit of flashing in time with the music, but absolutely nothing fancy at all. A brilliant decision and one that closes the gap of impersonality and distance that is the curse of streamed performances, creating intimacy and immediacy.

It does feel raw and live with no obvious recording gaps, so the banter, occasional instrument retuning and mistakes are as real as they would be in a live venue. The sound is perfect for the effect they are creating – crisp and clear; fat and rich, although the guitars are a bit back in the mix compared to the rhythm section. The filming is of the handheld in your face variety, which captures the atmosphere these guys work best in – a sweaty club with the tangible risk of dripping condensation causing an electrical fire. Now the reality is these events are not truly live, but importantly this one feels ‘as live’, without obvious edits and plenty of shots of tuning fun, inter-song banter and rehydration and all the other stuff you would get if you were in the room with them.

At the end we also get a guest vocal appearance from band friend and Million Dead frontman Frank Turner as Ginger gets his wish for a lead singer on the final two tracks, giving the chance for a cracking layered vocal harmony that would be a challenge otherwise live. Turner also acts as the interviewer for the numerous extras that are available in the deluxe package and his love of their music is tangible. Given that Ginger has moaned a lot over the years about having to be the main vocalist all the time I wonder if we may not see more of his input in the future, as his vocal tone fits a treat with the Wildhearts sound.

At an hour and fifteen minutes run time it was a little on the short side, but short is sweet here and otherwise spot on, although for those with access to the bonus package there was also the chance to hear a new track ‘Splitter’ as a plug for the upcoming album “21st Century Love Songs”. This is now available on pre-order, and the track is a bit more frenetic with time changes aplenty and a lovely slide guitar break from Ginger. It whets the appetite nicely, as indeed would anything recorded by this line up of the band, who are on an absolute creative roll right now.

This is the closest any of us can get to a gig now and frankly I don’t care about whether it’s pre-recorded or not. And neither should you, as these things are currently the only real revenue stream bands currently have and without labels, streaming platforms, promoters, venues and all the other assorted fleas and ticks of Rock’n’roll taking their cut, actually can be a financial life line for the artists, as they are relatively cheap to produce and the band should be getting a much larger slice of the revenue.

That’s why I think they are here to stay – not least from the fact that this pandemic is far from over, but that its impacts are only just getting started, with Brexit and all the woes and costs it adds to touring providing the icing to a shit cake of epic proportions in the UK live scene in particular. Many venues aren’t going to survive this; it’s going to be a while until the touring machine gets going again and in the meantime the bands need to eat. If someone’s ill, physically unable to tour or it’s not simply cost effective then bands are going to realise this delivery method is another trick in their arsenal, and one for which they see a lot more of a slice of the income. It also gives bands a chance to do something different (as Avatar did recently with a four show tour of almost their entire recorded catalogue) and that might not work commercially on tour but works perfectly for the streamed format.

Add to this the deluxe packages on sale can be worth the extra money. In this instance this got fans an event T-Shirt, the new sneak preview from the new album and an hour or so worth of interviews including a very frank and open discussion from Danny about his battles with mental health and drugs (and yes, I may just try CJ’s chicken curry recipe), because let’s face it, live streams are as cheap as chips for us as punters compared to the cost of going to a gig so why the hell would you not spend that extra couple of quid and keep the bands alive?

LINKS:

Wildhearts Live Stream

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Bloodstock M2TM 2020 – North Wales Heat 2 – Mcleans, Pentre 07/03/2020

Bloodstock M2TM 2020 – North Wales, Heat 2
Mcleans, Pentre 07/03/2020
Review & Pictures by Beth Jones

We were still dusting ourselves down from the first heat of this year’s Metal 2 The Masses North Wales, when suddenly, quicker than you could say ‘get me on the New Blood stage’, it was time for heat 2! Originally this heat was going to be taking place in Bangor, on the North West Wales coast, but sadly the venue is now an ex-venue. However, because this is North Wales, and the NEW Metal Productions team can handle pretty much anything, it was reorganised to our regular haunt, Mcleans, Pentre!

Five bands were set to take to the stage in this heat, and there were rumblings that this was going to be the toughest heat we had ever seen. Our very own Rick Tilley was asked to stand in as a judge on this heat, as one of the regulars, Phoenix Rising’s John Matthews, was unable to attend. It was pretty certain the judges were going to have a hard task. The ‘order of service’, drawn before we arrived, was Winter Hotel, Thrashatouille, Lullaby For A Unicorn, Krank, and Leatherback. This was going to be fun!

Winter Hotel

Hailing from Bangor, these guys play a hard hitting, modern alternative metal style with a pretty hefty punch. They haven’t been round that long and were using a stand-in bass player. While they had done a fair bit of prep for this, bringing with them printed lyric sheets for the judges, their relative infancy showed in their stage craft, which this year is one of the main things the judges are looking at. Musically they were great, and the charisma of front man, Warren Porter, did shine through. But, in my opinion, they weren’t quite ready, performance wise. However, this is something that will come with practice, and more gigging. They definitely have something exciting to give; they just need to work out how to present it.

https://www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Thrashatouille

We’ve seen these guys a good few times now, including last year’s M2TM North Wales, where they narrowly missed getting a spot in the final. Not to be downtrodden, they decided to return this year to give it another go. It was instantly noticeable that they had a new toy on stage – front man Rob Sutton had a synth that goes boom (not a technical term, but good enough to describe it – I’m old and all this synth trickery goes over my head)! I love the effect that you get out of them, so was looking forward to seeing how he used it, and to seeing how they’d come on since last year. I was not disappointed! From the first chord, to the final boooom, they were bloody brilliant! By far the best we have ever seen them perform. Their madcap food-based death/thrash metal, complete with inflatables, energetic movement on and off the stage from Rob, and a healthy dose of booooooom, was totally something I could imagine going down a storm on the New Blood stage. Epic performance!

https://www.facebook.com/Thrashatouille/

Lullaby For A Unicorn

After being within touching distance of the New Blood stage, as one of last years’ runners-up in the M2TM North Wales final, it was no surprise to see these guys coming to give it another go. I’ve lost count how many times we’ve watched them play but was still as eager to see them again. They are quirky and have an endearing band personality that makes you feel happy, despite the manic and slightly psychotic look in front man Justin Williams’ eyes! They seem to have a bit of a curse on them in this competition though, and they do have a nasty habit of over thinking it. In this performance, a gremlin had got into the sound, and they were plagued with feedback, which I feel threw them off their game a bit. There was none of the usual party popper madness either, which was possibly like taking away their comfort blanket. I still really enjoyed their set though, as I always do, and I was very hopeful that the audience would see past the gremlins, because I know what their ‘A game’ is like.

https://www.facebook.com/rockmyunicorn/

Krank

We last saw Krank in the M2TM heats two years ago, and back then they just weren’t ready, so I was interested to see how they’d come on. Musically they have definitely come a long way, and they make a very good sound together. Carrying on the theme of the evening, it was quirky, humorous, and heavy. They’d obviously spent a bit of time thinking about their stage show, as they had a projector playing a random video in the background, and they also had a large ‘Doomsday clock’ displayed on a laptop for the audience, and the front man to see, as apparently they have a tendency to run over time! They’d brought a lot of fans with them, so they went down well with the crowd. They threw a load of miniature squeaky rubber chickens in to crowd at the start of the set too, which caused a bit of a gigglesome fracas. Unfortunately, even though I think they’re really good musically, something about the front man’s over the top, bullishness really irks me. I find it irritating. Yes, I’m a grumpy old woman, but I just think he needs to tone it down a bit. Let the music do some of the talking, and please, for the love of god, put your tits away! Oh, and another thing – my daughter has now stolen the squeaky rubber chicken we brought home and will not stop squeaking it! Goddamn you!!

https://www.facebook.com/krankislife/

Leatherback

The final performance of the evening was a one-man techno/industrial/metal crossover. My first thought was, ‘I hope they’re going to put the stage lights back on, because the photos won’t be much good otherwise!’ I asked the all-knowing Fozzy, and his response was ‘Just wait and see’. Hmmm, I’m not good with surprises! When the performance started, it became clear what Fozzy meant! Strobe… Lots and lots of strobe! It was like being in a 90s rave! Musically, there were samples, synths and pedals being controlled like clockwork by Matt, aka Leatherback. At the same time, he was playing some pretty tight rhythm guitar. Combined with the strobing and colour changing lights, also controlled by the music, it made for a pretty hallucinogenic experience! I had issues with this performance though, both as a lover of old-school, and as a photographer. He does what he does very well, and with a lot of skill, however what he does, and what I like musically are two very different things. My second issue was the lights. I spent so long looking directly at a strobe, trying to actually capture some useable photos, that my eye and the side of my face went completely numb. That was my cue to leave. I’m going to leave it at that. Clever, but not my cup of tea! It did get the audience going, but on a performance level, I don’t think that it would transpose to a big stage like the New Blood.

https://www.facebook.com/leatherbackworld/

So, with all the bands done, it was time to vote. For me, there was one clear winner, who stood head and shoulders above the rest – Thrashatouille. After a short break, for the judges to deliberate and the audience to cast their votes, master of ceremonies, Beany, returned to the stage to announce the results. I totally couldn’t call it, so can imagine how tough it was for the judges.

First to be announced, and winners of the public vote were Krank, which is a good bit of statistical evidence that other bands should take notice of – the more people you bring with you to your heat, the more likely it is that you’ll win the public vote (unless you really suck and all the people you brought secretly hate you!). The band taking the judges vote, because of their musical ability, professionalism, stage craft and preparation (and rightfully so, if you ask me) were Thrashatouille!

This heat had definitely been a tough one, and it was sad that there had to be winners and losers, but, by definition, that’s what competition is. Onwards and upwards my friends, onwards and upwards! Next up! Heat 3, which takes place on 4th April

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/phoenixrisingrocks/

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