Video Interview with Marquis De Sade

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For several decades Marquis De Sade were the epitome of the British cult Metal band…highly respected but quite elusive. Now, however, the band is about to make an unexpected comeback.

Formed in the south of London around 1979, Marquis De Sade remained active for about three years. The line-up back then consisted of Kriss Gordelier on vocals, Kriss’ brother Pete Gordelier on bass, San Remo on keyboards, Gary ‘Gazza’ Pope on drums and Gary’s brother Kevin on guitars. Together they crafted some amazing material.

Sadly Kevin passed away quite recently and his shoes have been filled by Pauly Gordelier (brother of Kriss and Pete) while keyboard maestro Giles ‘Doc’ Holland has replaced San Remo.

This is probably the first interview the band has given in over 40 years. As one might imagine, it’s quite a revealing one!

Video Interview With Marquis De Sade

DISCOGPRAHY:
Somewhere Up in the Mountains         [Compilation-2012-High Roller Records]
Somewhere Up in the Mountains / Black Angel        [Single-1981-X-Pose]
Demo 1981                                                                 [Demo-1981-self-release]

LINE-UP:
Kriss Gordelier – vocals
Paul ‘Pauly’ Gordelier – guitars
Giles ‘Doc’ Holland – keyboards
Pete Gordelier – bass
Gary ‘Gazza’ Pope – drums

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Agent 47, Dead Retinas, Riot Eye, Technologist

Agent 47, Dead Retinas, Riot Eye, Technologist
The Peer Hat, Manchester
19/04/22
Live review by Rob Sutton

The Peer hat is a strange venue with what seems like a quaint pub upstairs and downstairs a small gloomy room with a low stage nestled in the corner. While it isn’t the biggest venue in Manchester, it certainly has a charm about it, although the smoking area (if you can call it that) is just an alleyway with no ashtray in sight… Venue aside, this was my first venture to an RR Promotions event, the promoter himself is probably one of the youngest I have seen, but this doesn’t mean he lacked professionalism – quite the opposite in fact, as the whole night ran incredibly smoothly and had a line-up featuring four bands who had been competing in M2TM Manchester, 2 of which were playing the semi-final the following Sunday.

First up was one of these bands, Technologist. Now I have seen these guys at pretty much every gig they have played, so I probably should know them inside out by now. Their mix of Opeth-style Progressive Metal with the melodies of bands such as Ne Obliviscaris is something I have mentioned during the review of their first gig, so I won’t waffle on about that side too much. Having watched Technologist a number of times it is fantastic to watch their confidence grow on stage, now we can see massive smiles on their faces, constant head banging and general showing off on their instruments. In doing this they consistently have the crowd’s jaws dropping as their sheer talent and precision during their set shines through and is simply unbelievable to watch! I mean let’s be honest here, who doesn’t love some face-melting guitar solos, a bass that slaps harder than Will Smith or a vocal range that rivals Michael Akerfeldt? 

Musically this was close to perfection but I’m pretty sure I heard the phrase ‘last chance’ about 4 times during the set which really did begin to grate on me, even more so when their set time was forty minutes and they only played thirty minutes… I wanted 1 more chance!!!! Aside from this Technologist never cease to amaze me, a band to watch going forward.

https://www.facebook.com/Technologistband

Riot Eye are one of a very select group of bands that I have been looking forward to reviewing, not just because they are exceptionally young and talented, but because they are a genre that doesn’t really appeal to me but has me intrigued. Having first caught them during M2TM I found myself really enjoying their show, their old school Punk sound harks back to those good old days of a young teenage Rob at his local venue wearing baggy pants and eyeliner that looked like he had been crying just before entering the venue (not ashamed). They also bring the Punk attitude of being quite literally in the crowd’s faces and pushing them about, yes pits have begun. 

Vocally, while not my personal preference, works perfectly for this genre and with a couple of cheeky solos on guitar for good measure it’s an enjoyable musical affair. For me however there are a couple of little niggles with the song writing, firstly way too many of their songs started with guitar alone, it would have been nice to mix this up a bit with maybe the bass starting or kicking in all at once. Also I’m pretty sure one of the riffs was from ‘Gay bar’ which was really noticeable and lastly the chant of ‘Riot Eye are Shit’ goes on for wayyyyyy too long. Besides all this Riot Eye are fantastic fun to watch and insane on stage. If there was an advert for Monster Energy drinks these guys would be that advert, they are plain and simply fun and that’s all that matters!

https://www.facebook.com/R%C3%AFot-Eye-100725635654448

From one Punk band to another Punk influenced band, this time with a nice hint of Hardcore to go with it. Dead Retinas pick up exactly where Riot Eye left off with some more, fast, punchy tracks but this time with a more metal twist. Dead Retina’s tread the line beautifully between these two genres and blend them almost seamlessly. The mix of skippy Punk beats to heavy breakdowns is just brilliant; throw this with the mash up of shouting and growling vocals just ticks so many boxes! Because of this yet more pits are present through their set as the whole band bounce around the stage or in some cases dancing on stage and again that seems to be what this band go for, high energy music. 

However, at this point 1 comment got me: ‘we are only at 80% tonight as we have Metal to the Masses on Sunday.’ FUCK OFF! The crowd have paid money to watch bands give it their all and these guys openly admit they aren’t going to play 100%?! Shame as I really enjoyed their set and probably will again but this comment pissed me off so I’m only going to write 80% of their review tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/DeadRetinas

Agent 47 or 4gen7 or those guys with 3 guitarists and a drummer with dreadlocks longer than the M56, are one of those bands which have made a name for themselves as being fun! Tonight is no exception – their charisma onstage and inviting numerous guests to fill the void of Mark (another victim of the plague) was a very nice touch. Speaking of the guests we had Chris from Kringer and the Battle Katz filling on some vocals (shame the mix on these was so high he managed to drown even the drummer) and Luke on bass from Beyond Salvation. Both played their parts brilliantly and looked like they had been practicing with the band for a good while beforehand, even though they hadn’t. 

Speaking of sound it did really let Agent 47 down as vocals were either too high or inaudible, guitars disappeared during some songs, it was all a bit messy but this wasn’t down to the band. Now whether this caused them to fall out of time with each other I’m not fully convinced. There were parts where I think a bit more practice wouldn’t hurt such as the stabs during one song and a few endings just felt un-polished. Asides from this there is a lot to really sink your teeth into here, the ‘almost’ Nu-Metal style rapping is phenomenally cool to listen to and their Death Metal tune grabs you by the nut sack and swings you across the room! While this was a little short of being a full headline set (can be excused as they are a man down) Agent 47 were really fun to watch and have a bit of a bounce around to. Bags of humour, lots of fun and some quality tunes to go with it… Fab!

https://www.facebook.com/Agent47UK

It was a night where all four bands I really enjoyed and Riley has done a cracking job of getting this many people in on a Tuesday night all while finishing early enough for people to get home for work the next day. I take my hat off to him on this one, bloody brilliant!

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We Struck Gold – Interview With Ever Metal

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We Struck Gold – Interview With Ever Metal
By Beth Jones

Recently I had the chance to catch up virtually with UK based band, We Struck Gold, to find out a little more about their music, what inspires them, and what they have in the pipeline now that live music is back. Thanks to them for taking the time to answer my questions. 

Welcome and thanks for joining us for this interview. You’re a new band to the uk scene, so before anything else, please tell us a little about the band’s roots, and what inspires you to create music.

The band is based South West Of The UK In Bristol. We have been around for a few short years, however we have finally found a sound and line-up that we are extremely proud of.

Our passion for creating music comes from our day to day lives. That being times of positivity or times of struggle. Music is our voice and we want as many people to hear us.

You’re currently releasing singles from your upcoming EP. Can you tell us about the message that these songs are trying to convey?

The Songs are a compilation of many things. The songs reflect our everyday lives, things that we are passionate about. The past two years has been hard for everyone, there is something everyone can connect with.

What’s your approach to songwriting? Does it start with a lyric or riff, and grow collaboratively, or does one member focus on creating the backbone of your songs?

The tracks usually start with Jesse Musically, he lays down the foundations for a track. We all give our input, maybe rearrange things to see what fits the song best. Omar is usually quick to have some great melodies for vocals which may totally restructure a track completely. Songs can come together very fast but then again some may take time. We are still working on tracks we made before this current string of releases. Some songs take time, we may need to walk away and come back to them a few months down the line.

Now That live music is back, tell us a little if you can about upcoming shows, and where can people see you?

We are over the moon that live music is back! It has given us all a new perspective on things, I think we can all agree? As far as seeing us, we currently have a string of dates where we are hitting a lot of the big cities around the UK! You can find the announced shows here! 

www.Linktr.Ee/Westruckgold 

The world is a testing place at the moment. If you had one message to give to your fans right now, what would it be?

Persevere and overcome…

Music can be a great solace and a great healer. What will people find in your songs that they can relate to, and find comfort in?

The new material speaks for itself we think. The song titles we have chosen pretty much sums up what the track is about. But then music is all about how we as listeners perceive it. 

The scene is packed full of great new music right now. What would you say is the thing that makes you stand out from the crowd?

Our live performance is definitely something everyone should experience! Being put in a live environment is where we excel!   

After the release of your EP, what do you have planned next?

We plan on hitting the studio to keep the music coming! The pandemic gave us a lot of time to create music and we haven’t stopped writing, it had is plus sides as well as it down sides!

What’s the ultimate goal for We Struck Gold and your music?

We could give the generic reply of big tours and big stages. However I think our main goal is to emotionally connect with our listeners. If we can give people the same feeling we all get from music we’ve done our job. If we help just one person who needs to be picked up and helped in times of struggle, we’ve definitely done our job!

Finally, where can people go online to discover more about you, and find your music?

www.Linktr.Ee/Westruckgold 

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Evile, Divine Chaos, Tortured Demon – Live at Boston Music Room, 24/02/22

Evile, Divine Chaos, Tortured Demon
Boston Music Room, London
24/02/22
Live Review by Chris Galea

Two factors spring to mind about Thrash. It’s an enduring Metal sub-genre which had the San Francisco Bay (U.S.A.) and Germany as its historical epicentres, but other than that it had influential bands from all over the world. The other factor is a perhaps bit more personal… for me Thrash is also a cathartic outlet of music, best appreciated within a like-minded crowd.

As punters quickly throng this venue in the North of London, I see a lot of young Metal fans with a few clusters of Thrash fans who, like myself, were already around during the genre’s formative years. For the old and the new, the passionate and the curious, the historical and the cathartic… everything was about to come to a head.

All three bands on the bill fit into the same music genre, more or less, but each have their own way of interpreting it… as we are about to find out as chaos and evil demons are unleashed (yeah I’m playing with words there but it’s also true… seriously).

Tortured Demon

Interestingly, when the three members of Tortured Demon were born, the other two bands on tonight’s bill had already been formed. Yes, Tortured Demon are that young. Although the Mancunians’ material felt a bit underdeveloped at times, the Metal framework seemed solidly in place, particularly with regards the drums. Meanwhile, Jacob Parkinson – on guitar and lead vocals – made a concerted effort to animate the crowd 

Towards the end of their set, Tortured Demon were joined by Jut Tabor…singer of Divine Chaos…and the four of them delivered what I believe to be ‘A Knee To The Face Of Corruption’, from the band’s debut and only album “In Desperation’s Grip” of 2021.

Set-list:
In Desperation’s Grip
The Invasion
Cold Blood
Oppressed
Cut The Budget…Cut Your Throat
A Knee To The Face Of Corruption

https://www.facebook.com/t0rtureddem0n/

Divine Chaos

There was a leap ahead in terms of quality when Divine Chaos hit the stage. The band’s Thrash has a lot of Melodic Death Metal and Hardcore embedded in it… not usually my preferred variant of Metal, but on the other hand I was impressed by the band’s tightness and the ferocity of their music. 

Frontman Jut Tabor had a commanding stage presence and his singing brimmed with rancour and spite. The guitars, too, had moments of brilliance but as a single unit all the band was… well… divine.

The entire set-list focused on “The Way To Oblivion”, the second album by Divine Chaos, (released in 2020). Presumably, this was partly because the line-up in the previous album was quite different from the current one. In any case, based on tonight’s performance, if you’ve never seen this band play live, be sure to grab the next opportunity to do so.

Set-list:
Suicide Salvation
Upon The Shrine
Murder For Sale
The Way To Oblivion
Serpent’s Words
Nation’s Damnation

Mariusz, Divine Chaos drummer comments on the gig
Mariusz, Divine Chaos drummer comments on the gig

Listen to a few comments given by Divine Chaos drummer Mariusz Marecki:

https://www.divinechaos.co.uk/

Evile

As much as I enjoyed Divine Chaos, Evile were in a class of their own. The arsenal of riffs that the band deployed onto the crowd was earth-shattering and felt tighter than a pre-Covid pub on a Saturday night.

Evile were promoting their most recent album “Hell Unleashed”, which was actually released almost a year ago but the pandemic had prevented the band from showcasing it earlier. Furthermore, this was the first tour where Ol Drake replaced his brother Matt on lead vocals and it turns out Ol’s quite adept in building a band / crowd rapport. By the time ‘Head Of The Demon’ kicked in, the crowd in Boston Music Room was moshing, crowd surfing, stage diving… jeez… it’s been too long since I last experienced such joyful mayhem.

‘In Memorium’ offered a rare moment of sobriety. The song was dedicated to Mike Alexander, Evile’s bassist who had passed away while the band had been on tour in Sweden. (Didn’t Cliff Burton also die when Metallica were on tour in Sweden? That’s certainly a tragic co-incidence.)

‘Thrasher’ was particularly well received and during set closer ‘Enter The Grave’, the audience made sure all the screams that were left were screamed and all the heads that still needed to bang were banged.

Set-list:
Paralysed
Killer From The Deep
Head Of The Demon
The Thing (1982)
We Who Are About To Die
Cult
Five Serpent’s Teeth
In Memoriam
Hell Unleashed
Gore
Thrasher
Descent Into Madness
Infected Nation
Enter The Grave

Chris with Ben Carter, Evile drummer
Chris with Ben Carter, Evile drummer

Check out the video interview with Ben Carter, drummer of Evile, here:

https://www.evilecult.com/

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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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This Is Turin w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire 10/09/2021

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This Is Turin
w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn
The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire
10/09/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

It feels like forever since I’ve been to a home town gig and it has many advantages. Firstly, I can walk to it, so no driving and secondly I can drink. I did have quite a few at this gig because it has been far too long since I had last been to a gig here. The Venue itself has had quite a makeover during lockdown; we now have a quality beer garden and seating out the front. Also, with local laws in Northwich now allowing drinking outside the front of a pub, means I’m not leaving my drink unattended. Tonight, is the first metal gig in a long time and we have a local headliner, a familiar opening band and a new second band, all of which were on the much heavier side of metal meaning no clean singing…oh no, the horror!

First up and this will now be the second time I have reviewed these guys, were Manchester’s Portrayal Of Ruinn. Last time I saw them I was saying how I wanted to see them on a bigger stage, alas it’s a smaller stage than last time. Nevertheless, their stage presence has vastly improved. All members seem to be banging their heads throughout and even Tom (guitarist) was off stage bouncing around and getting in people’s faces. This really works with their genre, they are deathcore and deathcore is in your face heavy. The fact that the sound here was so clear allowed for the crowd to really hear the way Tom (bass, yes I know two Tom’s is confusing), Tom (guitars) and Sean (guitars) all work in harmony to bring the riffs and breakdowns right to the forefront. This is helped by Chris (drums) providing the driving force behind them all. Calvin (vocals) has also much improved since last time; his range seems to get better with each gig. Sadly, with the sound being so clear, it was obvious when the intro track, which was played on a phone, ended up playing a completely different song in the background. I would isolate the intro so this doesn’t happen. This was a much stronger set than in July and is really showing how these guys are finding their sound and the stage show to match. I was gutted they didn’t get the reaction they deserved.

https://www.facebook.com/portrayalofruinn

Next up was a new band for me, Human Hell from London. These boys really bring the aggression, there is no mercy from the breakdowns and Dillinger Escape Plan style beat from the drums. The complete set is unrelenting and fantastic. I even ended up having a mosh and I wasn’t even that drunk. Much like Portrayal Of Ruinn before them, their guitarist found it a challenge to stay on stage, wandering off to start pits with onlookers and then deciding to go for some fresh air outside…The joys of a wireless set up. I wonder what the drunken revellers on the streets of Northwich thought of this? There was a strange style of vocals over this heavy hardcore music, it reminded me almost of a black metal style shriek, I’m not complaining as it works wonderfully and compliments the down tuned guitars brilliantly. These boys are a strange mix of many styles which all combine into a ferocious blend of metal. If you are one for heavy aggression, check these guys out but if you are not a fan of band members being up close and personal, I would stand well back. Actually, they’ll still find you.

https://www.facebook.com/HumanHellUk

Headlining tonight are Cheshire heavyweights, This is Turin. This is a band I have followed since their previous incarnation, FallOut when I was about 14. They have progressed massively since those early days and have become a Blackened Tech Metal machine destroying any venue in their wake. This is apparent tonight as every song sees a sea of banging heads, flailing arms and probably a bit of blood for good measure. It is so clear to see from tonight’s performance why these guys have gotten as big as they have recently, with the new tunes from the latest EP “T.U.R.I.N” getting the crowd in a frenzy all under the control of Daz (vocals). This is not to say Hayden (guitars), Davey (guitars) and Splinter (bass) aren’t doing the same, quite the opposite. While Splinter can be seen also off stage intimidating the crowd (he is bloody tall), Hayden and Davey will be banging away shredding every riff with immense precision. Now, I couldn’t go any further without mentioning Ben (drums), he is rapidly becoming known for being one of the fastest drummers in the scene right now (please watch Forlorn World’s performance from Bloodstock). Tonight, is another example of his sheer speed and brutality, he is incredible! This is Turin owned this night, like they do most gigs they play, 50 minutes flew by in what was a stunning set. There is a lot more to come from these guys yet. Keep watching!

https://www.facebook.com/thisisturin

By the end of the night, I was a drunken mess as usual, but it was amazing to see so many people from the North West in my home town, it puts a massive smile on my face. I’m really hoping more gigs can happen in Northwich and we get the turn out like we had on the night. Good friends, good beer, excellent music. What more could you ask for on a Friday night?

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – Sun Of The Endless Night

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – At Dawn We Attack

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 3 – Dead Mob

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Beermageddon 2021 Day Three

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Beermageddon 2021 Day Three
Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club
Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove
29/08/2021
Review by Beth Jones & Rick Tilley

The festival life throws up some weird and wonderful goings on, that only exist inside that little bubble for the time you’re in it. It’s because everyone uses it as a chance to let their hair down, and leave the grey, soul-destroying world of adulting behind for a few days. And a perfect example of this led us into the final day of the festival, in the shape of an unnamed gang of campers having an all-night party accompanied by a rather loud, and very eclectic playlist.

It was lovely to hear the happy singing at 1am. It had become slightly less lovely by 5am however, and I think this sentiment was shared by the majority of others on the campsite. So, when someone eventually shouted, “Will you shut the fuck up!!”, I’m confident I wasn’t the only one who did a little silent round of applause. ‘The Floral Dance’, much as it’s a very unique tune, is probably not the best thing to play full blast at 5am, whatever the setting! However, this…er…interesting night did manage to fuel sleep deprivation to the point of being hyperactive, but not quite hallucinating, meaning we were ready for the final day!

First up was the job of taking the traditional Beermageddon group photo. At the helm of this mission was press co-ordinator, photography extraordinaire, and all-round top bloke, Will Tudor. Gathering together a bunch of people three days into field dwelling (most of whom had an 80% proof ABV blood alcohol content) and making them all look the same way, is a little like herding cats who’ve been on a cat nip bender. But Will has a big voice, and the photo was achieved without any deaths. Result!

With that, and a belly full of bacon and caffeine, it was time to turn our attentions to music again for the beginning of the final day. And providing the opening were Melted Messiah, a Stoner/Sludge, Jazz/Doom Black Metal duo from the wild North (Dunfermline, Scotland). Considering there was only 2 of them, they made a very big sound. Lots of crunchy rumble and distorted fuzziness from the guitar mostly filled the gap where there would usually be a bass, delivering a very doomy sound. And you could definitely hear some jazz influence in the drumming. They were good, and endearing, and the crowd looked on with pleasure.

Melted Messiah

https://www.facebook.com/MeltedMessiah

Dead Mob were next, taking us from the sublime to the caw blimey! Hailing from up the road in Birmingham, this young Hardcore band were a bag of excited energy, which flowed out across the audience and made the entire room lurch. They certainly blew away any sleepy heads that were still trying to bring themselves round. But apart from being loud and full of chaos, these guys were tight and extremely talented. They brought me a lot of joy – at the ripe old age of 41, it’s great to see a young band who know exactly who they are and throw every bit of passion into their performance that they can muster. From a photography point of view, they were really fun to shoot, too. Constantly throwing shapes and moving, laying everything bare, and letting the audience feed off their power. Awesome set.

Dead Mob

https://www.facebook.com/deadmobuk

Next up, and keeping the pace afloat, were At Dawn We Attack; A 5 piece from the West Midlands who are a joyfully chaotic, crunchingly heavy multi-genre crossover collective, all of whom clearly have an appreciation for facial hair! Frontman Bryan was a live wire, thriving off the crowd, and ending up in it at one point, too. The best way I can describe him is, if you took Devin Townsend in the Strapping Young Lad days, made him smoke 50 Marlboro and drink a gallon of JD in quick succession, gave him some dreadlocks, and then injected him with the Tasmanian Devil, you’d be somewhere close. By now the room was bouncing. Damn it was good.

At Dawn We Attack

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It was time to turn our attention to some good, salt of the earth, Old-School Thrash Metal next, with the maiden performance of UK Thrashers, Sun Of The Endless Night. With more than a little hint of the Big 4 in their sound, these guys took us through a rip-roaring set that continued to tear to shreds any Sunday-ness that we still had left. Powerful riffs and smashing rhythms, along with angry gravelly vocals made for a show that was confident and impressive, and I would recommend anyone to check them out.

Sun of The Endless Night

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Another band fresh from an appearance at Bloodstock graced the stage next; Alt/Progressive Metallers, Netherhall. Melodically I liked them. But in terms of performance, they were quite a stark contrast to the upbeat, feeding off the crowd, and quenching the onlookers’ thirst for engagement in return atmosphere that we’d been served with the last three bands. The invisible 4th wall between the audience and the stage seemed more noticeable than it had done the rest of the day. For me this made their set a little difficult to get into. But variety is the spice of life, and this is, of course, just my opinion.

Netherhall

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After what had been a superb day so far, I decided it was time for food. Having cased out the menus looking for what I could eat at the beginning of Saturday, I knew exactly where I was heading – Little Al’s Kitchen, for Slow cooked beef. And it was the most awesome slow cooked beef and roast potatoes I’ve eaten in a long time (his Chilli on Saturday night was also superb)! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well at a festival ever and chatting to Al after partaking of his magnificent food made it clear that this was indeed his mission – to feed people properly and cater for intolerance ridden awkward heads like me – YAY! Between Al, and JW Catering, I’d managed to not eat shit all weekend, and that is an achievement!

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Feeling full up and ready for more music, I headed back to the hall for the penultimate band of the festival, Symphonic Black Metallers, Kull. They were a new name to me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the second they started, I was in my element. Huge, full on symphonic synths, ridiculously precise rhythms, intricate and demonic guitars and bass, and the vicious and hypnotic vocals and presence of front man, Tarkan, made this the standout performance of the weekend for me. This thunderous and all enveloping sound had me transfixed from start to finish, and as soon as the performance was over, I headed to the merch stand to buy their music (incidentally, this was the point that I discovered their former guise. They used to be Bal-Sagoth!). The power of this music was addictive and I needed more! It’s been on in my car pretty much ever since. L-O-V-E-D IT!! I will be watching out for an opportunity to catch Kull again very soon.

Kull

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And so, we reached our conclusion, with festival headliners, and all-round crazy nutcases, Acid Reign. The first time I saw Acid Reign was at Hammerfest 2018, so I was sure of two things. Firstly, we were in for some fun, and secondly, making a pictorial record of said fun was going to be hard work! The best way to photograph Acid Reign, and in particular front man, H, is to become a telepathic mind reader so you know where he’s going to, so you’re brain to hand co-ordination has time to make you press the button before he becomes a blur. I’m new and a novice at this photography lark, be gentle on me, please!!

First world photographer problems aside, what a show these guys gave us. The room was rammed full, and the crowd lapped up every second of this raucous romp through Thrashland, injected with comedic capers, crowd interaction, and a hell of a lot of love. From H disappearing in the middle of a song, and reappearing carrying a tray of beers he had just purchased from the bar to bassist Pete Dee getting involved in a pit, while still sustaining a steady bass line, this was a very special way to finish a very special weekend. No-one was frowning, no-one looked stressed, everyone was just having a great time.

Acid Reign

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a wrap. I’m not scared to admit that I got a touch emotional when it finished and the house lights came up, because it was all over. Apologies to Will Tudor, and Tony Gaskin for welling up in your general direction! We had just lived three days of pure blissful joy. I’m so glad that I talked myself back into going, and so grateful that we got to be there covering the event for Ever Metal. So, some huge thanks are due. To Jim Beerman, for being the Godfather of Beermageddon, and never giving up, to bring this beautiful thing to all of us. To Will Tudor for his infinite wisdom, photography and otherwise – I have banked all his lessons. To all the crew for creating, maintaining, and running this event like clockwork. To the bands who smashed everything out of the park to entertain us, the bar staff who kept our thirst quenched, the caterers who filled our bellies, whatever time of day we wanted it, and the security staff who kept us all safe, but had a good laugh with everyone too.

Incidentally, it appears that there were zero covid cases linked to this event, which in the current climate is a fucking magnificent achievement. But maybe that’s because this was more than just a festival, it was the reunion of a huge extended family, back together after far too long apart. And we were honoured to have been allowed into that family. See you next year xx

LINKS:
www.beermageddon.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/beermageddonfestival
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Beermageddon 2022 Event Page
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