Dire Thorns – Call Me Nothing

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Dire Thorns – Call Me Nothing
Roasted by Rob Sutton 

Grimsby is known for a few things (well, mainly fishing) but not so much for metal bands, so with Dire Thorns wanting to submit themselves for a roast, I was only too happy to oblige. Now first off, let’s start by mentioning that these guys are very, very young. In fact so much so that I’m writing this at 8pm which is way past their bedtime. This should mean that they would be able to bring something a little new to the table right? Wrong! Can you remember those early 00’s days of Nu-Metal where everything sounded raw and tinny? Well imagine that but instead have the recording done in Mummy and Daddy’s garage. Jesus I thought black metal was rough. Still, at least they saved up enough pocket money to buy instruments… Well mostly, I am pretty sure the snare is just a bin lid. 

So onto the actual song and vocally, it is impressive that someone who has only just been potty trained can actually metal growl, there is a huge amount of reverb on the voice. I think it’s a very empty garage, I hope their parents haven’t sold everything in expectation that these guys’ music careers take off. The guitar work is also impressive with some fairly decent riffs being played – I say decent because I don’t want to offend anyone in the special Ed music class. Also the video itself is of a hugely high standard, mixing live performances, recorded clips and other bits of animation. Impressive for Windows movie maker! Honestly though I just can’t get over the quality of the recording, it sounds worse than me shitting after a night on the Newcastle brown Ale. I’d rather die is the perfect phrase from the song that actually fits. Ahhh fuck nope, can’t take it anymore… done.

Bass bit… pretty sure he is twanging an elastic band!

Disclaimer: None of the above represents my true feelings about Dire Thorns and they are in fact an incredibly talented young band that have a massive amount of potential! Yeah, you know what’s coming, budget garage band recorded, bin lid using, Slipknot wannabe high school shit!


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Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK based Metal band, Seventh Fear. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Martin J. White, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Martin J. White. I am the Vocalist. The band got together in 2011 as a club band playing Metal covers from bands such as Pantera, S.O.A.D, Metalica etc. After 2014 we decided to start writing our own material, but the project had to be put on hold due to family issues. When Covid hit and we were in lockdown myself and Andrew Warwick (guitarist) decided to use the time to begin writing again. Wayne Hudson (bass) rejoined us after a successful time with Satan’s Empire and a short while after Darryl Seaman (Drums) joined and Seventh Fear were a solid unit.

How did you come up with your band name?

I can’t remember, but we did find two meanings for Seventh Fear and one of them was from an ancient religion. The meaning is “The Fear of Children”. The weirdest part is that our logo designer didn’t know and sent us the art which features a picture of a child’s face that she had made quite menacing.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We’re from the UK and it is picking up quite well after the lockdowns. Venues are bouncing back and there are an abundance of Metal festivals now happening so it’s absolutely brilliant.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The debut single is called ‘In The Shadows’ and due to be released soon with a Lyric video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally there are many but the main influences I would say are Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford and Jaime Vendera one of the best Rock and Metal vocal coaches of today.

What first got you into music?

When I was very young my brother would play me albums from bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Yes and others and from then on I was hooked and wanted to be a singer the front man.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Wow that’s a hard one, as Seventh Fear are like family and we get along so well. If I had to choose another one it would be Mushuggah definitely.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download here in the UK

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Used Womens’ underwear – our bass player has them, as he’s twisted LOL!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Do what you want Be what you want life’s too short but be respectful while you’re doing it.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ronnie James Dio – the master of Metal 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy everything. My only hate is well Nothing at all. It’s like being a kid in your bedroom with a broom handle pretending to be rocking an audience but doing it for real there’s nothing better.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’ll let you know in a few years, LOL!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Judas Priest “Painkiller”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

CDs. I think a lot of bands get ripped off due to downloads, but they are both convenient for the car.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Hard to say really. I think it was when we played a few biker rallies – those mf’s are crazy and what crowds! I mean hundreds going mental, but the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Bush craft and wood carving and drinking beer, but I already do that so nothing new really, LOL!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t I’d invite about a hundred and have a massive party with a hog roast and shitloads of cold beer, LOL!

What’s next for the band?

Record, rehearse and get ready for gigs next year.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook, Instagram (which at this time is down as it is being updated and revamped) and Twitter.


Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Every one that you’ve mentioned are different, but the most commonly used one is a roll.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

No I think everything has been covered really.

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Vulgore – Renegade

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Vulgore – Renegade
Roasted by Rob Sutton

Born in the city of Stoke, (well hardly a city as it has no cathedral, more like an amalgamation of towns to create a shitty city) is the band Vulgore. Let’s start with their millennial metalhead inspired logo; we have silver with blood on it, so original. What’s next, baggy trousers with too many dog chains on or badly drawn make up? Well continuing with the 00’s theme one of them does in fact have black make up on, it’s almost as if this image has aged about as well as Amy Winehouse in her 30’s. Now these guys seem to have done fairly well in their short time being a band, most notably playing Bloodstock (probably because they had blood on their logo) and being managed by Unearthed. I mean how did Unearthed find these guys? Was it a drunken night in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, where everything was a bit hazy, or were they spiked by the slightly intimidating drummer? Either way this has worked really well for Vulgore as they are continually playing opening slots around the country to a handful of desperate metalheads. Good going guys!

Right onto the actual song, first off, where was this recorded in? Their mum’s basement? The amount of reverb on the vocals is clearly showing that he can’t actually do any kind of metal vocals and is just masking this by using the age-old black metal trick of echo. Yeah, there isn’t any black metal here so don’t get excited. If you want to get excited about decent metal just keep driving along the M6 and avoid the Stoke junction. I’m pretty sure one of these guitars is actually out of tune, genuinely sounds like the horrible groan your car gives you as your clutch starts to fail. Tinnitus is better. For once in one of these roasts it actually sounds like the drums have been recorded live albeit, with the practice pads still on, but hey… kudos. So lyrically ‘Renegades’ starts with a load of words thrown together just because they rhyme – congratulations on passing your primary school poetry class, lads! In fairness the words are fairly complex for a group of teenagers that clearly needed a support worker. There is a lot of talk about dying for freedom and justice. Freedom from Hanley, Burslem, Stoke in general, c’mon I want to know which one! Justice would have not having this song circulating on my YouTube for the past hour while I have to write this. 

Credit where credit is due here though, I can actually hear a bassist, not like it matters.

Disclaimer: All the above does not represent my actual thoughts towards Vulgore and this was done with the full consent of the band. In fact they are a lovely bunch of lads who have even played gigs for us… Though I don’t remember agreeing to this, funny as I only recall having one pint, but I can’t remember anything… blasted drummer! 

Who am I kidding myself this is just death metal done by the special education class!

I thank you… Duck!

‘Renegade’ Official Lyric Video


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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

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]

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
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.


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!


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.


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!


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! 


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?



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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
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.

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


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.

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:



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.

Killer From The Deep
Head Of The Demon
The Thing (1982)
We Who Are About To Die
Five Serpent’s Teeth
In Memoriam
Hell Unleashed
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:


Boston Music Room:

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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.


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.


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!


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

This Is Turin poster

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


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.


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!


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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