Posts Tagged ‘metal’

  • Crashgate
  • Jukebox Monkey
  • After The Enclave
  • Let The Dust Settle

 

Thursday 25th April 2013  another night at the Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury brought another really great line up of bands.  This venue always seems to bring the bands flooding in, eager to play and has built a great reputation in the local scene all round.

Let The Dust Settle are a heavy rock band from Tunbridge Wells in Kent who I have seen and reviewed once before.  Rather than cover old ground I will post the link here to the previous review (RokanRolla gig 28/02/13) and just give an updated opinion of this performance.  The previous review is well worth a read so head over and give it a quick browse.  If you’ve read it, you already know my thoughts on this band and a good idea of what they are about.  My previous observations still stand, they still have the heavy riffs and punchy vocals and I feel they have improved somewhat, which is always a bonus.  The guys are currently in the recording studio getting their debut EP down to bring to you all shortly.  The only thing I would say is that Lee’s vocals were a little softer off the back of hours and hours of singing, but I only noticed that due to having a gig to reference them against.  Visually the band didn’t really seem to relax until about half way through their set, this could be due to being first up which can be tough.  Once they got going though they seemed to have a lot of fun.  A few more gigs under their belts and I think they will really start to come into their own.

Let The Dust Settle

Let The Dust Settle

After The Enclave a hard rock band from Sittingbourne are a band I’ve photographed on a number of occasions now and reviewed once before fairly recently.  Again I will post the link to the previous review (RokanRolla gig 22/03/13) and say that this review is still entirely accurate.  The thing about After The Enclave is they are a very established band, gigging very regularly and their performance standards never drop.  They also never seem to get bored and enjoy every single gig they do.  Front man Micheal always puts on a show that will capture your attention with never a slip in the vocal delivery.  Adam has to be among the hardest rocking bassists I have seen, headbanging his way through a set which always provides amazing photo’s.  A great blend of hard rock and metal cascades from the stage and I dare you not to even nod your head!

After The Enclave

Jukebox Monkey another hard rock band from Kent and I have reviewed these guys once before also (RokanRolla gig 22/03/13) and wow what a review.  These guys play a particular brand of kick ass rock that really appeals.  Their visual performance smacks of a band that parties and rocks out hard.  There is not a band member that does not draw your focus at some point and this night was no exception.  Drummer Peter even climbed on board his kit at one point, living up to his nickname ‘Animal’ that I dubbed him last time.  Hard headbanging heavy riffs galore meant I came away with neck ache, quite happily.  Unusually I find these guys sound better live than recorded which isn’t a bad thing, not many bands are able to sound better live!  These guys are definitely going to be seen and heard of more and more on the circuit for sure!  Smashed it!

Jukebox Monkey

Jukebox Monkey

Crashgate are an established rock band from Deal and although I’ve photographed them once before I have never reviewed them live.  This was a set I was looking forward to, due to knowing that they would be performing some new material from their recently released debut album.  I’d heard the album from the comfort of my own home but there is nothing like seeing material like this live, the way its meant to be in my opinion!  It was evident from the start that these guys have been together sometime and they know what they are doing.  This maybe new material but the band played it tight with so much energy and vigor, they are proud of this stuff and they should be.  Clever lyrics, some great blood curdling ‘screaming’ bringing in a slightly metal element and the clear and extremely tuneful vocals of Craig make this a band more than pleasurable to watch and listen to.  Interaction with the audience makes the band even more alluring, drawing them in and making them step forward.  They gained new fans at this gig, I’m pretty sure they do at every gig!  Get along and see them very soon!

Crashgate

Crashgate

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Let The Dust Settle – Weapons and War

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After The Enclave – Crucified 

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Jukebox Monkey – Airborne 

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Crashgate – As One 

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I seriously can’t say this enough… if you like what you hear, like what you see give these guys Facebook pages a quick like, 10 seconds, links provided and its great for them to know people appreciate what they are doing.  You also get to keep up to date with what they are doing, new music etc.

Here follows an extremely small amount of the photography taken from the night.  For the full gigs photography please head over to Facebook, this gig only!

Photo’s by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics & Kent Sessions

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Bury the Hatchet – Departure – Track Review

Bury the Hatchet – Departure Review

Another day another review and this time round I’m reviewing “Departure” By “Bury the Hatchet.” I took a good few listens before I wrote this review as I don’t often go into the territory of hardcore but I must say the sound they pull off is definitely the definition of what I consider hardcore. From the very start of the song I could sense the build up into something big and they didn’t disappoint! There is only one way to describe “Departure” and that is brutally beautiful! You can feel the emotion of every note and every beat that has been put into this song. They certainly got a perfect mix between crushing melodic guitars and harsh vocals that blend together to give the song such an atmospheric and epic feel to it I actually got Goosebumps! I will be certainly checking out what else they have to offer and I suggest you guys do too!

Tommy Rogers

Metal Reviewer on behalf of GIGgle Pics

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  • Tank Trap
  • Vivid Nation
  • My Life In The Making
  • Blackwater Revue

Saturday night at the Bar Below in Folkestone saw a Below the Radar Events and Promotions gig that was a little bit special.  It was a line up of four bands not to be sniffed at by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact I would go as far as to say four bands all worthy of headlining!

Blackwater Revue are a heavy blues rock band from Canterbury/London.  I’d never heard this band before but their reputation preceded them and I’d already been told they were good.  Good is an understatement.  With influences ranging through from The Doors to Pantera they bring a different sound to rock, but there is one thing for sure, its loud, balsy and heavy!  Oh and pretty damn awesome at that.  Perfect band to open for a gig that is headlined by Tank Trap.  Their lead singer, who on first glance looks like he should be sitting in the halls of Oxford or Cambridge university (I hope he won’t mind me saying that), has one of the most powerful voices I have heard.  Not only powerful, easily carrying above the range of instruments, but with a really dirty, gritty edge and pitch perfect to boot.  A really tight band producing some amazing material and a sound I dare you not to love.  Seeing Blackwater Revue is not an option, its a must!

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My Life In The Making are a 4 piece metal band from Ashford/New Romney and I recently had the pleasure of reviewing them live at Club Q in Ashford.  So I’ll try not to cover the same aspects again and instead give you the link to go and read their previous review, its was good one!  (Club Q gig review)  Now if you’ve read my last review (and I hope you have) you would already know that I really like this band and that I thought they were really good.  I can honestly say this time I thought they were even better and yes, I told them that on the night.  Vocals were even tighter and clearer but I am aware Ken was on pain medication and suffering a bad back last time.  Thom was minus his own kit on this evening but that did not seem to mar his performance in any way.  The band has the most energetic bass player I have ever, and I do mean EVER seen in Sam and they just gel!  They are professional and perform extremely well but also have fun with it, really enjoy it.  There are times you feel there is a private joke going on among the lads with the smiles and looks they give each other and you can see they are playing with the instrumentals.  Thus they are that accomplished musicians they can do that live and from looking around, some people weren’t even aware of it!  A band I will never tire of seeing.

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Vivid Nation are an alternative rock band from east Kent and I’ve seen them a fair few times but never live reviewed, only photographed.  I have to be just honest up front here because this is a band I have always liked but they are also a band I’ve also always believed are right on the cusp of a break through.  They’ve already had airplay on BBC Introducing and seven other Kent radio stations and are currently getting ready to record their debut EP.  The new material the guys are playing live now, is pretty damn good stuff and has that same slightly commercial (not too much) but still alt rock sound to it.  They have a really distinctive sound to them, one that can never be mistaken and sets them apart from so many bands on the scene.  Their songwriting ability is pretty outstanding with really clever and interesting lyrics and their live performances already give them a rock star status.  A set full of broken strings (both accidental and due to ripping them off the guitar at the end of the performance), band members whizzing around the stage in a Tasmanian blur, high kicks and guitars played above heads, behind backs… well what more could you ask for?  I’m expecting great things from this band.

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Well last but by no means least!  The mighty Tank Trap a blues grunge rock band from Gravesend who I don’t think will be playing too many small venue gigs for much longer!  Having deservedly won a competition recently, they are now playing main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer and I feel after this, they will be very much in demand.  However, I’m pretty sure they will still be playing smaller venue at times as they come across as a band that will never forget their routes and are pretty humble and lovely lads.  On the note of playing small venues, I had seen them once before and the stage was tiny.  This performance was better, so they need to make it too ensure they get those nice big areas to showcase themselves at their best!  I photographed this set, or attempted too any way as I have to say, even I was taken over and had to keep stopping to join in the dancing and at times mild head banging.  A set jam packed full of mind blowing originals that everyone attempted to sing along too, with some awesome The Doors covers and this was a performance so worthy of headlining.  I just hope I get to see them again very soon as their brand of bluesy grungy rock, it would appear is just my thing.  Judging from the rest of the audiences  jumping around and headbanging, many other peoples also.

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My Life In The Making – Beneath The Surface Find them on Facebook 

Vivid Nation – You Just Gave It Away  Find them on Facebook 

 

Tank Trap – Bite the Bullet  Find them on Facebook 

 

Below is a very small amount of photography taken at this gig.  For full evenings photo’s please go to Facebook, this gig only 

Photo’s by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics & Kent Sessions

  • Blacken the Name
  • My Life in the Making
  • Hours to Destroy
  • Sail On
  • Artemis Redeemer

It has been widely discussed and commented that Ashford has not had much of a metal/rock scene for quite some time.  Original band gigs have been some what lacking for this genre, so there was a lot of hype around this, along with some concerns that it may not be well attended.  This gig was put on by Below the Radar Events and Promotions in an attempt to try to kick start the local scene again, with the intention of putting on more regular gigs if all went well.

This was a little different than Below the Radar’s usual gigs, in that Dan Wyatt from Blacken the Name also helped to organize it and will be running future ones from Club Q, as the Ashford section of Below the Radar.  Dan managed to acquire Club Q (snooker club) as a venue for these gigs, which was the home of the Ashford Rocks gigs in the past, so has seen plenty a rock and metal bands in its time.

If there were concerns about attendance, there needn’t have been as the venue was packed out by fans of metal and this has now secured the venue for future gigs.  So guys, keep your eyes peeled for the next one, as to keep the scene going this requires future good attendance!

Artemis Redeemer are a 5 piece metal/hardcore band from Kent.  I say are but this is not strictly true as they are actually splitting up.  This gig was their penultimate, there last being with Palmreader and Bury The Hatchet at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury on April 11th.  So if you like what hear/see (track featured at bottom) I suggest you get along to this gig.  It will be the last opportunity to catch them live and being their last ever show, I’m pretty sure it will be a stonker!  Despite being nearly at their end the band put on a strong set of hardcore metal.  Lead vocalist Sam Hubbard produced some very strong vocals backed by hard riffs for some real head banging music.

Artemis Redeemer

Artemis Redeemer

Sail On brought something a little different to the lineup being a pop punk band.  Local lads from Ashford they seemed a little concerned they wouldn’t fit the lineup but they needn’t have.  This pop punk band actually have a screamer (well technically he has left and another band member is filling in) and are not exactly a ‘soft’ sounding band.  I recently reviewed them at a gig in Folkestone, so wont cover the same things again (see here for last review) but I can say that they still have all the energy of a kid eating blue smarties and still have their kangaroo (yep previous review read needed there).  The crowd really enjoyed this set and it was nice to see that their front man has gained a lot of confidence since the last time I saw them.  A strong band with a really great sound, highly recommend you catch them at a gig.

Sail On

Sail On

Hours to Destroy a pretty new 4 piece, experimental metal band from Canterbury.  I photographed these guys at a gig a little while back, one of their early gigs and have to say what an amazing bunch of guys these are.  To say it was an eventful gig would be an understatement however.  The very last song of their set, the very last bar, I’m leaning in with my camera to get a shot of the final moment.  As I look through the lens I see Richi’s (lead vocalist) eyes just roll back in his head as he literally keels over.  Falling backwards he hits his head on the window sill and knocks himself sparko!  The next set of photography is missed by me as I’m delivering first aid and holding his head together, which has a really deep gash and all he can say while waiting for an ambulance is:  “Will they have to to shave my head?   My hair man!” So I was a little concerned about this set and we did have a discussion regarding performing all future gigs in a sumo outfit and crash helmet  (which I would love to photograph!).  Moving on, experimental metal is a great description of this band, the bassist Tom Shepherd is actual bass/synths combined.  Literally!  Being a previous dub step solo artist they wanted to bring his synths into the set so came up with a genius idea.  A nano pad was purchased which runs through a laptop, the keypad is velcro’d onto his bass and he plays it live!  Extremely strong vocals from Richi Lewis, tight guitars and drums and a unique sound with some really interesting lyrics.  This band is going from strength to strength and they clearly love what they do.  I suggest you check them out!

Hours To Destroy

Hours To Destroy

My Life in the Making are a 4 piece metal band from Ashford/New Romney and to be honest, there is not really anyone on the scene that hasn’t heard of these guys!  So having not done much of late these guys are back and back with a vengeance and it was clear to see that there are a lot of people very happy about this.  The band had a very big turn out and the second they hit the stage a crowd gathered eagerly awaiting their set.  I was really looking forward to seeing these guys after hearing so many awesome things about them and yes I can confirm, they are awesome.  A fierce drummer who managed to break a fair few sticks in his fury, had an amazing kit adorned with Animal from the muppets which is very fitting.  Lead vocalist Ken Graham has a strong and pretty stunning voice, backed up by Ted Clark’s earth shattering screams the combination is very powerful.  Chopping riffs and powerful bass lines, put these all together and you have yourself a slightly different brand of metal but one I like, A LOT!  Really pleased to see these guys have a few gigs coming up.

My Life In The Making

My Life In The Making

Blacken The Name a 5 piece metal/experimental band from Ashford.  Yes these are local boys but no matter where they perform they have a really loyal fan base that follow along and its not hard to see why.  I’ve seen/photographed these guys a good few times now and they never fail to amaze.  Although every single gig is action packed, it is very rare for me to be able to say that every set is different.  These guys keep me on my toes and you have to be very alert around them for numerous reasons.  You just never know what will come next or what a band member will do.  There are times I wish there was two of me as while taking a shot of something, out the corner of my eye I can see something else going on which I’m kicking myself for missing.  Lead vocalist Dan Wyatt rarely spends any time on stage at all, preferring to be out in the pit with the fans and giving them the opportunity to join in with vocals frequently.  Note I said pit!  I have never attended a Blacken gig where there has not been a mosh pit and these can get pretty mental.  I always need to keep my wits about me but man do they produce some amazing photo’s.  I usually end up hanging around the speakers so I can duck behind for safety if necessary or onto the stage itself.  This gig was spent on my hands and knees at rhythm guitarist John Shaw’s feet!  Awesome sounding metal came off stage with huge amounts of headbanging, even from the band and lots of windmills off stage.  The finale was a metal rendition of Ricky Martin – Living da vida loco and the crowd went mental.  The mosh pit filled up with both men and women and craziness ensued.  Definitively a band to go and see, just watch yourself near that pit or get involved!

Blacken The Name

Blacken The Name

Review by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics

Artemis Redeemer – We are Society Find band on Facebook 

Sail On – Things Are On The Up Find band on Facebook 

Hours to Destroy – Find band on Facebook – Give their page a like as they are currently just finishing recording their debut EP and details will be released there.  A track will be inserted here once completed and into the metal track section of the blog for promo!

My Life in the Making – Find band on Facebook – Track to follow so please check back as we are in the process of sorting!

Blacken the Name – Jekyll and Hyde Find band on Facebook 

Here follows a very, very small amount of the evenings photography.  For the full evening (believe me they are worth seeing, 196 photo’s) please go to, Facebook, this gig only 

Photography by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics

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The Self Titled – Defaced – Album

Track from album – Mr Nobody

Hailing from deepest, darkest Kent, The Self Titled’s debut album “Defaced” is shining proof-positive that the UK hard rock / metal scene is alive and still kickin’ ass.  Drawing on a host of influences from metal, grunge and southern rock and mashing them up into something original, fresh and eminently moshable is the name of the game here and what a game it is!

Kicking off with “Soul Control”, the band are taking no prisoners right from the off.  With a driving bass-line and catchy riffs I can almost guarantee you’re gonna be singing the chorus before you know it.

Second track “Twisted” takes you right back to the days of the mighty Pantera; skull crushing metal at its best that just makes you want to get down and sweaty.  Stomp continues the assault but with a hard rocking feel more reminiscent of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains; a fat bass that drags you along by the scruff of your neck and one of the best guitar solos I’ve heard in a long time.

“Coming Home” calms things down a little (but not too much!) and showcases the versatility that this band has.  With a soulful, southern rock style vocal, great lyrics and a bucket load of tasteful chorused guitar in the verse and another hugely powerful chorus it really shows off the breadth  and depth of what The Self Titled can do.

“Mr Nobody” brings things back up to full-metal-tilt with a perfect distillation of the best parts of Metallica and Pantera combined with a bassline that reminded me of The Mission; Sounds weird but goddamn it, it works so well.

“Intuit” has a busy bumblebee of a main hook that progresses into some damn heavy rocking and is followed up by the straight-down-the-line metal of “Break These Chains”, stacked to the brim with Alice in Chains riffs and tempo changes.  “Warped” kicks off with a superbly punky guitar line that progresses into a crunching wall of metal that any Marshall stack would be proud to kick out and an absolute beauty of a mid-section / solo that literally left me with my jaw on the floor in surprise.

The album wraps up with “The Silence”, another leap into Pantera / Alice in Chains territory with screaming vocals, funky bass and tempo changes keeping it interesting.

Bottom line.  Do your ears a favour; go buy “Defaced”.

 

Stand out tracks;  Warped, Stomp

Score – 8.5/10

Reviewer – Mike Richardson

Metal/Rock Reviewer on behalf of GIGgle Pics

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  • Moccasins
  • Escape the Ocean
  • The Fruit Group
  • Witchdoctor

So the third Friday Night Live at RokanRolla showed just how successful these evenings are becoming with a very busy venue.  So nice to see the local music scene thriving and people actually wanting to see live bands and why wouldn’t they when a gig is FREE!

First on lineup Witchdoctor.   A new band from Herne Bay consisting currently of 3 members due to the lost of their bass player, they describe themselves as psychedelic experimental progressive grungy jazzy punk rock shoegaze fusion.  Having recently had radio airplay which received a lot of very positive feedback, I was really looking forward to seeing these guys.  The sound of this band confuses me and I like that, it seems to confuse everyone but what did happen was, people talked about them after.  A number of bands names were thrown into the equation when I talked to people about their sound, The Kinks, The Hives, The White Stripes, Rush, Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and even Sitar.  This was only the bands second gig and considering that, they put on a fantastic set of covers and original material.  They are currently looking for a bass player and I would say that I agree with this to beef the sound up a little.  Overall though an exciting new band with a sound that I haven’t heard from any other.  Most definitely one to watch!

Witchdoctor

Witchdoctor

The Fruit Group next.  A 3 piece band from Herne Bay, signed to DOUBLE DECKORDS, who describe themselves as Jam Band/Tropical/VitaminC genre.  I hadn’t ever seen or heard this band before this gig so had no idea what to expect.  I have to say I half expected them to turn up in Bermuda shorts, Hawaiian t-shirts and have a set covered in inflatable bananas.  That might not have been to far from the truth!  The vocalist did wear a nice brightly coloured shirt, but that aside, the music that came off stage had a ‘sunny’ sort of sound to it.  Feel good music that made you think of tropical beaches and warm sunshine!  Very nicely put together set from a talented band.

The Fruit Group

The Fruit Group

Escape the Ocean are a Progressive/Math Rock band from Deal who do what they do extremely well.  Well I’ve reviewed these guys before so will put in the link here for that review.  It’s pointless to keep saying the same things about a band, so I wont go over old ground.  I have to be totally honest and say that I’m not hugely knowledgeable about this genre but its very easy to know when a band are more than a bit good!  The fact that a band member from Feed the Rhino was in the crowd to watch them kind of speaks volumes.  The guys put on a really good set but to be honest they always do, the standard never seems to drop, they never seem to have an ‘off day’.  The equipment they put on stage looks like something from the future, all shiny and high tech and always draws comment from people watching.  A band with more energy than a Tasmanian devil and a sound more technical than the ‘big bang theory’.  Get to a gig and see them!

Escape the Ocean

Escape the Ocean

Moccasins a 4 piece Indie Rock band from Folkestone, very local boys!  These guys are pretty young and have  a strong following of fans that turn up to their gigs.  They are a very tight band with a unique sound, favoring reverb which makes the sound produced very rich.  The songs are extremely catchy and the fans know them off by heart, cheerily singing them back to the stage.  However, even if this is your first time watching them, you find yourself singing along to choruses of certain songs.  This is rock indie that you can’t help but love.  Take their ages aside and you still have an incredibly talented group of musicians.  I think this band will be heard of by a lot more and spreading their wings a little in the future.

Moccasins

Moccasins

Witchdoctor – Arnald Find them on Facebook

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Escape the Ocean – Exit Wound Find them on Facebook

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Here follows a very small amount of photography from the evening.  For full gig photo’s please go to Facebook, this page only 

  • Avenge Thee + Naime
  • After The Enclave
  • The 27s

Friday Night Live at RokanRolla in Folkestone saw something a little bit special.  Something that has only been seen a couple of times and will not be seen again.  Those who didn’t manage to get down to this gig really missed out.  A free night of quality live music, not something you get very often.

First on the line up was a band I had not seen live before.  The 27s describe themselves as Rock Alternative Post-Punk band from Maidstone and although they have been together some time now, with a member at university, they have not been gigging for sometime.  However, this didn’t really come across on stage with the quality of the music.  I would slightly disagree with the bands description of genre, although there were definite undertones of rock and post punk, on the night I felt they had an almost Brit Pop feel to them, the likes of Blur/Oasis at times.  The band put on a great set of covers and originals (more heavily weighted to originals) with a mix of mellow, chilled, melodic to upbeat and energetic.  Each song was very distinctive, producing a nice varied set.  It’s a shame these guys aren’t out gigging more but with one EP already released, they are looking at recording another very soon.  Check them out, I think you’ll like what you hear!

The 27s

The 27s

After The Enclave, a hard rock band from Sittingbourne are a band I have seen a few times now.  This is a band who do what they do, very well.  Lead vocalist/front man Micheal Stubbs has a pretty astounding voice and his visual performance draws you in like a mermaid calling to a sailor!  You can’t help but watch this frontman as he struts his stuff and rocks out in an appealing mix of head banging and confident rock stances.  Put this together with some awesome riffs, energetic drumming and you have yourself a real hard rock/metal set that I don’t think you could get tired or watching or hearing.

After the Enclave

After the Enclave

Avenge Thee + Naime, Metal/Experimental usually 2 drummer band from Canterbury.  With members Chester Bartholomew Weschke Boyd and Marc Prentice performing their last show, this was their last ever 3 drummer madness gig.  I’ve reviewed this band before so wont go and on again (see here for last review) but I will say this still remains the quirkiest metal band I have ever seen.  Words can not describe the madness that ensues.  This band is just as much about visual performance as they are sound and to walk into one of their sets can produce some shocked and amazed reactions.  Still one, if not ‘thee’ strongest bands on the scene for putting on a ‘show’,  I somehow do not feel that the new line up changes will detract any thing at all.  This is simply a band that everyone has to see once, even if metal is not your ‘thing’.  Before they perform you can feel an electrical charged buzz of anticipation building in the room which never seems to quite disperse.  An experience you will never forget!

Avenge Thee + Naime

Avenge Thee + Naime

The 27s – It Was Nice Knowing YouFind them on Facebook 

 

After The Enclave – Crucified Find them on Facebook

 

Avenge Thee + Naime – Ear of the Horse Find them on Facebook 

 

Here follows a very, very small amount of the photography from the evening.  For full gigs photo’s, please got to Facebook, this gig only