Sunday, 13 February 2011

Nile - 13 Feb 2011 (Islington Academy)

Gigs like the one that happened last night are not witnessed very often. We had it all: bad news, good news, great news, excitement, surprises and a hell lot of METAL! So let me start with the bad news. Bad news were that the second tour bus carrying a bunch of merchandise and 3 of the bands playing had stuck somewhere in Scotland due to a flat tyre and wouldn't make it to the gig. Good news was that the two bands that were in London and that were going to play were Melechesh and Nile. The great news were that we would get a bit more from each one of them and that kicked in the excitement. So first on stage were Melechesh which, like pretty much everybody else in the room, I never saw live so I could only expect what I had heard on the CDs and let me tell you something...I was blown away!! This band is extremely good live and they really give out something that you could hardly ever expect. The crowd just loved them and from what Ashmedi(Vocals) told us after the show during the interview, they loved it as well. So, was the first Melechesh London gig a success?? Hell Yeah!! The band came on with a great energy and they just sounded really really good. The middle eastern influences where exactly where they needed to be and when Ashmedi says: “Create, not re-create” well that is exactly what he is doing.Melechesh has created a very unique sound and you can't really get it anywhere else. It was also interesting to see that people came to London from all around the world for this gig. Notably a couple from the Netherlands as well as people from Israel, Scotland and even the US! But of course with a line up like this, who can blame them? So after being blown away and lifted up by Melechesh it was time to get smashed in the face by the heaviness of Nile! METAAAAL!! Nile was just perfect. The sound unfortunately wasn't terrible but like George Kollias(Drums) told us after the gig “When you play this kind of music, its hard to get a good sound” and its kind of true. This was also the first time that Chris Lollis(Bass, Vocals) played with Nile in London. And that guy is bloody good on the bass. Really good technical ability and great voice that really gives to Nile a push and makes them sound, in my opinion, a bit bigger and heavier. And what to say about Karl Sander(Guitar, Vocals) and Dallas Toler-Wade(Guitar, Vocals)? This guys just killed it. They shred like crazy and they really capture the death metal sound perfectly. So when everything was going great and we couldn't be happier we get the first pleasant surprise of having Ashmedi from Melechesh joining Nile on Black Seeds of Vengeance and then we get something that as I was told was the second and last time that Nile would ever do, a cover. Nile nicely covered Thin Lizzy's Emerald in memory of Gary Moore who sadly passed away last week. And if you wonder who did the vocals was Punchy, the sound engineer and tour manager of Nile. Good voice that lad has!
And to sum it up, great night, great gig and very cool memories!
Cheers to everyone that helped and made everything happen!

Melechesh: 19/20

Posted by Nick

Unfortunately the sound on both interviews with Nile and Melechesh is not available. The cassete we used seems to be faulty and there is nothing we can do about it. Apologies to everyone for not having those interviews.

Evile - 13 Feb 2011 (Underworld)

The Thrash revival in the UK has had an amazing response from the fan base as well as the bands involved, taking it to new levels. Tonight's show proved just that.
Any young artist opening for Evile must surely be quaking in their boots pre-show, but Mutant took it in their stride and managed to pull off a great set and really got the almost full crowd in the mood for cracking some skulls. Fast, tight, and with a good sound, they not only performed well, but showed themselves in a manner of the 80's legends with the front man fitting the persona perfectly in his relationship with the audience. Effects on the main vocals were a little over done for the first track, but as soon as Tom Luchtenstein(Vocals, Guitar) began to talk to them, the effects issue was soon resolved and there was an all together excellent set.
Second up were Ipswich thrash outfit Elimination. Mutant had set the expectancy of the crowd to a high level and the energy was there ready to explode, but the audience seemed disappointed for the first few tracks as the music was a little slower and more epic melodies were coming from the stage and not the hard hitting, no nonsense thrash that the crowd desired so many began to head off to the bar area of the Underworld. A good sound and a tight set lead to the audience responding well towards the end which enabled Elimination to really get into gear and revive the show, leading to the final act.
Evile have come a very long way and they have been at the very forefront of this recent thrash revival, and tonight they showed exactly why. With riff after crushing riff at lightning speed and with machine gun percussion to boot, the audience was in the palm of their hands throughout the entire set, especially during Into the Pit, during which the pillar in the middle of the crowd area became a pivot of a huge pit that would make one dizzy to watch for an extended period of time. To close the show, an excellent performance of Killer from the Deep pushed the punters to their limits, and left Evile still in the eyes of many thrash fan as the number one UK thrash band. With no clear problems, there is no telling how far, and how fast, they will relentlessly rise.

Evile: 20/20
Elimination: 14/20
Mutant: 18/20
Posted by Tom

The interview with Ben from Evile is coming up very soon!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Silent Hell - Annihilation (2010)

Silent Hell by Annihilation is a well constructed EP with various elements gathered from a variety of acts from all around the metal scene, which brings to your mind moments of Arch Enemy, Shadows Fall, All that Remains and even Iron Maiden-on certain melodies and harmonies. On some passages there are some sloppy parts which seem out of time with the drums and a few guitars not being very tight and it would definitely have been better if those were perfected before releasing the EP. The ambience created by the EP is definitely very good and sure is pleasant enough to listen to. Sound-wise the guitars are not always very clean and the palm-muting parts sound a bit too dirty which distorts the sound to that extra bit that you don’t want. The solos showcase a nice technical ability but are not always fitting the chords and tonality of the songs. Ryan Patterson’s vocals hold the track quite well. Some parts are still a bit strange to the ear, especially on some clean parts, but with time I’m sure that Ryan’s voice will get better and stronger since it has that potential. Most of the songs have the ability to be very good live and it is certainly very interesting when an EP can produce this feeling. However this EP suffers from a disease that lots of other EPs suffer from, commonly known as LIATSOTS or Losing Interest After The Second Or Third Song. The problem here is that there is no significant change that would keep the ear of the listener directly concentrated to the music. A more stylistically varied concentration of songs would have been better and would probably be more interesting to the listener.  One other negative of the EP is the length of the songs. All songs are above 6 minutes and can reach 8 or 9 minutes which is sometimes a bit too much and reduces the chances of being able to memorise songs and passages.
The track that really stands out of this EP to me is In the Shadow of the Bomb which is definitely a track worth checking out. So many elements are introduced in this song that it definitely makes it a very interesting song to listen to and will probably be a killer live. Also worth noting is Reason to Die which showcases a slightly different side of Annihilation.
Overall Silent Hell by Annihilation is a very good first EP from the band and it looks promising for the future. However there is a lot of room for improvement and the band should keep on working hard and will then definitely achieve recognition!

Silent Hell: 1/5

Posted by Nick