off tonight's night of heaviness is Hell, and
damn are they awesome, the other bands on tonight's
bill are going to have to be on top of their game.
I haven't seen or heard of this band before and
I really can't stress enough that you should see
them, they put on a really good show, the 3rd
song in is great theatre as the vocalist brings
out a cat o' nine tails as a prop and uses it
to good effect enhancing the song and set alike.
This band have got some mighty tunes at their
disposal, the 4th song is the clear highlight
of the set for it's awesome opening riffs that
continue throughout the song. Fantastic opening
to the tour.
up are Scottish metallers, Bleed from Within,
a band that are all about the aggressive heaviness
with a stage presence to go with their music.
Opening their set with 'Colony' a good start and
delivering their intentions for what seems to
be an aggressive but short set, 'Leech' followed
delivering more heaviness under red light to maybe
give a bit of menace to the song. The band blast
through their set with relative ease with the
vocalist bounding around the stage trying his
best to get the crowd worked up, and to some extent
it works. They are not the most original band
but they play and craft well.
headliners tonight are Carcass, I wasn't sure
what to expect, I was expecting it to be wall
to wall unintelligible noise but thankfully that
proved not to be the case, they sound more akin
to Amon Amarth but definitely melodic death metal
for the most part, as they blast their way through
the likes of, 'Buried Dreams', 'Incarnated Solvent
Abuse', which open the set, it's definitely melodic.
But the set gets more aggressive and heavy as
they go on with, 'This Mortal Coil' and 'Cadaver
Pouch Conveyor System'. The vocals are not my
favourite as half the time you can't understand
what's being growled but you get through it as
bits are understandable. This band is all about
the music no stage craft to speak of but I don't
think they care much for it, as their focus is
the best they can and it shows, there are some
good riffs on show here with bags of heavy aplomb.
Its's good to see a band that has been around
for 25 or so years via various line up changes
and are still going. Overall it's not a bad set,
feels a bit lengthy at times but they have warmed
this crowd up nicely for the headliners.
It's been some time since I last saw these mighty
Viking metallers, Amon Amarth, everyday should
have some Viking metal in it, I hope their popularity
has gone up due to the recent Marvel Films, this
band definitely deserve more recognition.
They open their set with 'Father of the Wolf',
a strong opening song to get the crowd going again
which they do, going just a tad mental, it really
is about time this band started headlining in
this country, they follow the opening song with
'Deceiver of the Gods' and 'Death in Fire', two
great songs to really keep the party cooking along,
Their newer songs fit in nicely with the older
stuff sticking to the formula is a good way to
keep the fans happy especially when they are well
written and these fit the bill perfectly, these
new songs being 'Deceiver of the Gods' the latest
albums title track and 'As Loke falls'.
Amarth do perform one of my favourite songs, 'Guardians
of Asgaard', I enjoy this song thoroughly, such
a good riff and great song overall, as I'm sure
it is for most of the crowd judging from the roar
when the songs announced by Johan (vocals). I
would have been well pleased with them playing
all of that album as there are so many great songs.
They only have 70 minutes to perform their set,
with chit chat between songs could have squeezed
another song in but Johan keeps the crowd well
entertained. They continue their set with the
likes of 'Runes to My Memory' and yet another
all time favourites, 'Varyags of Miklagaard',
my set highlight, what a tune that is, sending
the crowd a tad mental with that superb riff.
'Destroyer of the Universe' and 'War of the Gods'
bring this set ever closer to it's finish, the
set really has flown by due to it being rather
entertaining to say the least.
The final two songs of the night are my favourite
albums title track, 'Twilight of the Thunder God',
it's a great song with a really catchy riff and
lyrics about Thor, awesome really! And the final
song of the evening is 'The pursuit of the Vikings',
rounds off a really top night of entertainment.
Bleed From within 3/5
Amon Amarth 5/5
Review By Robert Lawrence