Location: Southend, Essex
Date: 18th July 2013
What a night this was what with a whole of Essex bands playing including Killing Jimmy who were unveiling their new single and amongst the whole chaos created that night, coming from Croydon were Metalcore mob Break The Boundaries; their band name did not sum up the night as they certainly broke the amps. Whilst the crowd assembled in no orderly fashion, tuning up their instruments was the first band of the evening, Southend's Groove / Metalcore merchants Cast Asunder.
By Rhys Stevenson
< Spencer Lewis' beat-boxing impression did not go according to plan.
First up is Cast Asunder, now whilst I do not know who this band are they certainly got the crowd woken up out of their pathetic trance-like state. What pursued next was a tuned-down version of Lamb Of God, that irate sense of Metalcore smothering the room and the groove elements finishing off the crowd as they sort of moshed and danced at the same time, but whilst that happened Cast Asunder certainly delivered a well received performance, even if the music itself is nothing new they certainly seem to be heading in the right direction. Given they have only been going a year, they certainly seemed to have the potential to make that year count, and so they did. Sadly no sooner did they start did they finish their set and disembark the stage for the second act of the evening to see if they could out-do Cast Asunder.
This is what happens when biting the microphone >
Not exactly the most convincing band of the night, here Dishonor the so called 'Metallic Hardcore' band from Southend walked the walk, but failed to talk the talk. Given credit they gave a reasonable performance but extremely fell short of one's expectations, it seems as if these sorts of bands try to play Hardcore and act hardcore without actually realizing Hardcore stemmed from punk, so whilst the hardcore dancing continued and a couple of beers got spilled (the mess was unbeerable), Dishonor did their utmost attempt at delivering a performance that would make their fans proud, I am sure it did but for me, nope they certainly lacked luster tonight and lacked even more oomph to even attempt to convince oneself of their decency tonight, it simply was non-existent.
< "Fart after eating curry they said, you won't feel pain they said"
Clambering up on top of the stage to save the day was Croydon's very own Metalcore armada Break The Boundaries and as the lads got the crowd's focus back and excited them to such a level it made some punters weep at how this lot tonight wiped the floor with Dishonor. Break The Boundaries delivered a scintillating performance and explosion of music that could be compared to the same force experienced standing behind a taking off Boeing 747 at Gatwick Airport, you could say Break The Boundaries earned their wings tonight as a potential band to storm the UK with extreme force. Carefully orchestrated and their stage presence was sublime, there was hardly anything to fault this lot by tonight as they had simply proved their worth as a band to watch, and watch we will.
Mark apparently had neck problems >
After all the metallic metal and hard hardcore hype of tonight, it was time to tune things down so many notches that you could consider the headlining act as more of an appetizer than an actual dessert, not to imply they are edible; that's cannibalism. Pow, delivering their funked up style of Pop Rock / aggressive music is Basildon's Killing Jimmy; Basildon indeed - finally something to cheer about. Getting down to business, the band's performance tonight was perhaps their best one to date, not only did they unveil a new single which in itself is a promising sign that their upcoming release is going to be an absolute belter, but also the band seemed to have notched up their performance a bit as to erase all their past performances and instate a new visage and musical element to their catchy music and beautiful lyrics. Killing Jimmy did not fail to disappoint tonight and nor did the crowd fail them, there is hope for Basildon yet.
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