DATE: 25th January
LOCATION: Lewisham, London
VENUE: The Fox & Fertin
This is GMA's first ever live report from this venue and indeed the first one from this part of London, headlining was Canterbury's very own bruisers Wretched Soul and supporting them was M2TM Essex finalists Merciless Fail (Southend), Thrash maniacs Bloodshed from downtown London (we couldn't do a report for these guys due toand East Kent's vampire cult followers Dark Theory. This was a gig that produced enough brutality to keep the beer flowing freely, so much so even the bar staff began to rock out.
< Ryan Wigley, possessed by a demon burnt down the stage in style.
Kicking off tonight's bill was Kent's own Vampire lords Dark Theory of whom deliver their unique style of Gothic Black Metal, sadly tonight Olivia Kennett the band's bassist could not make it due to family bereavement, but the lads put on a performance that she would be certainly proud of, especially when main vocalist Ryan Wigley took on both main and backing vocal duties, this was a true dark theory. On the cold night it was, Dark Theory took no prisoners in enveloping the congregated fans and pleasure drinkers in the back of the venue with their spine-chilling music, slaughtering everything in their path as weary onlookers watched in amazement as riff after riff the band sliced open the bleak atmosphere that lay before the gig kicked off, only for their set to be over before people had really settled in, whether they needed longer to connect with the audience is a doubtful question, especially when this is possibly the best line-up the band has had, all that was left was neck bites on everyone, damn vampires.
^ Stoz was proving to the audience that he was forged in black
Stepping up to the pinnacle point of this emphatic gig was Southend slayers Merciless Fail with their majestic slapping of Heavy Thrash Metal, armed with greater fire power with their new guitarist Tim Chandler (Rob Chappers had departed to our amazement), the megalithic monster that stood before us exploded until life and proved their point of why they deserved to play at Bloodstock last year. Out with Rob and in with Tim, the evidence was clear that the passion to screw people's minds was there, but what made these lads performance tonight the best they have done on the venue circuit was the tighter unification, so perhaps it was the bandmember changing that lead to the reality of either change now to 'fortify or die', and fortify they did, with a barrage of slit-throat riffs, drums to signal the oncoming war and vocals to make you explode in your pants, this is the true Merciless Fail.
< Luke's amp volume level 13 impression
Following in the hot footsteps of Merciless Fail was another Bloodstock gargantuan band, Canterbury's purveyors of Heavy Metal Wretched Soul. Upon kicking their set off, the atmosphere just got a whole lot heavier, exploding from every corner of the venue and rebounding to complete wipe the smirks off any pitiful person who wasn't drunk enough, this is a band that speaks through their music and takes no mercy or hate seriously, well they do have a Wretched Soul amongst the four lads and it's that influence that gave them the upsurge of power to round off for what has been a killer start to 2013. If this line-up was to be repeated again, then it is sure to blow up another venue as post-gig, their were reports of potholes emerging in the nearby roads and streets as this sensational band brutally smash everything that they produced that night, fury fought with furious fury.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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