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RAYLEIGH BATTLE OF THE BANDS - 5/8/11 - Super Charger, Storm of Ashes, Sleepless Pariah, All At Sea, Chase The enemy
SUPER CHARGER - CHELMSFORD - THRASH METAL
This quartet hailing from the county town known as Chelmsford brought a string of insanity with them, a collaboration of the Thrash Metal genre and sleaze style complimented their stage presence, essentially in the style of the Brazilian Thrash metal posture, all in all this quartet bring a battering of a bruising in a fury of a fire-storm, whipping up a storm on stage in the form of a blasting of sonic audible, fury-laden, balls-scorched Thrash Metal. A band to watch out for, with a collection of riffs to rape any human senses, Super Charger are perhaps one of Essex's Metal hopefuls.
 RHYS STEVENSON
STORM OF ASHES - SOUTHEND - METAL
Hailing from Southend, Storm of Ashes is a metal quintet who infuse hardcore-style vocals with a metalcore basis, but the genre is hard to pin-point. Essentially guaranteed to snap spines and murder man kind, the quintet unleashed a ravenous display of futile brutality, raw riffs and a complete array of ear-shattering musical compositions. Not to mention a catastrophic explosion emanating from the speakers of which cascaded upwards and downwards to entrance the audience into a mind-boggling jaunt of songs which concluded as a promising signal that Storm of Ashes are ready to wage war.
 RHYS STEVENSON
SLEEPLESS PARIAH - SOUTH-EAST ESSEX - METAL
The heaviest and far more brutal act of the night, the South-East Essex quintet Sleepless Pariah detonate a collection of nuclear tracks to devalue any negativity possibly surrounding this Death Metal / Hardcore band. Blitzing an endless wave of eccentricity in it's most intricate form, this is due to be the next big act from Essex, sounding a little heavier than fellow county men Tides of Virtue, the break downs offer a unique sound in that the guitars do high-pitch squealing, whilst rivalling audio space with the extreme drumming. Sleepless Pariah are one of the top five new bands from Essex to watch out for.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
ALL AT SEA - ESSEX - MELODIC HARDCORE / ROCK
Not one of the better performances that night but still could have been worse, none the less Essex quintet All At Sea gave a solid performance, best they could. Mixing a soft approach of melodic rock with emo-ish hardcore to sound similar to bands like Madina Lake. None the less, these boys are certainly BBC Radio material and are sure to become a big hit in the rock scene, strange as it may be even though their performance was acceptable, they won the 2nd heat of the BOTB. So there could be something I was missing, but I am sure these guys will prepare to wreck the place once again.
[6.5] RHYS STEVENSON
CHASE THE ENEMY - CHELMSFORD - POP / PUNK / ALT ROCK
Of all the bands that night, the most livelier rock band came out with a breathtaking performance, with vocals sounding similar to that of Hayley Williams, Amy Lee and Avril Lavigne put together, the soft but funky sound of Pop Punk eradicated all moshpits and enlivened a decent party feeling. Chase The Enemy hailing from Chelmsford gave a slap on the face to those exhausted and begged for more excitement. Playing as a quintet but sounding more like an army, Chase The Enemy may just yet get some attention from Kerrang! before long.
 RHYS STEVENSON
RAYLEIGH BATTLE OF THE BANDS HEAT 2 WINNER: ALL AT SEA
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