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.
Gig Report - Camden The Hobgoblin (The Devonshire Arms) - Terrorizer Grindhouse - Nathicana, The Conflict Within, L Sol Tace
< Clinton playing guitar whilst dreaming standing up
Terrorizer Grindhouse and the line-up from this evening featured two London bands and one Ipswich band, on this cold and bitter evening the warmth of The Hobgoblin (The Devonshire) kept all metalheads attending satisfied until a sound that came from the far corner of room filled the pub with the noise of riffs, drumbeats and sound-check, it was Black / Death Metal mob Nathicana warming up and as soon as they unleashed their first song from the depths of hell, the temperature in the room rose above 30C as the sweat began to drip from the band as they slaughtered all those caught up by the audio blast. Mauling each and every individual one by one and at the same time producing a performance that sufficed everyone's expectations, whilst the brainchild behind Terrorizer Grindhouse, the one and only Miranda Yardley looked on with a smile on her face, knowing that the lads had set out the path for the other bands to follow, a path full of explosive music and sheer satisfaction amongst the attendees, sadly as soon as the last song was prepared to be executed, it was time for them to make their exit and let the Suffolk crew take over, namely The Conflict Within.
Phil was already staring out the git that stole his pint of beer >
Soon it was time for The Conflict Within to make their mark, minus one musician of whom could not make it due to personal issues. This sadly meant that their live sound suffered a blow and although they gave a spectacular and mesmerizing performance, the sharpness was cut down in size and so therefore they lost the cutting edge playing style they usually mount on top of the stage. But none the less the band from Suffolk done their duties and played a show that would make the missing musician all so proud, again this was not the band at their best but they made attempts to keep their integrity and elaborate musicianship intact, soon time passed and it was their turn to leave the stage for the headline act L Sol Tace, but the likelihood is that next time The Conflict Within play this venue or indeed live again, they will be bigger, better, badder and harder.
< Anton Swan practicing his trick for Halloween 2013
This is the first time seeing L Sol Tace line-up without their ex-guitarist Johnny D'mage (who now plays for Arjento), at first it seemed as if it was going to be a generic Metalcore sound that the band was going to produce, taking into account the visual look and instruments utilized, however the resulting performance was on par with the same sound experienced by Lamb of God, that elegant mix of Groove Metal with Metalcore. L Sol Tace (which means 'the sun is silent' and comes from Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy) had proven they are more than capable of silencing the tipsy individuals in the pub by this time of night and capitalized on that by delivering a face-smacking punchline that consisted of riffs, blast-beats and gnarly vocals. All in all this was a decent performance and is sure to act as a foundation for the band to improve upon when playing live.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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