Godsize - Rock Cafe 2000 - Saturday
10th May 2008
A new venue for the Chopmeister to check out
with a quality lineup of bands to boot - tough life....
Hellfire got the ball rolling, actually steamrollering
would be closer! Trademark brutality and 100% commitment as usual.
Can't wait to see them play in front of a packed crowd, should
be explosive. No technical problems tonight (see
earlier review) allowing the band to bulldoze their way through
their set in a savage fashion. Relentless onslaught showcased
their forthcoming CD "Bleed For The Cause"
exceptionally well. Played the same setlist as at the Actress
& Bishop, stattos can refer to the earlier review if necessary!
Haxan. Third time I've seen
them and despite a solid display I still can't see what the fuss
is all about. Nothing wrong with what they do, there's nothing
exceptional either. They play a hybrid of doom and stoner/ classic
rock well and collectively are good musicians. Think they are
one of those bands who are never going to win me over though.
Slab. The band seemed a bit
non-plused by their display. Seemed fine to me! Then again I am
biased, I rate this band very highly and they are great blokes
to boot. Third time I've seen them and I'm still amazed at the
sound they produce considering they are a three piece. Set was
dominated by songs off their recent album "Betray The
Past...Infect The Future" with "Chaos Bastard",
"Consiracy" and Vines" played back to back
in a superb opening. "Devilwalk", "Yi Zi Er
Shi", "Shot In T' Street" (can't tell you
were playing in Bolton last night!), "4-1-3-1-3-2",
"Bury My Dog" and "Tetradon"
completed an entertaining performance.
I Am Colossus. Sixth time I've seen them since
last September's Meltdown all dayer and as entertaining as ever.
Thanks to the band for the CDs for both myself and gig buddy Bill,
really appreciate them fellas! Played it briefly today and will
review it soon... Uncompromising brutality, their monolithic doom
is underpinned by some of the most ferocious snare hitting you
will hear. Riffs are crushingly slow and immensely powerful. Four
tracks tonight, "Still Life", "Revelations",
"In The Name Of The Father" and "Moss
Icon" performed clinically.
Godsize. Get better every time you see them.
Kris spent more time off stage than on again, he's a charismatic
and entertaining frontman. The band play sludge/hardcore with
frightening aggression and conviction. Didn't get a setlist I'm
afraid (hopefully I can on Saturday when I next see them headlining
at the Little Civic in Wolverhampton), the wonderfully titled
"Beer Slag" and closer "Start Her
Up" being the only tracks I can remember (slightly the
worse for wear by this point!). Another quality performance, hopefully
their album "Hymns For The Fallen" will sell
well. Backed up by performances like this it should.
Good venue with great accoustics, hope it doesn't get this hot
all the time though. Shame there weren't more fans to witness
an excellent collection of bands playing dynamic sets. Great value
for money and hugely entertaining.