Hellfire/ Adust/ Lumphammer
- Hare & Hounds - Wednesday 28th May 2008
The good lady dragging me to a gig, now that makes a change...
Apologies go to Fury; sorry I missed your set,
from all reports you played a blinder!
Lumphammer. Thanks to the vocalist, Dan, for
the setlist. They come from the centre of the metal universe
(Tewkesbury!) and play a savage hybrid of doom/stoner meets
extreme metal. Sounds weird but works tremendously well. Reminded
me mostly of Down and Black Sabbath in overall groove and riff
style, although the overall tone had an early Obituary influence.
Good musicians, think they would benefit with the addition of
a second guitarist. Sound was a bit bass heavy which possibly
didn't help. Songs played were "Skulldriver",
"Christcrusher", "Art Of War", "RPG",
"Die Die Bastard Die", with two untitled new
songs completing the set. Think the song titles give the game
away; if not throw the songs they didn't play (due to time restraints)
into the blender, "Severed And United" and
"Seek N Slaughter" and you'll probably have
an idea of what these fellas are trying to achieve. Solid display
and a band I'll be monitoring closely.
Adust. Since seeing them at MadHouse studios
and hearing the new mini album I've been a big fan. The MadHouse
gig was quality, tonight's performance was phenomenal. Stattos
can obtain the setlist from my
earlier review as they played the same set, albeit with
a frightening level of swagger, professionalism and brutality.
They play intricate and often long songs effortlessly well.
The guitarists Guy and Dave were in fine form and churned out
the riffs and solos relentlessly. The rhythm section of Matt
on bass and Danny on drums were horrifyingly tight. Rob delivered
his vocals suitably viciously and is a confident frontman. Not
much more I can add really, other than great performance and
looking forward to seeing you at the Actress & Bishop on
5th June. Keep playing gigs of this quality and you will quickly
ascend the progressive/extreme metal ladder fellas.
Hellfire. Explosive set. I'm running out of
things to say about this band, as I've seen them four times
in quick succession (and seeing them again on Saturday!). Firstly
congratulations on making the final of the Battle For Bloodstock
competition, a tribute to your commitment and uncompromising
stageshows. Glad to see the bass player Greg recovering (or
on anti-inflammatorys!) from his back problem. Launched into
their set with trademark aggression and pummelled away relentlessly
throughout. What you see is what you get with this band, no
gimmicks, just genuine passion for what they do combined with
solid musicianship and stage presence. They continue to amaze
with their level of ferocity and professionalism and can't wait
to see them again at the weekend!
Another new venue. Approximately 200 capacity with good accoustics
and a good size stage. Shame again about the horrifyingly poor
attendance, metal fans get off your arses and support nights
like this now!!! Three varied and enjoyable performances. Lumphammer
impressed me and I look forward to seeing them again soon. Adust
were superb, combining the level of intensity with
the degree of style and polish as effortlessly as they do is
no mean feat. Hellfire metaphorically punch
you in the face from the word go and don't let up under any
circumstances until their fury is complete. Great evening all
round, thanks to all the bands for their excellent performances.