Reign Of Fear/ Adust/ Sour Mash
- MadHouse Studios - Friday 2nd May 2008
Thanks are extended from the Chopmeister to
all the bands and friends and family for the warmth of your collective
welcome. Great to meet you all and I hope to see you at another
gig soon. Down to business then, tonight's bands were...
Sour Mash. Solid start to the evening. Played
six originals and two covers in their set. They play a modern
take on classic metal and execute it well. Sound quality wasn't
great for them; drums were way too loud (although loved the snare
sound!) drowning the guitarists for much of the set and making
the solos just about inaudible. Songs aired were "Despised",
"The Epic", "Open Range"
and "Undead" before two covers "Ace
Of Spades" and "Seek And Destroy".
The latter needs highlighting for two reasons. Firstly I couldn't
help but marvel at how good modern musicians are. Sour
Mash made this song look very simple. Secondly, there
were two unfortunate errors. Drummer lost it briefly about halfway
through and the band collectively, and bizarrely, went for a strange
time signature just before and during the main solo. "Infilltrator"
(typo?) and "Rise Again" finished the set off
strongly. Reasonable performance but I really need to see them
again in a larger venue, with a better sound quality, to form
a considered opinion. I'll keep an eye on your gig schedule fellas.
Adust. Had a larger following
with them and I think the muffling effect of the crowd being much
closer to the stage contributed to a much better sound. Like this
band a lot. Play a savage hybrid of thrash/ modern prog/ technical
metal. Aggressive guitar work teamed with snarled vocals underpinned
with solid bass work and brutal drumkit abuse... just my cup of
tea! Much of tonight's set was off the "Through Anothers
Eyes" CD (thanks for the copy fellas, I have given it a quick
skip play and will review it fully soon). The intro "Enmity"
paved the way for their prolonged assault. "The Fall
Of Man", "Prinzessin", "Blinded
By Ignorance", "Slave New World"
and "Forevermore" completed a vicious and hugely
enjoyable set. Great live band, I look forward to seeing them
again soon... and the good lady enjoyed your performance immensely
Reign Of Fear. Thanks to the band's manager,
Adam, for the CD which will be reviewed shortly. Simplistically
RoF play modern thrash very well. Tempo changes
are well handled and they are tight as a band. Sound quality could
have been better for them however, with improved clarity their
set would have been savage. Three originals both preceded and
followed a cover of "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
which was executed very well. "Unbroken", "Scars
Of Time" and "A Thought Of Deception"
formed the first trio, before "Judas", "Bury
The Lies" and "Final Silence" concluded
the evening. Another band to see again in a bigger venue with
a better sound.
First visit to MadHouse. Nice compact venue but gets incredibly
hot! Admittedly I was wearing my usual black leathers, but the
bands and audience found the ambient temperature uncomfortable.
Dread to think what it would be like in the middle of Summer with
a full house. Three enjoyable performances from bands I will be
keeping an eye on - and hopefully seeing live again soon. Thanks
again to all the bands for the invite to review you and for putting
on an entertaining evening.