This is on Sunday and it would be nice if some of you came along.
The Chills - Familiarity Breeds Contempt
After attending an all-day festival yesterday which was mostly composed of breakdowns, I don’t really feel like listening to ‘heavy music’ for the foreseeable future. (Unfortunately I’m seeing Falloch (again) and Cnocantursa (again) today, but they’re different enough from Generic -core that it should be okay.)
I don’t usually like ‘indie pop’, but this band is good - light and dreamy without coming off as twee.
I haven’t been around for a while because I’ve mainly been listening to ‘old favourites’ (mainly Holocaust and Voivod) instead of searching out the boundaries of what I already know: as such, I’m fairly sure I’ve posted stuff from most of my staple artists at the moment. We’ll be back… right after this.
Anyway, Northern Darkness #1 in Newcastle (At The Gates, Napalm Death headlining) are having a competition for unsigned bands and I’d really rather like you to vote for this one. ;) You’ll need a Soundcloud account, but can vote by clicking on the track and liking it - only takes a few seconds to do. I honestly believe that Common Gods are the best band in this round, and having seen part of their set at the North of the Wall festival in April I think they’re good live as well - if you live nowhere near the UK, you can at least make me happy by giving me another chance to see a full set!
There are three other bands in this round of the competition; two are boring, Vehement is okay but kind of monotonous (or maybe I just listen to too much black metal, heh). I’m looking forward to what the next rounds have in store, though…
BLOODSTOCK announce VOIVOD, SABATON for the main stage and WOLFSBANE, RSJ, MAEL MORDHA, XENTRIX, EVIL SCARECROW and more for Sophie Lancaster Stage
At my brother’s house using my phone, so hope this reblogs properly, but AAAAAAHHHHH VOIVOD FOR BLOODSTOCK. No way I’m not going now, Target Earth is wonderful and I want to hear more of it live. I just hope they’re not saving Corps Étranger for Hellfest in France.
…I’ve seen Voivod three times (and met them twice), but this just negates all the misgivings I had about the Bloodstock lineup previously. YES
I still need to listen to Xentrix; I know they were considered one of the best English thrash bands when they were active, and Evil Scarecrow’s ‘Robototron’ was played pretty much every day last time and is stupidly fun. Sabaton are kind of terrible, but pfft.
Trench Hell - Armoured Fist
Being lazy again… sorry for not updating, I also really want to brag
write about how awesome Brofest #1 (NWOBHM festival, got to see Holocaust a second time) was, so expect that sometime soon. For now, enjoy some nice raw thrash.
Swamp Terrorists - Skizzo Pierce
Never thought I’d be listening to industrial with sampled metal guitars and enjoying it, but they’re really good at actually making songs out of this stuff. Got this CD a few days ago on the strength of the song ‘Pale Torment’ and it’s really enjoyable.
Most of my acquisitions from the Holocaust gig in Edinburgh, save a Heavy Metal Mania shirt I’m wearing at the moment. The shirt in the picture has the date on the back and is one of 25 in existence. It also looks a damn sight nicer when worn XD I had the Heavy Metal Mania CD EP before (it really pays to go second-hand music shopping!), just got it signed by John Mortimer there.
The gig itself was fantastic, although due to there only being one guitarist now they played stuff from the early era (title track from The Nightcomers!!) and Primal and forewent any proggy goodness. They also played a few songs from an upcoming album (yes!), which were very enjoyable and had some nice unexpected moments. I am very proud to have been there for their first gig back in their hometown for 15 years, and I think I can safely say that we all had heavy metal in our blood that night.
I missed the last train back and ended up walking around listening to Hypnosis of Birds from 3AM until 6, when a McDonalds opened, then waiting for the 1055 bus, but I don’t caaaare. Bring on their festival appearance in Newcastle!!
Stuff from the gig.
Occvlta were pretty interesting, kind of Celtic Frostish in that they were so primitive that I wasn’t sure whether they were AMAZING and hypnotising or not good XD I really wanted to get their demo, which left me £2 short of buying Chapel Of Disease’s album as well, so I compromised and got a patch. It is bright purple and beautiful :P Not sure if I’ll actually put it on my kutte right now though.