I have said it many times but live music really is one of the finest things in the world. At one end of the spectrum you have seeing your favourite band in a huge arena with however many other thousand people. And at the other you have where I was last night, small intimate venue, a supportive audience and a bill full of bands bit by bit trying to master their craft.
They opened with a track called ‘Destroy Your Captor’ which is very Black Sabbath-esque in structure and tone. The track builds from a low base and bursts into life, incorporating a couple of brilliant breakdowns and gets the set off to a hard hitting start. Up next was ‘Beneath The Ground.’ The highlight here is the fantastic guitar solo from Kris Davies, as the rhythm guitar hammers the song forward the solo over the top is one of the best that you will hear on the local circuit bar none. A quick glance around to those also in attendance showed that it wasn’t just me who was impressed. ‘This is The Time’ stands out as a track that could be a single. It has a very catchy lead riff and although it is a little softer than the opening two songs the sound of the group isn’t compromised.
Next up was ‘Rebel’ which was a personal favourite of mine from when I saw them last time and again everything was totally on point, including a fun little interlude which some er….’interesting’ dance moves from Weston and drummer Mike Gregory. This might seem a strange thing to say but I had my fingers crossed as the opening chords of the next song blasted round the room. It was a cover of ‘Don’t believe a Word’ by Thin Lizzy. I’m a big Thin Lizzy fan so I was really hoping they weren’t going to try and be too clever with it and end up just ruining the song. But thankfully and to much head-nodding from those in the audience they produced a brilliant rendition.
Overall it was a very good performance, hard-hitting and in your face. Early on you could tell that there were a few nerves (In the grand scheme of things the band haven’t performed that much) but they quickly warmed to the task. All the members of the group complement each other. Like all good bands the bass and the drums lay the foundation Gregory and Jim Griffiths really put the platform in place for the rest of the band, the importance of this really cannot be underestimated. The rhythm guitar work from Adam Davis really powers the band forwards and helps provide the hard hitting sound, again giving a platform for lead guitarist Davies and singer Weston to build on. Davies intricately picks his way over the organised chaos to dance through solos with brilliant precision, while the vocal from Weston is versatile and packs a real punch. All the signs of a band being in tune with one another.