Fleshgod Apocalypse

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 10th March 2016.

Tonight, The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton was set to play host to none other than Fleshgod Apocalypse, which really was something not to be missed – under any circumstances!

The first of tonight’s three support bands were Trivax, who hail from Birmingham and also from Tehran. With a solid reputation for delivering extreme metal, the bands set tonight brought together the growling vocals of Shayan S and the combined raging unity of Ben Sheldon, Matt Croton and Phil Taggart and created a perfect cyclone of unpredictability – which was quite something to behold. Trivax are not a band for the faint hearted but for the rest of us, they are an experience that has to be had!

Shayan S - Trivax

With the Slade Rooms audience starting to grow in numbers, our second support band of the night Gehtika, took to the stage and in their own inevitable style and character, much great metal and shenanigans were had by all. The bands next big outing will be later this month when they will be heading Coventry way for the Mosh Against Cancer Festival on the 31st – so get that in your diary and keep checking Gehtika’s Facebook page for more details.

Scott Allen - Gehtika

The main tour support for the UK run of the Fleshgod Apocalypse tour were Xerath, whose intensely dark metal rewrites the rules with its groove filled core. With Richard Thomson providing Xerath’s lead vocals, their set tonight certainly hit the right spot with The Slade Rooms audience and I for one, was more than a little bit chuffed to have the chance to experience to see Xerath live.

Chris Clark - Xerath

With the deep red stage lighting for the first three bands being akin to what you would expect to find in Dante’s nine circles of hell, capturing the memory in pictures was pretty much an impossibility tonight, so I must apologize to Trivax, Gehtika and Xerath for the absence of photographs from their performances tonight.

When a metal band lists their influences as Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are in for an experience that is one of a kind and that is exactly what you get with Fleshgod Apocalypse. Originating from Perugia, Italy, Fleshgod Apocalypse deliver symphonic metal with a classical approach that goes way beyond brutal and takes you into a far darker and carnivorous dimension.

Tommaso Riccardi - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Tonight’s set from the band comprised of several tracks from their recently released album ‘King’ aswell as many others from albums past, but for me, the highlight of their set was the performance of ‘Epilogue’ with the vocals of Tommaso Riccardi and Veronica Bordacchini surpassing the most vivid of imaginations in truly spectacular style.

Veronica Bordacchini - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Throughout the entirety of the bands set, The Slade Rooms was held captivate in an endless blaze of adrenaline fuelled metal and the hypnotic strobe lighting, which was fuelled even further by the spectacular drumming of Francesco Paoli and master of the bass, Paolo Rossi.

Paolo Rossi - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Without doubt, Fleshgod Apocalypse created an atmosphere that was one of a kind in my experience at the Slade Rooms and one that should never be missed when the opportunity arises again!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Sanguine

Support Mushroomhead UK Tour.

After recently reviewing Sanguine’s album ‘Black Sheep’, it was great to see that the band had been picked as main tour support for Mushroomheads UK tour.

SANGUINE

Before Sanguine took to the stage at the Rescue Rooms Nottingham, we grabbed a chat with female lead singer and founding member Tarin and second vocalist and guitarist Nick, who I’d say is the driving force for the band, on all their social media formats, as he’s very active online – ‘here’s what they had to say’.

Interview by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Mushroomhead

Rescue Rooms Nottingham 20.03.16.

It’s been over a decade since Mushroomhead were last on these shores, so the interest amongst fans has been massive, with most venues on the tour selling out and people queuing around the block to get in!

Tonight, the local support was provided by ‘The Five Hundred’ but sadly, we only caught the last couple of tracks in their set as we were on interviewing duties with those lovely people in Sanguine – but what we did see, was the crowd going wild for their extreme style of metal!

The main tour support for Mushroomhead’s UK date are Sanguine, a band we now know well and as far as live performances go, Tarin’s vocals were in fine form, which is to be expected. Nick looked as happy as Larry up there on stage, as he was smiling and cracking jokes with both the band and the crowd.

Nick Magee - Sanguine

As stated in their interview with us, both Tarin and Nick address the crowd, where they invite them to participate, whether that’s giving their best wolf howls, to introduce the next track, the title of which was obviously Wolf related or merely providing banter between each other for the crowds entertainment.

Tarin Kerrey - Sanguine

Musically, this band have a fantastic mix of heavy and groovin tracks, such as ‘Pretty Girl’ which I knew the title of as I’ve watched the video many times, but in my usual stupidity during our interview, I called it ‘Nasty Girl’…. what a dumbass!

As stated in our album review, of the bands latest album, Black Sheep, this is an album that’s going to take this bands places. I dare say we won’t have to wait too long for a follow up album either, as they’ve already got fifty new tracks in the pipe line!

It was great to see Sanguine up there and supporting Mushroomhead, so if you’re going to a show on this tour, definitely get down early and check this band out – you won’t be disappointed!

I was introduced to Mushroomhead through my brother, who loves them. I immediately took to their infectious style of metal, as they’ve produced some sterling albums over the years! I first liked their music before I saw their stage costumes and adopted style.

Ryan Farrell - Mushroomhead

Yes, there are many familiarities between these guys and Slipknot, who I also love, but both are unique in their own way, mainly their musical style and material choice in their songs. Thankfully, both bands are great live, with both opting for a visual assault on the senses in their live performances.

Before the band took to the stage, I could see the crew loading on the four drums and setting them up at the front of the stage, with water. Under them, lights were installed, so I could see what they were trying to do, so positioning myself was key here, so I set myself dead centre to the stage to capture the action. For those photographers, not as fortunate as me who were stuck directly under the drums, they got soaked during the gig, most of which ran for safety, at the side of the stage in an attempt to prevent their cameras getting damaged by the water which went everywhere! I was fairly safe, but didn’t escape completely but thankfully, my camera is water tight and with the aid of a lens cloth, I quickly wiped away any water that found it’s way onto my lens, ready to capture the next bout of water to drench the crowd!

Tommy Church - Mushroomhead

Tonight’s performance was so much fun, we both loved it and the crowd were great too, but above all, we managed to see a band that rarely makes it to the UK, we just hope we can see them again, sooner rather than later, so please don’t wait another ten years, before coming over again!

Jeffrey Nothing - Mushroomhead

Full Setlist: 1.Qwerty 2.2-Tone 3.SDR 4.We Are Truth 5.Before I Die 6.Out of My Mind 7.Solitaire/Unraveling 8. One More Day 9.Becoming Cold (216) 10.Righteous 11.Stone 12.When Doves Cry (Prince Cover) 13.Born of Desire

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)