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Vicious Nature

With support from Pork and Whore No More.
The Giffard Wolverhampton 23rd September 2017.

When tickets for a gig sell out months in advance, they do so for good reason and when you have Vicious Nature set to headline, then it really doesn’t come as any great surprise as time after time, these guys always knock an amazing live performance right out of the ball park.

Also featured on tonight’s bill were Pork and this is the second time that I’ve seen them here at the Giffard in the past month, with their first live performance previously having made for quite an impression. Joe Foster, Porks frontman and guitarist has the kind of vitality that fills the room and is a perfect match for the bands audacious stoner infused grunge that certainly went down well with tonight’s audience. As far as up and coming bands go, Pork are ones to definitely check out and I strongly recommend that you do.

Our second support band of the night were Whore No More and I was actually quite stunned to learn that this was in fact their debut live performance, as there was absolutely no hint of nerves or hesitation to be seen in their set tonight, and I also must applaud Roxy Pearson for owning that stage like a boss tonight. The band are back at the Giffard this December when they will be supporting Sykko Dolls, so make a point of checking out them and this next gig, as Whore No More are a band you need to know about.

With many years of notable success notched up prior to Vicious Nature, this experience and talent categorically placed them ahead of the game, even from the bands first date of creation back in 2013. Since then, each and every year has seen them make significant strides forward in the right direction and notching up some blinding achievements which include the release of two EP’s, a DVD, a vinyl release of ‘Tacet Somnium’ and of course, last years performance at Bloodstock. I also can’t help but feel that the forthcoming and new CD release ‘Seven’ will also be added to that list and I will be keeping my eyes wide open for more news from the band about that.

There is one thing that no one will ever call a live performance from Vicious Nature and that is boring! Every second of every minute on stage is always rammed solid with something to capture the mind and then of course there is always that caustic sense of humour from the one and only, Andy Pyke. As for tonight’s set list, well that was one that the Giffard was most certainly all ears for and with their finest tracks included, I don’t think anyone could have asked for more. In addition to the prime metal delivered in tracks such as ‘Salvation, ‘Breathless‘ and ‘System Of Disorder‘, we were also given a hearty helping of Black Sabbath’s ‘Symptom Of The Universe’ aswell as the storming Marshall Law track ‘Leviathan’ but show stealers tonight for me were two new tracks ‘Psychotic‘ and ‘Rise Up‘ which will both feature on their forthcoming CD.

Tonight’s set list from Vicious Nature included:

  1. .Fight For Your Life
  2. Salvation
  3. Dream Stealer
  4. Bleeding
  5. Draggin Us Under
  6. Breathless
  7. System Of Disorder
  8. The Silence That Kills
  9. Psychotic
  10. Rise Up
  11. Symptom Of The Universe (Black Sabbath)
  12. Leviathan (Marshall Law)

Next outing for Vicious Nature will be the Midlands Metal Crusade in Wolverhampton on the 25th November, so if you missed out on tickets to see them tonight, then don’t hang about to long before getting your tickets for that as that will be a day to remember for sure.

Big shout out also going in the direction of Damaged Rose Promotions for putting on one hell of a great night and also to James Prosser for doing an A+ job tonight with the sound and lighting.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle

Life Of Agony

The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 18th Sep 2017.

We love the record label, that is Napalm Records – fact! The artists they have on their roster are extremely diverse, which is just the way we like it and tonight’s headline band, Life of Agony, ticks all the right boxes. I can safely say we were pleased to be given the opportunity to attend tonight’s show in Nottingham, despite the fact this tour was drawing to a close with only two further dates after tonight. Therefore we had very little time to make an impression, however, the reaction we did get from posting images on social media was promising, non the less.

Tonight’s first act was very doomy, courtesy of Blood Runs Deep, all the way from Switzerland! It’s safe to say that the lighting for these guys, set the mood perfectly, dark! Ah well, their music sounded good, even if I couldn’t see them. Chris on guitar was a box of frogs tonight, I couldn’t catch him standing still at all, he was well in the zone. The one person I could capture well tonight, was Josh on keyboards, which is a rarity as keyboard players are usually tucked away at the back of the stage, with the drummers but these two musicians featured heavily in tonight’s band. Keys, in a doom band – I know right, but it worked well but sadly, I got board after the third song as it sounded the same all the way through, with very little to help me distinguish between tracks. Don’t get me wrong, I do love doom though! I just wasn’t feeling these guys as much as other Doom bands, like Monolord, 1000 Mods or Electric Wizard for example. The band are signed to Bret Hard Records and their last album ‘Into The Void’ is available now, with its follow up soon to be released, later this year or early 2018, it’s yet to be announced.

As the next band took to the stage to get ready for their set, I recognised a very familiar face, in the form of Mart Trail, the bass playing extraordinaire, who we originally encountered playing with the band Fury, from Worcester. It would appear that his talents have been enlisted to assist Aaron Buchanan’s new project, The Cult Classics, which is a band made up of a wonderful array of extremely diverse characters, each possessing a unique talent in their chosen musical ability. Another familiar face, in the band, was drummer Paul White, formally of the band ‘The Defiled’ who we’ve seen on many occasions in the past, but sadly that band no longer exists.

This project of Aaron’s is only a year old (having split from Heaven’s Basement) but you’d never know as these guys play with such intensity and velocity, we were soon sucked into their vortex of rock! Having never seen Heaven’s Basement perform live, I had no idea what to expect, yet I was pleasantly surprised with what I witnessed, with these guys and girl (Aaron’s sister, Laurie on guitar). On further investigation, my initial reaction with Aaron’s persona, largely reminding me of the late, great Freddie Mercury and is somewhat common knowledge to those that have seen this guy perform live. So my instincts are still as keen as ever, which is re-assuring. Many are stating that this band have produced one of the best albums of 2017, with ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ so I will be checking that album out, at my earliest opportune moment! Great set and a pleasure to witness – we hope to see this lot again soon, which I dare say we will as the general consensus is that people like this band, a lot!

Until now, Life of Agony appear to have escaped my radar, which I find amazing when I read back at what this band have achieved since their formation in 1989! In the queue to get in tonight, I got speaking to a couple of die hard fans of LoA, who have managed to attend every show on this tour as well as the date over in Europe. What I thought was nice, was that later on Mina Caputo, acknowledged these guys, as she recognised them in the crowd and stated “Hit me up, I’ll sort you out some tickets!” Nice one!

This band were primarily active in the early 90’s supporting the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Slipknot and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name but a few. They released their first two albums on Road Runner Records then seemed to disappear, only touring on the odd occasion, until now. They have now signed to the excellent Napalm Records and have released their fifth full-length studio album titled ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ which I can only assume is referring to something quite personal, within the band and their private lives? I’m sure there’s a hidden message within the lyrics of this album, if you’ve got the time to decipher them? If you do, let us know! My first impression on their sound was similar to Alice in Chains, who we love and helps us to categorize their genre, which is that post punk/grunge/metal/hard rock crossover. Originally from New York, which explains a lot, as this is a place that has managed to produce as many a diverse band and musical genre as is possible!

Caputo, the bands lead singer is a great front person, who certainly knows how to get the crowd going. It was refreshing to see a true professional apply their craft tonight! The new album is killer too, check it out!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Quireboys

The Venue Derby 14th September 2017.

The Venue Derby was definitely the place to be tonight, with a fantastic evening of ‘Rock n Roll‘ lined up courtesy of The Quireboys and the Last Great Dreamers.

And getting the night off to a great start were Last Great Dreamers with their glam tinged and nothing held back, power pop rock. Emerging in the early 90’s, those early years saw the band firmly stake their claim amongst a growing army of fans but with 1997 being a tough year for them in many ways, they decided to call it a day. Like many great bands, the music never fades away and Last Great Dreamers reappeared in 2014, stronger than ever.

Tonight’s set certainly warmed the crowd up and included songs such as ‘Far From Home‘, ‘Glitterball Apocalypse‘ and ‘You Didn’t Work‘, with the audience pleaser ‘White Light‘, getting the crowd clapping and singing along.

As the night went on and the beer began flowing the room got livelier, it was clear that the vast majority of the punters were here for The Quireboys.

Headliners, The Quireboys are a gypsy style rock band formed in London back in the 80’s and were originally known as The Queerboys, then The London Quireboys before they finally settled for The Quireboys. With plenty of celebrations to be had following the release earlier this year of their 11th albumWhite Trash Blues‘, they kicked off tonight’s set with the fifth track taken from it, “Going Down“. This was swiftly followed up with several more new tracks aswell and included ‘Leaving Trunk‘, ‘I Wish You Would‘ and the new single ‘Take Some Insurance‘. Spike also made a quick thank you to the fans, as the album is NO:1 in the iTunes blues chart.

There was also plenty of long standing favorites to be heard within their set aswell, with songs such as “Misled‘, ‘Mona Lisa Smiled‘ and ‘There She Goes‘ to name only a few. Highlight for many was ‘Hey You‘ which the crowd loved and didn’t need asking twice to get involved in. You can check-out all the bands latest video’s over at The Quireboys official Youtube channel.

Finishing their set with ‘7 O’Clock‘ the crowd certainly wanted more, and more they were given with an encore of ‘Rock n Roll‘ and ‘Sweet Mary Jane‘ – but it wouldn’t be a Quireboys gig if we didn’t have the mighty ‘Sex Party‘ to finish off the night.

The stage at The Venue was kinda small and I was worried that Spike wouldn’t be able to throw his Mic around but he found room and a fantastic night was had by all!

“Anyone who is a Quireboys fan is in for a treat with this current tour and I really recommend you buy tickets and go see them. And as a fan myself, I hope they come back to Derby soon”.

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed Photography.