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Stoke Prior Sports and Social Club Saturday 27th August 2016.

As people were nursing some severe hangovers after a brilliant nights entertainment (Friday) and the fact that the first band of the day wasn’t until 2pm, ensured that everyone would be up and fighting fit for a full day of fun and frolics!

Witch Tripper were entrusted to kick things off in style and now knowing these guys well, I knew they’d do a great job and thankfully, they didn’t disappoint. This trio from Mansfield are one of those true hard working bands whose material reflects this perfectly. Probably one of the more placid bands on today’s bill so they managed to nurse us in gently, but they are by no means soft – oh no, as they pack a mighty hard rock punch, right between the eyes. Before the show, I managed to have a quick chat with the bands bassist, Chris, who showed me his war wounds, blisters the size of gold balls from all the gigs they’ve played recently. Having played at many festivals this summer, these guys have had a dream year which I’m sure will continue throughout the remainder of 2016 and well into 2017! Thanks for the T-shirt too, I’ll be wearing it with pride, where ever I can!


The name of our next band reflects their style perfectly, Cruel ‘to’ Humanity and my word, they are brutal. They certainly left no one in the room stood still, with their outright assault on the senses! I know I’ve seen this band play before as I recognised the band members, especially the lead singer although saying that, they do come from Derby, which is local to me so it could have been anywhere. Trust me, once you’ve seen this band play, they are extremely hard to forget. I feel suitably warmed up now!


On a personal level, I really enjoyed the next band, Solitary, as they were a full on thrash assault and I like thrash. Not only that, I hung around a little longer to take a few more photos than usual, so that’s always a good sign! Strangely, although the band have been around for over a year and are signed to Corpo Records, I’ve never seen them perform live, until now that is. I must say, these guys are very talented, especially their lead guitarist Andy, well, what do you expect, they’re a thrash band and any thrash band worth their salt, has to have a member of the band who can thrash the f**k out! I’ve just noticed Solitary are playing Hammerfest, next year so if you’re going, make sure you check them out – they are well worth a watch!


Oooooo, it’s that band, Outright Resistance next and who hasn’t heard of this lot, just lately! Sadly (for them) my first encounter with this band was unfortunate as they had all their gear stolen. Metal heads, being the amazing bunch that they are, successfully crowd funded them the necessary funds to replace their missing instruments and enabling them to continue entertaining the masses and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see this lot play, they are insanely good! My next encounter with this band, was seeing them perform on the Yagermeister stage at Bloodstock this year, where I believe they managed to start the first ever mosh pit that stage has ever seen, which is no mean feat as it’s tiny. How they all managed to fit on that stage is beyond me, especially after seeing today’s performance as the whole band have so much energy, they couldn’t contain it, the stage just wasn’t big enough today, so they decided to share that energy out in the crowd, which was great to see. Mid song, Paige, the bands lead vocalist, decides to go walk about and generallyy, she’s a polite and delicate flower off stage, but on it, she’s spitting venom and metal heads love her for it! It appears they can relate with her anger, so she can instantly connect with the crowds that come to see her and the rest of the band perform! Seriously, if you’re a fan of metalcore, check out Outright Resistance!

Over the years, I’ve come to accept the fact that there are bands out there who just work with certain festivals and the regulars that generally go to a specific festival. Demons of Old Metal, or DOOM for short, are such a band, here at Beermageddon. The fans love them and they love the fans and as it has a great family vibe here, it’s easy to see why they would love it so much, as I feel exactly the same about Beermageddon. Although the band wear masks, mostly to protect their anonymity, it does help to give them a sense of theatrics which works well with their style of metal. Truth be told, everyone knows who they really are and what they really look like,but shhh, don’t tell anyone! This band are a real crowd pleaser, so I’m hoping to see them perform at a few more festivals in the future.


When I saw Old Corpse Road announced to play Beermageddon, I was extremely happy and excited at the prospect of seeing them perform live. This band are one who I love listening to at home and based on that fact, I knew I’d enjoy them live.. but sadly that wasn’t the case. Although they are extremely theatrical and tend to tell stories about all manner of things in their songs, their performance was lifeless. I do love this band and I do love their music, but after seeing the amount of energy the other bands before them had put into their performances, Old Corpse Road left me feeling just that, dead and discarded at the side of the stage. This is a little harsh and I don’t mean it to be because as I say, I love listening to them but live, they did nothing for me. If ever opinions were to be split down the middle, these guys would be the ones to do it. Most of the crowd loved seeing these guys play live and that is what matters as they appealed to some, but not all. You can also catch them at Hammerfest and if you do, let me know what you think!

Today, I mostly saw people wearing Kambrium T-shirts, so I was eager to see what all the hype was about. Having missed them at 2014’s event, I listened tentatively to those who did see them and the majority thought very highly of these guys from Germany. After a delayed start, mostly down to the amount of electronic gadgetry they’d brought with them, they eventually exploded into an ore inspiring set, mostly consisting of death metal! The band couldn’t wait to get back to play Beermageddon and they made it count, which the crowd appreciated immensely! As they were the penultimate act before Saturday’s headliner, I wouldn’t have wanted it to be anyone else. As the crowd cheered the bands name, over and over again, I could clearly see the crowds appreciation for this bands efforts, as they gave their best cheers of the weekend.


As this was the fifth consecutive Beermageddon, all of which have sold out including this one, Jim felt it apt to ask the one and the only Def Con One back to headline tonight, as they played the first ever Beermageddon, back in 2011. That year, they actually closed the festival on the Sunday and I distinctively remember falling in love with them, right there and then. Since that show, which blew my mind, I’ve been fortunate to see these lovable Geordie’s a few times since and oddly, I’ve even become quite good friends with these guys too, which doesn’t happen all that often. This gives me a massive advantage when trying to photograph them live on stage, as when I stick my camera in their faces, they usually respond, sometimes in kind, but mostly, they flip me the middle finger. That’s not entirely true, but it does happen! Having headlined the Thursday night, at the prestigious Download Festival, which is officially called the Boardie Takeover, over on the Dog House Stage, it’s definitely a great show to play and as a punter, it’s the only thing worth watching on the Thursday. Just take a look at the pictures that were taken, the tent was rammed for these guys and tonight was no exception. Def Con One gave us exactly what we wanted from a headline show, an excuse to bang our f**king heads!


Sadly, due to personal reasons back home, I couldn’t attend on the Sunday, which is equally as special as the previous two days. I’m pretty gutted I missed Eradikator, Cambion, Haerken and of course Anihilated, but there’s always next time.

Last year, I proclaimed I understood Jim’s thought process behind the bands he chose. It never got confirmed if my prediction was right or not, but I’m going to try again this year, which in all honesty isn’t easy, however, I’m going to state the following. As this was the fifth successful year for Beermageddon, I believe Jim gave us the bands he felt would blow our socks off, the bands we wanted the most, but ultimately the bands he felt would ensure everybody had such a great time that we’d want to come back for the next five years to come. Jim, I don’t think you have anything to worry about mate as every year the line up gets better, the facilities improve and the people all feel like family.

Speaking of facilities, the food was a vast improvement and this is something that every festival should take heed of as seriously, check out Muffin Research’s Utility Kitchen as the food there was sensational! It was real food, consisting of curries, chillies, the best burgers I’ve ever tasted at a festival, wraps, toast and teas, you name it, they did it, AMAZING.

Horns up and see ya next year…. BEER, BEER, BEERMAGEDDON!

Photography and Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Def Con One

With Support From Iron Knights and Intervention.

The Hairy Dog Derby 25th July 2014.

Tonight’s gig at the Hairy Dog, sadly was a sombre affair as far as attendance was concerned. I can only assume that was because metal heads are saving their pennies for the likes of Bloodstock  next week, shame really as the music was anything but sombre!

ADL Promotions kindly gave us permission to attend tonight, which we are eternally grateful for as the bill promised to be a right good mosh!

Kicking off proceedings were a local midlands based band “Intervention” who I’d never heard of, to be honest. On first appearances, they looked young, but looks can be deceiving. According to their Facebook page they established themselves back in 2012, so they should have something to offer? The band consists of Matt Hudson – Guitar/Vocals, Tom Threapleton – Drums and Phil Hoult – Bass.

Tom Theapleton - Intervention

If I was to describe their sound, I’d have to say early Mastodon, as their sound had a very metal/prog feel to it. Their own personal music taste was confirmed by the fact that Matt was wearing a T-shirt, with the album artwork from Mastodons first album, Remission, so an influential reference there straight away.

Matt had a little stage presence and tried to interact with the crowd and play up to the camera. He even announced we were going to have a metal waltz, of some kind, but went straight into another song, so he must of lost his bottle and carried on? Phil didn’t quite know what to do when I pointed the camera at him, I could see both fear and the concentration, in equal measure on his face, as to be fair it is a big camera and I’m quite ugly, so I probably unnerved him? Tom plodded along and kept everything going on drums. I feel these guys need to get a few more live shows under their belt, to give them a bit more confidence. Like a say, they’re still young, don’t give up lads, I’m sure Mastodon shit themselves, once upon a time?

Matt Hudson - Intervention

Next up were Iron Knights who thankfully, consisted of the same four musicians from when I saw them last back in February at The Vic. At that show, the then newly formed Iron Knights had only rehearsed 4 times prior to that gig, so they were noticeably well under rehearsed. I can confidently say tonight’s gig was a much better performance, with both Jamie – vocals and guitar and Wayne – guitar, looking a lot more confident this time round. I feel Jamie still needs to work on remembering his lines and needs to master co-ordinating himself better, I can only imagine how difficult it is to operate a guitar and sing at the same time (I’m not being sarcastic here) but in time these creases will get ironed out, I’m sure.

Jamie Gibson - Iron Knights

Both veteran musicians Paul on Bass and Larry on drums were excellent tonight, Paul especially looked to be enjoying himself, immensely and it’s always nice to see some who enjoys what they do.

What is reassuring is the bands newer tracks are sounding great, much better than their older material, so these guys are obviously working hard and well together. Tonight they offered the crowd a free track, which was nice. They also have a new track “Parasite” available on their soundcloud page, which is sounding very good and helps to give you an idea of the new direction this band are taking, it’s sounding very good indeed!

Iron Knights

Full set list consisted of;

1. Transparent 2. Destroyer 3. Falling From Grace 4. Jacob’s Ladder 5. Vicious Circle 6. Parasite 7. Bloodstorm 8. Genocide 9. Cry for Help 10. The Messenger 11. Blind 12. Snaggle Tooth 13. Jericho

During the intermission, I got the chance to talk with the headliners, Def Con One, which is always a pleasure and it has been way too long since we last spoke. In fact, the last time we talked was in March 2013 at Hammerfest V, where I also saw DCO perform and since then a lot has happened. The biggest news from these guys has to be the release of their second album II (or is that eleven? lol) This album was released around March this year, from memory and see’s DCO taking a different path musically, however, you still get that “Brute Force and Ignorance” we all fell in love with on their first album.

Def Con One

Apart from that, these guys have seemingly kept a low profile of late, that may have something to do with someone becoming a Granddad, (I know, hard to believe right!) someone getting married, congratulations and other life events have gotten in the way. Rest assured though, these guys never stop writing, so expect new material from these guys soon. The band have now joined the likes of Iron Knights under ADL Management and Booking Promotions, so it seems Anna is doing her stuff and getting these guys back on the road and into shows, where, quite frankly, these guys belong! You don’t have to wait too long either, as DCO will be supporting the mighty Biohazard on the 12th of August, at Trillians (Newcastle) and what a show that will be!

Antton Lant - Def Con One

As for tonight’s show, my goodness, what a show! Unfortunately the attendance was poor, like I said at the top of this review, but that didn’t stop them from performing out of their skins. They’d happily play at their best even if they had to buy one guy a pint to just sit there and listen but thankfully though, there were more than one of us!!! It was extremely hot, so the guys rattled through the set, which saw many comical moments, such as Davey jumping around like a mad man, which saw him land flat on his arse, which amused the rest of the band greatly. Being a great front man, Davey brushed this off with a comical remark “If you’re gonna do it, do it live on stage” I’m sure I’ve heard that somewhere before? We also saw Johnny doing a metal can can during one of their tracks, it’s always great to see everyone participate and enjoying themselves and enjoy we did.

Davey Miekle - Def Con One

Full set list consisted of;

1. Brute Force and Ignorance 2. 10 Bullets 3. In Death 4. Scarred for Life 5. March of the Dead 6. Strength 7. Skinhead Shaped Dent 8. Steeped in Pain 9. Soul Possessed 10. Broke 11. No More Hate 12. Warface

It was great to see both Iron Knight’s and Def Con One again tonight, all involved are stand up guys with a great work ethic who are also great conversationalists, but its on the stage these guys are at their best. I really hope to see either or both bands at more shows as they really give 110% and are really great artists, who produce great music!

Words and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)