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Evil Scarecrow

The Level Nottingham 2nd June 2017.

Tonight’s show at The Level was, I believe, an end of academic year show, available to both Nottingham University students and the general public alike. Initially, I wasn’t going to go to tonight’s show but the opportunity to shoot at a new venue that I’d not visited before was too great and I’m so glad I did!

Not only because I got to see Evil Scarecrow again – which is always a pleasure but I also got to see two new Nottingham based bands whom I’d yet to see play live. As a venue goes, The Level is of course, The Students Union Bar, which doubles up as a night club, a safe haven for students, which I know serves as an invaluable service for students. It’s very rare for the venue to act as a music/concert venue as both Rock City and the Rescue Rooms are just down the road but I wish there were more live shows held at this venue as it’s got one of the best stage and lighting rigs that I’ve seen in a long time, especially here in Nottingham!!! Seriously, other venues in Nottingham need to visit it to check it out!

Hung Daddy then, as stated, on the night, it’s pronounced as it’s spelt…HUNG DADDY! These guys are a lot of fun and it’s easy to see why they were chosen to support Evil Scarecrow, as their humour on stage, is every bit as good as the Crow’s! Jason Parker, the bands lead vocalist and guitarist also admitted that this was the largest stage and show his band have ever played! Admittedly, Dave Marzec, the bands bassist looked a little lost up on that large stage with so many photographers in front of him – I don’t think he quite knew what to do! It was quite adorable actually – welcome to stardom guys, learn all you can from a show like this and from Evil Scarecrow, they’re use to all this showbiz stuff! Their success may continue as the band have managed to secure themselves a place, at Nottinghams MTTM’s final which will be held at The Maze on 24th of June, where six bands having won their semi final heat, will battle it out for a place at this years Bloodstock Festival. To be honest, they should smash it – their energy is great, they’re very entertaining, but above all, they play heavy!

Speaking of heavy, tonight’s next band have got heavy in abundance! Also from Nottingham, The Five Hundred are currently signed to London Road Records and have recently released a new album called ‘The Veil’ which perfectly demonstrates how brutal this band are! I seriously wasn’t expecting these guys to be so brutal. These guys are the perfect example of how music, good music, played live, can provoke some serious emotions within me. When that happens, you know you’ve witnessed something very special and these guys have got the potential to make it all the way to the top. Look out While She Sleeps, these guys are coming for you, in a good way!

Looking at the bands social media page, I can only see that these guys are playing Macmillian Fest on the 3rd September and why they ain’t playing every metal festival up and down the country this summer, is beyond me – unless they’ve neglected to update their page? Seriously, next time these guys are about, be sure to check them out!

The last time I saw Evil Scarecrow was last year at their annual Halloween party which was at Sheffield Corporation. On that occasion, I recall the amazing Anti-Clone were one of the bands supporting. Due to personal reasons, I never got around to writing a review, so sorry for that. I also recall, Evil Scarecrow, allowed me to photograph the whole show whilst using my flash, which to be honest, is pretty rare however, I didn’t need to shoot the whole show as I’ve photographed these guys so many times, I’d rather watch the show live. Evil Scarecrow are my ‘go to’ band, when I need cheering up, yes, I even find the track ‘Blacken The Everything’ uplifting, which got played tonight! As Mr. Russ Russell produced the bands last album, he’s got quite use to the bands sound and how they like others to hear them, so it was no surprise to see him behind the sound desk for tonight’s show. Another surprising feature of the night, was the fact, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen the bands instruments being set up by tech’s, outside of Bloodstock, which was a bit of a shock!

This tells me these guys are getting big, they always were in my eyes but they really have become a very professional band indeed, yet it’s been a long time coming! They now also have some serious backing, as far as endorsements go these days, what with Blackstar Amps standing proud on stage. Costume guitars, courtesy of Dean Guitars, one of the leading names and many artists first choice, as far as instruments go. There are others, guitar strings, drum kits etc. I can’t be arsed to name them all, it’s not like I’m getting paid to mention all these companies, I should like, but hey ho. HAHAHA! Seriously though, I’ve followed Evil Scarecrow now for many years, which is the only endorsement they need really, fans appreciate these guys, for who they are, a truly unique metal outfit who never fail to entertain and who put on an amazing show, which appears to grow larger every time I see them! The band are appearing at several festivals this year, the next one I’m looking forward to is Amplified, providing I get accredited, that is!

Thanks for also supporting and allowing us to come down and see the shows, we love you for it!

Until next time folks, WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MAM!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Five Hundred

Release New Video ‘Shutter To The Light’.

Nottingham metal powerhouse The Five Hundred unleash a new lyric video and announce UK Tour with Brutai.

‘Shutter To The Light’ is the second video to be taken from The Five Hundred’s debut E.P ‘Winters‘ following the release of the incredibly popular track ‘Come Closer‘ last year.

This latest news follows a big run of live shows for The Five Hundred, including support to Mushroomhead, Sworn Amongst and festival announcements for Trojan Fest (with Martyr Defiled and Shields), Macmillan Fest (with Sikth, INME) and Mammothfest (with Textures, Heart Of A Coward and fellow UK breaking band, Krysthla).

With ‘Shutter To The Light’, The Five Hundred once again showcase why they are one of the UK’s best up ‘n’ coming metal bands and are set to release new material later in the year.

Also checkout ‘Come Closer‘ taken from The Five Hundred’s debut EP ‘winters‘ released last year.

Recommendations..

“There are already fans in the crowd from the moment they step out on stage, but there is no doubt they leave tonight with a whole heap more.” – Already Heard (March 2016, The Five Hundred support Mushroomhead on their UK Tour)

“Astonishing! In a world of 2-dimensional rock, THAT is what you need to blow away the cobwebs” – BBC Introducing.

“Ear rattling metal…catchiness, brutality and melody are all here in this EP” – Metal Hammer.

“Blistering blast-beats and collosal breakdowns are effortlessly fused with haunting vocal melodies and desperate demonic screams” – Terrorizer.

Produced, mixed & mastered by Justin Hill (Betraying The Martyrs, Sikth) The Five Hundred’s debut EP ‘Winters’ is a powerful statement of pure unadulterated modern metal.

Sonically brutal in their delivery, The Five Hundred pulverise eardrums with a blend of crushing grooves and belligerent aggression tastefully meshed together with haunting vocal melodies, demonic screams and soaring choruses.

With ‘Shutter To The Light’, The Five Hundred once again showcase why they are one of the UK’s best up ‘n’ coming metal bands and are set to release new music in 2016 plus announce further live dates.

The Five Hundred - Winters

The Five Hundred comprise of John Eley – Vocals, Mark Byrne – Guitars, Paul Doughty – Guitars, Andy Crawford – Bass and Liam Perez – Drums.

The E.P ‘winters’ is available for download from The Five Hundred.

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)