SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank

SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh | Loathe – 13th September 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

Sikth – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh return to Newcastle Think Tank, they’ve played Newcastle quite regularly over the years and there’s a loyal following in tonight.

Local lads Starve to Survive offered up the perfect support slot fodder for a night of hardcore riffs, I managed to catch a very brief part of their early slot.

 

Up next were hotly tipped Liverpudlian act; Loathe. Along with Employed to Serve they stand as the most interesting and unique bands amongst a new generation of bands that embrace technical metal and hardcore. Proving to be the most exciting to happen to metal since Slipknot arrived almost 20 years ago and changed everything. They have a huge and massively diverse sound. Signed to SharpTone Records this lot are certainly ones to watch out for, they have everything right. The buzz about this band was enough to bring me down early for their set and for once the buzz is bang on! Utterly enthralling to watch.

Loathe – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

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It’s hard to believe that Sikth have been going for nearly 20 years. In fact the band is older than some audience members tonight! That said their new material is highly engaging and got some of the biggest crowd reactions of the night, certainly for me I found the music from their latest release The Future in Whose Eyes? to be some of their strongest to date. There is a good turnout tonight and crowd are in good voice, singing and shouting along word for word. Tonight Sikth proved to be just as vital as ever and are on top form.

Setlist:
The Aura
Golden Cufflinks
Cracks of Light
Riddles of Humanity
Pussyfoot
Mermaid Slur
Scent of the Obscene
Skies of Millennium Night
Bland Street Bloom
Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
Summer Rain
Part of the Friction

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RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Russo – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

On tour with Gomez! Here’s a full photo gallery from their set.

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GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Review and photos

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Tonight is an unapologetic nostalgia binge. Almost 20 years ago I popped my gig cherry with a chance to go see Six by Seven and Gomez (plus the Bluetones but I left before they came on!) as part of BBC Sound City in 1998 which was hosted in Newcastle. That night would mark a turning point in my life and spawn my new addiction… gigs!

20 years later I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of bands, but I still look back on this one with some warmth, the night was also made special by the fact that we had John Peel, a hero of mine was comparing for the evening. It was in the old Student Union basement at Newcastle Uni. Seeing the gig advertised I couldn’t quite believe that was 20 years ago. Count me in!

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

This marks the third time I’ve seen Gomez, the last being in 1999 and it’s quite a privilege to return to see them and get to photo them. Tonight they’re back in Newcastle after a long long break, last seen here in 2011 I believe. They play the Newcastle O2 Academy main hall, I wasn’t sure of how well they’d be remembered but I needn’t have worried. The gig appears to have sold really well and there of hundreds of adoring fans dancing and singing along word for word to their classic debut Bring It On. Which tonight they will play in full and in order, with a sparkling of other songs as an encore.

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Get Miles stood out to me 20 years ago and hearing the roar of Ben Ottewell tonight sent shivers down my spine. It’s the big hit Whippin’ Piccadilly that gets the biggest crowd reaction of the night. A tremendous and very welcome return from the Gomez boys.

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REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Photos

Here’s a full photo gallery from Rev Magnetics’s support slot with Mogwai (review here)

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MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Mogwai and Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Review and photos

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Mogwai play the first of two nights at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, both nights appear to be sold out or at least very near sold out. Tonight I decided to drive up from Newcastle for the gig and drive back straight after. They’ve only played Festival slots recently and this was the only proper chance to catch a full set. It was worth every effort. As they approach the end of the touring for their latest album; Every Country’s Sun (not including the extensive soundtrack work they’ve done). 

I was happy to see they’ve picked some gems for support acts, Kathryn Williams supports on the 23rd but tonight I get to see Rev Magnetic perform again. Stuart was in attendance at their Glasgow show with Superchunk. Tonight they are in a much more comfortable setting and you can really sense a band coming together nicely, their confidence is beaming as they stalk a much bigger stage tonight. They are a remarkable act, brimming with talent. I noted the last time I saw them that their music might require a few listens to fully appreciate and understand. Tonight I really enjoyed their set, as did the audience in attendance. A band to watch out for! We’ll have a separate photo gallery coming for their set soon

Rev Magnetic - 22nd August 2018 - Leith Theatre Edinburgh
Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh

As Mogwai took to the stage, I got a first glance of just how full the venue was. A sea of fans to greet Scottish music Royalty, the venue appears is packed! They came out to a really dark and smoke filled stage, the atmosphere was quite tense with anticipation.

We were treated to a rather brilliant set, largely drawn from ECS but with a dose of old classics mixed in for good measure. I was hoping that we might get a preview of some of the KIN material but it wasn’t to be. That said, we did get a rather rare and utterly stunning performance of My Father My King, which I’ve only ever heard them play once before at Glasgow Barrowlands for their 20th-anniversary shows. Don’t Believe the Fife is also a highlight, such a strong song.

Setlist;

  • Heard About You Last Night
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Party in the Dark
  • Cody 
  • Kids Will Be Skeletons 
  • Don’t Believe the Fife 
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead 
  • Coolverine 
  • Old Poisons 
  • Remurdered 
  • Like Herod 
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1 
  • My Father, My King

I walked away ecstatic and slightly deaf for hearing My Father My King and kicking myself for not buying tickets for the following days show. However, it’s not too long to wait until the next outing, they recently announced a November UK tour with our favourites The Twilight Sad! 

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SOULFLY  | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

SOULFLY | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly – 9th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly make a very welcome return to Newcastle, the last time was at the Riverside just over four years ago (see photos from that show here). They’re back ahead of the release of a brand new album Ritual (which is out on Nuclear Blast later in 2018). Tonight the band are celebrating 20 years of Soulfly! As you can imagine the set feels like a ‘best of’. Which is fine by me and everyone else in attendance! There’s a really good vibe in the crowd tonight.

It’s a really hot night at the Riverside. Before the show, I was worried it might not sell that well, due to a lot of local metalheads being at Bloodstock Festival. Local bands Yersin and Ashes of Iron helped to draw in a few punters and the venue was packed. Easily the best metal crowd I’ve ever seen at the Riverside, the kids were wild, circle pits and good old-fashioned moshing, great to see people having the best time. That energy seemed to encourage the band even more, they were really enjoying themselves.

One of the new tracks (I didn’t catch the name, please comment below if you know it) was an absolute thrash masterpiece and for me was one of the standout performances of the night. There is life in them yet and tonight they prove just as vital as ever. That unmistakable Cavalera groove is what makes them so enjoyable.

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

They played classics like Eye for an Eye, Umbabarauma, Blood Fire War Hate, Back to the Primitive. They dipped into other Max projects with a brilliant version of Wasting Away (Nailbomb). Max’s grandson came out from a very brief but fun appearance, it was over in a flash, pretty sure it was a Napalm Death song!

A ridiculously good extended guitar solo from shredder Marc Rizzo saw the band leave the stage and allow him to melt the ears of punters, throwing a very welcomed slice of Slayer too! After the solo Max returned to the stage wearing a Venom t-shirt with a nice tribute to the Newcastle metal heritage \m/

What a night. Easily the best I’ve seen Soulfly. A short but perfectly executed 85 minutes of sonic pummelling, hits the spot and I’m left wanting more. 20 years on they’re just as great as ever. Bands come and go but Soulfly have 20 years of killer riffs in their armoury. They are living legends! 

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Apologies for the lack of angles on the shots, I was shooting from the edge of the pit and in the crowd with my superzoom =D Buzzing with what I managed to get though \m/ The Riverside remains my favourite venue for heavy bands and it’s great to see them back here!

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EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

EMPLOYED TO SERVE | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Review and photos

Feature By Graeme J Baty

Employed to Serve – 23rd July 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

This marks my second time seeing ETS this year. On the previous occasion, I was that blown away I ordered both of their records from Holy Roar. Brilliantly put together records, the sound is amazing and the colours were enough to entice me! I was instantly hooked. They returned to Newcastle for a headline show and they brought two suitably awesome bands, I was really impressed with Leeched and Rough Hands.

Tonight they play their second album The Warmth of a Dying Sun in full and in order. Which also happens to be my favourite of theirs. I last saw them with Code Orange. It’s nice to see them now that I know the material and I can appreciate the details and craft to the songs. It’s quite a testament to a band if they can share a bill with the likes of Code Orange and give them a run for their money! They made quite a lasting impression on me. On first hearing them it’s somewhat of a wild ride, you never know what to expect, an album’s worth of densely packed riffs in just one song. It’s overwhelmingly impressive!

There’s a lot of depth to their writing compared to many in this genre and that elevates them in my humble opinion. It’s a mix of hardcore and tech metal blended into something new and utterly thrilling. Easily the best heavy band I’ve seen in years. They tour a lot and through hard graft are breaking through and gaining some deserved attention and accolades.

It’s a short and pummelling set, bashing out the album in a lean 45-ish minutes. There are a few familiar faces in tonight and I spotted at least one Code Orange tee so it’s great to see they have made lasting fans from those shows. I think the more ETS play those types of support slots the more their audience will grow.

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ROUGH HANDS | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

ROUGH HANDS | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Rough Hands – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Photos

Photo gallery from their set with Employed to Serve.

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DEATH IN VEGAS | 26.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

DEATH IN VEGAS | 26.07.18 | Boiler Shop Newcastle

Death in Vegas – 26th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – Photos

Death in Vegas – 26th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

I’ve been experimenting with different genres this year and this gig caught my eye. I’m only very vaguely aware of DOV but it was enough to entice me down to check them out. Dark, strobing Boiler Shop made for the perfect setting!

An opening DJ set from Dixon Avenue Basement Jams got the punters dancing!

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LEECHED | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

LEECHED | 23.07.18 | Think Tank Newcastle

Leeched – 23rd July 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Photos

Photo feature from their set with Employed to Serve. Huge sound, I was very impressed with this trio!

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