15th July 2012
Review & Photography by Ashlinn Nash
Tonight is an industry showcase for some of the UK’s best underground talent with a broad spectrum of musicians from all areas of the UK. All the bands featured tonight have taken place in the Metal to the Masses competition to win a place at the UK’s best metal festival…Bloodstock. With a hungry for some music crowd the proceedings start in the sold out underworld, Camden.Skreamer [3.5/5] get today’s crowd going tonight, with a professional banner and kick ass attitude, they mean business and have the goods to deliver it.
With an eclectic mix of soaring female vocals and crunching sweep picking guitars, with the beauty and the beast style power play between the darker and lighter vocals works here.
Delivering new tracks from the new album “Blackened Earth” they are a great opening band with plenty of momentum to gear up the crowd for the rest of the day.
Asperitas [3/5] open with a very Lamb of God sounding drum style, with a combination of lively vocal strata and exciting band. With the stripped down style taking song writing over technicality, they deliver some very unique tracks.
Blind Eye Fury [3.5/5] Break the silence of change over time with an elixir of energy, with songs such as “ghost “creating bouncy beats with a kinetic music journey.
With a band of energetically charged musicians the impressive Brighton based quartet are set to build a great fan base in London with their swish musicianship.
After a short change over gap the crowd shifts to one filled with the Kremated [4/5] army, who are clad in the red, white and black logo proudly on chest, all in full flight at the front.
The band are a four piece from London who have been going since March this year but have built up a hype that is lived up to with tracks such as “mechanized bloodbath” and “Bastards” that pound through the airwaves and awaken the inner head-banger.
Equipped with limited edition CD’s to the crowds delight a few are tossed into the crowd.
This is a band that means serious business and deserve to be noticed, closing with a track reminding the crowd that “Thrash ain’t dead!”.
Second Rate angels [3.5/5] have a hard set to follow, with a genre change to classic rock sounding bluesy numbers, they succeed.
Taking on the ideals of stadium rock’s power performances with heartfelt musical playing enjoyment, they have brought together their influences with improvisations to and created new and interesting songs that create and sublime and engaging live show.
Next to join the stage are Essex based , Thames Burial [3/5] who’s lyrical power play who’s pent up aggression has been waiting to un-lease on the receptive audience, here tonight they cascade breakdowns and quick fire guitar licks to create an interesting sound.
However the bands style is quite a shift from the previous band, they still work to the audience’s approval.
South East Londoners Bloodshed [4/5], are another thrash-tastic troupe, with tracks such as “midnight rush” and “overdose” ring over the sound waves, crashing excitement into the underworld.
Combining the old school feel with a unique take on influences the troupe creates a winning formula.
Abandon the Faith [3.5/5] fresh with CD’s and wicked sounds, the band themselves unleash a tirade of melody filled riffs, with a sound that anything but quite as they lash the audio waves with “blood on the shores” which is a beautifully majestic piece that hits the ears at 100mph.
Divine Solace [3.5/5] are a quick change in genre from ATF, a five piece with stunning sweeps and melody and ravenous vocals the power metal/neo classical influenced band have a very unique sound.
Sounding delightfully somewhere between Finland’s Wintersun/Children of Bodom, a very interesting combination indeed.
Up next are Bull-Riff Stampede [4.5/5] they are a band, who are the perfect burst back into the thrash genre changeover for the day’s proceedings.
With delightfully heavy straight to head bang riffs they deliver a perfect crossover of death, speed and hardcore crunching metal mechanics they sound like a tight unit that hits as hard as concrete over the airwaves with a fantastic performance.
Next up are groove makers Zodiac N black [4/5] who change the genre mood again for all out funky inspired licks and southern grooves, with danceable tunes that are perfect to chill too.
The classic rock sounds delight and are enjoyed by the eclectic tastes of the crowd.
Tonight’s headliners Splintered Soul [4/5] have created a buzz for themselves as the symphonic underground band that if you haven’t heard you need to.
Tonight proves that with great expectations, there needs to be great prow-esque to live up to.
Tonight they prove that they can do more and surpass expectations; playing tracks from the upcoming album “lore” it’s one to look out for.
With the orchestral heavy ferocity laced with soaring female vocals this band has far too go especially with wining a Bloodstock place on the Sophie stage.
Overall tonight has been a fantastic display of bands from the underground that deserve some recognition.
Thanks to a very hard working team the day has been a great success, a very enjoyable gig indeed!