Leeched open up, hot on the heels of debut EP release, Nothing Will Grow From the Rotten Ground, the band unleash hell through their take on power violence. For a relatively new band, the lads give a rancorous and uninterrupted showcase of exactly how such a volatile sound should be tackled, with their live show proving them to be one of Manchester’s rising stars in the underground music scene. If you were unable to see the stage, you’d be easily mistaken into thinking that the band had 4 or 5 members, yet between just three members, the create such a level of noise and aggression that’s astounding from such a small group.
God Complex take the the stage with a bigger production value, with strobe lighting giving a visual aid to the band’s aural chaos. God Complex also weave rhythm throughout their music, akin to hardcore, and with two vocalists they somehow raise the volume level past what Leeched achieved. All four members of the band are in harmony, giving a heavily polished feel to the band’s sludgy and brutal set. The band see the first pit of the night, and the crowd’s energy is mirrored onstage too, through the movements of the band, and their brilliant performance.
Corrupt Moral Altar carry on the theme of senseless musical aggression, and while the crowd isn’t as turbulent as it was during God Complex’s set, the band keep the crowd just as captivated. Corrupt Moral Altar’s sound is positively nefarious, with huge doses of sludge and despair seeping through the amplifiers. The band’s incorporation of rhythm works well amidst their brilliant take on extreme and raucous metal, their only real issue lies with vocalist Chris Reese’s highs being seemingly unintentionally too harsh and dissonant at times.
Venom Prison follow the same formula that Leeched opened with, they’ve come to perform their music, and that’s what they do, without interruption or interaction with the crowd. The band walk onstage to atmospheric track Syllogism and tear right into Abysmal Agony and the band are inhumanely brutal and unforgiving with their performance. Vocalist Larissa Stupar’s abilities alongside the band’s technical strength and stage presence, raises the question of why the band are only playing such a small venue. From breakdowns, to the riffs in songs like Corrode the Black Sun,the band’s performance is spectacular, the crowd love every moment and Venom Prison are quite blatantly one of metal’s next big names. Stupar and guitarist Ash Gray’s hardcore roots can be heard in various parts of the set, especially riffs on the more rhythmic side of things and mixes well alongside the acts they’ve brought with them on the road.
Closing out a year with a headline tour foreshadows great things for Venom Prison, they’ve toured the UK and Europe relentlessly during 2017 supporting an array of acts, and now have a string of their own shows under their belts. With their return to British stages already announced in support of Trivium, the band show no signs of slowing down.
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