S.O.P.H.I.E. Festival @ The Guzzlin’ Goose, Ashton Under Lyne [Live Review]

Bands: New Deity, Gods of War, Savage Outlaw, Revival, Yakavetta, Bisonhammer, Candid Iniquity, Morgue Orgy
Location: The Guzzlin’ Goose pub, Ashton Under Lyne
Date: 19th November 2011

“Because it is a charity event, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong!” Despite several hitches, venue issues, last minute line-up changes and advert infused Spotify radio DJ sets between the bands, the first ever S.O.P.H.I.E. festival took place yesterday. The festival was created to raise to money for the anti hate-crime charity The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. As with the Foundation, the festival takes its name from Sophie Lancaster, a young Goth girl who was beaten to death by a group of thugs just because she looked different. Photobucket

And so it was that on a sunny Saturday afternoon The Guzzlin’ Goose was packed with metal-heads, Goths and other alternative people who all came to see the local underground bands. First up was New Deity who delivered an entertaining set with melodic tunes that helped to get the night in motion. Photobucket

Liverpool thrashers Gods of War’s energetic performance captured the attention of the crowds with catchy guitar solos and the memorable tracks such as ‘Pillage and Plunder’ which proved to be one of the highlights of the night. Photobucket

Savage Outlaw’s take on old school thrash/heavy metal got my attention due to the vocalist’s unmistakable similarity to mid-career Metallica and the catchy guitar solos. I even took one of their demos home! Photobucket

Revival was a late addition to the line-up and struggled to capture attention of the audience. Luckily their efforts paid off in the end with thanks to a very good cover of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’.
Yakavetta proved to be skilful players and produced some catchy tunes which were sadly let down by the vocal style which did not seem to fit the music. Bisonhammer’s performance was energetic and at times the guitar riffs worked well but the metalcore vocals wrecked it for me.

Candid Iniquity was a bit too metalcore for my liking but their stage performance proved a big hit with the crowds thanks to their charismatic frontman Paul Harrop. They also produced an excellent cover of Reel 2 Real’s ‘I Like To Move It’! Photobucket

Despite the late start the headliners Morgue Orgy were worth the wait. It’s difficult to describe their unique sound which incorporates a mixture of At The Gates -style vocals with symphonic black metal keyboards and melodic death metal guitars. Highlight for me was a melodic track called ‘The Modern Prometheus’. Photobucket

If you want to know more about Morgue Orgy check out my interview with them also available on this site.

Iza Raittila

3 Responses to “S.O.P.H.I.E. Festival @ The Guzzlin’ Goose, Ashton Under Lyne [Live Review]”

  1. Beasty likes Gods of and Savage Outlaw and two great bands from Liverpool 🙂

    • Without a doubt Gods of War and Savage Outlaw give off an energy that is vibrant, raw and cut a notch higher each time you see them live! Two bands worth checking out!

  2. Hey there cool review it was a pleasure to play yesterday and we had a great time
    also Anyone who is interested you can download our brand new E.P “Litanies of Battle” free here http://www.mediafire.com/?9iay78m6kupmesj

    also check us out on fb http://www.facebook.com/pages/GODS-of-WAR/127172584017076?sk=info
    stay metal 🙂

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