“Straight From Within” release party

Bands: Revolution Within, Web, Echidna, Equaleft
Location: Hard Club, Porto (PT)
Date: 22nd September 2012

Death/thrashers Revolution Within have just released their second album, “Straight From Within”, and they put up a great party in order to celebrate it – which means they invited a few fellow bands for a concert at the mythical Hard Club. As singer Raça said, there are many talents in the Portuguese underground, but sadly they couldn’t have them all up there on stage with them. So the chosen brothers-in-arms were Equaleft, Echidna and Web.

Equaleft got on stage at 21:30, which is somewhat early for an underground concert around here. So the band was quite surprised to see how many people were there already, raising hell right from the first song, “Alone In Emptiness”. Personally, I was counting on that – Equaleft has built a considerable fan base in the last couple of years, both because of their groovier distinct sound and their hyped-up live performances. And after seeing them on stage so many times before, I can say this has been the best concert so far! With only half an hour to play, they managed to compact 8 songs by playing them fast and furiously, almost without a break.

When introducing “Uncover The Masks”, singer Miguel made the crowd scream every syllable of the title, and in “Suffer No More” the screaming happened during the chorus. The set ended with the mandatory “Invigorate”, Miguel orchestrating the mosh circles with a Jedi lightsaber. And after putting it down, he couldn’t leave the stage without crowdsurfing a little.




Last year Echidna released their own second album, “Dawn Of The Sociopath”, already with Capela on vocals. But for one reason or another, I’d never managed to see him with the band until that night. I already knew him from Damnull, and from getting on stage precisely with Revolution Within before that, to growl in the chorus of “Monsters And Demons” or “Surrounded By Evil”. So I knew how excellent his voice is, how expressive he is on stage… I knew how well I would enjoy it.

Me and the crowd, who once again was relentless. More recent songs such as “Commanded By Demons” and oldies like “Purifier” sponsored the moshers and the headbangers. Every time the chorus of “Evolution: Reload” was near, Capela would turn his microphone to the crowd and someone would always scream his/her lungs out.




Web were sharing material with Equaleft, meaning that Victor was playing with the Fractal FX amp. Guess he’s now considering getting his own, given the power and definition he got from it that night!

I’d missed “Life Aggression” last time I’d seen Web, so I was happy to hear it in this concert. It’s still my favorite song from the latest album, “Deviance”, with its combination of shredding and melody.

Nuno, former guitarist in grinders Holocausto Canibal, played a third guitar in “Awake”, a song he chose to be guest on. Nando took the chance to taunt the audience, saying the title was what he hoped it would happen to them. And afterwards, he even whispered to Filipe to play at a lower volume, ‘cause some people there were asleep. An exaggeration, of course, but the violence had indeed dropped a notch. My guess is that the crowd was saving energy for the headliners, as Web themselves were great as ever.

The last songs, “(In)sanity” and “Beautiful Obsession”, seemed to revive the mosh flame, though.




“Disappearance”, the intro of the album we were celebrating, opened the way to “Pure Hate” and all hell broke loose. And if that was so with a brand new song, imagine right afterwards, with a track from the previous album, so well-known by the crowd – “Silence”. Chaos was launched and there was no turning back.

Some of the songs in “Straight From Within” had been played live before, like “Only The Stronger Will Survive” and “Without Recognition”, so the audience was familiar with them. So familiar that they asked for one that the band wasn’t even intending to play – “Evil(ution)”. But as Raça said, that wasn’t just the band’s party, this was our party too, so if we wanted that song, we would get it.

Echidna-Capela got on stage to co-sing “Anger Mode: On”, with a microphone lent by Equaleft-Miguel. When thanking him, Raça said that “one of these days I’ll invite you to sing with me”. Many understood the hint that “the day” was that very one, and a few sons later, Miguel guested on “Pull The Trigger” – originally recorded by Switchtense-Hugo, who couldn’t be there that night.

Another highlight was “Bleed”, introduced as the slowest song in the album (“things need to calm down a bit now”) and obviously being the exact opposite. Also the stage invasion in “Surrounded By Evil”, with Raça letting them sing up there while he joined the mosh pit. And him saying he would try to keep up with the crowd’s energy, but he had turned 36 that week and it wouldn’t be easy – people cheered and sang happy birthday.

Raça thanked several times to everyone for being there, guest bands included. But given the happiness in everyone’s faces, I guess the gratitude was mutual.





6 Responses to ““Straight From Within” release party”

  1. Miguel"Inglês" Says:

    Great review Pieni photos and words.
    Always suporting metal in every way
    It was a great night

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