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Suffocation w/Support – Manchester, UK

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 21st May 2013 by Contra Mundi

Suffocation, Havok, Fallujah & Cephalic Carnage
NQ Live, Manchester
15th May 2013

The night kicked off with Fallujah stampeding on to the stage with their crushing riffs and melodic inter-sections. Their drummer was extremely impressive and with three vocalists with a range of growled and choked vocals, it was difficult not to be taken in and bang your head to their disciplined and experimental brand of death metal. [4/5]

Fallujah were followed by Havok, who sounded like Slayer and Venom mashed together. They brought chuggy riffs with a punk attitude and they really succeeded in loosening up the crowd and getting them fired up. The shrieked vocals and shredding guitar solos embodied 80’s thrash metal, but gave it a new lease of life. In light of Jeff Hanneman’s recent death, they were a welcome and fitting tribute to all that he brought to the metal world. [4/5]

Next up were the mighty Cephalic Carnage who brought a great deal of variety to their set ranging from sludgy stoner doom to the discipline and technicality of early death metal. A surprise was also in store with the guest vocals of Som (ex-Cerebral Bore) for one of their songs. The audience relished the cacophony of pig squeals and chug brandished as if it were a weapon in their faces, and the room was a mess of circle pits and head banging. [5/5]

By now, the crowd were ecstatic for Suffocation. The sound quality of the stage and mixing which had been exceptional all evening did not falter at the might of Suffocation’s pounding guitar sound and the guttural growling of Dying FetusJohn Gallagher. He did the material proud and Suffocation lived up to their reputation and showed off their extensive experience playing live. There was stage diving, a wall of death and a circle pit to Suffocation’s slam beats and down beats, and everyone was thrilled to be a part of it. [5/5]

I personally haven’t been to a gig as enjoyable as this for a long time, and the only disappointing thing I can say about it is that it had to come to an end before 11pm. I would have happily watched Suffocation for longer, but as John Gallagher put so beautifully: ‘It is what it is.’

Overall, NQ live in Manchester is a splendid venue and the sound they came up with for all the bands was outstanding. Even the beer was a reasonable price and definitely worked in favour for this gem of a venue.

Alex Cook

 

Iwrestledabearonce nearing fully recording third studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 26th April 2013 by Nico Davidson

Experimental-metalcore act Iwrestledabearonce have announced they’re almost finished with tracking their forthcoming, third studio album, which is due out later this year.

Currently held-up in their band-compound and recording studio in Los Angeles, Iwrestledabearonce are pushing themselves musically like never before.  While known for their schizophrenic sound and unconventional song structure, Iwrestledabearonce is approaching their next record with a new focus and a determination to deliver an album that will surprise fans and entirely re-define who they are as a band. Guitarist Steven Bradley comments:

Well damn! After another two years of non-stop touring, some unexpected twists, and getting to visit some new and amazing places, we’re finally back in the studio working on full length number three! I’ve 100% NEVER been this excited about an IWABO album, because it feels like we’ve finally reigned in “our sound” even further and really hit a stride in terms of songwriting.  We’ve always admired bands like Deftones, Cynic, Thrice, Glassjaw, Mr. Bungle, Dredg, Cephalic Carnage, The Mars Volta, et cetera because they’ve never made the same album twice, and aren’t scared to keep evolving while still maintaining their signature styles. Obviously I’d never compare us to the greatness of those bands, but, in keeping with that mentality, we’ve progressed a bit more and put together our best collection of songs so far.

Bradley who is producing, engineering, mixing and mastering the album himself also adds:

The heavy parts are heavier and more interesting, the choruses are stronger, and the “weird twists” that people have come to expect in our music are way more thought-out than in the past and definitely hit harder than ever.  Long story short – we’re very excited about getting this album finished and released, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for listening, and keep in touch with us on our facebook/twitter/etc where we will be posting frequent updates!

Iwrestledabearonce’s upcoming album will also be the debut of the band’s electrifying new scream-sing queen Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a 24 hour notice in between shows on the band’s run with Warped Tour in 2012.  Her contributions to the new music have not only re-energized the band but have also allowed them to explore new growth as a cohesive unit. LaPlante comments:

Since the day I joined this band, I’ve been anticipating this album! I was pushed to the limit creatively and technically, and I’ve never been more proud of myself or my bandmates. We’ve been through alot this year, and this is the pay-off; the result of our experiences. Most importantly, I think IWABO fans both old and new will really enjoy these songs, and we can’t wait to play them live for you this summer!

Keep up with the band’s progress in the studio at this location.

Iwrestledabearonce online:

https://www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
http://www.iwrestledabearonce.com/
https://twitter.com/iwabo

Wormrot Confirmed For Extreme Fest

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2012 by Nico Davidson

Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot have been confirmed for this year’s Extreme Fest, which takes place across three days in three countries.

The band, who have also just confirmed a headlining UK tour, will be performing at Extreme Fest in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, joining the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage and more.

Wormrot guitarist Rasyid comments: “This might be the must-go-to festival of the year and with huge names like Exhumed and Cephalic Carnage in the bill, you know there’ll be chaos – and Extreme Fest has given us a chance to play, so we’ve gotta up our fucking game!”

Don’t miss Wormrot on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Jun. 01 – Bath, UK – Green Park Tavern
Jun. 02 – Nottingham, UK – The Old Angel
Jun. 03 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum 2
Jun. 04 – Sunderland, UK – The Borough
Jun. 05 – Glasgow, UK – 13th Note
Jun. 06 – Leeds, UK – The Fox and Newt
Jun. 07 – Manchester, UK – Star and Garter
Jun. 08 – Cardiff, UK – Bogiez
Jun. 09 – London, UK – Unicorn
Jun. 10 – Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit
Jun. 15 – Torgau, Germany – Grind The Nazi Scum Festival
Jun. 30 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air Festival
Jul. 05 – Hünxe, Germany – Extreme Fest Germany
Jul. 06 – Zurich, Switzerland – Extreme Fest Switzerland
Jul. 07 – Salzburg, Austria – Extreme Fest Austria
Jul. 13 – Trutnov, Czech Republic – Obscene Extreme Festival