18th October 2012
Review by James Meakin
This is Hardcore; a sweaty, seething, chaotic room where the only difference between the people on the stage and the people coming off it are the fact that they happen to have instruments. People have come from around the world purely for this show with a substantial amount of German Hardcore followers sleeping on floors and going hungry to see the show.
Manchester’s Broken teeth kick off the short three band show with their fast northern beatdown Hardcore.
The violent dancing commences fists and feet flying in a brutal physical display in the middle of the room.
Their music is harsh and loose holding itself together by the tendons.
The venue is still filling up for the Broken Teeth set and the space in the centre of the room needs no encouragement to start proceedings. Their set is extremely heavy and typical beatdown heavy Hardcore; largely enjoyed but unfortunately extremely forgettable. [2/5]
Brutality Will Prevail have a slightly more atypical approach to the Hardcore scene, their beatdown segments of their songs are a little more fleshed out and fully realised than that of the openers.
Vocalist Ajay appears onstage hood up and mic in hand and incites a near riot atmosphere in the iconic underworld. The Path is eaten up by the tattooed masses kicking seven bells from each other in the pit. This particular Brutality Will Prevail exhibition indicates everything one needs to know about Hardcore.
Despite their almost formulaic song writing the negative, violent show is one that seethes positivity and togetherness.[3/5]
Terror have been around for a very long time and in that time built a devout following.
The crowd pack the venue from wall to wall; hanging from the PA and tearing the banisters from the stairs. Vocalist Scott Vogel incites a seemingly never ending tidal wave of crowd surfers and stage divers all clamouring to reach the microphone.
Their show is great but Vogel’s extended speeches about the state of the Hardcore scene, bands with fringes and scene violence seem to occur every other song and last just long enough to ruin any kind of momentum the band created with their epically heavy riffs.
The gang vocals shred the front rows vocal chords and the breakdowns put the skills of even the most acrobatic members of the pit to the test. It’s a good show, songs like Spit My Rage and the classic Lowest of the Low are great but Hardcore really is a way of life and an acquired taste that really needs to be felt to be really enjoyed.
The sheer spectacle of what happens at a show like this means it is something that everyone should experience at least once. [4/5]