Sunday, 6 December 2009

Gig Review: Severenth - Frog & Nightingale, Chester - 05/11/09

Tonight I got invited to a local gig to see a couple of bands I’ve previously only heard on record. Now, I normally don’t bother going to many local pub gigs as it’s very rare to find local talent worth watching, but as it turns out, tonight I was in for a surprise.

First up were Wrexham band Taste the Blood (3) who are proof of why I don’t normally bother going to this sort of gig. Sloppy playing, poorly written songs, a singer who seems to be in the wrong sort of band and a guitarist who wants to be Zakk Wylde (seriously, a BLS shirt, Zakk Custom Gibson and using pinched harmonics every other note do not make you a good guitarist.) Sounding like a bad version of a Black Label Society (no surprise there) / (modern) SOiL hybrid, Taste the Blood should definitely spend a lot more time in their garage practicing before the venture out to subject the general public to their musical styling’s again.

Next up were Arceye (7), a band I’ve heard a lot about and having given their new record a few spins, was very keen to see what they could do live. I was not disappointed. It seems tonight Arceye were in a league of their own. Managing to combine the technical brilliance found on their album with a brutality that can only be witnessed live, as well as a tightness of playing that is rarely found on the pub gig scene, Arceye delivered a knock out set, even if they were limited to a meagre 30 minutes. Definitely a band to watch out for the future, if you get the chance to see them live, take it!

And so, finally, we get to the band that most of the people are here tonight to see: Severenth (5). They seem to keep the crowd entertained, evening getting a mosh pit for the title track from their new album, The Age of Paranoia. For me though, this just doesn’t cut it. The sound is muddy and whilst the lead singer’s screaming is decent enough, his singing leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t deny that there will be those out there who’ll love Severenth’s particular brand of metal and they have a look that could undoubtedly take them far, it’s just not for me.

Overall gig rating: 6/10. For £3 there really wasn’t a lot to complain about here. If you want to check out the bands for yourself you can find them at:
Arceye - Myspace , Facebook
Severenth - Myspace, Facebook

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