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SOIL, FOZZY, BREED 77, VILLAINS
Underground, Stoke, 27 November 2012
a rather special night as I get to see one of my favourite bands, Soil.
saw them back in 2002 when with the original line up they were finally
having success and getting recognition after releasing "Halo" from the
awesome "Scars" album.
year we have seen them in their various guises but in my opinion Ryan
McCombs is back where he belongs - fronting Soil.
the UK leg of their current tour and is all part of Re-Liv-Ing the Scars
Album and also a build-up to the new album next
The night started off with Essex based band Villains who in their
own right were very good but their music was in a different vein that
the rest of the bands. They did a good set to a crowd that were
obviously waiting for the main bands to come on but were still
appreciative to them.
1996 by Paul Isola, Danny Felice, and Stuart Cavilla Breed 77
have a distiinctive sound that blends metal with flamenco. You know
going to be special when you see a flamenco guitar set up on stage for
a metal band.
heard various tracks from these guys over the years but have never seen
them live. We got a great set full of energy and the strobe lighting
really suited the music and added to the whole set.
definitely not letting their billing position detract from
their performance and they gave it their all.
know what to expect from Fozzy; when someone says that a WWE
wrestler, Chris Jericho, is in the band you instantly have second
thoughts. But completely unfounded.
stormed on stage and and straight in to "Spider In My Mouth". From the
first song it was clear to see that the crowd were into this band.
rolled throught the set which also had a cover of "Eat The Rich", the
crowd were really getting into them and the band were interacting and at
one stage guitarist Rich Ward was lying on the first few rows of the
crowd. I will be seeing these guys again and investigating their
Spider In My mouth (Sin And Bones)/ Sandpaper (Sin And Bones)/ Eat the
Rich(Krokus original)/ She's my Addiction (Sin And Bones)/ God Pounds
His Nails (Chasing The Grail)/ Whitechapel/To Kill (Happenstance)/
Martyr No More (Chasing The Grail)/ Sin And Bones (Sin And Bones)/ Enemy
(All That Remains)/ Blood Happens (Sin And Bones)
Fozzy wasn't going to be an easy task as they raised the roof and got the
crowd up into the zone but as Soil came out a huge cheer erupted
as they launched into "Breaking Me Down" and it was clear we were in for
a night of their finest music.
Ryan was on form and was up face to face
with the crowd giving it his all. His vocals were as good as ever, clear
and raspy at the same time.
As the set
continued we were treated to songs off Scars and Redefine and even a
track from Ryan's time with Drowning Pool "37 Stitches".
one of the new songs and was - to my ears - Soil
back to their very best and it bodes well for the next album.
set concluded with "Halo", the pit was going and we all sang what would
be their anthem song. I still remember the first time I saw and heard
the video to this way back in 2001 and it still sounded as fresh and
mental as it did then. Ryan did his usual jaunt into the moshpit and all
you could see was his mike stand occasionally apearing above the heads
from the pit.
We were due
an encore of "Black Betty" but as I found out afterwards the bands on
the night were all a bit disappointed with the venue facilities so maybe
this put a bit of a downer on the evening, who knows, but the actual
performances were all top notch.
footnote Soil are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise
production funds for their new album, if you like their music and want
to be part of what sounds like being
an awesome album then go to their webpage
and follow the Kickstarted link.
Note to the
band: please play some stuff off the album "Thottle Junkies"; "F-Hole"
or "Hello Again" would do very nicely.
The Underground as a venue is very good and gives a personal and
up-close show. The sound on the night was pretty damm good and was clear
suits the band but the stage was so dark and backlit except for a huge,
blinding strobe. As a photograper it's possibly the worst lighting you
can get to work with. Overall though a worthwhile venue for a gig.
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