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Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Bloodstock warm up with Blackdown and Vulgate at The Carlisle, Hastings, Saturday 4th August

Words and photos: Antony Roberts

 

Savage Messiah are playing Bloodstock this coming weekend and so they pulled out all the stops to play a warm up gig in guitarist Joff's hometown of Hastings.

 

First band up were local thrashers Vulgate.  Their vocal style reminded me at times of a cross between Venom and Kreator.  It bordered on old school death growls whilst retaining that raspyness of their German contempories, and the music has elements of classic early Testament and Exodus.  They have a stage confidence which surpasses their young age, and their take on classic speed metal manages to inject technicality without sacrificing the songs themselves.  This is something I wish more bands were capable of doing.  Just because you can play fast doesn't mean you shouldn't learn to write a song!  With the skills of said guitarist they even took on and did justice to Death's "Lack Of Comprehension", definitely a band to watch out for.

SETLIST:

The Sickening Fanatical Mind

Sea Of Stars

Lack Of Comprehension (Death cover)

Light In The Sky

Waters Of Judgement


Vulgate band page on metalgigs

Vulgate Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Vulgate Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Vulgate Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Vulgate Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Vulgate Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Second support was another local act, Blackdown.  Slowing things down to a more traditional heavy rock vibe but again the technicality was there, as lead guitarist Alex 'flash' Bolt showed off his shredding skills, with pitch harmonics a plenty and a guitar sound very reminiscent of Zack Wylde.  Whilst the majority of their set was filled with groove filled rock hooks, they slowed things down for song "Th13teen Coils", self proclaimed as "The only chilled song you'll hear tonight", giving female vocalist Kate Maunsell an opportunity to show off her powerful voice.  Drawing in an ever packed crowd closer "Blame Train" seemed a local favourite with the crowd singing along finishing off the set.

 

SETLIST:

Warface

 Machiavellian Games

Vigilante

Th13teen Coils

Cowboy Way (Hell yeah cover)

Blame Train

 

Blackdown band page on metalgigs

Blackdown Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Blackdown Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up Blackdown Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Blackdown Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Headliners Savage Messiah seem to be blowing up right now.  Support slots on the recent Evile tour, a headline tour with Diamond Plate and now a show this coming Saturday at Bloodstock festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage.  All this touring has paid dividends, they are a shockingly tight band through their entire set.  With a backdrop and side banners mounted on the stage, Savage Messiah also bought with them the monster of all backlines, I heard it took 9 people just to carry the mixing desk up the stairs.  With speakers stacked towards the ceiling they reveal themselves from behind the banners as the intro music finishes and tear straight into "The Accuser".  Bass player Stefano Selvatico walks out and stands there beaming away fist raised to the crowd whilst guitarist Joff Bailey and singer Dave Silver go straight into full on head banging mode. 

The first two thirds of their set is made up with tracks from their most recent album "Plague of Conscience" , and it's not till after "In Thought Alone", that they then announce they're "going back to an album we did in 2009", and launch into "Silent Empire" from debut album "Insurrection Rising".  The bulk of the remaining set is made up with songs from the debut album.  The technicality of the first few bands were just a warm up to Savage Messiah, guitarist Joff Bailey can play, this is after all a guitarist who made it into the top 15 finalists for Dean guitars 2008 world shredder of the year competition.  They manage to combine his intricate solos with blisteringly fast thrash with enough catchiness to have you humming along without bordering on the commercial.  This is just straight up fast metal music to bang your fist and head to, which is pretty much what the crowd did for their entire set.  Make sure to catch them at Bloodstock this weekend, i'm sure they'll be some pretty big pits opening up in the Sophie Lancaster tent for them.

 

SETLIST:

The Accuser

Plague Of Conscience

All Seeing I

Six Feet Under The Gun

Shadowbound

Architects of Fear

In Thought Alone

Silent Empire

crowd jam/Heaven and Hell/Black Cat/Enemy Image

He Who Laughs Last

Carnival Of Souls

Insurrection Rising

Serpent's Tongue

Servant To Your Death

 

Savage Messiah band page on metalgigs

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah Carlisle Hastings 4th august 2012 live review bloodstock warm up

Savage Messiah play the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Festival at 11.50 a.m. on Saturday 11th August.  For more info and tickets check out the Bloodstock website.

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