S.O.S. Festival 2015 (Day One)
Bands: Triaxis, Collibus, Obzidian, Amethyst, Vice, Kill or Cure
Venue: Radcliffe Civic Hall, Radcliffe, ManchesterDate: 17 July 2015
more pencils, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks,
it can only mean one, this School's Out For Summer or as we
know it S.O.S. Festival 2015.
the festival now in its 8th year and now expanded
to 3 days, with 27 bands on the main stage and 20 acoustic
sets over the three days, and all for only £15.00 for a
weekend ticket. This works out at around 40p per band,
this is without a doubt, the bargain of the century for
a 2 1/2 hour journey down to Radcliffe checking to the
hotel, a quick wash and brush up and slipping into our glad
rags meant that we arrived as festival openers
Manchester’s Kill or Cure set was just coming to a
close, who by all accounts got the weekend off to a great
the weekend for us didn’t really get started until Bury
locals Vice hit the stage and hit it running, with
their thrashed out guitars and no holds barred old school
metal, as Tom Atkinson, Jack Trelawyny, Simon Robershaw and
Connor Summers powered through a short but impressive set,
with tracks from the current EP and new track ‘Sloth’, a
really ballsy slab of hard edged metal that blew away any
cobwebs I’d had left-over from the journey down.
festival over the past few years has included an acoustic
stage, so while the main stage crew gets things ready for
the next band, there's always plenty of musical delights to
keep you occupied. So first to hit the acoustic stage this
year, sponsored by Metal Nation Radio, were Reverted,
who after a 7 hour journey up from the capital, kept the
rock flowing before Amethyst hit the stage.
Now then, Amethyst hit the stage running and it was plain to see why the band have been chosen for this years Bloodstock Newblood Stage, as like Vice before them, they unleashed the metal from their latest EP 'Acts of Betrayal'.
one of this years festival was brought to an impressive
close by South Wales finest export Triaxis, who
delivered what was to be the finest set's I’ve seen from
the band. Krissie's vocals never sounded better and
the guitars of CJ and Glyn just exploded from the off, while
the powerful rhythm section of Becky and Giles delivered the
perfect foundation for a set of great Metal.
The set kicked off with 'Liberty', the opening track from their latest album 'Zero Hour', as I said before, Krissie’s vocals were just superb and her stage presence was simply awesome, never have I seen her so comfortable and in control.
set continued and it was straight into the excellent ‘Sand
and Silver’, again taken from their 'Zero Hour' album, as
both Glyn and CJ lit up the fret-boards on this one.
The new material kept coming as they ripped through the more
melodic metal of ‘Stand Your Ground’.
was back to the rip-snorting Heavy Metal with the riff laden
‘Terraform’ and the bass driven ‘Victorious’, 'Death
Machine' before unleashing the excellent title track ‘Zero
Hour’, which was where the band really showed us all just
what they can do with this ten minute plus epic. On
album it's just wonderful, but live it's even more
impressive. A complex track full of wonderful
arrangements that ebb and flow and this was for me, the song
of the set.
'Black Trinity' was up next before the band rounded off their set in style, as they put their very on stamp on Rainbows ‘Stargazer’. The crowd just went wild on this one. All in all this performance was no less them phenomenal. The delivery of the songs was stunning and the sound was amazing throughout the whole of their set.
Such was the quality of the set we hardly noticed we’d now entered the early hours of Saturday. With Friday under now wraps I couldn’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend had to offer.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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