Festival 2015 (Day Three)
Bands: Furyon, Tyson Dog, Skarlett Riot, Knock Out Kaine, Ten By Ten, Black Whiskey, Sansara, Chasing Dragons, Sister Rose
Venue: Radcliffe Civic Hall, Radcliffe, ManchesterDate: 19 July 2015
three of this years SOS Festival was another late start
after another early hours finish last night and a storming
set by Blaze. Day 3 had a lot to live up to, but fear
not, the days rocking kicked off for us with Bolton’s Sister
Rose, a straight up Melodic Rock band let by frontman
Chris Berry who blew away the cobwebs of Sunday afternoon
with opener The Devils Hand’.
band might have been playing early on but gave it their all
with set highlights for me being old school hard rocker
‘Shame on You’ and set closer the oddly titled ‘Shake
Your Snake’. A real ballsy, no nonsense rocker that
ended a short but impressive set.
Definitely a band I would check out again if they were
playing a pub near me.
Definitely a band I would check out again if they were playing a pub near me.
each year SOS brings us some of the best underground talent
around and 2015 was no different, yesterday The Amorettes
were the find of Saturday and Sunday it was Leeds based Chasing
Dragons, another female fronted band on this year’s
festival that gave the guys a run for their money.
by the not so girly named Tank, the band delivered a sound
that mixed all the angst of Punk with equal parts Hard and
it comes to kick-ass rock n' roll this weekend Chasing
Dragons gave it some, as they powered through an impressive
six song set, with Tanks powerful but equally melodic tones
the main focus. The band set out their stall early and
rampaged through the set with the likes of 'Throw Down Your
King', with its soaring guitars courtesy of Mitch and the
powerhouse rhythm section of Murf on bass and the skin
pounding force that is Kate.
highlights of the set had to be ‘For The Sake Of
Murder’, a bass ridden monster and set closer and single.
'Broken Jaws’, a real heavy slab of Alt Rock to round off
one of the sets of the day. Definitely one of our favourite
bands of the weekend.
up was Bournemouth’s Sansara, again a band that
mixed Traditional and Alternative Rock with a modern grungy
edge, think Pearl Jam with balls.
by Tom Sawyer the band delivered as solid set with the likes
of the excellent ‘Pacify’ and the storming
‘Stronger’, before rounding things off with a grungy
fused version of the Motorhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’,
which worked really well. Who’d have thought it.
next were a band who impressed with their album 'Heavy
Train' were Classic Rockers Black Whiskey, led by
former Xentrix and Hellfighter vocalist Simon Gordon.
set kicked off in impressive style with ‘Idol Rich’ from
their storming 'Heavy Train 'album, then it was straight
into the rocking ’All Seeing Eye’, before the excellent
‘Devil Rides’. A song that ... “grooved like
bastard” ... according to Gordon and he wasn’t wrong.
classic rock just kept on coming as the band rocked it up a
notch or two with the stunning ‘Stone Cold Comfort’ and
the bluesy undertones of ‘Hungry for Bullets’, the
latter being one of my favourite tracks from 'Heavy Train'.
tempo was brought down just a touch with the laid back 'The
before it was brought back up in spades with the funk
filled ‘Tie It Down’. This excellent set was
rounded off with the title track off the 'Heavy Train'
album, a real gusty rocker to finish off a great set.
If you're into Classic Rock then check out 'Heavy Train',
it’s a corker and live the songs are even better.
almost horse from singing along to Black Whiskey is was off
to the bar then to the food bar for some much needed
nourishment this meant we missed Ten by Ten,
but we would be back in time for Sleaze Rockers Knock
before the band hit the stage it was to the acoustic stage
as young Sam Tout had his ponytail cut by Luke Appleton for
charity. Sammy had been growing his hair long since he
was five and the money raised came to over £800.00 today
and was going to the Princess Trust, who provide wigs from
children who recover from cancer treatment and Sammy’s
hair is going to be used to make a wig too.
don’t know who was more worried Chris Appleton comparing
or young Sammy, but £800.00
was a great total for a very worthy cause.
to the main stage on one of the bands of the weekend for
many Lincoln’s Knock Out Kaine, led by frontman
Dean Foxx, who had the moves of Steve Tyler and the vocals
of Taime Downe, aided and abetted by the guitars of Jim
Bohemian and the sleazy rhythm section of Danny Krash on
drums and Lee Byrne on bass.
bands set was split between their two albums, their debut
'House of Sins' and their latest opus 'Rise of the Electric
Jester', opening up the set with latest single '16 Grams of
the off it was clear Foxx displays his influences on his
sleeve, as he moved like Tyler with that trade mark swagger,
donned in reflective Aviator sunglasses.
Aerosmith styling didn’t end with Foxx’s looks, the band
had that 70’s groove down to a T, with 'Skinstar' the
first track from the 'House of Sins' album.
was back to the Sunset Strip inspired sleaze with the
excellent ‘Set The Night On Fire’, again from House of
Sin', then it was back to the new album for thumping
'Cascading', as the band threw a little melodic rock into
the mix with this one, as Foxx donned an acoustic guitar for
the big finish.
kept the acoustic guitar strapped on for the funk filled
‘Backstreet Romeo’, before returning to the melodic hard
rock with ‘Flying Blind’, then turning it up a gear or
two with the excellent ‘Ain't Your Kind’.
The set was sounded off with ‘Little Crystal’, again from 'House of Sins’. A fitting end to what was another great set of Day 3. But this wasn’t the end of Foxx and the boys as they would step in later for and impromptu acoustic set but more of that later.
last of the female bands on the main stage was one Skarlett
Riot, a band that I’ve seen on a number of occasions
and they always deliver and today was no exception.
got underway with ‘Divide Us’ from the bands latest EP
'We Are The Brave’ and instantly they showed why they are
one of the hottest properties around the scene at the
moment. With Skarlett they have a powerhouse vocalist
and a mean guitar player, with Danny they have power driven
lead guitars, add to that Martin’s pounding bass lines and
Luke’s tremendous stick stills and combined you have one
hell of a band.
impressive set continued with the raucous grinding riffs
laden ‘Wake Up’ again from then new EP, before the first
track of their last album 'Tear Me Down', the superb
‘Villain’, with Skarlett’s powerful vocals dominating
this angsty rocker.
driven rock continued with the excellent ‘Faded Memory’,
with a monster bass line from Martin driving this one, then
it time for ‘Cascade’, with Luke delivering one hell of
display of power on drums on this one.
sheer power and angst new eased one iota as the band kept
the high-octane rock going with ‘Are You Alive’ and the
superb ‘Rising’, before rounding off another great set
in style with ‘Tear Me Down’.
With the band on tour later this year with The Ravens Age, this in one show I’d highly recommend, because this band has the talent to be one of the biggest bands around.
up where the second of the NWOBHM on this years bill the
water has passed under the bridge since Clutch and the guys
first unleashed they metal might with their debut album 'Beware of the Dog', and Clutch’s vocals may sound a touch
raspier, but this dog certainly hasn’t lost any of it bite.
up the full on Metal assault with ‘Blood Money’ it was
clear was hear the band were here to show their teeth, with their twin guitar
Priestesque Heavy Metal.
set continued at a ferocious pace with ‘Into The Void’,
the first of the tracks from the bands new album 'Cry Havok',
before the metal anthem ‘Don’t Let The Bastard’s Grind
You Down’ from their second album. The track may be nearly
30 years old, but the sentiment behind it still holds strong
today for many metalheads.
new albums title track was next ‘Cry Havok’ again shows
the band still has chops to deliver great old school Heavy
Metal and with newest member Steve Morrison on guitars
throwing out the licks like a bad-ass, along with Paul Burdis.
time to roll things back a couple of years to their 2012
comeback EP 'Hammerhead' for the title track, and thumping
was back to the new album for ‘Shadow of the Beast’,
another full on Metal assault, before rolling back the years
once more to their second album 'Crimes of Insanity' for the
riff spewn metal thunder of ‘Taste The Hate’.
There was a little confusion as the band set was due to close with 'Taste The Hate', but the band had to their surprise two more songs, so they the brought out the big guns with ‘The Machine’ and The Inquisitor’ to round off a mammoth metal assault on the senses.
during Tysondog’s we were informed that headliners Furyon
were stuck in traffic and were running late and wouldn’t
meet their allotted time slot, this was confirmed by Chris
Appleton so it was time for that impromtu acoustic set by Knock
out Kaine, and with guitarist Jim have to leave for an
acting audition in stepped Chris to fill the void.
set was more of jam session as unplanned at it was Chris was
unfamiliar with and of the Knock out Kaine songs, but he
still managed to run through a great version of Backstreet
Romeo with Dean and the boys.
threw in some classic covers and Dean’s banter kept the
crowd clued to the small acoustic stage, after a the band
remaining themselves Knock of Kaine the rounded things off
with their version of the Skynards Freebird, don’t be
surprised is Knock Out Kaine appear on next years bill
either main stage or acoustic.
ten hours on the motorway in the blister heat of summer can
wilt a band but headliner’s Furyon finally hit the
stage and boy did they deliver the goods and those who hung
around to see them saw them give one of the best shows
I’ve seen from the band.
the off Matt Mitchell gave one of his purest vocal
performances whether is was pent up road rage or just relief
at finally being stage but he hit the ground running as the
band opened up with Disappear Again’.
was straight shooting rock all the way as the ripped through
Lost Salvation and Wasted, before going for the jugular big
style with ‘Souvenirs’ and the thumper ‘Don’t Follow
as the band showed their edge with the latter, with Mitchell
powerhouse vocals filling the hall.
crowd might not have been the biggest of the 3 days but this
didn’t matter as those present showed they had the vocal
might of an arena crowd cheering every song.
The set continued to impress the recent single the modern edgy rocker ‘These Four Walls’, then returning to a more darker with ‘Fear Alone’ with new bassist ? shows this metal on this one.
band were no running at full speed as they unleashed Stand
Like Stone but then put on the brakes for a moment with the
more melodic tones of ‘Our Peace Someday.
was a quick bass and drum solo that led nicely into the hard
hitting dark ‘Scapegoat’ then it back to the more
melodic metal with the superb ‘All That I Have’ then
rockin out in style with or shout I say Kicking Out The Jam
with Voodoo Me.
set was rounded of with what else but a cover of the AC/DC
classic ‘Highway to Hell’ a fitting end to what must
have been a nightmare drive to a gig, ten hours on the road
the straight up on stage, but boy did the boys do good
definitely worth hanging around for.
rounded off another great SOS Festival, so it only leaves me
to thank Mark and Lynne, Bart and Ela who did a wonderful
job on the sound, Chris and Martin did a great job
comparing, Colin in charge of the acoustic stage. All the
backstage crew and all the bar staff.
See you all next year \m/ \m/
Review by: Barry McMinn
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