Festival Report – Brutal Assault, 7-10 August, Jaromeř, Czech Republic,

Okay guys, this is going to be a long one. It’s mostly going to be a list of bands I saw at Brutal Assault last week, brief reviews of their sets, and assorted observations about the festival and the Czech Republic. If you’re not fully sure what grindcore is or how it’s different to death metal, you may want to skip this one.

Or better yet, keep reading! Every day is a school day!

If you want to skip ahead to the bits where I say nice things, the highlights for me were: Carcass, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Ihsahn, In Flames, and Meshuggah; and standout new discoveries were Alcest, Dr. Living Dead, Leprous, and War from a Harlot’s Mouth. Continue reading


Gig Report: Lamb of God and Sylosis, Jun 13th, The Academy

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this gig; I hadn’t listened to Lamb of God in about five years, though I liked them back then. I had no idea who the support act were; the first time I ever heard of Sylosis was when I saw their t-shirts in the merch booth.

For a warm-up act, Sylosis were extremely well-received. A four-piece British band delivering technically impressive, engaging and entertaining melodic death metal. Definitely a band I intend to check out in the future. The six-song set was a little shorter than I would have liked, but otherwise my only criticism is how the singer kept urging the audience to start a circle pit. People start pits because they’re getting into the music, you shouldn’t have to tell them, and besides, circle pits are stupid. Unfortunately when I went down to get a Sylosis t-shirt after their set, the only available sizes were in XL and XS – hopefully a sign that they had a good reception at the previous night’s gig opening for Lamb of God in Belfast.

If Sylosis were well-received, Lamb of God were welcomed to the stage with near-rapturous applause. Continue reading