|Mr Legge - heroic efforts|
on stage and bringing
Assault on T13 despite
How much more effort could have been made to promote this event by T13 as something unique and different? This could have kicked off T13 as a venue for rock and metal gigs.
However, it wasn't despite the best efforts of Mr Legge to get the whole things running well. And, aurally Assault on T13 was a success as six bands took to the stage to lay down sets as if they were playing an arena show in front of thousands.
|Wayne expresss eloquently|
his views on politics
Hardcore/extreme metal Defyed roared throughout their set. Wayne telling tales political wasters, hope in the face of adversity and frustration at the state of the planet and Northern Ireland in particular.
'Spit the Lies' was stand-out track, while Wayne's off-stage stomp warmed many to the band who were unfamiliar with the Defyed challenge to the norm. Ever more willing to take on audiences whenever they can: the band headed off to play another gig that night in the Warzone Centre.
Making the journey from Dublin were Theories Divide, who managed to misplace a bass player along the way....
|Theories Divide with an invisible|
The consensus amongst the hardened hacks and cynics was that we need to get Theories Divide back up here, and with new song 'Reborn' the songwriting care was clear to all.
|Andy enjoys a quiet |
moment with Satan
'Holy Man' Crook' is already known to many, and Andy's devilish grin greeted the applause, as Keith's drums and Anto's bass rolled across while Willie and Andy wove spells that the Dark Lord would have approved of
Readying for the release of their latest ep on Hallowe'en night, Scimitar have been putting their backs to the grinstone in the studio, and releasing themselves on to stage seemed to give them a liberated liveliness.
|Ryan expresses exuberance at|
having the new ep almost done
With 'Act of War' already entrenching the band's base sound the 'Plague In The Vatican' ep should be the next push for the band.
|Beard life support system|
With his wingmen Gerry and Chris, Joe leads with a flourishing determination. Even when the audience - from the oldest to the youngest - are behind every below, every high-pitched scream, every solo, and every roll along the kit, they still shout out 'Us Against Them' as if the forces allied against metal need to be beaten down.
'Defending Two Castles' cassette release has propelled RBOTN to new heights, and the range of gigs and a Bloodstock slot have made the difference. A hairy band of heaviness that is sallying forth from the north.
Review by Jonny (with additional notes from Zakk)
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|Hello from Dublin|
|Is Satan watching?|
|Look to the skies for the Plague in the Vatican|
|Got guitar - gonna play!|