Solitary, Risen Prophecy & more @ Retro Bar
Many metalhead's may have decended upon Donnington Park's muddy fields over the weekend, but here in Manchester Napalm Promotions put on a night of noise for those who hadn't made the pilgrimage
Angry Grandad’s jazz funk extreme metal come across tonight as a bit of a mess. Not helped by the sound, the guitar is so low it sounds like an angry bee trapped in a jar at the right of the stage. At times it works, but just as you start to think ‘I like this bit’ they go somewhere completely different. Despite the problems they still go down well with the packed Retro Bar even the rather vanilla Roots encore cover.
A Clockwork Opera are tonight missing half the band, but admirably play on as a semi-acoustic three piece. For what would be a symphonic metal band the change in format actually works, thanks to some really good songs that don’t sound out of place in their new guise. The middle of their set it taken up by a few covers, which weren’t as good as the band's original material, though.
For a complete change of pace, another 3 piece Aggressive Perfector blast a blistering set of speed thrash. Not the most original material but really good at what they do.
Sunderland’s Risen Prophecy are a tricky beast to pin down, which is not necessarily a bad thing; incorporating elements of power thrash and speed metal. It’s a mix that really does work across their tight energetic set. During the evening the original set times went further and further of course, so it’s a smaller crowd that greets Solitary at this late hour, but for those that stayed they are treated an excellent set of UK thrash. Mixing a couple of a few new tracks in with tracks from their now 21 year history, Solitary are the perfect end to what was an entertaining group of bands.
Words: Ian Cassidy