Iodine Sky at Academy 3

Iodine Sky at Academy 3

A showcase of local talent at Academy 3 from hardcore to prog to anthemic rock.

Anthony Firmin with his notepad and camera goes on a journey of discovery…

Twin Gates are a young four-piece with an interesting variety of sounds and songs with a new EP to be released imminently. The problem they currently face is that they don’t have a defining sound at the moment, although they are certainly interesting enough to want to keep an eye on them; a tad more stage presence would help to. The band finished off their set with a few bars of Killing In The Name Of… which went down well with the fans they brought along this evening.

I was fortunate enough to have had access to the pre-release of Beta, the new mini-album from Mask Of Bees which ended up on permanent repeat and as a consequence I have a great deal of anticipation for tonight’s show with a sound that is a mash-up of King Crimson and Tool. The singer, “Vocal Bee”, is manic on stage even in his dapper blue suit, but it is the alto-sax from “Sax Bee” that cuts through the mix like a freshly sharpened carving knife, splicing the air and thereby setting this performance on an entirely different level.

The Mask Of Bees are certainly unique this evening, definitely not your run of the mill band or songs, leaving the fragile young minds of the crowd totally devastated by this manically intelligent music.

Apex’s death/hardcore metal with vocals sounding like their singer is chewing concrete is definitely not my cup of tea so it would be easy to be disparaging of them in a Spinal Tap sort of way. They had their own fan club who were enjoying them and they were entertaining to watch. Sorry guys, just not my thang.

The chants from the crowd shows how much of a dedicated following Iodine Sky have and once the bad hit the stage with Eyes Wide Open no-one is disappointed. This is a slick performance and with songs like Rewind they are playing right into the audiences welcoming hands with their detuned anthemic heavy rock.

I saw them in 2013 at SoundControl and was impressed at the time but they have flirted with existence in the intervening years leading to a lack of continuity – only singer remains from that incarnation. Their brand new album Tight will hopefully see them take a more consistent road in the future. Tonights performance is tight with Tides and set closer Broken Cross going down well.

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