Beyond Salvation EP Lauch at Satans Hollow: Live Review
Words and Photos: Anthony Firmin
With set times as tight as the Chancellor of the Exchequer this is going to be a fast paced evening with two-piece Sour Tusk opening up. It takes a cover for the band to finally hit their stride and get the audience on their side, Electric Six’s Gay Bar doing the trick nicely. A tribute to Mötorhead goes down well too, but sadly it was not quite enough to convince me. Sorry.
Next up are Portrayal Of Ruinn, some of whom look too young to be in here, or am I too old? Who cares because they deliver a lesson in exciting, energetic metal hitting the nail on the head with every song. It is both exhilarating to watch and intoxicating to listen to. Their penultimate song shows they have a classy side to them as vocalist Calvin Fayle clambers up on the railings connecting with the crowd as bassist Tom Fisher goes for a walk amongst the clutch of supporters they have brought with them. It is inspiring stuff, oh to be young and foolish again.
It has been a while since we last saw “supergroup” Frozen In Shadows, probably at one of their first ever gigs, and they now have a new bass player in the form of a shirtless Beardy Dan of Amethyst (they need to pay him more – the poor lad needs clothes). One thing is clearly obvious in that how tight they have become (musically, not monetarily) compared to six or so months ago. The songs, like a fine bottle of red wine, have matured nicely and the twin guitars of Chris and Kyle are impressive to hear. Russ singing without his trademark dayglo tutu is just wrong though, on every level!
The evening, of course, belongs to Beyond Salvation as they celebrate and launch their new EP, Scarbearer, a release that has seen them consolidate as a band and solidify as a writing collective.
Opening with their 2017 release Betrayer the band set the scene for the rest of their set and continue with a four song salvo from their latest release, a set of songs that has seen them mature considerably. The way Dead To Me moves in tempo and rebuilds really gets to me; the title track Scarbearer is brutal and unrelentling, in fact the whole set is ferocious.
The Iron Maiden influenced Turning Point from 2016’s Ascension EP was an interesting inclusion before the band finish with the last track on their latest EP, Downfall. No one is left in any doubt by this superb performance and hopefully we will be seeing them again soon on the Manchester metal circuit.
Special thanks are due to John Badger of Badgerfest Promotions for organising another stellar event.