Black Moth at Rebellion, Manchester
Words: Anne Estella | Photos: Anthony Firmin
When Leeds-based five-piece Black Moth came to Rebellion Manchester they didn’t just bring one support act with them, they brought three!
The evening kicked off with Over The Influence. Hailing from Northampton, this young, hard-hitting rock n’ roll band fronted by singer Bex Holland, lit up the stage with their big sound and vibrant energy. Playing a seven-song set, the band warmed up the audience with bruising riffs, melodic hooks and catchy choruses.
Impressive and engaging, Bex had everyone moshing and singing along in no time at all. The super talented line-up included James Evans and Jake Phelps on guitars, Phoebe Davis on bass and Adam Hogg on drums. With the imminent release of their debut EP, Over The Influence performed a thoroughly enjoyable, cohesive set and were a real joy to watch.
Keeping the energy levels sky-high were Oxford-based four-piece Hell’s Gazelles, who are also releasing an EP later this year. No sooner had natural-born showman Cole Bryant set foot on the stage, he’d jumped off and disappeared into the crowd like a Whippet! With the vocals of Rob Halford and the moves of Freddy Mercury, I was transfixed. What a range – those high notes! It wasn’t long before Bryant’s shirt came off and the fist-pumping began in earnest, with plenty of audience interaction to boot.
This band has it all – with Nath Digman on guitar, Rik Ridemark on bass and Luke Evans on drums, Hell’s Gazelles emerged as a veritable powerhouse and gave an outstanding, tight, kickass performance. I can honestly say that I had a stupid big smile on my face throughout their entire set and I’ll be amazed if Hell’s Gazelles aren’t headlining very soon.
Bringing their brutally aggressive brand of heavy metal to Rebellion, four-piece doom metal merchants Grave Lines amped up the volume and played to an audience in which they clearly had many devoted fans.
Vocalist Jake Harding was suitably forceful and intense, as if in emotional turmoil. His angry growling vocals were passionate and steeped in malevolence. Thunderous power chords were abundantly supplied by Oli on guitar and Matt on bass, who were a force to be reckoned with, whilst Julia Owens was exceptional on drums, often driving the music in unexpected directions. Recently signed to New Heavy Sounds, Grave Lines are due to release a new album later this year as a follow up their 2016 record, Welcome to Nothing.
Leeds-based headliners Black Moth, comprising Harriet Hyde on vocals, Jim Swainston and Federica Gialanze on guitars, Dave Vachon on bass and Dom McCready on drums, were warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic turnout.
The band played a mixture of songs from their existing albums as well as tracks from their forthcoming third studio album, Anatomical Venus, which is due for release on 2nd March.
Owning the stage, Black Moth delighted fans with a tremendous set, one of the highlights of which was Looner.
It was during this song that a stream of black balloons was unleashed into the crowd, heightening the jovial mood. New single, Sisters Of The Stone, was dedicated by Hyde to all the females in the audience and was written in honour of strong women everywhere.
On that note, I think it worth mentioning how uplifting it was to see so many immensely talented women at the forefront of the current British rock and metal scene – something not witnessed often enough in years gone by and definitely deserving of plaudits.