Preview: Orthodöx Launch Night
Now, I’m a miserable fucker. If you said the words ‘club night’ to me, I’d have instantly thought of glow sticks, girls who put their Tango sponsored make-up on with a spade and, most importantly, shite music. But Rebellion has taught me that not all club nights are horrendous, and the venue has always done them brilliantly. Now they return with Orthodöx night focused on the extreme end of the metal spectrum with no real gimmicks; just good music and good people.
“Orthodöx is a new, sporadic 'proper metal' night coming to Rebellion with the first event taking place on Friday September 2nd,” explains Rebellion Events Manager Eytan. “The clue is in the name and the logo; 'orthodox' because we're aiming to cater to fans of traditional and extreme styles of metal with a little bit of crossover here and there.”
The night is preceded by live music from three excellent bands with “solid as fuck wall-to-wall riffs.” Headliners Bastard of the Skies sound like a slower but by no means less punishing High On Fire. Norweigen act Kal-El get their name from Krypton’s most famous native and bring a touch of cosmic vivacity to their miserable musical bludgeoning while Bradford band Ironrat fuse punk and stoner together with exciting results; high tempos and high velocity sounds in a raw, pissed-off package.
The gig and the club night are both free entry.
“People should get down early because it's quality live music at Manchester's biggest and best rock/metal venue,” Eytan continues, “buy merch if you can!”
Expect to hear a variety of metal, from Anthrax and Bathory to White Zombie and Xentrix via Lamb of God, Kvelertak, Lizzy Borden, Raging Speedhorn, Sepultura, Testament, Type O Negative, Warlock (of course) and...Acid Bath?
“Acid Bath are one of the most underrated bands in metal ever and only starting to get wider recognition now. In the UK a decade ago, most metalheads I knew had never heard of them and now I see their merch quite often at gigs and festivals. Besides, I've played Acid Bath at nights several times and never had a complaint.”
That, right there, is exactly the point of this club night: To celebrate the obscure, and hail its underrated mastery in a killer venue that always boasts the most welcoming and homeliest of atmospheres.
And so, what sort of things can we expect to see at the club night?
"Topless headbanging, air guitar on the stage, lots of band patches, people walking around with a pint in one hand and a bottle of Buckfast in the other, a few spilled drinks... The usual at a metal night at Rebellion but set to harder, darker soundtrack: The thing that brought us all together in the first place."
September 2nd, 7pm, get your arses down.
Words: Phil Weller
Bastard of the Skies: 21:50 - 22:50