Sharptooth at Satans Hollow: Live Review
Words & Photos: Anthony Firmin
I’m not sure what time they started but the final strains of Lure In’s last song were exiting the speakers as I arrived, such is the problems with the early starts here at Satans Hollow. There is at least a reasonable crowd and what I gather talking to others is that their metalcore set was excellent... bugger!
Up next are Our Divinity from down the M62 in Liverpool, it also marks the debut for singer Jess Havens. From the opener Remedy she showed no nerves at all and as the band rattled through their poppy rock/metal set which included Paralysis - their last video - and a firing rendition of their debut single Intoxication. The band performed an excellently in front of a growing crowd and Jess did really well too.
Last weekend I interviewed In Depths as part of the Still Sick live stream so I am looking forward to seeing them again in a less sterile environment and they don’t disappoint. Even though the guttural singing isn’t really my thing the band do a stellar job with new singer Callum Smith. From the start with Norma Jean it is clear they are here to make an impression as they perform songs from their first full release Devil In The Deep, the likes of Honey and Heroin making their mark with this crowd.
Between songs drummer Aaron Furnival makes announcements shouting at the crowd (he is sans mic), the passion in his delivery and in his playing is clearly evident, Smith’s vocals are impressive too. Job done.
The headliners are playing the last gig of their First European tour and they are enraged, THEY ARE ENRAGED! US band Sharptooth are technically from Maryland but they grace us with their presence before stepping onto a plane tomorrow. Interestingly the band is supplemented on this this tour by drummer Max Portnoy, son of prog mega drummer Mike Portnoy, a fact I only found out after the show after trying to work out who this brutal skin pounder is! Indeed the whole band are on a mission to destroy, it is a performance that is both edgy and exciting to watch.
Sharptooth sing about mental health, hate crime and rape, subjects which are important to todays youth and the metal community as a whole. Vocalist Lauren Kashan delivers a clear rhetoric between songs, coming across like Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, the passion and self-belief is clear.
Survivors is dedicated to the victims and encouraging them to remain strong whereas Fuck You Donald Trump is especially poignant and needs no explanation. Sharptooth’s activism is important and they deliver it well, it’s great to see this and politics in music, there isn’t enough of it. Personally I can’t wait for their return to these shores, hopefully the wait will not be too long.