Voodoo Blood at Rebellion
Tonight’s show is both a celebration of two years of relentless hard work by the Voodoo Blood’s, the highlight of which must have been winning a slot to play at Bloodstock 2017. It is also a release show for their new song Groove Medicine.
Sadly we missed Silverchild’s set (sorry – work sometimes gets in the way) but according to those we spoke to they delivered another solid set.
Next up were Pulverise of whom I knew nothing but was about to learn a hell of a lot about. This Leeds based band describe themselves as “partycore” which is probably an understatement – partyhardcore would be better, with their own brand of funk-rap-metal. The energy level is insane, whipping the crowd into a frenzy with their Skindred and White Zombie influenced riffs even taking the time to introduce a new song – Fooled You. Great fun, love them as do the crowd, need to see them again.
But tonight is all about Voodoo Blood and the crowd are more than ready to lap up some seriously heavy blues rock. Singer Kim Jennett is owning the stage and like a human dynamo she is using every inch of it to great effect. The music is as solid and as polished as you would expect from them with cuts from their fist EP Bleed permeating their set with both Jet Black and Taste Your Love setting the place alight. Although I understood why they covered Led Zep when they started, do they still need to play Immigrant Song? Maybe it’s me, the crowd love it, what do I know?
The debut of new song Groove Medicine comes next and floors the crowd with it’s funky deep bass intro, my chest reverberates! Ending the set with Bleed, the lead cut from the EP, is the perfect climax – everyone is singing along. The band clearly humbled by the response from those present look almost reluctant to perform an encore; I hoped for a repeat of their latest release, the band delivered a rousing cover of Johnny B Goode instead, interesting.
I must have seen this band over a dozen times in the last couple of years, every one a cast iron performance, delivering on every level. And after what has been witnessed this evening, it cannot be long before Voodoo Blood start their meteoric rise, and well deserved it will be too.