Chop Suey, Killswitch UK plus support.
Date: 11th March 2017
Venue: The Green Door Store, Brighton
Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/LukeBatemanPhoto/
This all day event was brought to us by Brighton Metal Collective; four promoters who have come together to put on some of the biggest local bands to create more attention for the local metal scene. This is the first time this has ever happened and after the show I witness, hopefully it’s going to happen more in the future.
Kicking off the afternoon was Leeds based Buzzkill, playing a blend of classic rock n roll and garage rock. The band played a strong set and you could see the crowd slowly getting into to it. It was relatively early in the day so we weren’t expecting mayhem, compared to what was expected from the evening, but Buzzkill warmed up the event well.
Following this was Brighton’s hardcore punk band Negative Measures. These guys are known for playing classic punk and blending it with modern hardcore; the sort of show where you can expect the singer to be in-your-face and the crowd to be well and truly warming up. Negative Measures exceeded these expectations with lots of headbanging from the crowd.
Continuing through the late afternoon/early evening was Angron; a band playing traditional death metal, so if you loved that kinda thing, you were in for a real treat. With epic riffs and intense solos, Angron kept the crowd on their toes ready for the evening fun.
Gomorrah were on next – the 6 piece from down south, playing heavy deathcore. By this point, the crowd was getting more amped up. Unfortunately I didn’t see a lot of people in for their set but there was enough of a crowd to make it lively. Fan favourite ‘Keeper‘ kept people moving.
What followed next surprised me. The guitarist of Emersis came outside and said “finish your ciggies and come see our set!” so in everyone went to see what they had in store. Emersis played old school hard rock and metal which was the perfect mix to bring out the liveliness in this crowd.
Next up was Operation Kino from Brighton, playing heavy, in-your face-punk. By this point, people were definitely on their feet and going bat shit crazy; a good set from the Brighton lads.
Exeter metal Act Kill All The Gentleman had a set which blew people away; the crowd were headbanging and enjoying the flow of their set. These guys are set to go on tour with death metal/grindcore legends Napalm Death so everyone should keep an eye out for that!
Next was Brighton’s favourite crazy, punk, horror act Hell Puppets. This was my tenth time seeing these guys and just when I think they can’t get any better, they out do themselves. With favourites like ‘Pain‘ and ‘From Hell‘ that started the mosh pits and the flying of drinks, this was a killer set as always.
So it came to the last two bands of the night, the two headline acts. On first was the second headliner Killswitch UK, a tribute band to Killswitch Engage who play old and new favourites like ‘My Last Serenade‘ and ‘In Due Time‘ which got the crowd headbanging.
Last but certainly not least, it came down to the end of the night where the final act and first headliner Chop Suey took to the stage; a tribute band to System Of A Down. God this was a great show – I was standing on the ledge so I got an aerial view of the mosh pit while the band played all of the classics (far too many to name) and they even started a wall of death which was fuckin’ mental; a perfect end to the night.
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