Mammothfest Presents: Feed The Rhino + Support
Date: 1st April 2017
Venue: The Green Door Store, Brighton
Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/LukeBatemanPhoto/
This all day event was brought to us by Mammothfest. Each year as Mammothfest is progressing and getting bigger they now have the opportunity to put on all day metal events in the build up to the main event. Feed The Rhino were meant to play Mammothfest 2015 but were unable to perform, so to keep to their word they came back and headlines this all dayer. Unfortunately Pussy Liquor had to pull out so Tension Head were quickly added to the bill.
To kick off the afternoon was Tension Head coming from Weymouth. It was early on in the day so only some people came in to check the band out and see what they were bringing. They had a 90’s grunge sound combined with 00’s alternative rock. It wasn’t really my sort of thing but people definitely enjoyed it.
Following this was a combination of death metal and hardcore from End Of Salvation. The crowd seemed pretty impressed, with some headbanging, they kept the early afternoon alive. 
Continuing through the afternoon was Hawka, a local metal band who clearly took influence from the likes of Hatebreed, Parkway Drive and System of A Down. They managed to keep the crowd hyped up throughout the afternoon, keeping everyone on their toes.
Kicking off the late afternoon/early evening was nu-metal quarter Kickfist from Brighton. These guys had pure energy so it really set a new level for the crowd to keep up with. It was good to see people getting more lively and packing out the room. I’d also livened up by this point, singing all of the lyrics back.
Dorchester’s As Flames Rise were next, playing melodic metalcore. Again, not my sort of thing but I think it’s important to support all live music. These guys drew in quite a crowd, and you could tell by this point that everyone was right where they wanted to be.
Core Of IO was another band from the South Coast, playing tech/progressive rock. They shocked a few people throughout their set with how far they have progressed. Seeing these guys live has made me respect what they do even more.
As we climbed through to the evening, Nottingham metaller’s The Five Hundred were up next. If you haven’t heard of them, think Lamb Of God doing a more metalcore album; a weird mix but it works well, trust me. The place started to get more packed and there was lots of headbanging while the band treated us to some pure metal riffs.
I wasn’t sure what to make of Portsmouth’s Seething Akira prior to their set. As a combination of rap and electronic metal, it wasn’t really my thing but, fuck, they really got the crowd going – it was absolutely mental.
Another Brighton local favourite was Bleed Again. The band are due to hold their release show on May 6th, so this was on of their warm-up shows. Well, they absolutely killed it; people were singing along and a little mosh pit started to flow.
Now getting down to the final two bands; 2nd to last was Brighton’s Magna Carta, who blend Drum and Bass with metal. Steve Dickson, the manager of Mammothfest was playing on bass for them which was pretty awesome. Drinks were flying and a massive mosh pit started to flow but the highlight was definitely seeing Steve killing it on bass.
Last but certainly not least was the headliners Feed The Rhino who I had been waiting to see for a little while. They impressed me and, by the looks of things, a lot of others! The whole room was packed, the crowd was going crazy and the moshpit got bigger and wilder by the minute. Feed The Rhino really brought the action and it was so great to see them live and killing it.
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