Free gigs are always a win, they’re a great way to discover new bands on the cheap. Even if the bands are terrible you still saved money on the ticket. But tonight none of the bands were terrible, far from it actually.
Savage Realm were an absolute sick start to the show. Their death metal meets hardcore was a solid start to the night with some of the riffs sounding pure evil, I’m sure if Entombed were in the audience they’d be clapping along. Despite the set being way too short, Savage Realm were brilliant.
This was my third time seeing Dysteria, but as always they were excellent. Raging against colonial atrocity, they set the Unicorn on fire. A short attack to the nerve before finishing the set, Dysteria were everything a hardocre punk band should be: aggressive and fast with meaningful lyrics. There needs to be more bands like them.
Germany’s Sickmark were excellent. Their UK tour started on the right foot with this performance, an aggressive riff-laden affair that opened the mosh pit. Another short set but not overlong, an astonishing display of powerviolence that is essential listening for fans of the genre.
Man Hands are always a blast live; ridiculously fun hardcore made by four dudes who love playing together. Man Hands kick so much arse, they deserve to be doing this for a living. Frontman John was in fine form as usual, wearing a suit and sunglasses as he strutted his stuff on stage. Man Hands are back for good and I am glad for it, the word needs more good time punk bands like them ASAP.
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