While many people will be celebrating Bonfire Night in London by watching fireworks go off, 500 lucky people will be crammed into the Camden Underworld to watch a rare UK appearance by California’s Nails. The powerviolence quartet will be headlining the Underworld fresh from Damnation, but before they take the stage there is a matter of the support.
After seeing Harrowed open for Deadwound in London, I was blown away by their performance. A tight, manic set of hardcore punk featuring big riffs and a vibe perfect for smashing your mates about with. Harrowed are legends in the south for their lively and powerful sets, the show with Nails is a perfect chance to convert more to the cause.
Currently riding high on the success of their debut album Debt out on cult UK label Holy Roar Records, Plymouth’s Helpless are aiming for the big time. Their unhinged, rampant mix of metal, punk and grindcore has earned their latest effort rave reviews from fans and critics alike. In 21minutes 40 they have achieved more than some bands do over multiple EPs. Helpless were excellent at last year’s Holy Roar Records anniversary show, hopefully they’ll be again on Sunday.
Nails trajectory has shot right up after the release of You Will Never Be One of Us, a Slayer influenced mix of grindcore, thrash metal and powerviolence which ended up on multiple end of year lists including my own. Nails are one of the most dangerous live acts touring today and the sold out Underworld is going to get messy. With Todd Jones’ commanding stage presence, Nails are a band to watch.