It here at last and I’ve been waiting for this since September last year. Originally put by nozi who had put on some of the best gigs i went to in Manchester in 2017 . Now put on by stone baked who put on the belting sniff the riff fest last year at the rebellion. So it safe to say it still in good hand. Its my second trip to Manchester this week . The breadshed Another new venue for me .
APF records is a newish label based in Salford and has some of the best underground uk bands around on its rota.
check out and like their facebook page remember if it was not for these people we wouldn’t have the scene we have here in the uk.
The venue is up by the university across. from the deaf Institute .
I arrived at the venue about time for the doors to open . You get to the venue through the pub flour and flagon. As I enter the Breadshed I’m surprised by the size of it was not expecting it to be so big . As I was waiting for the first band to come on the owner of AFP records came over and said hi . As we spoke a few times on Facebook . Which i thought was a nice thing to do and what a cool fella.
wizards of delights
What a band to start the day off. Big sound bigger riff and energetic front man and very catchy songs . The 70s influence comes flooding out from deep purple ,black sabbath, led Zeppelin and hawkwind .
we move to the second stage for the next band. Tronald is a side project that has a different vocalist on each song . (the vocalists from the hyena kill ,mower,boss keloid,under and riggots ) all got up to do their song . They even threw in a couple of covers crazy horses the Osmonds and thrash zone by d.r.i . I love the ep and now I’ve seen it done live that will not happen often . We maybe next year .
Red eye revival
Red eye revival are a 4 piece thrash band from Leeds who i have seen on a few support slots last year . Last time was just before Christmas supporting acid reign at brudernell in Leeds . Will admit i love these as they take me back to the good old days of thrash 80/90s before grunge and the so called nu metal killed it off in 93 ish . Now with bands like power trip havoc and many old school bands reforming . Which to me is very excellent indeed . New thrash bands are coming through and these are one of the best both live and on record .
last time i saw barbarian hermit they were supporting boss keloid and crowbar at the academy in Manchester . I was not that impressed with them . But i think it was more to do with their sound more than anything . But today they sounded bloody heavy loud and clear which made me appreciate them a lot more live . If you like sludge metal you’ll love these . In their words they sound like a cyclops driving a freight train through a herd of wilder beasts . Which sums them up very well. It also turns out the one of the members is good mate of my younger brother . what a small world we live in.
As we return back the big stage it time for ba’al. They hail come from the dark side of Yorkshire Sheffield. one of the few bands I’ve not seen yet . Not sounding too far from bands like deafhaven,dawn ryd and coltsblood . This moody band takes the black metal vocal to new level with the music to match . unlike the for mentioned they take their music to heavy side of black metal . Playing in a shadow orange light and singer on the floor just added to moody atmosphere.
Under from Stockport are very hard to pin down both live and on record . This is the second time I’ve seen these but still can’t put my finger on what it is that make them so good . So the best thing is to check out their band camp page or check them out live and make up your own minds . live they just crush it even when the guitarist just walks through the door plug in and plays classic
Battalions from hull are one band you have to see live. If you like you music heavy sludgy loud and dam groovy . With 2 album and ep under their belts .And a new one out later they have enough songs to play a decent length set as headliner . I cant wait to see these again at the dragon fest in my home town of Bradford later this year and at the riffolution at the rebellion in Manchester.
The day is well on its way and so are most of the punters and venue is filling up nicely. As we move to the small stage its starting to feel like top of the pops moving from one side of the venue to the other. I’m just waiting for simon mayo to walk past . And he did not that simon mayo but the guitarist from under . Any how diesel king from London are one of the other bands i want it see today. They sounded like crowbar/down etc with the vocalist looking and sounding like he has come straight out of a hardcore band so imagine dwid from integrity singing for crowbar and your there . A few sound problem but a good solid set .
Bury band pist does what it’s says on the tin. Good times booze and silly songs . Live they also live up to their name . Very entertaining to say the least and not taking things too serious and having lots fun to boot . Even joined for one song by members of bong cauldron dressed robots made out foster lager cases . It nice to see band having fun . They are setting off on a short tour with label mates battalions at the end of Feb/March make sure you catch them or check out the album rhythm and booze .
The hyena kill
The hyena kill are a two piece band from Manchester and by Christ very noisy indeed . The singers vocals remind of early page Hamilton from helmet and music is not far of the stuff amphetamine reptiles and sub pop records we’re putting of in the 90s . The drummer beat the drums so hard I’m surprised they were still in one piece by the end of the show . They are even playing download on the dogtooth stage . So if your one who likes to check out up and coming bands you should check these out or better still catch them at at venue some where . I rate this band on just one live show so trust when i say check them out I mean it
i don’t know what they put in the water in hull to make two of the heaviest bands around . first it was battalions and now masiff. The last time i saw these guys they only had one guitarist and they were dam heavy then . So i could only imagine how heavy they are with two . and i was not disappointed at all . mixing hardcore/doom and sludge together for a no nonsense heavy sound . I’ve had their ep wrank on rotation for months now and i still find new reasons to love them more .
so we hit the small stage for the last time for Manchester band nomad a sludge band with growling vocal like bands like hooded Menace and conan . By this time of the day even the bands started to luck a bit worst for wear and i had visions of the singer falling over or falling into he drum kit at some point . But he manage to get to of the set without doing either . Not the best gig I’ve seen nomad do but not the worst either .
Bong cauldron are the band i wanted to see the most today . I sort of remember seeing in Bradford in my alcohol fueled days . Back then they reminded me of iron monkey . Not so much now ive seen the sober. more like motorhead meets sabbath with the lyrics of tankard . A very good and funny set with the owner of APF records drumming on the last song . I could see this band many times and not get fed up with them.
Oxford band desert storm are one of the bands I’ve not really paid any attention to so did not really know what to expect . With 4 albums under their belt and some top notch support slots . Why have i never seen or heard this band before now . Stoner rock with a harsher vocal than most bands about but just a groovy . I was gutted i only got to see half the set due to having to leave to get my coach home . I’m going to have to check out more from this band and its a must i go and see them again at some point .
highlights of the day
Everything . The sound the venue, the people, the bands and organisation
Having to leave early and missing half of desert storms set.