Nile @ The Garage, London

For once The Garage in London isn’t shoving the death metal devoted into the tiny upstairs area but this doesn’t stop the gig ending in blood, sweat and beers. Opening the night are Belgian deathsters Pestifer, who seem pretty unknown tonight. For those out early, it’s a showcase of tidy yet uninspiring tech death that does little to wake up the crowd and despite groovy breakdowns and vague stage presence, it’s unlikely Pestifer will be a band Googled profusely after the show.

Luckily Svart Crown have far more power behind them, as they blast into their eerie blackened death that may not sit pretty on this bill but is lapped up almost instantly. The four-piece from France feel monolithic from the stage, as they proof they still have it in the form of new tracks ‘In Utero’ and title track ‘Profane’, blasting immaculate yet sinister melodies amongst the chaos. Despite their darker approach to brutality, the band seem to have won over genre elitists tonight and rightly so.

Kataklysm’s “side project” Ex-Deo are certainly starting to make their own name, especially after a strong set at this year’s Bloodstock festival. With themes as strong as Nile’s Egyptian love affair, the death metallers death metal is smothered with Roman mythology and thus has an epic presence live. The guitar is a little low in the mix but with armour intact and heavy melodies galore, the band still prove their worth on this line up.

US veterans Nile have their loyal followers in tow before they’ve even played a note and it isn’t long until temperatures akin to their worshipped desert land are reached. Mosh pits break out for all the classics including ‘Sarcophagus’, Kafir!’ and ‘Lashed To The Slavestick’ and unlike their performing predecessors, the guitar sounds as crunchy and widdly as necessary. ‘The Howling Of The Jinn’ is one of a few songs that are a rarity live but still sound as terrifying as one would hope and although latest offering ‘At The Gates Of Sethu’ was weak in comparison it’s tunes still get some energy from the pit.

As the night draws to a sudden close due to a lack of encore, favourite ‘Black Seeds of Vengeance’ confirms that twenty years in the business has not worn Nile down and the spirit of Ra is still strong across the metal plains.

Reviewed by Lily Randall

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Some Bloodstock reviews

Here are some of my reviews from Bloodstock, which will be slotted in with a full feature for

When Watain enter the stage in broad daylight, Erik is defiant the Swedes will “bring the sun down” and with an aptly timed set and an utterly grim show, he sticks to his word. As expected, black metal’s latest kings bring an array of arsenal to the stage whilst they blaze through a classic set; tunes such as ‘Waters of Ain’ and ‘Reaping Death’ sounding particularly grim to summon the night sky. Despite previous black metal acts having difficulty with the main stage sound, Watain create a flawless darkness (pun intended) and the front row is covered in blood like they hoped for. LR

The pyrotechnics continue to conquer the main stage with Behemoth finally returning to their throne after having to pull out back in 2010. The band look as thrilled as one would imagine and Nergal looks stronger than ever, as he thunders through the hammering riffs of tracks like ‘Slaves Shall Serve’ and ‘Demigod’. The rest of the Poles make the stage look small in comparison, with each blastbeat being fuelled with precision and aggression. When the vocalist roars “It’s great to be alive” everyone can officially say they were a part of something historic here tonight and the worthy headliners are most definitely back where they belong. LR

Being the first band on the main stage is always going to be a tough feat but imagine the challenge with the addition of a frontman on crutches. Benediction manage to crush any doubts of being up to said challenge by whipping up a circle pit as soon as they begin. Despite the early morning hangovers the crowd are strong and lively and its apparent Dave Hunt, who is on crutches with a leg injury, is overwhelmed by such a response. The Brummie veterans only have a short set but manage to tire us out with a varied collection of thrash/death belters, many spanning back as far as classic album ‘Transcend the Rubicon’ and with Dave’s added humour (mostly at himself), everyone is pumped up for the day ahead. LR

The opening bands have managed to kick everyone out of their slumber and now the crowd are ready to neck the whiskey back with some seriously Southern grooves. With a discography as long as some of their riffs, Crowbar are going to be able to play this set with their eyes shut and thus the sludge oozes tightly. Each breakdown is received with a serious banging of heads including last year’s beast ‘Sever The Wicked Hand’ however movement over on the stage is severely lacking. LR

The denims and drunkards suddenly appear from their boozy pits for a more energetic pit as Chuck Billy and his legendary lot grace the stage with huge grins on their faces. Testament are one of the main thrash acts of the weekend and with that in mind, it doesn’t take long for the chaos to commence. The band certainly haven’t lost their touch with the recently released ‘Dark Roots Of The Earth’ already being sung back to them and slotting with ease into the standard setlist, however its blatant many are waiting for ‘Into The Pit’ to erupt. Chuck Billy shows true frontmanship as he stomps around the stage air guitaring to every shred on his mike stand and as soon as the show comes to a close, the thrashers are keen for their return to our shores in November. LR

With Deicide pulling out, Evile are pushed up from the Sophie stage to a decent afternoon slot on the RJD stage, however the pressure certainly doesn’t get to them, especially seeing as this is their fourth Bloodstock. Once the thrash ensues, the crowd is bulging with madness and bodies flailing and one can imagine the festival organisers breathing a sigh of relief as the Sophie stage avoids total devastation. For many the Northerner’s latest instalment, ‘Five Serpents’ Teeth’ was mediocre, however it translates to the live atmosphere with ease and ballad ‘In Memoriam’ opens  when the skies do, causing everyone to feel like they’re a part of an insanely emotional music video. LR

Its always great when you see that a New Blood band of previous years has evolved and returned on the Sophie stage. Flayed Disciple won their regional heats back in 2010 and this year their debut ‘Deathhammer’ was released, proving their worth with death/thrash fury. This afternoon sees the country boys continue to prove themselves live with an energetic set and some of the audience already knowing the latest songs. This sound is dodgy at points but once you find a top spot in the tent, the head banging is subconscious as the grooves take over.

For many death metal fans at the festival, the news of Deicide dropping out was disappointing, albeit predictable, however Sunday’s afternoon is still full of brutality from US titans Nile. It would appear they have beckoned down the Egyptian rain god as the skies begin to open, however this doesn’t dampen any spirits as they showcase new riffing rituals from their latest. As is slightly the case on open stages such as Bloodstock, the dangerously deep Karl Sanders’ vocals are slightly muffled, however his shredding is far from ignored with ‘Lashed to the Slave Stick’ sounding as terrifying as ever. LR

It’s time for Dave Hunt to hobble into the spotlight for the second time this weekend, however this time he’s leaving the thrash from some truly grim blackened grind, if you wish to label as band such as Anaal Nathrakh. The tent is rammed and despite a slightly sloppy start, the necro-butchers of metal have got everyone into a frenzy with their grinding speed and shrill evil. With a preview off the new album being sneaked as well, the fans who have come over to the Sophie Lancaster tent have no regret missing Dimmu Borgir and with the addition of Dave trying to start a fight with a pit member its fair to say this band will continue serving the British scene proud. LR

Bloodstock Preview 2012

Bloodstock Festival

Catton Park, UK



Despite some amazing festivals already taking place this summer, Bloodstock like to tease you impatient whippersnappers by holding their three day extreme extravaganza towards the end of the season. Their ten year anniversary line up last year seemed impossible to top, however the organisers have come back with some huge names from all corners of the extreme metalsphere! The festival’s motto “by the fans for the fans” is in full force as bands from around the globe are welcomed to perform across three stages, including a New Blood stage rimmed with unsigned talent. With only one month to go, we’re starting to get a little over excited and with tickets close to sell out, here’s what’s on offer.

Friday 10th August 2012

Behemoth (Ronnie James Dio stage, Fri 10th): With a stage named after a legend taken away from our community through illness, it seems even more relevant to have Behemoth headlining the first night, with it being their first UK appearance since front man Nergal was struck by leukaemia. They had to cancel their 2010 Bloodstock performance but the blackened death deities are back stronger than ever with a set that’s bound to be full of fire and pure extremity from the Poles. Other festivals this summer have confirmed we are in for a real treat.

Watain (Ronnie James Dio stage, Fri 10th): More grim tunes will come on the opening day from ever-growing Swedish soldiers of black metal. Not only is their sound pristinely dark but frontman Erik and his militia are aesthetically enchanting with candles, fire and blood (if you’re at the front, prepare to smell by the end) making for a stage show Satan himself would be proud of.

Sepultura (Ronnie James Dio stage, Fri 10th): If you want a titan of a thrash name printed on your festival flyer, then who better than Sepultura? The Brazilians may have gone through some line-up changes over there extensive years but that doesn’t stop them from producing truly brutal tracks which sound equally as crushing live. Whether you’re an old era fan enjoying the speedy tunes like ‘Arise’, or the more chuggy tracks off latest onslaught ‘Kairos’, you can be certain it’s gonna be LOUD! And we bet you can’t go through ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ without headbanging.

Alcest (Sophie Lancaster stage, Fri 10th): Releasing their third and probably most beautiful album to date, vocalist Neige will now be closing the Sophie stage with Alcest’s wonderful lullabies. We hope there isn’t a major clash with Behemoth but either way before to catch their melodic ambience full of melancholia to calm you after the crazy day you’ve had.

Pythia (Sophie Lancaster stage, Fri 10th): Get your corsets at the ready for Friday as power metallers Pythia grace the Sophie stage. Following in the steps of bands like Within Temptation and supporting Arch Enemy, vocalist Emily is probably glad to start something to contend with Nightwish after losing the competition to be the replacement for Tarja.

Saturday 11th August 2012

Machine Head (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sat 11th): After lots of speculation as to who the final headliner would be, American mainstreamers Machine Head were announced. Despite splitting the Bloodstock camps, there is no denying that the foursome are as heavy as you can get when it comes to a live performance and with club floor-fillers like ‘Davidian’ bound to be played, you’re likely  to at least have a sing-a-long and get nostalgic. We wonder what five tracks will get chosen from debut ‘Burn My Eyes’…

Mayhem (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sat 11th): Black metal celebrities Mayhem may be playing in broad daylight but it is highly unlikely they’ll allow that to brighten their moods with theatrical stage set ups and a historical background that’s bound to intrigue everyone.

Benediction (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sat 11th): The boys from Birmingham went down a treat at Bloodstock in 2010, so this opening set is bound to be equally as brutal to break you out of that hangover. Their death metal infused with thrash has been boiling under the ground for many years now, but with a following of legends such as Death and Massacre, you know they’re worth waking up for.

Orange Goblin (Sophie Lancaster stage, Sat 11th): If you are still whinging about the Machine Head announcement, how about going and watching Orange Goblin instead? Their stoner doom has hit the headlines in the community with this year’s release ‘Eulogy of the Damned’ receiving plenty of praise and the Londoners have always been consistent with making their live shows as chunky and heavy as possible.

Dripback (Sophie Lancaster stage, Sat 11th): Despite being a bit of a marmite band last year, hardcore super group Dripback have been invited back for a consecutive year on the Sophie stage. With members from bands like Ted Maul and Labrat, one thing the band can guarantee is some in-your-face brutality straight from Landaaan.

Sunday 12th August 2012

Alice Cooper (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sun 12th): King of shock rock Alice Cooper may seem to have been on the road for, well, ever but it doesn’t stop him from putting on a belter of a show. He’ll be sure to squeeze in to his leather trousers while singing classics everyone knows, with an equally iconic Halloween style stage set up.

Dimmu Borgir (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sun 12th): Expect even more crazy outfits from Shagrath and co as they play into the evening’s darkness. The poster boys of black metal have an extensive discography and are likely to fill the main stage with energy and aggression. Corpsepaint at the ready!

Nile (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sun 12th): Death metal fans are in for a treat as veterans Nile return to our shores. The US Egypt-obsessed blasters are fresh with a new album under their belts, so expect it to be fast, furious and Pharoah-fuelled!

Evile (Ronnie James Dio stage, Sun 12th): Due to Deicide being as unreliable as ever, the new wave of thrash metal has been pushed up the bill. Northerners Evile have set Derby on fire before and with an influx of new fans this is bound to get the pits opening up, with the Drake borthers shredding like never before!

Anaal Nathrakh (Sophie Lancaster stage, sun 12th): If you’re just not feeling up to glamming out with Alice, the more extreme side can still be found to conclude your Bloodstock, thanks to Anaal Nathrakh. More English talent that manage to embrace the black metal beasts within without needing to be in a frostbitten kingdom elsewhere in Europe. Their unique sound which blends grind and death into the mix is sure to sound killer live, so get in the tent and finish your weekend on a high.

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Dew-Scented feature interview 2011

Dew-Scented – When Death Metal Still Comes Out Smelling Of Roses

When Nile came over to the UK with their ‘Those whom the Gods Detest’ tour earlier this year, there was no better support act column than what was bought over; Dew-Scented being one of them. Unfortunately for us Londoners, the band were unable to make the show and unleash their speed splendour but were more than happy to talk to Soundshock about the tour and their almost two-decade reign.

The Germans have taken influence from their homeland’s Teutonic thrash and fused it with the fury of deathly violence of the Scandinavian cold, to create something that has kept them going strong for over 20 years. With eight albums under their bullet belts vocalist Lief Jensen seems happy with their continuation of collecting followers one by one, in a Pied Piper manner. Despite such a long term relationship with the metal scene, and a large amount of former members, Dew-Scented are still modest and friendly enough to talk about the past, the present and the future with us.

How was the tour with Nile?

D-S: Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the London show where we were supposed to meet for this interview because of a problem with our bus at the ferry in Scotland. It was a bummer to miss that show because we haven’t played in London for about 4 years now and we were truly looking forward to seeing some friends there. Anyhow, all in all the tour was really good! We had a lot of super cool shows and always pretty solid attendance. Most of all, it was good to travel to a lot of cities and even some countries where we had never ever played before. The feedback was especially rewarding in those places…

What’s it like being on tour with bands like Nile & Melechesh?

D-S: It’s actually just a good time, ha-ha! No really, we did like the idea of having a 5 band package where all bands are stylistically a bit different so that there is a pretty individual sound to each of the bands. We were playing middle slot (third position) so we had to make sure to always give 110% because all the other bands are really good live-acts, so there was no chance of taking it “easier” at any of the gigs. Not that we would have wanted to anyhow, ha-ha. We had toured successfully all over Europe (incl. UK and Ireland) with Nile already in 2003 and it was good to finally be able to team up with those guys again, as they treated us in a really good way. Also, it was good to see that both Dew-Scented and Nile are still doing well like 8 years after we first toured together, even despite the fact that both bands have switched line-up’s quite severely and also the scene surrounding us has indeed changed quite a bit as well! Melechesh were really cool too. They definitely have something pretty interesting going on and the positive audience reactions speak for themselves. I thought their latest album is pretty cool!

Dew -Scented are quite a bit more thrash influenced, how were you received on this bill?

D-S: It was fine actually, even though it was clearly a rather Death Metal oriented audience and also not many pure Thrash maniacs around at the shows. Having said that, I think we are almost used to play on “heavier” bills with Death Metal acts, as we haven’t really done “pure Thrash” tours very often for this reason or another. So, no problem with that all…it really only makes you push harder and get the most aggressive performance lined up that you can. I consider Dew-Scented an intense live band most of all, so we really don’t mind playing with Death Metal, Hardcore/Metalcore or even regular heavy Metal bands as long as people give s a fair chance. The reactions on this Nile tour were extremely positive at most of the shows and we had some fun pits and crazy headbanging going on!

Since you started what has been your favourite country or favourite festival to play?

D-S: Oh boy, that’s really not easy to define! I actually think each place has its very own and unique upsides (and downsides) too. Obviously we always had a quite good following in Germany, so we are not going to complain about our own scene. I also really liked the feedback in Eastern Europe on this latest tour. Unfortunately there were no gigs in France or Spain / Portugal on the run with Nile, as those countries have always been fun to play with Dew-Scented too. All in all, I think we have managed to make a good impact and some fair following all over the place, which is better than only having a strong focus on certain places. In the end of the day were dealing with Thrash Metal here and that’s a movement that happens globally and where the people who dig the style will come out to support you everywhere with equal passion, no matter if you play in North America, Japan or…yeah, Malta. We like new challenges and being able to see new places, so let’s see what comes up next…

Your latest instalment ‘Invocation’ came out last year? How do you feel the band has evolved in the almost 20 years of Dew-Scented?

D-S: Well, I definitely think we have found a somewhat trademark sound around the time of the release of the album “Inwards” in 2002. In this last decade, we have been trying to come up with intense quality albums year in and year out, regardless of the heavy touring schedules and the fact that we had a lot of setbacks with changes of members. It has been quite hard at times but our interest has been to keep things entertaining for ourselves as fans of the style as well, so every new recording possibility and most of all, every new tour possibility kept us moving forwards. I think we have become a lot better songwriters than in the early days, knowing what our strong points are, but also what our weaknesses might be. I would like to think that we are also more “aware” musicians, knowing to value the chances we are given as well as the fact that the band continues to break new ground every new year and every new album that we release!

Is there a reason why all your album titles begin with the letter ‘I’, or is that just a coincidence?

D-S: Purely a coincidence! Nah, seriously it’s a thread that we have going on since our second album, really. Originally we only meant to have the second record “connected” via the title to our debut, but then all of a sudden the band continued to move forwards and we had a theme going. I guess people have discovered the “concept” by now and we even managed to get some submissions by fans lined-up as suggestions for future releases some while ago, which shows you that people do care about it. Anyhow, the idea is to continue with this “one word starting with the letter I” thing as long as the titles keep making sense for each release and also its artwork’s concept. We have never made it a mandatory thing and would not really mind to break that up if a new album really demanded it.

In interviews you’ve stated that you were influenced by the Swedish death sound, which definitely comes through in your music. When it comes to thrash would you say your traditional routes come through?

D-S: Well yeah, I guess we are influenced by everything that we enjoy to listen to in a way. After so many years of being around and also after releasing already 8 albums I don’t think you really look left and right anymore to check into what other bands are doing, as far as getting influences. I mean, I think that we have been influenced by our own history and a will to make things better “by our own rules”, so to say. I definitely think that whatever we listened to in the early 90’s (which happens to often be the same stuff we still listen to these days….) did have an impact on our learning process as fans, but also as starting musicians. The first wave of Swedish Death Metal with bands like Entombed or Dismember, but also the West Coast sound of bands like At The Gates, Eucharist, etc. did leave a lasting impression on us for sure. Having said that, I think Bay Area Thrash Metal by bands like Testament, Exodus, Slayer, early Metallica, Violence and many more is what probably shaped our taste the most when we started to get involved with the scene for real. So yeah, I would like to think of Dew-Scented as a band that learnt the “how to’s” with the first wave of Thrash and Death Metal, but we have tried to always perform our own music at the heaviest and in the most modern possible shape, plus with an own attitude. I guess that explains the mix of styles we seem to have come up with…

After almost 20 years in the business what do you think of the state of the metal scene?

D-S: Well, I guess the scene keeps changing all the time so it’s hard to make an educated statement with a rather superficial and short-cut answer. I think our early inspirations and also our first supporters are starting to get older with us now too, while there are completely new generations of listeners and musicians emerging all the time. Those can add some new impulse as well as ideas to the traditional set-up’s, but at the same time it seems that each scene and type of sub-genre has its own life and place to subsist. Sometimes it feels like a time warp where nothing changes, but other times I go to certain other shows and I see mainly teens listening to really extreme sounds, which really blows me away. I mean, we play with bands like Heathen in front of a more traditional audience with denim jackets and patches and then in the same year we stand in front of a Suicide Silence audience with really young kids full of tattoos and colourful t-shirts. It’s all good really, because it’s all extreme music really. Even though I mainly listen to bands that I have been into since I originally got into this style of music, I still happen to discover a cool new bands every once in a while that totally blows me away…so yeah, I am not one of those who claim that everything used to be better, hahaha. That said…wow; 20 years…time really flies when you are having fun!

Do you ever check out newer bands? If so who has caught your attention?

D-S: Yeah, I do…I was just speaking about it, hahaha! I get into younger Thrash bands like Warbringer or also recently I was quite impressed by the debut album of Vektor. I also liked Fleshgod Apocalypse from Italy, Gojira are obviously a killer band too, even if not really “new” at all either. I also liked Protest The Hero a lot, or for example The Faceless or Obscura. In terms of more melodic Metal I really got into Enforcer and In Solitude from Sweden – both very promising bands. But yeah, there is a lot of talent coming up in different styles these days, as most young bands have really good instrumental skills and know how to deliver the goods live…

Dew-Scented is an Edgar Allan Poe term if I am correct? Are you quite into literature or do you like to get trashed like every other thrasher?

D-S: I don’t even know if that’s really true, but yeah, that’s what the story says, hahaha. I think the Poe reference might have been caused by us at first, when asked about the weirdness of the band name. I might have replied “It was from a poem, maybe by E.A. Poe, or so?!” It was a miscellaneous piece, so I wouldn’t really know myself anymore…I just happened to like the enigmatic and pretty “original” approach of the term and decided to suggest it to the other guys in the band at practise while we didn’t have a name for the band chosen yet. They surprisingly all liked it and we moved forwards without questioning if it really fits to the style of music that we are about to present to the public, but oh well. I was reading a fair bit when I was a teenager and in school, even though I enjoyed partying and getting trashed as well. That was a good time really, as there weren’t many responsibilities and a loooot of time for music, really. I don’t read much these days anymore…no idea why. I guess I am a mix of too lazy and also too impatient. I don’t seem to find much time to slow down much these last years!

With all the line up changes, which are understandable for such a long career, what would you say has been the biggest hurdle for Dew Scented to getting to where you are today?

D-S: Well yeah, definitely as you say the line-up changes were always a huge obstacle, as not only was the mission to have an enjoyable and smooth atmosphere between the band members, but also we wanted to raise the bar musically all the time. Our aim was to remain having a somewhat trademark sound for Dew-Scented, but also keep progressing as songwriters and performers as well, which isn’t easy if the team around you changes drastically every once in a while. I guess the fact that we can’t financially survive through the music hasn’t made things easier for us throughout the years, because while you are expected to give your all for the music, it simply wouldn’t pay your bills at home. That said, I guess that’s the same problem for all bands out there, so we really haven’t been in a really especially dramatic situation. In fact, I actually think we have been quite fortunate to have received some attention and chances from the very beginning, which allowed the band to keep growing and developing an own identity in the turn of the years. I won’t really complain about anything at this stage really…

You’ve said that you’ve wanted to be original with everything you write? How do you feel about your lyrics in comparison with others of your time?

D-S: Well, the lyrics are a quite interesting thing about Dew-Scented indeed. I have written them since the very beginning and keep on trying to find cool topics and strong language to support the new songs that the band comes up with. It’s not an easy task when you have written about +100 songs and if you know me, you will understand that I am not quite a very aggressive of “heavy” person, so that it’s not always easy to get myself in the right mood to write the stuff that the style demands. That said, I used to write very hidden and hard to decipher stuff in the early days of the band, which didn’t make it easy to “perform” and also get a certain vibe across. Part of the learning process was to drop the “veil” and make sure the message is understood better by simply writing in a more straight forward way. I think starting with the “Impact” album in 2003 I was reaching the point where the lyrics really did their own part well. I have mainly related to personal stuff and points of view in the lyrics, so it’s hard to judge and compare them really, but to me, they are a great opportunity to vent and get rid of a lot of the negativity and frustration from my everyday life, so that’s a great comfort. I like to think that the band helps me staying a pretty normal and relaxed guy…

Despite signing to a label like Nuclear Blast are you still working day jobs to keep you up right?

D-S: Oh yeah, we all have jobs that need to pay for things. We have never managed to live from the music and in all honesty, our style of Metal is pretty extreme and underground, so that it would be foolish to think that it can cover your bills. Having said that, I only want to quickly point out that we are no longer with Nuclear Blast Records these days…Our latest release “Invocation” from 2010 came out via Metal Blade Records in Europe.

If you weren’t in the music industry what would be your ideal job?

D-S: I don’t know. Haven’t really thought about that, to be honest, hahaha! Maybe something that involves journalism? That’s what I originally wanted to study for, but I wasn’t patient enough, hahaha. Or maybe it would be something with flowers or on a farm? I don’t know really…

What are the plans for the rest of the year?

D-S: Not much at all, really! We will be taking a bit of a break from touring now after the 4 weeks with Nile in order to focus on working on new songs for a next album recording. We will play some very few selected festival dates in the Summer after all, but I guess we will really try to make a killer new album next, so that will require attention and time off the road, because we are not the type of band that can easily write when touring!

With the festival season round the corner, what would be your ideal festival line-up?

D-S: Hmm, to be honest, I think Party.San festival (where we are also playing this year…) is looking pretty sweet with Morbid Angel, At The Gates, Morgoth, Triptykon and many more. Also, Hellfest in France has about the best line up’s, year by year. The guy booking the festival really has a solid taste that I could easily approve that one, hahaha! And he even has Coroner doing a reunion there, so that’s extra sweet! If it was fully up to me only, I would book the following bands for my very personal (reunion styled) festival: Acid Bath, Trouble (with Eric Wagner), The Obsessed, Amebix, Nasty Savage, Thought Industry, Confessor, Discharge and well yeah, Thin Lizzy (original line-up, of course!) would be headlining and then Tori Amos would play the after-show party on a piano in the corner of a really small bar. Wow, what a trip that would be! Anyhow, thanks a lot for this interview and for the support you are giving us.

Check out Dew-Scented at Party-San, Germany, 11-13 August.
Interview conducted and written for Soundshock by Lily Randall

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Nile/ Melechesh @ Islington Academy, London

There is a lot of speculation as the queue outside the Islington queries the signs outside explaining that three of the five bands will not be playing tonight and whether or not this will affect the timings. Unfortunately opening acts Darkrise, Zonaria and Dew-Scented are stuck on the road, however timings still go as planned meaning that many hopeful fans do not getting the lengthened sets they wished for.

Despite a lack of warming up, Melechesh do a fine job at riling the crowds with their blackened death infused with grooves. Showing middle-eastern folky influences, the band’s riff filled tracks get everyone into a rhythmic trance. The band look thrilled to be on stage as they whip up a sandstorm of a set list, including many favourites of latest offering, ‘The Epigenesis’. This may be their UK debut but Melechesh’s mix’n’match sound is already welcomed for another visit soon.

By now the venue is understandably rammed, as US death legends Nile enter the spotlight. Their brutal chug-athon goes somewhat hand-in-hand with the acoustics of the venue, causing a crushing hour plus of the Egyptian-style gods. Many fans are likely to feel a bit put out by the lack of old school Nile offerings tonight, as album ‘Those Whom The Gods Detest’ is definitely favoured on the set-list. Nevertheless, the pit is enticed into a frenzy and favourites including ‘Ityphilliac’ are worshipped like Ra himself. With 18 years under their belt it’s apparent that the foursome have not lost their talent and despite touring for, well, ever, smiles are still stretched across their faces, and a Gary Moore tribute as an encore shows they still enjoy it to this day.

Review by Lily Randall
Photography by Daniel Gray

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