Live Arena 2016.18

Could I be clocking up the miles next week? 

Dear diary…

Monday – Manchester, Sound Control

On what is slated to be a hot day in the UK I’ll be spending five hours or so inside the sweltering Sound Control for an evening of black metal, death metal and thrash. 

Tuesday – London, Underworld

I so want to be here on Tuesday night, not necessarily for headliners Metal Church who I get to see in July anyway, but for opening bands Distilator from Holland and Belgians Bliksem who I only caught a few minutes of when they supported Flotsam & Jetsam last year. 

Friday – Sheffield, Corporation

Friday sees my first show in Sheffield since I saw Anthrax in the same venue back in 2006. The city is only 50 miles or so away, but it’s all twisting and turning roads over the Pennines. Headlining tonight are reactivated Yorkshire thrashers Amnesia who I never saw first time around. Time to dig out their sole album Unknown Identity from 1991. 

Saturday – Hull, O’Reilys

For £6 I couldn’t not buy a ticket to see Re-Animator in a home town show. The band are headlining Hail The Riff all dayer with bands from a more doom and sludge background. Possibly my first gig in Hull too. 

Sunday – Northampton, Roadmenders

A bit undecided on day two of this weekend festival. The last three bands on the second stage are Freebase, Warwound and Knuckledust – all bands I consider to be friends, so it’ll be good catching up with some familiar faces. A near two hour drive home though not so welcoming. 




Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, might be uttered by these Topeka natives when their night liner bus rolls into Manchester city centre sometime on Monday – hopefully earlier than Gorguts did back in March!

I’m not overly familiar with Origin who are sandwiched between the two bands who I’m paying my money to see upstairs in Sound Control on Monday.

For some unknown reason we contemplated a trip to the Big Smoke back in 2014 where Origin were on a bill along with Aborted from Belgium, Californian’s Exhumed and Swedes Miasmal at the Underworld. We never went, obviously, but I have no idea why I even looked at this show. This Sunday show was slotted in between Behemoth in Manchester and Kreator in Birmingham, so I’d be broken going down to London and back then off to work Monday morning. Curious.

Unlike Immolation in the last post with their old school death metal approach, Origin play a much more technical version of the death metal brand, incorporating a prog metal vibe into their ferocious sound, with some often chaotic time changes.

Even though I’ve not heard a great deal of music from Origin I’ll still be in my spot taking in their 45 minute set, it’s not like I can do a great deal more once I’m ensconced in the venue. I’ll be more intrigued to watch the drummer, his hands are going to be a blur playing some of this stuff.