Being awake before 8am on Saturday morning knowing I have to drive home from Leeds after midnight tonight wasn’t what I’d planed for today, but I’m waiting for some one to come and “check” the utility meters and been given a four hour time slot! Hopefully they’ll arrive in the next hour or so and I can be on my way up the M62 for some death metal shenanigan.
Today is Damnation day around the university site in Leeds. A long day will ensue, but there will be some great bands to view, and some not so great. It was pretty hit and miss if I was going until the last few announcements.
At one point I was contemplating paying the forty quid and making the near two hour drive just to see Austrian crossover merchants Insanity Alert for a third time. But nothing was really inspiring me too much until the final couple of reveals.
I think the penultimate reveal included Polish death metal heavy weights Vader and the Brummie institution Napalm Death. The final six bands announced included Telford terrors Cancer, who’s new album was released yesterday 13 years after their last one. Shadow Gripped will definitely be getting an airing in the car on the way north. That final group announcement also featured LIK. I had no idea who they were so I checked them out and was pleasantly pleased with the outcome.
The quartet making up LIK (Swedish for corpse apparently) could be classed as a Stockholm supergroup as they have played in bands like Witchery, Katatonia, Grave, Bloodbath and Nale. Today also marks their UK debut. They seem to fuse the two classic Swedish old school death metal styles into one. The aggression from Stockholm is present as is the more melodious aspects renowned from the Gothenburg scene. I’m really looking forward to seeing these later and a flying visit to Birmingham tomorrow could be in the cards too.
Ghoul can be found on their debut album Mass Funeral Evocation from 2015. Hopefully I’ll be able to snag a copy of this and follow up release Carnage later.
And still no workman.