||SPEED ATTACK AT THE UNDERWORLD
Suicidal Angels, Skull Fist, Evil Invaders, Crisix
Camden Underworld, Sunday 2nd October 2016
Photos by Mariliza Wild
A Sunday night of brutality at the Camden Underworld was in store as Barcelona's Crisix, Evil Invaders from Leopoldsburg in Belgium, Skull Fist of Toronto, Canada and Suicidal Angels from Athens brought a truly international flavour to London.
Metal doesn't know borders or boundaries of course and these four tremendous acts don't know them musically either as they put on an ear splitting show that truly rocked the nation and rolled back the years to a time to when it all began.
Crisix are truly thrashtastic with frontman Juli Bazooka throwing all the shapes in the book and then some as he thrust his powerful voice on to an unsuspecting London crowd who showed their appreciation with a raucous din of applause.
They've got the memorable tunes and riffs, they've got the livewire frontman and the two guitar assault, courtesy of BB Plaza and Albert Requena, and it's easy to see why they won Wacken's Metal Battle contest in 2009 and were voted as best Spanish upcoming band in Rock Zone magazine for their 2011 debut album, 'The Menace'.
They showcased plenty of material from new album 'From Blue to Black' and some of these tracks are devastating and indicative of where this band are going both musically and in terms of 'commercial' success. More please!
Evil Invaders are MetalTalk favourites and we've covered them at The Underworld before on April Fool's Day 2015 here, at Pangea, Osaka, Japan last August here and the day they played this gig in our new album/EP section here.
Getting two reviews in a day on MetalTalk might actually be a first but it very nearly didn't happen as Joe and his boys spent the first fifteen minutes of their stage time performing a full sound check which did them no favours at all but when they did eventually get going, they once again tore the roof off and impressed in a big way.
Joe told us afterwards that they had only arrived at the venue while Citrix were on stage. We don't know where they'd been but we sure know where they are going and the whole audience agreed with us as they showed their appreciation of a high-octane band with a very unique vibe and sound.
Skull Fist have a major asset in their armoury and that is frontman Zach Slaughter who is in his second spell with the Canadians, having left the band he founded for four months in 2015. He's also managed to break his neck in a skateboarding accident before (literally) and watching him on stage tonight, it was easy to see how and why this could easiy have occurred.
He's got the energy and moves of Dave Lee Roth in the 80s and all of Dee Snider's between song patter and he's absolutely a star in the making.
Skull Fist play a speeded up version of 80s 'cock-rock' which is boisterous, bombastic and extremely entertaining. Catch them when you can and let them leave you breathless.
Suicidal Angels cannot fail to appeal to anyone with a penchant for Slayer and if, as expected, Tom Araya's Thrash legends do indeed call it a day in the not-too-far-away future, there will be a gap in the market that Suicidal Angels are definitely ready to step into.
Frontman and guitarist Nick knows exactly what a Thrash crowd expect and he deliivered the goods in fine style, as did the whole band with their fine array of material.
The Angels are 'keeping the war going' and that's fine by us. No Greek tragedy here, just a promise to return and a very satisfied Underworld.
This was a great night of powerful Metal which saw four bands from different countries and cultures join together in a show of Metal togetherness. A sheer pleasure and a full on speed attack which really got the pulses of pleasure racing.
Steve Göldby's Heavy Metal Chronicles