It really seemed like a case of the wrong time with the crowd. Undersmile simply slayed, leaving the crowd literally screaming for more. Just go see them if you get the chance! Serpent Venom followed with their own doomy goodness, this time of the sludge variety, and delivered a pretty straightforward performance, although bassist Nick Davies nips in some friendly banter with the crowd; a few of which are clearly good friends of his.
Just a great, solid performance! H A R K from Swansea came on next and downright blew the crowd away. Vocalist and guitarist Jimbob Isaac, formerly of the great Taint, just shredded, pounded and yelled sludgy goodness, with a progressive touch. H A R K made a triumphant stand and just conquered the audience.
Heading over to the Dragon stage, Candlemass are soon to hit the stage and the anxiety is almost torture, especially when they run a little late. Yet as soon as the band strides onstage, joyful cheers are screamed towards them. Just a brilliant set by the doom legends. Wino had the thousand mile stare and looked like he could rip heads off at any moment, while guitarist Dave Chandler seemed like the most friendly dude going. And when it comes to soloing and pulling off guitar stunts, Dave seems too bring everything to the table; at moments biting the strings, sliding the guitar with his bracelet and an array of others.
There was also a point where security began grabbing people near the front due to smoking, which angered the band into telling the security to leave them be — which seemed to work from a distance.
Last up was the infamous and rightly so Napalm Death , the Birmingham grinders brought the the day to brutal end, leaving barely any room between songs for you to breathe apart from two or three gaps where Barney explained viewpoints and song meanings.
Lord Humongous rules this wasteland. We go in, destroy! Surrender or be destroyed Give up now get out while you can Violent death awaits those that force my hand. Cutting down his victims, chopping bodies, two men enter, one man leaves. Sent into the desert, left there to die. Stare in the eyes of the Interceptor. Lyrics: Merchants impaled on blunt stakes in the ground. Thirty thousand of them tortured and bound, Still breathing. Children staked alive to their mothers chests Driven through the spine, agonizing death.
The forest of impaled bodies lies ahead A feast held in darkness amidst gore and deathly silence. Those who fear me will uphold that silence, Or be speared alive and bled until dry.
Witness the strength of my hatred Destroying my enemies, purging, burning. My rule reaches far and wide They will fear my hand, torture Skinned and boiled alive. Scalping, mutilation and disease Feast in the forest of impaled bodies. Cut from the groin up to the breast. Taken to the highest peaks of pain Dropped into a valley of despair Massacre, nails of death hammered down. Feast in the forest of impaled bodies. Vile and deranged, thousands are slain.
Bodies, speared for me. Putrid gore. Gruesome end. Feast on death. Exodus Lyrics: Atomic Death! All shall despair! Burning hot ashes will part from the dead Chaos unfolds. Choking on fumes, suffocate.
End of days. Vaporised flesh. Bones turned to glass. Silos unleashing a deadly wave. Incoming firestorm rages and cities will fall. Nuclear holocaust. Bodies turned to dust. The sickly stench of burning skin. Nukes blast and set ablaze. Burst into flames. Bodies erupting with toxic intestines and repulsive gore. Inferno of flesh. Last chance of escape! Atomic exodus. Genitals rot. Cancer takes hold. Acid rain fall out on blistering skin.
Boils and festering plague will set in. Lesions and tumourous growths now appear. Twisted and gruesome, insanity nears. Murderous scavengers. Cannibal savages. Acting out eradication. Mass graves now cover the land. Behold our killing fields of torture.
Barbaric butchery. Victory as planned. Leader of the flock is caught and bound. What goes around comes around. After torture he is cut to shreds. Thurston puts a pick axe through his head. Evil and despised, callous charlatans.
Next, along with the use of some light-effects, 'In Your Face' was performed, directed straight at public authority everywhere. Drunk from the beer, obviously. However, only few knew the lyrics to the song from the album of the same name.
Bodom went on to play 'Downfall', and I knew what was to ensue. Although few joined in, it was really energy-packed. After 'Downfall', Bodom went off stage. When the crowd demanded for more, they took up stage again.
A grey hat was thrown at Laiho, who sportingly donned it. The crowd headbanged to 'Are You Dead Yet? To this one, almost everyone knew the lyrics. I felt that the whole crowd was one single body, yelling the lyrics to 'Are You Dead Yet? For me, this song was the pick of the lot. It simply radiated the most energy and sounded the best, by far. If you are into the classic Cannibal Corpse and the sick riffs of Six Feet Under, then this album will be added quickly to a place inside your mind where you're used to save your best sick metal albums of all time.