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KREATOR + SEPULTURA + SOILWORK + ABORTED

KREATOR

ACADEMY 1, MANCHESTER

Hot off the release of their anthemic new ‘Gods Of Violence’ opus, German thrash unit Kreator bring with them a crack troupe of international acts that has generated no shortage of excitement.

A ludicrously early start means Belgian grinders Aborted play to a less than half full venue, but gut wrenching stormers like ‘Termination Redux’ are too fearsome to ignore. Soilwork feel decidedly anaemic in comparison. Sole original member Björn “Speed” Strid is the only focal point and whilst the big Swede is an able vocalist, the rest of the group lack both charisma and chemistry, making for a forgettable showing.

Sepultura have pushed themselves with bold new record ‘Machine Messiah’ but live, they play it safe delivering a set mainly of Max Cavalera era material. Considering Derrick Green has been their longest serving vocalist, it’s a sad indictment of the band’s career. Drummer Eloy Casagrande was only born the year that ‘Arise’ was released, but his injection of precision and power has revitalised Sepultura, but sadly there are times tonight when you feel only he and Andreas Kisser are stopping the wheels from coming off.

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler
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