BATTLE FOR BLOODSTOCK HEAT 3 -SET TO RISE - DRAGONTHRONE - A HIGHER DEMISE -MONUMENTOMB (21/03/14) @ THE IVY, SHEERNESS
Set to rise start us off.. Not sure what to make of this lot. The front guy looks out of place, but he's giving it some! Plenty of energy, and a voice that you don’t expect from his 'look' It fun hard rock and another good start.
Dragonthrone, do that cardinal sin in a battle of the bands. Cover songs. Plus a Metallica cover. I hate Metallica. But that aside, another young group with a sound along the lines of Iron maiden and Metallica. They are having fun up there, if the nerves do show a little. They aint my cup of tea, but they are a good lot.
A higher demise. Well. Another hardcore style group. Not the crusty nasty punk hardcore, that emo breakdowns r' us hardcore. They are a little more rock than other bands doing the hardcore thing, and they have a good energy. They play well and it’s a good set, its just nothing new. Other than the female bass player. Don’t see that too often!
Monumentomb. You know you see a band with loads of merch, custom amp covers.. all the set up, and you think 'yeah these have been around, worked hard to get all set up'? Well, these guys have that stuff, but its only their second gig! Theres been a lot of 'buzz' about them going round lattly, and I can kinda see why. They play some Blasting death type noise. They play it well and tight. But, it’s a bit.. 'meh' I loves me some death metal so maybe I've just heard it all before, these guys are good, but not great, and after all the hype it’s a bit disappointing. Maybe more time on getting the songs to that next level, and less time on making merch would do them well.