Opening up the nights proceedings is Unsigned, Nottingham based band Sinners Highway there’s a respectful turn out tonight despite the Basement at Rock City being colder than a penguin’s nutsack. The five piece all male Heavy /Alternative/Metal rock band explode with anthems from their four track debut “2012 EP” which was released May of that year, The lead singer has a powerful deep voice which excels at the throatier vocal displayed in the track “In my head” which opens with an atmospheric build up leading to quite a tasty breakdown to a chorus and charges up again to an up-tempo drum solo.
One of the older tracks, also “Reaper”. Move on to their latest single ‘Dust to Kiss’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVZuYIZVdVc in aid of the armed forces with proceeds going to ABF and its apparent this is a cause close to the band as the vocal is sung with a high emotional intensity but still a heavy powerful ballad. Also performed new single “lost soul” from the forthcoming new album out soon after a brief hibernation stint in the studio to emerge with the summer tour.
Sinners Highway are; Si Ross – Vocals Curt Wakefield – Guitar Tim Everington – Guitar Jaemar Malavi – Bass Alex Morley-Finch – Drums
Cage the gods
There’s a short spoken intro to welcome London rockers Cage The Gods on stage which is disrupted by a sharp yell which makes me jump ten foot, swiftly opening with “wake up” a melodic rock tune from their self-released debut four-track EP from Nov 13 “Favourite Sin”, quickly followed by a fantastically executed track “Sacrifice” which is performed as an acoustic on the E.P. There’s great showmanship during title track “Favourite sin” as Guitarist Jam disappears from view and emerges in the crowd while animated drummer Colin Jones terrorises the skins like animal from the Muppets on a red bull binge the epic version. Together with Peter Comerford on Vocals And bassist – Mitch Witham Cage the Gods demonstrate a tight sounding band their debut album “Badlands” is due out in March. Finished the set with a slowy number, “From us” in which both guitarist and bassist disappear into the crowd.
After quite happily listening to their songs via sound cloud I was surprised to see a very young fresh faced band bouncing onto the stage. Hurry up Harry blares out as a short intro in which they goad the crowd into joining in and making some noise their sheer enthusiasm had everyone cheering and joining in even on a dreary school night. After which they jumped straight into “I Bleed Rock N Roll’ from the “Running with dogs E.P. This 5 piece all male band from Cambridge has a mature sound which proceeds their years and sounds like a hybrid of classic bands such as (the gods) ACDC, Thin Lizzy, guns and roses with a dash of Aerosmith for good measure. This is raw Rock and Roll in all its glory fuelled with a high energy show as all band members put in maximum effort and has amassed an army of supporters displayed by the sea of their branded clothing.
Moving onto “I fear nothing” and from the first album “This might hurt” released in 2011 and ‘Drop Like A Stone ’‘Get The Party On’, the title from their E.P ‘Running With The Dogs’ ‘Cloud Across The Sun ‘Don’t Look Down ’‘Unchain My World’ and a west style fun tune “Outlaw”, “swim or fight” ”just tell me why” ”she’s too much” there is plenty to appeal with this band to a wide range of ages and tastes , gritty enough to hold their own against the heavier bands yet easy on the ear to rock out to. Definatly worth checking out if you have a pulse set to good music.
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