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Corporation, Sheffield, Friday 1st September 2023
It's a quiet Friday night in Sheffield. The openers were a band I had gotten into earlier in the year and Vulgar Dissection's crushing music certainly wasn't to be missed.
Hailing from the North East of England, Vulgar Dissection are a modern Death Metal band that are absolutely nailing the scene at the moment. Liam Wales' phenomenal vocals and riffage are something you can’t ever miss. He can deliver Lows thought only to be capable on a down tuned bass. His stage presence is amazing as well, with him being able to command the whole crowd. He got a wall of death and a pit going.
One thing I love about Vulgar Dissection is Chritian Tunney's drumming. He is absolutely insane on the kit. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes through multiple sticks in a song. His thunderous percussion was diabolically beautiful. With each song getting more intense than the last. One song that really stood out to me was 'Corpsef*ck*r'. The crowd absolutely loved it and you could clearly see the band really synced up and were loving it too!
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Sam Luke's Bass playing and backing vocals are absolution soul shaking. His rhythm playing backs up Tunney's drumming and goes hand in hand perfectly. Last but not least is Billy Edmenson. He is the other guitarist in the band and his shredding and riffage are up there with the big boys of death metal, maintaining speed without compromising quality. Keeping track with his instrument whilst maintaining a relationship with the crowd perfectly.
Vulgar dissection are an outstanding death metal outfit, and are slowly taking over the underground scene as a band to be respected and loved.
Next up were Outergods. A fresh, extreme metal band signed to Prosthetic Records that I had high expectations for.
Having played Bloodstock not even a month earlier, I anxiously anticipated a set that would blow my mind. They emerged from the back of the stage and broke out with that extreme metal energy I wanted to hear!
The stage show this band put on is incredibly hard to beat, with their driving riffs and destructive rhythm section obliterating the small corp’ stage. Sam Fowler's vocals are second to nothing with lows that challenge the heaviest bass. His growls meander around the stringed instruments seamlessly.
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Alex and Nathan's shreddage are an excellent credit to the band's sound with its heavy riffs and fast paced structure breaking the sound barrier. Lastly, the rhythm section made up of Jordan and Dan (Drums and Bass respectively) gives Outergods the necessary backbone it needs for that lovable extreme metal sound.
Overall, they are an awesome band who I am sure would go down amazingly again in Sheffield.
Finally after some time I managed to see Hellfekted. They had been on my radar and I had wanted to catch them for a few months now. They emitted from the back of the stage and all ‘hell’ broke loose! (See what I did there?)
Hailing from Stoke, they were another outfit that I had high expectations. I saw Discharge a few weeks ago so I know the talent that comes from this town. I gotta they were absolutely smashed it! A top group who delivered an amazing stage show that included one of their Guitarists, Rebecca Webster, running into the centre of the pit mid song and shredding while carnage unleashed around her.
Liam Stubbs devastatingly amazing vocals were on point tonight with his blend of Thrash/Death/Black Metal absolutely wiping the Corp stage out and metaphorically carved his name onto the walls of the venue forever. Connor Rush (who is fairly new to the band) absolutely blasted through the set, never missing a beat and delivering that back breaking rhythm section.
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Aiding on the rhythm section is Chris Brownrigg. Who is, from what I can tell, the longest serving member. His low rhythm playing boomed through Corp's cabs and dilapidated the surrounding buildings with the earthquake like basslines.
Last and certainly not least is Rebecca Webster. Seeing a female guitarist in a male dominated scene is refreshing, and welcomed. Her crazy on stage persona coupled with her excellent playing makes her a formidable force in the UK Metal scene.
Being one of the top performers in the underground scene, she is certainly an instrumental piece to Hellfekted.
By Alex Holmes