HELLYEAH + RavenEye + Sanguine
@ O2 Academy Islington, London
April 13, 2017
Review by The Hun
Photography by Miguel de Melo
First of all I’ve never liked Hellyeah. I listened to their first album really because of Vinnie Paul, but that’s it. So you may ask: why does someone go to review the gig of a band they don’t really like? Well, sometimes the reviewers’ lives are not just fun and games so occasionally we have to cover bands we might not like. Plus, I can personally get into a band playing live much, much easier. Also, I wanted to see Vinnie Paul, ’cause he was the drummer of Pantera – as you know.
The first band of the night was Sanguine from Exeter, whom I had never heard before, and if you haven’t heard them then you are lucky. The band has a songstress. In my opinion there is no mediocre female vocalist. They are either amazing (e.g. Chantal from London’s Vodun) or horrible. Well, I am not even sorry to say that Sanguine’s frontwoman was horrible. Her voice was annoying and her attitude was… she said a couple of times that they were there to warm up the audience but they didn’t manage this at all.
They also used these Transformers or Skrillex effects which I totally didn’t get. During the gig I checked them out on the internet and they label themselves as alternative metal. Let me tell you something: there is no alternative to metal. Even if you try to do breakdowns. For breakdowns a band has to be heavy. But I don’t want to say only negative things, and there were a couple of positive ones: they covered Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ and I just love it when a band does covers. Their set was short.
The second band was RavenEye from Milton Keynes. I’ve heard about them but have never see them live before. There were a good choice, let me admit. The rock trio don’t play my kind of stuff but they were able to warm up the audience and made a good show.
All of the members seemed to enjoy the gig, they moved around the stage a lot and even came off it. All of us have heard this kind of rock before as it’s nothing new, but the guys were amazing musicians and they gave a solid, fun performance to the crowd who were then ready for the main act.
After some roadies walked up and down the stage for a bit Vinnie Paul appeared behind his drumkit, put his hand in the air nodded to the crowd who cheered back. Face the fact that this is Vinnie’s band. The majority of their fans listen to them because of him, but here’s the thing: none of the ex-Pantera members’ bands can be as big as Pantera was. Obvious. History has cast a shadow on all of them which I thought Hellyeah couldn’t shine through, but I was wrong.
They played a good show and I kinda understand their fans now. This band is tight. Of course they are, once you’ve played in the biggest metal band of the 90s you have to try to achieve the best you can. The bass player is mental for sure – he headbutted his instrument a couple of times, and the frontman did exactly what you want from a frontman: running up and down a lot, standing on the speakers, fistbumping the audience and letting them sing into the microphone.
Vinnie’s sound reminded me a lot of the CFH days.
Hellyeah was not a disappointment although to be honest, I did not have any real expectations.
3. Demons In The Dirt
4. Sangre por Sangre (Blood for Blood)
6. Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones)
8. Be Unden!able
9. War In Me
10. Say When
13. I Don’t Care Anymore (Phil Collins cover)
14. You Wouldnt Know