@ The Relentless Garage
13th March 2013
Review by Soozi Q
Photography by Taya Uddin
As part of a ten- date UK tour, Breed 77 and their distinctive brand of flamenco metal roll into London Town once again, this time to promote their latest album ‘The Evil Inside’ and supported by Seven Deadly, For the Imperium and Left Unscarred.
Taking to the stage to a backing track consisting of an air raid siren (unoriginal- I’ve seen far too many bands use and air raid siren in their intro track!) amalgamated with a messed up flamenco guitar riff. Paul Isola and co appear focused and ready to reveal their new material to the eager and faithful audience; conversations amongst group of friends who are evidently die- hard Breed 77 fans are overheard a number of times tonight.
Opening track and first single from their new album, ‘Drown’, has a certain raunchy, dirty vibe about it that isn’t often heard from the Gibraltan rockers. Pedro’s guitar solo brings variation in a disjointed and compelling manner to an otherwise mediocre track.
Next track ‘Blind’ beautifully showcases what Breed 77’s sound is all about- the concoction that is melodic metal and sultry Spanish flamenco.
Material from ‘The Evil Inside’ is artfully scattered throughout the set; stand out tracks include ‘Low’, with its bizzare and somewhat jazzy guitar riffs, and ‘Fear’ for its thrashier riffs and groovy beat.
‘The Broken Pieces’ also deserves a mention for how well Paul flaunts his vocals in combination with superbly rich backing vocals from Danny and Pedro. Slower acoustic number ‘Motionless’ is possibly intended to be an emotional and powerful moment but it instead fails to be anything other than dull and unoriginal.
Second single from the new album, ‘Bring on the Rain’ maintains the excitement in the audience caused by the preceding number, The Battle Of Hatin, but I can’t help but notice Paul struggling to hit the higher notes when singing with clean vocals.
Going back to the Battle of Hatin… this number is an absolute gem.
Passionately and exuberantly performed, it is a song with a split personality; it switches from all-out heavy blasts accompanied with screeching vocals to typically melodic, flamenco- dictated parts.
The skittish and up-tempo drum patterns from Andre accompanied by the guitar solo duels between Danny and Pedro make this track one of the highlights of the gig. Typical crowd pleaser ‘The River’ gets everyone singing along, swaying and waving their arms, whilst their beefed- up cover of Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ brings the audience to life and turns them into crazed party animals. Their cover of the Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ also goes down well.
Breed 77 do not let their slightly obsessive fans down; Paul sings his heart out and unleashes his satirical humour upon the audience between songs, relative newcomer Andre is faultless on drums… their overall performance is good.
But that’s it. It’s just good.
As a band they appear to lack that exuberant enthusiasm that ultimately attracts you as a fan.
Perhaps this is just down to the highs and lows they have experienced during the last decade. Nevertheless, it is great to hear their sound has evolved with this new album and perhaps this will attract new fans.
3. Broken Pieces
4. The Battle of Hatin
5. Bring on the Rain
6. World’s on Fire
7. Poison (Alice Cooper cover)
12. La Ultima Hora
13. The River
14. Zombie (The Cranberries cover)