at The Garage
October 12th 2013
Review by Becky Brown
Photography by Graham Hilling
I didn’t know what to expect walking into The Garage; it is a small but very nice venue, and from my experiences, the smaller the venue the better it is for a band to interact with the crowd, and each band that performed tonight did just that.
The first band to play was Tantara, a group of four lads from Hamar, Norway, and Tantara put on a performance to raise the standards for the following acts. They were electric and on top of their game and the crowd… well, the crowd didn’t seem to notice.
Only a few metal heads paid attention to the band on stage who were so enthusiastically trying to get the crowd pumped. If the audience had been paying attention it would’ve worked too, the few members who were listening were giving it their all, head-banging and moving to the beat of their songs while everyone else fussed over getting the next round in.
As the night went on, the drinks were flowing and with good company at hand I couldn’t help but be excited for the next performance’s. Next on stage was Master, who I had not heard of before but they absolutely blew me the fuck away.
With a three piece band I wasn’t sure what to expect but they well and truly showed us what they are made of. The impact of the main man’s, Paul Speckmann, vocals blew the crowd away. Amazing.
After that insane performance by Master the crowd – all of us this time – were well and truly ready for the chaos that was about to go down when Onslaught hit the stage.
As soon as they walked on the crowd erupted into loud cheers, filling the room with noise and happiness and excitement. The boys got straight down to business, welcoming us with their first track, “ Chaos” which instantly got the crowd pumped and they did not hesitate to open up those pits.
Throughout their performance they showed us what they are truly made off, they played perfectly and countied to fuck shit up all night, hitting the fans with tracks such as ‘ Shellshock’ and ‘ Destroyer’. Between songs the band would stop and talk to the crowd, expressing their thanks and appreciation and their excitement to be there.
The crowd lapped up the attention and it seemed to excite them more and more with each song. As soon as the band started playing ’666′ the crowd went mental, opening up the pits again ready to tear shit up. As soon as there was movement in the crowd again, everyone seemed to go crazy.
The cheers seemed to overpower even the band at some point, drinks were being chucked everywhere and by the end of the night I was covered in what I can only hope to be booze.the night came to an end, and what a high it ended with, the band finished their set with one last hard track that sent the crowd wild. After being blown away by such an amazing performance, I am really looking forward to see what the boys have to offer next. Ill defiantly be at the next show.