"Maxium Riffage Enganged "
By: Stephen Cummings (BeardBo & GHUK)
(Image: © DAK Imaging )
Kilonova at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle with support from Trendkill & The Last Bastion.
The Last Bastion ( Opening )
It's always impressive when a band can maintain their professionalism and talent in the face of technical difficulties. The Last Bastion's ability to do so is evident in their experience and skill. In fact, many successful musicians have experienced technical issues during live performances, but it's the way they handle them that sets them apart from the rest.
The audience undoubtedly appreciated The Last Bastion's dedication to keeping the show going despite the delay. It's not easy to perform in front of a crowd, and even more challenging when technical issues arise. Their ability to maintain their composure and deliver a great performance is a true mark of their talent and professionalism.
It's not shocking that The Last Bastion is recognized for its mouth-watering riffs and impressive guitar abilities. (Playing the guitar while sporting sunglasses in a dimly lit room can't be simple, after all.). Their live shows are always a treat for music lovers, and their ability to overcome technical difficulties only adds to the excitement. If you haven't seen them live, I highly recommend it.
Trendkill (Main Support )
The Groove Metal band back to full strength since the last time I saw them at the Metal 2 the Masses Newcastle final and they did not disappoint. Kicking off with "A Broken View," the band sounded amazing as ever. They played two of my personal favourites, "Poison the Well" and "Obsession," but the true standout of the night was Jonny Stern on guitar. He has a natural flair for performance and is a shredding master. The audience was truly impressed with his skills, and he was definitely the highlight of the night (For myself). The band's chemistry was evident from their performance, as they seamlessly transitioned from one song to the next.
Vocalist Alistair Lisle commanded the stage with his powerful vocals, and bassist Jordan Tipple and drummer Corey Bennet provided a solid foundation for the band's sound.
Trendkill's performance was tight and polished, showcasing their years of experience and dedication to their craft. They proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the metal, earning their place as one of the top bands in the Newcastle metal secne.
Overall, Trendkill's performance at the event was a night to remember. The band's musicianship, chemistry, and stage presence were all top-notch, making for an unforgettable experience for fans. If you haven't seen them live yet, make sure to catch them at GET HEAVY Fest on the 19th of August at Downcast Studios, Gateshead
Kilonova ( Headliners )
“Maximum Riffage Enaged” I finally had the opportunity to witness Kilonova's live show since the release of the latest EP " Moment of Clarity” back in May. Their new songs, "Fragments", "Bleed by Example", and "Leeches and Parasites", sounded even better in person and did not disappoint. It was a joy to see the members of Kilonova on stage, performing with infectious energy and beaming smiles, as they played to a packed audience at Trillians. This band is out on stage to have a good time and this show was evident in the way they interacted with the crowd and each other.
The chemistry between the band was undeniable and it was clear they had put in countless hours of practice to make their performance flawless. The highlight of the night for me was their performance of Slipknot’s cover "Duality", and joining them on stage was Shaun Payne of Cast in Tephra and Evan Jones of Collapse of Colour. The audience sang along and the energy in the room was electric.
Kilonova made a special announcement at their latest event, revealing that they will be supporting Gama Bomb on October 24th at Anarchy Brew Co in Newcastle. The lineup for the night also includes Young Thrashers Equitim, promising a memorable experience for all attendees.
Overall, Kilonova delivered an electrifying performance that had the audience headbanging and moshing throughout the entire set. The band's chemistry on stage was undeniable, with each member showcasing their musical prowess and putting on a tight, cohesive performance. The vocals were powerful and emotive, and the guitar work was impressive, featuring intricate solos and crushing riffs that had the crowd screaming for more. If you're a fan of heavy, riff-driven music and haven't seen them live yet, make sure to catch them next time they're in your area. You won't be disappointed.
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