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CHORDS AGAINST CANCER II – The Old Star, Uttoxeter, 27/10/2017

Chords Against Cancer II poster

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

King Abyss PHOTO by DAN FELLOWS

Last year, Matt Hudson and Rhys Bryan, the duo who make up Staffordshire heavy metal outfit Doomsday Sun, put on an evening of live sets performed by an assortment of talented Midlands rock and metal bands in their local town of Uttoxeter, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

Following the huge success of that, it was inevitable that another evening would be on the cards, and so, towards the end of October, the town’s go-to place for rock, The Old Star, a pub situated just behind Uttoxeter’s market place, prepared to play host to the second Chords Against Cancer.

Birmingham sextet Failure Is An Option were the first band on, however, due to them being stuck in the Friday rush hour traffic, they were late arriving, meaning their set, and the evening, had a delayed start.

Failure Is An Option band photo

Nobody seemed to mind, though, to be honest with you, their lateness probably helped, as by the time they got on the stage, situated outdoors in the pub’s beer garden, the place was already packed.

For the majority of the gigs that I have covered in the almost two years that Muzak Review has been going, the opening outfit has often played to a sparse, slightly uninterested crowd, but this was truly an exception, as it seemed that every rock and metal enthusiast from Uttoxeter and the surrounding area was in attendance.

The Brummies launched full throttle into their performance, impressing with an intense mix of metalcore, post-hardcore and djent.

Brandon Hart, one of the band’s two vocalists, added some humour to proceedings, teasing Matt Jeffries, his fellow vocalist, for his support of fallen football giants Aston Villa, and asking the audience to express sympathy for him.

Also during the set, Brandon grabbed one of the yellow plastic buckets that were being used for the venue’s patrons to make a donation, pointed at it, and went into full Bob Geldof at Live Aid mode, shouting, “Put some fucking money in there!

Credit to the six-piece for getting the evening off to a good start.

Next up were an emerging local band by the name of Vox Populi. Doing some homework on the bands in the run-up to the event, I hadn’t been able to find much info on these guys, so their set was the very first time that i had heard their music.

Vox Populi band photo

They gave a strong performance, playing a sound that was reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine, with the inclusion of some lengthy instrumentals.

Their frontman, Lee Sellers, rather like Brandon before him, used the interludes between songs as an outlet for some humorous banter.

It was under Vox Populi’s watch that we had our first moshpit of the night, with some members of the crowd rushing up to the edge of the stage and engaging in some playful shoving, with one even taking the opportunity, when the band had finished, to get up and take a small leap off the stage.

As I was doing an interview with Failure Is An Option at the time Afterburn started to play, I missed the first half, which was a shame, but I managed to finish things just in time for a fantastic cover of the Steppenwolf classic, ‘Born To Be Wild’, which, along with their sound harking back to classic metal, had some of the more seasoned crowd members lapping it up.

Afterburn band photo

The Chesterfield quintet ended their set by premiering a brand new track, which they said beforehand was a little different to what they had done up to now.

However, the song got the same positive reaction as the rest of their set list.

The fourth band, and the second local outfit, of the evening were five-piece King Abyss.

King Abyss gig photo

Even before they had played a single note, they were cheered, and that’s the good thing about small town music scenes, like I saw with Anonymous at the same venue on a couple of occasions, and last year with Rage Cave in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the bands are well supported, and that would have been the case even if King Abyss had played their entire set completely out of tune and littered with mistakes.

However, that was certainly not the case, as they brought the place down with a mix of aggressive thrash metal and more melodic fare. With all five band members having different artistic styles, they managed to join it all up together well, to create a sound that was truly original.

Having chatted with two of the guys, Sam and Jay, prior to the start of the event, they had said to me that they prioritise playing the best possible live set. This determination, as well as playing on home turf, definitely helped them in pulling off a great performance.

Even though it will be harder for them to energise the crowd like they did here when they play in other towns and cities, where they are not as well-known, having watched them for the first time here, I had the same gut feeling that I had had when I first saw Anonymous three years ago, and I’ve seen since, first-hand, how well they have proved themselves in other places.

The final performance of the night came from headliners Doomsday Sun. You could immediately sense that their set wasn’t going to be a jolly one, with a placard saying “THE END IS NIGH” in big letters just in front of the stage, as well as the dark suits and make-up the duo were both wearing. However, their attire befitted their doom-enriched metal sound.

Doomsday Sun band photo

As they played tracks from their well-received EP, ‘Red Light Fever’, their output was thought-provoking, reflecting on a post-apocalyptic world. Judging by recent world events, the two were probably giving everyone a taster of what to expect, should any of the major world leaders press the big red button.

Doomsday Sun are an outfit that hark back to an age where musical talent was deemed higher than good looks, and I personally believe, if they start getting more exposure, then in a couple of years, they could be a real force to be reckoned with.

The Midlands was the birthplace of heavy metal, and it was good to see, even now, that the region still has an abundance of great talent in that genre.

It was a great night, made even better by the fact that it was all in aid of a good cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DOOMSDAY SUN

Doomsday Sun band photo

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Staffordshire in the English Midlands, Doomsday Sun are a heavy metal outfit, comprising of vocalist/guitarist/drummer Matt Hudson and bassist/backing vocalist Rhys Bryan.

The theme running through the band’s DNA is that of a harsh post-apocalyptic world, which is reflected in both the moody sound and negative, but thought-provoking, lyrics.

Having brought out their debut EP, ‘Red Light Fever’, as this summer was drawing to a close, it has so far received positive reviews both from critics and the band’s growing fan base.

Prior to headlining the recent Chords Against Cancer evening in their home town of Uttoxeter, which they organised, Matt spoke with me about all this, their journey so far, and a little about what him and Rhys have planned for the future.

How did the band get together?

That would have been one evening, when I was at a rock festival. I met Rhys, we immediately bonded over our love of music, and we decided to form a band together.

From where did the name Doomsday Sun originate?

That was from a song I wrote when I was in my old band, Intervention. I’ve always been interested in exploring the ideas of the negative aspects of life, and what have you, that’s what I’ve always wanted to write songs about, so when me and Rhys formed Doomsday Sun, it seemed to be an appropriate name.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

I try to focus on the riff first of all, I’ve found over the years that big riffs make a song more effective. Obviously, we’re both huge fans of bands such as Black Sabbath, they’ve also influenced our lyrical themes, and a lot of people have said to us that we do have a Black Sabbath vibe to us.

Generally, the songwriting is about trying to capture the misery through both the music and the lyrics. That’s what we do, really.

The band brought out their debut EP, ‘Red Light Fever’, at the end of August. How was the recording process for that?

It was good. Rhys has quite a lot of experience himself with music technology, and what have you, so we were able to record the EP at my home studio, and that went rather smoothly.

It was just a matter of finding enough time, but apart from that, the recording process went really well.

How well do you think the response has been to the EP up to now?

The way we’re showcasing it mainly at the moment is through live gigs, and what have you. When it does come to things like that, obviously people see us, they get a sense of what we’re all about, purchase the EP, so I’ve believed it’s done well so far.

We’re speaking at the Chords Against Cancer evening in Uttoxeter, which the band has organised. How did it come about?

Before Rhys moved to Uttoxeter, it was either last year or the year before, he lived in Nottingham and had done a lot of event promotions there.

At the time, that was his main focus, as he wasn’t in a band, so when he moved here, he was all for setting up a local gig, similar to the ones he had done in Nottingham, but I suggested it would be better if the gig was in aid of charity.

Rhys went along with it, and the first one last year went really well, so here we are again.

How much do you hope to raise tonight?

It would be nice if we could go over £300, we got close to that amount last year, so that’s the plan.

What are the band’s future plans?

We’re currently working with a human drummer, Craig, so at the moment, we’re getting up to speed. We’re also recording, at the moment, another EP, which hopefully will lead one day to a full album.

What is your long-term aim?

We would like to earn enough from the band to do it full-time.

Doomsday Sun EP Cover

‘RED LIGHT FEVER’, THE DEBUT EP FROM DOOMSDAY SUN, IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD & PURCHASE FROM THE BAND’S BANDCAMP & SOUNDCLOUD PAGES: doomsdaysun.bandcamp.com/releases & soundcloud.com/doomsdaysun

YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR REVIEW OF IT HERE.

ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH BAND THROUGH THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/doomsdaysun

 

 

DOOMSDAY SUN – ‘Red Light Fever’

(Self-released)

Doomsday Sun EP Cover

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Having already made an impact locally with a strong live set, Staffordshire metal duo Doomsday Sun have transferred the essence of this into ‘Red Light Fever’, their debut EP.

Consisting of six tracks, the fledgling band employ the use of heavy, progressive guitar riffs and snarling bass lines as bases on which to build up a sound that frequently switches with ease between aggressive and more melodic fare.

Another element that is ever-present throughout this offering is the overall lyrical theme of a bleak, post-apocalyptic future, where society has collapsed, thanks to the greed and arrogance of the wealthy and powerful.

The words are brilliantly delivered by a moody, gravelly vocal delivery from frontman Matt Hudson.

The multi-talented two-piece also find opportunities in which to experiment, with penultimate track ‘Dreamer’, being significantly shorter at around two-and-a-half minutes, and beginning with Matt ranting about the negative aspects of modern life.

If you are looking for something uplifting, then this is definitely not for you, but if you like a moshpit-friendly sound that harks back to legendary metal outfits such as Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, then this EP will be just up your street.

‘Red Light Fever’ represents a solid debut for Doomsday Sun, and I will be watching with much interest to see where they will go from here.

(3/5)

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