REVIEW – Desecration, Basement Torture Killings, Zombified, Foetal Juice, Magpyes @ The Retro Bar, Manchester

By |April 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

(review n pix by mwj)

Returning from the internal and external battering of Hammerfest via recuperative radiation fortnight by the pool and beach in Tenerife, it was really diving back in at the deep and dingy end for tonight. Though thankfully the basement Retro Bar didn’t stink quite so much of stale sweat and beer as it had on my arrival a few years previously for Palehorse here. It was that I was recalling as me and Gwyn made a late entry to the venue, having missed the grind mentalists of Magpyes unfortunately, or not as their vocalist reckoned it hadn’t been one of their better beating shows. Still the party soon picked up, with Foetal Juice on their home turf and maybe glad of a rest being half way or so through a UK and Ireland tour with the rest of this lineup to come tonight. Not flagging though, they got into the superswift rhythms of their old school death metal soon enough and even the presentation of a commemorative pair of crusty tour boxers to the crowd didn’t dampen the positive response, especially to the humour in their banter and song titles. Ireland’s Zombified took things to another serious level of harsh and precise brutality next, more of a tech death approach with guttural vocals and an impressive drummer driving things along. These, Foetal, and BTK next are all sharing a 5-way split release “A split worse than death” (among 50 other titles!) and glad to pick it up as a fine example of some of the strength in the underground extreme scene. London’s BTK (pic above) were up next, seemingly the touring partner of choice for the headliners and like the last time I’d seen them in Liverpool they were frenetically agitated in delivering their hyper-aggression death. With the added bonus of their theatrics I am also amused to hear their samples about the Los Cristianos decapitation. I had an alibi, honest.


Finally, the truculent shambles that is Newport’s Desecration (pic above). The fact that they are old hands at the morgue music game comes across well whether they are in front of thousands at Bloodstock or less than a hundred here. The three-piece overcome a steady catalogue of hiccups and disasters with some great naturally comedic banter (“thank god we’re not Slipknot, we’d be here all night”) to blast through their stripped down and relentless death with an effortless confidence, including airing the title track of their forthcoming album “Cemetery Sickness” which is also available there as a split 7” picture disc. A fine finish to a great set of bands, certainly kept me glowing into the bitter night.

ARCHIVE GIG – Brutal Truth, Narcosis, Total Fucking Destruction, The Magpyes @ The Music Box, Manchester

By |February 6th, 2007|0 Comments

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(review n pic by MWJ)

Another instalment in cut out and keep our “blast(beats) from the past” series, collect all four hundred and receive a complementary hearing aid/ear plug/nose bleed. The headliners created a massive, seminal genre impact with their ramped up intensity grindcore/metal in the early 90’s even in comparison to the seismic wider culture shock that Napalm Death had brought to bear a few years before. I even roadied for them courtesy of some promoter friends from Wrexham who put their gigs on around and abouts, supposedly doing stage security at a gig downstairs at the Royal Court in Liverpool which basically consisted of me getting bent over backwards by the mosh mentalness in front of the two foot high stage, while the singer showered the back of my head with sparks from an angle grinder. This was not paid work but was my idea of a classic night out! Out of existence for some 10 years though, Brutal Truth had got the majority of the original line-up together for a benefit for the members of Eye Hate God drastically affected by hurricane Katrina, and the rest was no longer history