Waking up to Henry Rollins, the charismatic ex Black Flag member delivers a witty “sermon” with political undertones. Discussing his “disciplined obsession” with hating George Bush, Rollins is commanding and boundlessly enthusiastic and the spoken word set is brief, honest and entertaining, dealing with social issues and endearing musings. A natural born performer, Rollins adds another dimension to his artistry.
Amateur, formulaic metal is what we get from young upstarts Acid Tone. A reluctant crowd are warmed up with an opening track similar to early Coal Chamber. Their raw energy shows potential but this band has a long way to go - although fans of Sikth and HFM would appreciate these qualities in new single 'Scarred'.
No Hope In New Jersey are a new Manchester based band trying to establish themselves to a tough crowd. Executing a pop punk sound, the vocals are unconfident and lack originality, but despite thi,s tracks flow seamlessly and forthcoming single 'Decline' is showcased well.
The Saints might be getting on a bit, but that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of delivering a thumping half-hour of fast-paced rock. Being at the forefront of the late seventies punk explosion means they can be excused for sounding fairly generic, but it's clear that most of the crowd are simply here to catch them before they retire.
Anyone who likes their metal tinged with the bitterest emo edge can find comfort in the aggressive musings Still Remains offer. Deliciously heavy, this is an explosive set from the six-piece tipped for major success in the rock industry. On the back of their intense show today it’s hard to imagine anything otherwise.
Skulls on sticks, axes, and other clichéd rock paraphernalia are out in force as 3 Inches Of Blood storm onstage. Crippling death metal anthems teamed with Motörhead-esque vocals turn the crowd into a roaring mass, particularly during fan favourites ‘Destroy The Orcs’ and ‘Deadly Sinners’. Brutal and uncompromisingly brilliant.