Renegade Twelve + support at the Apex, Bury St.Edmunds 4th August 2018

Four of Suffolk’s finest metal bands assembled to deliver an evening of high quality music to a packed house.

For Renegade Twelve, the event promised to be the highlight of a UK tour that has seen the band perform their self-titled album and for this evening the event was recorded live, to be released across social media early 2019, no doubt accompanied by the video, as they were shadowed the whole event by a videographer and photographer. It promises to be an exciting release.

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Heathen

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Honourable mention goes to Heathen, having the unenviable job of playing the opening set to a relatively small number of people. By the end of their set, which featured tracks from their EP ‘Bite the Bullet’ as well as two yet to be released songs, they had drawn the crowd in with a committed and polished performance.

 

Manic Blackout

 

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Energy levels ramped up as they took the stage to perform a set of six new original compositions, opening with “No Ones Hero” and closing out with “Faded to the Light”. Using every inch of the stage they played with heart and soul and delivered a heavy sonic contrast to Heathen, setting the tone for the remainder of the evening.

Shoot the Glass

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“can you guess what it is yet?” as the bassist played the opening notes of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare”. Their set getting heavier as it progressed. A very tight band playing covers of classic Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, System of a Down, climaxing with a glorious rendition of Slipnot’s Duality, with the crowd screaming along to the chorus. They left the stage with the crowd wanting more, having done their job to ramp up the atmosphere for the headliners to take over. Enter Renegade Twelve…..

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Playing to a sold-out crowd, they ripped through their repertoire, playing with the confidence and joy of a seasoned professional band, but importantly a band that still enjoys playing together. Sam’s melodic voicing has clarity, emotion and sheer power and at no time is lost in the mix.

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The dual lead guitar line up has been an effective set-up for countless metal bands and with R12 they complement each other well, lending power, subtlety and unlimited driving attack in “This Town”. Backed by a solid and powerful rhythm section of Josh on bass and Joe’s drumming demonstrated on songs such as Bipolar and Vanity.

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Fully engaged with an enthusiastic audience, the band appear to have no visible ego and communicate their joy to the audience who followed their every move throughout. This was a performance not to be missed and rounded off an evening of top draw performances from all of the acts. R12 will have no problem transferring to bigger venues and are definitely ones to watch in the coming year.

 

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 – Part 1

We here at This Is Noise are always on the lookout for the biggest and brightest talents across the regions to show off their music and talents, well Homegrown Festival last weekend boasted the best of what East Anglia has to offer and we were in attendance to check out the bands performing and see what the local talent has to offer.

Here is just part 1 of our highlights of the festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow with us covering a range of bands and artists taking to the stage to show the crowd what they have to offer…

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The event opened Friday with hightlights of the night coming from Tom Lumley and his band. Playing his brand of power Indie rock. The new single Sky High was aired in an accomplished and exciting performance by this tight four piece. This is a must-see band who will soon be headlining  at the Blue Moon, Cambridge on the 29th June. Tickets are selling fast.

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Oli and Dom two young musicians form a power New Prog band and cite Periphery and Carnival as influences. Their sound is large and powerful for a two piece but the guitar sound is  subtly interwoven with jazz licks and grooves that remind you of Soft Machine. An EP is due out very soon. Ones to watch

 

Alter the Sky

A Cambridge 5 piece heavy rock band playing their own compositions. Helen Johnston’s powerful vocals, supported by driving power riffs and a solid drum line got the small crowd rocking. Another band to announce a new EP, their launch party is being held at the Blue Moon Cambridge on 16th June. The new single ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was given a thorough workout.

Friday night was finished off by Heathen. Their set comprising of original compositions and a selection of rock standard covers, kicked off with the Chilli Peppers Dani California. The crowd was up singing and dancing throughout their seamless set enhanced by a lighting rig normally only seen on larger festival stages.

Read part 2 of our Homegrown Festival review here