Going to gigs at the Asylum are always a great nights – owners Ed & Denise are huge live music fans and the definition of the spirit of independence. If ever you’re anywhere near Chelmsford it has to be somewhere to go. I know of both bands – having seen Silenced By Shadows once already it was a very easy decision to make to see them again and Outright Resistance I know had played a blinder at the London M2TM and are one of the hardest working bands on the local metal scene. This is quite a touring match up. Can’t for the life of me understand where the local metalheads were?
Stevenage based Outright Resistance start the evening and despite, sadly, starting with the no doubt slightly disturbing sight of just me from the stage the people downstairs moved upstairs pretty quick to see them. Easy to see why – even to the tiny audience here they were playing like they were playing a festival. Heavy as Pantera & Lamb of God wrestling in a very large concrete box, an 8 song set was topped off by an obscenely heavy ‘Break Stuff’ by Limp Bizkit with guest local with terrifying metal face and huge voice too. Outright Resistance are very special for the scene. Singer Captain Paige is genuinely unique with a voice that would melt emos at 100 paces. They also want to help people who need help (genuinely) and were frankly an inspirational band for me.
Silenced By Shadows I already knew were superb both live and musically. Frontman Damon showing some serious talent again with his clean and growl voice in a Killswitch, Parkway of the highest calibre kinda way. Some great dance moves from the OR guys made for more entertainment during the set but the high point for me was the remarkable ‘Sticks & Stones’ from their EP. This Norwich 5 piece will surely get some more success with their hugely polished and all round great live show. Speaking with both bands they’d clearly enjoyed and endured some real highs and lows during the tour but their camaraderie and huge respect for each other really showed through. Nowhere near as much as their music mind you. Superb night from 2 bands who I look forward to seeing again.
Speaking with both bands they’d clearly enjoyed and endured some real highs and lows during the tour but their camaraderie and huge respect for each other really showed through. Nowhere near as much as their music mind you. Superb night from 2 bands who I look forward to seeing again.