Published on January 29th, 2018 | by voxx0
Hed P.E + Support @ Lincoln Imp
Hed P.E, Conveyer, Black Orchid Empire
The Lincoln Imp – Scunthorpe
Since forming back in 1994, Hed P.E have produced a solid, wide-ranging back catalogue of music spanning 10 albums. I was never a big fan back when they first made waves on the scenes, only encountering them again a few years back supporting Alien Ant Farm just down the road in Hull. Yet now I feel like I somehow missed a trick. Hed P.E have made a name by being unnameable and undefinable by common standards – it’s part of the appeal for many, me included. A wide mixture of political and social commentary, good time vibes, heavy/nu metal, punk, reggae/raga and beyond pepper every inch of their material, as relevant now as it ever has been. With touring support from Black Orchid Empire and Conveyer, it’s a solid mix with something for everyone.
Black Orchid Empire seem to have been big winners of the post Royal Blood era alt rock scene. Reinvigorated as a genre, there seems to have been a major explosion of homegrown talent pushing through and offering something original, something different. The writing is more melodic, subtle, and yet the riffs are Earth shattering. Bass driven, faced paced and on point, Black Orchid Empire are worth seeking out.
Next, we have Conveyer. Hailing from Wisconsin, this prolific tourers have recently seen a line change their back line – not that you would notice! Fast paced metalcore floods the room, piercing vocals, melodic breakdowns, fat pulsing bass and driving guitar flesh out the sound to bursting. I’ve seen a lot of core bands – it’s the in thing, after all – and all I can say is that Conveyer were truly enjoyable to watch and hear. Many times I witness more style than substance, but here it’s in the correct equal measure.
Finally, Hed P.E is up. They sound as sharp as ever, owning the stage, just as you’d expect from a million dollar selling act. I still don’t quite get how they aren’t at the levels of the likes of Korn and Bizkit, filling out massive stadiums, but selfishly as a music fan and gig goer I’m kind of glad they are still playing venues of this size so you can see the masters of their art up close and personal. I was pleased to witness a nice slice of material with some classics – ‘Bartender’ is a personal fave with newer tracks. Hed P.E deserve far more recognition than that receive, pre-dating nu-metal and if they like it or not, heavily influencing the sound of rap metal for the better. Not that they would ever admit it! A solid night of music from some fantastic acts.
- Words by Luke Goodhand | Photography by Rowan Zynoni