Published on November 28th, 2017 | by voxx0
Valis Ablaze Etc. @ O’Rileys
19/11/2017, O’Rileys, Hull
LEVEL Promotion have racked up some huge gigs this year and it looks like they’re going out in style with a heavy duty line up.
Spiteful Embrace set the scene, thrashing, heavy – no messing. Hints of Soil, Metallica, Pantera, Killswitch; it’s everything that’s good from the best metal acts of the last 20 years thrown in a cement mixer and fired out of a speaker. I’m more impressed every time I see these guys and cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for them.
Korvuss have gone from strength to strength over the last few years I’ve seen them, starting in a modest local social club with a tiny stage and quickly transcending to regular(ish) spots on far bigger stages. The only complaint I have is that I don’t get to see them more. If you get the chance, see them while you can! A four piece tonight they have the ability to rise to any occasion with flair, rallying the crowd with their no BS punching, grooving sound.
To say Dividiuim are normally good is probably the biggest understatement I’ve written this year. Tonight they’re jaw dropping, ear shatteringly awesome. Epic powerful vocals transform effortlessly into growls – honey spiked with razors; drums rattle the brain while the bass shakes the fibres of your being, and electrifying guitar leaves the hairs standing on end. Dividium class themselves as tech metal on their Facebook. I’d describe them as just sounding like Dividium, and that, in my opinion, is more than enough. Give them a look; you will not be disappointed.
Construct hit the stage with a punching sound, slicing elemens of nu-metal, hardcore and metal. Deep rumbling bass lays the foundation for some big vocals layered with thrashy melodic barrages of guitar. Mid sections open to jaunty tech metal, which flourish in to sing-along choruses. Solid stuff! Owning the venue, frontman Callum must be about ready for a marathon, sprinting around the place, crowd interactions galore. Big things for these guys going forwards I feel.
Finishing the night in style, Vilas Ablaze present a mix of massive Radiohead-esq soundscapes with brooding hardcore and emotive vocals. The sound is huge yet intricately woven, bold and strong – slow chunking bass over big drops and breaks. Suddenly jangly bluesy guitars fill the ears, a feeling of the familiar echoing everything from a Pendulum, A Perfect Circle and Sabbath blend. The stand out thing about Valis Ablaze is that they are not falling into the genre grind, offering a fresher more interesting sound. I was really impressed as well with the clean vocals – it’s something I feel is tragically over debated in the “scene” but this is a prime example of it working in vivid technicolour!
It’s been a hell of a year for music and LEVEL have truly contributed, providing local Hullian metal fans the opportunity to see some amazing grass roots acts and touring bands, start ups and established alike. Here’s to 2018. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
- Words by Luke Goodhand | Photography by Rowan Zynoni