Published on April 29th, 2015 | by voxx0
XIII at O’Rileys
XIII have long been a staple of the local metal scene and have gigged prolifically for a number of years to define themselves as one of Yorkshire’s premier Thrash Acts. Founded like many from the post Metallica archetype XIII have grown far beyond the territories commonly tread by many local metal bands of inaudible grunted vocals and thick sludgy guitars.
While familiar, XIII have a sound and style all of their own – Clean punchy vocals, exceptional guitar work, tight drumming and a bassist with the most elastic face you will ever see. Playing in a recently refitted O’Riley’s one would be forgiven for thinking the trio of XIII would be lost in the new and improved stage set up but you would be wrong, oh so very wrong…
Opening with Narcotics, Dan, James and Tom belted their way through a blistering set including Acta Sanctorum, Nothing is True… Everything is Permitted and their last single Deliverance. XIII’s trademark Technical Lead Guitar mixed with heavy bludgeoning heart-stopping riffs and pounding bass sounded fresher than ever. Dan’s Vocals again deserve note as not your stereotypical metal growl but instead punchy, angry and authentic; the sincerity is visible as they worked through songs of betrayal, mistrust and anger that few would struggle to relate to. The outstanding moment of the night was seeing new recruit Tom look and sound like he had always been there; his drum style has rejuvenated the material (not that it needed any). The Set closed with We Are Everywhere and an encore of The Beaten Path to rapturous applause. XIII always impress but tonight was something else entirely.
Many wondered how XIII would bounce back after parting ways with their long standing drummer last year. Suffice to say it is with renewed vigour and a more refined heavier sound. If they keep this pace up 2015 is definitely going to be a big year for XIII as they seem to be going from strength to strength.
- Photos: Rowan Zynoni
- Words: Luke Goodhand