Saturday, 30 November 2013

GIG REVIEW: Hell Death Fury and Bite The Hand - Bradford-On-Avon, 30/11/2013

So a busy week ends with a great night of local music at the Three Horseshoes in Bradford-On-Avon courtesy of the excellent Hell Death Fury, with support from the recently emerged Bite The Hand. Formed in around 2006, Hell Death Fury keep going from strength to strength, and after years spent strengthening their sound are preparing to release the follow up to their 2010 debut 'Free Porn'. 

Following the release of their fantastic album, they have been busy touring the UK, supporting Spunge and a number of other high profile acts. 

Tonight they were supported by the newly-formed Bite The Hand, a heavy five piece group playing rock and hardcore covers. Walking in to a band playing 'Sabotage' by the Beastie Boys is always a good way to begin your night, and as their set rolled on, it was surprising how powerful they were for a group only on their second ever gig. Singer Trigger and bassist Matt were also both former members of Nishe, and ex bandmate Bean made a guest appearance on a hectic and massively enjoyable cover of Refused's legendary 'New Noise'. What a blast, and the first time in years that the three had shared a stage. With a superb drummer and a line-up who seem to gel brilliantly the future is bright for this lot.

Comprising of Karlos Maňanos, El Bean Juan Paulo, Reno Menendez, Slim Juan and Dominicus Bayli-Bayli (of course, these aren't their actual names), Hell Death Fury are four and a half guys from a small market town who came together through a mutual distaste of conformity and appreciation that music can act as a great escape from the bakery, the furniture factory and the lighting store. Made up of former members from the (short lived) hardworking underground punksters Post No Bills, and previous BBC band of the year Nishe, they pitch their sound as a fusion of punk rock, ska, metal, dub and reggae. Never understating their love for a spliff, tracks from the debut LP like 'Crack Party', 'Rude Boy' and the awesome 'Green Lane' sounded fatter than ever, while their cover of Technohead's 'I Wanna Be A Hippy' went down a storm. Three brand new songs mixed ska, hip hop and hardcore, taking their sound to more complex but hugely enjoyable places. Certainly promises great signs that the second album could be even better than the first...

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