Live Evil: Heavy 2012 Sunday Review
While Amit and Merl were nursing their sunburn and sore heads, Metal Hammer Podcast host Steve Hill braved another round of Hevy 2012. Here’s what he saw….
After a night of partying hard, I feel rough on Sunday morning and it looks like I’m not the only one. Today some of punk rock’s old school attempt to show the youngsters a thing or two and, after Attack! Vipers have kicked the hangover out of me, I’m treated to 7 Seconds, Ignite, Madball and a day-stealing set from H20 playing a pre-MTV style of punk rock all with passion and fury on one stage.
While the other stage deals with the savage sounds of the impressive Black Shapes, Rise and Fall‘s Black Breath/Trap Them style grizzled noise, the bafflingly insane DEP-meets-One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Chariot and headliners Converge, even they are not immune from the curse of the PA. Sounding paper thin for half their set and then, utterly disrespectfully, having The Descendants sound checking right next to them as they play. By the end it gets sorted out and No Heroes and Concubine sound as much of a head fuck live as they do on record.
As bad a taste as Descendants leave for their antics whilst Converge were on there is no arguing with the strength of their year zero melodic punk and they close the festival in fine style, barely pausing for breath in the process.
It’s a fine end to a fine weekend, which has had its fair share of problems but succeeds on the strength of its diverse and committed line up. Hopefully, it’ll be back next year and those creases can be ironed out. Get a better sound system, basically. And somebody wake that sleepy tiger in the zoo up!