Live Evil: Hevy 2012 Saturday Review
Metal Hammer Podcast host Steve Hill reviews the second – and definitely most metal – day of Hevy 2012. Contains Andrew WK, Meshuggah, Bury Tomorrow and This Is Hell. Nice.
Saturday brings the most metal friendly acts of the weekend together in one place and showcases some of this country’s finest young acts. From The Safety Fire‘s brilliantly deranged Djent to Feed The Rhino‘s urgent, riff-heavy punk, to Devil Sold His Soul‘s scathing, grandiose post-metal – it’s enough to make even the most hardened cynic’s chest swell with patriotic pride. Gold medallists, though, are Bury Tomorrow who, despite starting late and suffering bass amp issues, draw a rabid reception for their huge, hook-driven metalcore.
Yesterday’s apathy has lifted by now and the oversees big hitters come steaming in, beginning with This Is Hell and their unstoppable old school hardcore-meets-thrash mongrel and followed by Municipal Waste, who are the perfect accompaniment to the incoming Andrew WK with their beer drinking, party thrash. It’s a good time vibe that Meshuggah crush in seconds with their jaw-dropping tech metal. They sound absolutely incredible over a sound system that just about every act has battled against all weekend and as a consequence hit a plateau that no act has come close to matching all weekend. Leaders in a field of one, sticking out like a sore thumb, THAT is punk rock, people.
You have to pity poor Glassjaw who have to follow that. Still, theirs is a set of wonderful highs, such as Ape Dos Mil and a closing Siberian Kiss and, predictably, those tiresome sound issues. Andrew WK sounds pretty rubbish too. Not that it matters when you’ve got the most entertaining stage show of the weekend, five guitarists, eight singers and one riff. It’s dumb, simple, repetitive and quite brilliant. The stony faced, sneering scene kids at the side don’t know what they’re missing.
Come back tomorrow for our review of Day 3. Go on.