Tuesday, 7 July 2009

AFFLUENZA, 9BLIND, FROM GREAT HEIGHT, MAN OF KIN,D.MONIC Live At The Gaff 03.07.09 (Gig Review)

AFFLUENZA
9BLIND
FROM GREAT HEIGHT
MAN OF KIN
D.MONIC

The Gaff, Holloway Road July 3rd

D.MONIC
What a way to kick off a friday, this is some serious punked up metal fury delivered with some style.Take early AFI and mix it up with the Misfits and early Nirvana then give it that unique "London" twist and you have one helluva band.Caked in blood (Which i didnt notice at the time due to poor eyesight and wearing shades!!).They blew the place away and got everybody rocking from the first chord to the last.

MAN OF KIN
They may have been on earlier than they are used to but they still delivered a headline quality set, almost every song in their set is now rapidly heading towards the phrase "classic" and with audience participation throughout, it would seem that (at the moment at least) they can do no wrong.They do a great covers medley again (with the exception of bloody metallica) and the new song 'Sequence Of Lies' is growing on me already.

FROM GREAT HEIGHT
They may have shocked a few tonight, their brand of Metal is clearly marked Prog with vocalist Adam paying his respects to Peter Gabriel, but fuck these guys are good, and i mean really good, not only do they excell at what they do but they do it with a class that sets them way above any in their chosen field.
But dont think that this was all 'intresting' (As my black metal loving friend Kyron said) or "too intelligent for a metal gig" as i overheard someone else say, because they entertained and there was some headbanging (hooray :).
We got a new song debuted tonight called 'It Died A Quiet Death' and they ended their set with the awesome "Initial".

9BLIND
The third Enfield act on the bill tonight and representing a different musical genre as well, this time shouty in-your-face hardcore metal.These guys were like a bomb going off, you see after FGH everything was nice and calm then "Bang" people jumpimg around, mosh pits and lots of shouting.Performing with hi-energy songs they seem to play for a single purpose "FUN" and they deliver 100%
They ended their set with a cover of (Bloody) metallica's 'Memory Remains' and they did it very well and got everybody singing the Marianne Faithfull "La La's".

AFFLUENZA
Headlining set from the band who never put a foot wrong, tonight they started with a new song, normally a dangerous move for this lot, no problem.Just another great performance, it was however noticable that singer Al was somewhat possessed tonight by "The Claw" he did however manage to find the demon and pull off his best on stage performance for sometime.
Just love those songs "Dead Days","Affluenza Strain" and "Scorched Earth Policy" every time i hear them played, the guitar, bass and drums is just perfect.

STU

D.MONIC




MAN OF KIN


FROM GREAT HEIGHT



9BLIND



AFFLUENZA







1 comment:

MikeyFGH said...

Thank you so much again for still MORE kind words.... We always enjoy playing the gaff and can't wait till November to do so again.... So happy you enjoyed it. Hope the demo lives up to expectations.

Mikey