The Gaff, Holloway Road 27.06.09
4 months ago they made their debut at the gaff supporting Nemhain, armed with 3 covers and 1 original song, tonight they return with a full set of mostly original songs and a new guitarist and drummer.
Confident and ready to rock they take to the stage with a cover of the Misfits 'Die Die My Darling' then unleash their own songs, and they have some very good songs the audience took to them instantly at one point a mini mosh pit broke out.
One song features a duet with guitarist Samara and vocalist Marcella and it has the word "hit" written all over it, as does the catchy 'Aimia', they also threw in a cover of L7's 'Shit List' that nearly took out the original, it was that good.
Everything about the performance was 'right' Martin is a very solid drummer and held the beat perfectly, whilst guitarist Luca kept the solos going, leaving samara to keep the rhythm and alexandra to pound the bass whilst the quite beautiful and slightly mad Marcella sung and screamed her heart out whilst running around on and off the stage.
Laurence from feral described them to me afterwards as like the Dead kennedys with female vocals!!!
Absinthe, Absinthe, Absinthe, Absinthe, Absinthe, Progressive Death Metal, Great Keyboards (More synthersizer would be cool though),Brilliant Musicians, Absinthe, Absinthe, Absinthe, Superb Vocalist, Fantastic Songs, Absinthe, Absinthe.
Xenochord = FUCKING AWESOME!!!!
Dispite the heat and the fact that vocalist/guitarist Martin was tired they pulled off yet another outstanding live set and tonight introduced a new song with the working title "Blue". Its very heavy with a few timing changes in it, it has elements of old school thrash and motorhead in there but its pure Feral and shows that they have no intention of sticking to what they have now and intend to push themselves forward musically all the time.
Of course all the favourites were played 'Truth Is Lies', 'Weapon X' and the epic 'Twisted Sinister Smile' and the sweaty audience got wetter (Does that sound right??).
Having now perfected their stage performance with great songs, clever use of samples, outstanding guitarwork from Nicky and Marcel, faultless drumming from Zack and a great vocal delivery from Al, i wonder where they can go from here?
They enjoyed themselves as did the audience, everything is just "correct" with the band...So why are they not signed????
I mean this is the same Cavalar right?
They sure look the same and yes, it is Arn on Drums, Daniel on Guitar, Max on Bass and Luca on the vocals, but Cavalar are a good solid classic rock style band who released an album called 'As A Metal of Fact' (Err twice actually).
Okay i will get to the point...Fucking hell this is a full on Heavy Metal band who could be supporting Helloween or EdGuy tomorrow.
An absolutley mind blowing set, totally breathing new life into the old songs and unleashing some incredible new ones, each song delivered with passion and energy from a band who obviously mean buisness.
Luca is not only a brilliant vocalist but quite possibley the best frontman in London at the moment, his enthusiasm and ability to get the audience moving is far from contrived like some, he, like his band, has genuine passion and it shows.