Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas, Wretched Soul; with words like this you’re probably thinking the end of the world is close. And it is, for your hearing the next day. Happily though for y’know, the world, this was the line-up of metallers that made it their mission to rock the Bar Below on Friday 16th November. These four bands filled the subterranean bar with more metal sounds than Magneto coughing up nails.
First on were Dark Theory. The four piece took to the stage with their faces painted and battle dress on. Then their own brand of black metal jumped out the amps and into peoples faces. Hellish vocals from lead singer Ryan Wigley joined the guitars, drums and keyboards. Then something surprizing happened. Backing vocals from Olivia Kennet joined the fray and added opera to the mix. All this gave Dark Theory a unique sound. With all these elements in place the band have shown the unique sound they have, and their potential. A little more development as a band with more flow between songs in the live set will see Dark Theory showcase their unique sound at its best.
Following this were Lynchpyn. Out for their debut gig the band didn’t pull any punches. Coming out to an intro so big the sound desk could barely handle it they slammed their sound into the crowd. The crowd responded, by getting closer and forming up around the stage. The five piece filled the stage as much as peoples brains, as lead vocalist Justin Lloyd delivered hard vocals into the room. Even on a first gig the bands tightness and ability was evident, proven most by their ability to interact and create suspense within the audience. Not even the promise of pain could deter anyone. Tracks like Sepultura’s Reprise Resist went down well. Their own Can You Speak Now and Drop The Blade sounded even bigger live than recorded, not even stopped by a unfriendly bass amp.
Silas took to the stage next, and so did their beards. Fusing heavy riffs with versatile vocals the band let metal so hooky it pierced your brain loose into the room. This was the Bromley bands first Folkestone gig and they connected with audience. Tracks like What We See sounded awesome in the live environment. One thing that was evident throughout Sila’s set was the enjoyment the band felt playing live. Something echoed by the audience. Another tight and talented band with a genre defying sound.
Closing the night was Wretched Soul, Joined on stage once more with more hair than a wookie during Movember. The band filled and commanded the stage with an intense performance. Not letting the crowd get lazy at every opportunity front man Chris Simmons constantly growled encouraged. The result was the hardcore few going for it like they had a spare neck at home. Furious and driven metal leaped across the room, fueled by pounding drumming, powerful vocals and frantic guitars. In the true metal way there was even a track about a whore, Veronica, which sounded like a beast as it filled the room.
A big night of metal hosted by Below the Radar Events and Promotions! Find these bands and see them live.