Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas and Wretched Soul at The Bar Below, Folkestone 16/11/12

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.

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David Horn


The Gig Guide : 12th – 18th November

Gigs everywhere!  What gigs are we missing? Let us know!

Starting tonight in Canterbury head to The Lady Luck for a Rock and Metal night courtesy of Dirty Drew.  Start the week like a boss!

Keeping it in Canterbury you’re spoilt for choice on Thursday.  You could head to The Attic and catch Blaise Paisel and Dog Is Dead! Or you could get down to The Beercart Arms and check out some of Canterbury’s finest.  See 48Hours (ok so they’re not from Canterbury but they are awesome), After the Enclave, Anchors Down and Predicting the Fall!

Friday its all about Folkestone!  Head to The Bar Below to watch Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas and Wretched soul fill your ears with loud metal noises!  From 6.30 till 7.30 catch a repeat of our hour take over on Somojo Radio, featuring amazing tracks from these bands!

On Saturday head to The Westcoast Bar for another heavy night!  Watch Orange Goblin, Seven Deadly and Wretched Soul again!  Feeling a little more acoustic?  On Saturday in Hythe at The Globe Matt Appleby makes his comeback with his first UK gig! Alongside Adam Jerome this will be huge!

Find all our gigs at our gig guide!