Deathcrusher Tour 2015
Venue: The Forum, London
Metal pioneers converge for an exhilarating masterclass
The only non-‘name band’ and playing a very short and early set to a largely empty Forum, openers HEROD  clearly have their work cut out.
In fact, their moody, progressive and slow-burning take on the sludge template fares surprisingly well, eliciting a decent reaction from the small crowd. Strangely, it turns out that VOIVOD  also hold a lot of surprises. Not only are they on earlier than expected (cue many cries of “I can’t believe I missed Voivod!” through the night) but they also avoid some of their more obvious numbers. What’s more, a fair few grind/death metalheads present have evidently not checked the band out before, which is another surprise in itself. They turn out to be an excellent choice for this bill, though, their bouncy yet technical and detailed compositions proving uplifting and invigorating rather than crushingly heavy. This appearance reminds us what a great band they are.
Of course, NAPALM DEATH  have some of that same punk/metal hybrid spirit to them, but needless to say, they are an infinitely heavier and more aggressive proposition. Mitch Harris is missing tonight, but otherwise this is Napalm as we know them: tight, twitchy, exhilarating, fast and in-your-face.