UK Tech Fest live review – Newark Showground, Newark-On-Trent
Venue: Newark Showground, Newark-On-Trent
Between The Buried And Me head up a feast of fret-botherers at Tech Fest. Read our review here.
The weather gods are smiling as Hammer descends upon Newark’s sun-drenched Showground. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Tech-Fest and, with its biggest headliners and highest attendance to date, the weekend ahead is further proof that the progressive end of the metal spectrum is burning brighter than ever before. The main stage is already swelling for opener NOVENA  and their four-part harmonies and Opeth-esque riff-laden set is a prog-lover’s wet dream. It’s a hard act to follow, but rising five-piece HARBINGER’s  intense technicality and muscular beatdowns almost set the blooming hangar on fire. Josh Hillier’s vocals may be inaudible, but it’ll take more than a dodgy mix to halt the brutal assault of A NIGHT IN THE ABYSS , whose crushing death metal littered with startling theatrics is akin to a full-scale siege on the ears. On the second stage, old-school deathcore outfit OSIAH  are engaging and entertaining from the offset. Tracks like Humanimals and Perennial Agony not only sound colossal, but are unleashed with enough abrasive panache to incite countless pits. Djenty Danes COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS  proceed to reaffirm their status as one of the most diverse bands within the tech spectrum. Complex riffs give way to ambient melodies, which sit alongside jarring time signatures and instrumental noodling.