CROWBAR / INGESTED / CENTRILIA - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow 28.09.18

CHRIS STONES

PHOTO CREDITS: MB PHOTOGRAPHY SCOTLAND

 

Where has 2018 gone? Tonight’s gig is approached in darkness as the long summer has packed its bags and headed south. The darkness and chill in the air of Glasgow is given an edge tonight as the plethora of leather and bearded gents gather around King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for the arrival of doom metallers CROWBAR.

 

With later doors tonight, the Tut’s bar is near full and in good form with new friends being made and laughs bellowing from every nook and cranny, perhaps at odds with the flavour of metal on stage tonight. The venue is full and there is an energy in the room that is friendly but edgy with many hoping to shed some of the working week’s pressure in the pit.

 

CROWBAR have brought INGESTED on the road but they have sought out some local quality in the shape of CENTRILIA – a tight and powerful metal act with musical ability and a knack for capturing brutality in sonic form. Gavin Marshall (vocals), David Sandford(guitar), Gareth Ellis (bass) and Andy Brown (drums) have released two EPs and secured support slots with such greats as ROB ZOMBIE and have an honest ambition in all that they hope to achieve.

 

CENTRILIA have a short set to get their point across and this is delivered with venom and an obvious no messing attitude. Marshall prowls the stage bellowing into the mic whilst Sandford and Ellis focus on a punchy delivery with trademark stops and starts that are as tight as a Glasgow promoter. Brown’s double kick delivery is equally impactive and is an obvious backbone for the band’s material. The band use backing intros for some tracks and this adds to the overall atmospherics that the material carries. 

 

The prospect of a new album in the works has these four soldiers ready for battle and we have to say it will be worth watching out for. In the meantime – check them out on their socials here –

 

https://www.facebook.com/Centrilia/

http://centrilia.com/

https://twitter.com/centrilia

https://www.instagram.com/centrilia_/?hl=en

 

 

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Possibly one of the most unusual things happened between the support sets and it was prompted by Tut’s eclectic playlist. In a random moment, a group of altogether ‘metal’ looking punters sang heartily along with the Flock Of Seagulls’ track ‘She Ran’. This raised a smile but what made me really laugh was the guy next to me pointing and shouting “One of them is wearing a Sodom t-shirt!”....gotta love this weird music world. Anyway, back to business!

 

Next up are INGESTED – a death metal act who have built a solid reputation globally and who would celebrate their 100th show of the year the night after. This gruelling touring schedule makes for a polished delivery and the half hour set is used to full effect from minute one. 

 

Jay Evans (vocals), Sean Hynes (guitar), Sam Yates (guitar), Brad Fuller (bass) and Lyn Jeffs (drums) use the cramped stage space well with Evans being squashed into a tight space in front of Jeffs’ kit that pushed him into the faces of the front row – something that nobody complains about. INGESTED don’t take long to get the crowd moving and the security team take no notice but as always, this is well organised carnage with the old school approach to pit combat where fallen troops are helped to their feet. The delivery is as brutal as I’ve heard but with technical brilliance across the band. Jeffs’ work behind the kit is business like and a quick glance between tracks saw his left foot still twitching whilst off the pedal.

 

The tracks are pacey as you would expect and Evan’s guttural vocals are both consistent and strong in equal measure. The tracks are drawn from across the catalogue but closing track ‘Skinned and Fucked’ is the go-to set ender. As death metal goes, this is a master class in impact. The fact that the Down The Front Media photographer’s mouth remains open for most of the set is as close as you can get to a proof of concept.

 

INGESTED aren’t putting their feet up any time soon as they head to the States for an autumn tour. There aren’t many bands putting this amount of work in. Go see for yourself here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/ingesteduk/

https://twitter.com/Ingested

https://www.instagram.com/ingested/
 

 

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Five shows into this European tour that will see them wind their way across the UK before taking their mission across Germany, Finland and Switzerland to name but a few. The journey this year is only part of the story though as CROWBAR near their 30-year mark with a healthy catalogue of material in the can too.

Glasgow isn’t a new location for the band but there are a number of reasons why the city and CROWBAR are similar in attitude at least. CROWBAR have worked hard and sweated blood for their position among metal royalty and that accolade is based on honesty, a strong work ethic and the ability to challenge bullshit when it is presented. This carries to their material. It is unashamedly straight forward with no airs or graces.

 

Kirk Windstein (guitar/vocals), Matt Brunson (guitar), Tommy Buckley (drums) and Todd Strange (bass) step on stage with smiles and a relaxed feel that is altogether different to the support acts who had assaulted the crowd with their aggressive performances. Windstein has seen it all and asks for the lights out front to be lit rather than lurk in the darkness that previous acts had endured.

 

What follows is a gritty, diesel-soaked show of pure passion without the need for theatrics or faux-show and that’s exactly what the Glasgow crowd wants. Windstein chugs beer between songs and pushed all the right buttons to get the crowd moving regardless of the pace or power of the material.

 

That material is drawn from the wider catalogue and there is no reliance on the most recent outputs. Must play tracks such as ‘The Lasting Dose’ and ‘Planets Collide’ receive a significant response and are delivered with a swagger that is confident but not arrogant. The beer on stage is bettered by the lubricated crowd in the small venue and many partake in the proud Glasgow tradition of sharing beer via aerial delivery. Good times.

 

This was a first for me and it was treated as an experience and a chance to learn about a band with a strong legacy. The delivery, attitude and material were an education and for those yet to witness CROWBAR – I’d recommend you listen. You’ll recognise how they have influenced a number of newer bands and with their ability to endure – will continue to do so for years to come.

 

CROWBAR won’t stop when they reach Munich in October – they will head back to the States where they will be on tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. There will be tickets available for a number of shows if you’re quick so check out the band here and don’t delay -

 

https://www.facebook.com/crowbarmusic/

https://twitter.com/crowbarrules

 

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