VOODOO BLOOD / XIII / PHOENICIAN / WEIRDWOLF Rockzilla Presents - O’Rileys, Hull - 06.10.18

PAUL MCGOWAN
PHOTO CREDITS: CECIL PAUL STUDIOS

 

It’s an Autumnal Saturday night in Hull and promoter Rockzilla have taken over O’Riley’s. Until a few years ago this was a premier grade snooker club that has now been turned into a small, yet very popular live music venue.

 

First up on the stage are Dave (Guitar/Vocals), Matt (Bass), Mike (Guitar) & Stuart (Drums) who are more commonly known as WEIRDWOLF. Hailing from across the Humber in Scunthorpe, this four piece rock outfit described themselves as “Loud, Heavy, Stoner Rock with a cherry on top”. With influences including Metallica & Mastadon to The Doors & Nirvana, you know this has the potential to deliver quite a sound.

Being the first of four bands up on stage is no easy task and whilst early customers are queuing at the bar for drinks the band simply crack on and do their thing.

 

They certainly don’t let themselves down, providing a slick thirty minute set of songs, including those taken from the EP A Golden Moment In The Pleasant Company Of WeirdWolf to start the night off. The sound is indeed loud, heavy and delivered extremely well. The guy’s require a little more stage presence to obtain the “Cherry on Top” accolade, and it surely will with more performances. A decent opening act for the night.

 

Find out more from the band at:
WeirdWolf - https://www.facebook.com/weirdwolfmusic/

 

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Next up are the Lincoln based PHOENICIAN with members Gummy Bear (Vocals), Martyn (Guitar), Joe (Bass) & Scott (Drums).

 

The band quickly allure to the fact that it is in fact Gummy Bears birthday today and that they are surprised he is still standing. Standing he is and the vocals are no let down across the entire set. Citing their influences from the likes of Clutch, Orange Goblin, Lionize, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Kyuss and QOTSA the music is, as would be expected, varied and punchy throughout the set. The guys also interacted with the now growing crowd too, especially with ‘The Beetroot Parade’ song and ‘Beacon’, which was pronounced bacon to allow product neutral music joking.

 

Well Gummy Bear made it through the well received set, albeit with some rather funky posing techniques, though ably propped up by a sound set of musicians who looked like they were indeed having fun. A job well done.

 

Find out more from the band at:
Phoenician - https://www.facebook.com/Phoenician1/

 

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With two very decent opening acts XIII knew they would have to deliver and justify their place on the nights billing.

 

A three piece band, comprising of Dan (Lead vocals/guitars), James (Bass and backing vocals) and Tom (Drums), stepped up onto the stage. To be fair, three ordinary looking chaps, which is most certainly what they are not as a band. A quick nod to the sound desk and all hell breaks loose and the onslaught of mayhem begins.

 

With the quoted influences of Metallica, Megadeth, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Crowbar, Clutch, The Haunted, Pantera, BLS, Alice in Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, Johnny Cash, QOTSA, Hank Williams you just know this is going to be a wall of sound, and they don’t disappoint.

 

Tom drills out a thundering beat to which Dan and James add their unique sonic onslaught. Dan’s vocals and guitar riffs are clear for all to hear, whilst James has become a man possessed. Hard hitting bass lines with facial expressions to match he also drops in the occasional punchy line too.

 

XIII are a full on, no frills metal outfit and their sonic impact is like dropping a bomb into the room.

 

Check them out if you can! Find out more from the band at:
XIII - https://www.facebook.com/musicbyxiii/

 

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Hailing from Manchester this four piece band consist of Kim Jennett – Vocals, Sean Owens – Guitar, Will Lewis – Drums and Chris Norris - Bass.

 

With the echoes of XIII still ringing in the crowds ears Sean, Will and Chris take to the stage. A nod from Sean and he rips into the opening notes of the intro with a down right dirty guitar sound and the room listens.

 

Just as the crowd are hooked by this short instrumental start to the show, Kim leaps onto the stage and introduces everyone to her vocal talents and boundless energy. The show is on and it doesn’t disappoint in any way whatsoever. The sound is tight and the onstage smiles show that the band are enjoying themselves.

 

It quickly becomes apparent that Kim doesn’t just like to sing from the stage. Like some seasoned professional she is quickly off stage and into the crowd, belting out the lyrics, as she dances around the room in a wild abandonment. VB have grabbed the audience by the scruff of their necks and now have their full attention. Engaging with your audience is key and Voodoo Blood have done that with consummate ease tonight.

 

The set rolls along at incredible speed and is all too soon complete. A mix of their own songs, from the Fresh Hell EP mixed with a well delivered cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ help make up a superbly engaging set. Even the impromptu “Water to the stage” jam raised a laugh.

 

The subtlety of the transitions, between total balls out heavy rock to a down and dirty gritty blues sound with Kim’s vocals caressing over the top of it all made for a very enjoyable and fitting end to the night.

Voodoo Blood are now, quite rightly, being noticed away from their home city. They can and should go much further as a band. They certainly believe in themselves and so should others. One to watch?


Find out more from the band at:

Voodoo Blood - https://www.facebook.com/VBloodofficial/

Rockzilla return to O’Riley’s on the 8th December 2018 with Firegarden, Steal The City + Supports
Rockzilla - https://www.facebook.com/rockzillafestuk/


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