ERADICATE HATE – Audio, Glasgow, 8 march 2019

W/ ASPERGER MEMOS, SCUMPULSE, BLOODTHREAD, REPULSIVE VISION & RAISED BY OWLS

Organised by Alternative Promotions and the Stirling University Rock & Metal Society to raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Eradicate Hate put together a solid lineup of extreme metal bands from across the country, playing to a raucous crowd on a sodden Friday night in Glasgow.

First to the stage is solo artist Asperger Memos, who entertains the early door arrivals with a mixture of hard rock, personal lyrics and emotive vocals. A multimedia project covering more than just music, his styles mesh well with the raison d’etre of the evening – acceptance and aggression.

Scumpulse quickly lay waste to the stage with their brand of punk-infused black metal, tremolo picking and pitched screams. Frontman Ross Necro convulses with headbanging abandon while bassist Matt & lead guitarist Magneto lock into their scathing rhythms, their naked vehemence drawing appreciative roars from the crowd. 

Awash in neon blue lighting and dry ice, Bloodthread launch into their infectious take on death metal, stirring the crowd quickly with a particularly strong performance from frontman Tony, his versatile vocals setting their groove-laden riffage apart from a sea of similar death metallers.

With the undercard dispatched, co-headliners Repulsive Vision appear clad in the battle-wear of old school death metal, bullet-belts and spiked cuffs glinting in the stage lighting, the band rallying the crowd with their first pumping riffs after a quick mic-reset from drummer Gary, drawing a few cheers and laughs from the now thronging assembly. Vocalist and frontman Dan strikes all the right poses while gurgling his way through the bands set, with guitarist Matt offering basic nuts n’ bolts riffage but presented with more impulsive immediacy than most death metal bands, lending a punk aesthetic which supports the groups more on-the-nose political lyrics. 

Derby’s Raised by Owls present a much different face to the now-packed venue, as frontman Sam struts across the stage adorned in battle jacket and multi-coloured spanxs, encouraging the crowd to dance along to ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ (Yes, the ‘Austin Powers’ music) before leaping to the edge of the stage, suddenly screaming with unrepressed brutality as the band grind their way through the most hilarious setlist possible, with song titles worth repeating: “Netflix and Kill”, “Rob Halford Robs Halfords” and  “The Philip Schofield Chainsaw Massacre”. Approaching their art with all the aplomb of a much less talented band, it’s clear that while the group don’t take themselves seriously, the same can’t be said for the music they produce. Throat-grabbingly engaging but with an element of deranged fun, it’s no surprise to see Mr Blobby, a mainstay of the golden age of British weekend television, appear from stage right – a visual metaphor for the bands own nightmarish sound – sending the gig-goers off into the wet Glasgow night with faces pained from both gurning and smiling.

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