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Volbeat @ The Roundhouse

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17th November 2014

As ever the Roundhouse venue, beautiful in its surroundings delivered its usual sonic assassination of great rock music. I’m of the firm belief there is about a 2m square within the venue for which the sound is truly epic (stage centre 10m back if you’re interested). The rest just hear warped muffled reverberations from the circular brickiness of the…lets not gloss it up…”train shed”. This doubled with the abundance of pillars makes appropriate positioning essential, thankfully we made it to the sonic sweet spot only to be greeted with angry and agitated hard hardcore punkers Hatebreed who have disregarded sonic approachability.

It was fast, it was brutal, it was noisy, it was shouty, it was not everyone’s cup of tea. Endless razor-like power-chord chugging and indecypherable angst made for a tedious repetitive set that barely registered any dynamic shifts or semblance of a melody. Was an odd choice of support, one which backfired.

A warm welcome was received by Volbeat, the reining Danish kings of Scandinavian heavy rock. Their fine blend of diamond tipped rock, mammoth metal licks, exquisite vocal harmonies and epic pop choruses quickly soared into full flight. It was a wholly professional outing typified by the smoothness of the Hetfield meets Elvis vocals, the warmth of the guitar tones, the thunderous road of their amplifiers and the full voices of the onlooking crowd. It did seem like playing huge arena and stadiums are what they are used to and this smaller gathering felt a tad uneasy. Nevertheless all the hits were present and correct, good variety of old and new tunes, some sung in native danish (#puzzled) plus a few cool covers to boot. Huge and outstanding!

DoesIt…Rock Is Dead???

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Long Live DoesItRock!

It’s been rather a long wait but the RockOSaurus is back from exile to grace the DoesItRock pages once more, having escaped the clutches of work and more work. Whether I’ve been missed or not is highly dubious, but what has been missing over the last 1000+ days (exactly) are gig reviews!

Gig Reviews are and always were the heart and soul of DoesItRock, documenting the highs and lows of a bunch of (often) merry men going out to live music shows in basement bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and the occasional mega arena to be entertained (mostly), deafened (occasionally), bored (rarely), serenaded (not so much) and most of all…ROCKED!

As the original DiR.net trio reunited at recent live outing in Hipster Central (East London), the flames of the recent past flickered brightly enough to stir the wildly aspiring rock blogger in me back to life. As such, I’ve vowed to take up the hefty slack to pull us kicking and screaming back up to date through the past 3 years of absent (but not entirely forgotten) reviews.

As of now, that’s 8 shows and 27 bands, let the posting frenzy commence… Lets see how good the memory of this aging dinosaur really is!

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