NOIZZE at Tech-Fest 2015

The below was originally posted on the Noizze website on Tuesday 28th July 2015 and Wednesday 12th August 2015 respectively. The direct links are: Part 1 and Part 2.

Noizze goes to TECH-FEST – The BIG Review pt.1

First of all I would like to thank everyone at this festival, all the bands and the guys that make it happen. I would also like to thank everyone for making it such an enjoyable festival. Finally, I’d like to apologize to all the bands that played Thursday and Friday and those that I missed Saturday and Sunday. I could only make it early Saturday and was pretty busy throughout! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had a wonderful time!

Tech-Fest UK has been moving around since it first started five years ago. It seems to have settled on a nice location, good grounds, clean and with a great vibe. What is so nice about this festival is the sense of family that comes with everyone you meet, makes you feel right at home. The halls are literally hangers which give a certain sound to the music and a sense of epicness as the walls shake with sheer brutality. This festival has really has something to offer.

First up, Saturday, Second stage: Clockwork. Now, this is not an easy spot to fill. After a heavy nights drinking Friday, who can get people up and moving? Well starting with a sharp punch to really kick things up and get things going areClockwork. They give a good sound and have a great vibe. You may not think you’ll move to begin with but these guys will get you there with a pretty solid set.

Photo Credit: IC Media
Facebook: /clockworkmetaluk

These guys are followed by Voices from the Fuselage. Continuing the show with a hard attention to rhythm and giving a rather groovy pound overlaid by soothing vocals they play with the crowd to keep them out and moving and make a nice melodic addition to the festival.

Facebook: /Voicesfromthefuselage

Up come The Voynich Code, giving a more brutal attitude to their version of technical music. Giving accompanying speeches to inspire and invigorate you, it’s surprising that such solid bass and rhythm can hit you in such a way. A rather nice melody links these bludgeoning elements together. There is a certain ‘let’s get ready for war’ approach to their live shows. They inspire for some hard music. You will find yourself involved.

Photo Credit: /oliduncansonphotography
Facebook: /thevoynichcode

Promethee are a tight band, solid and bold. They take to main stage with a ballsy march through the crowd right to the back. Their music hits you with precision and guides you very clearly through each song. The control is great to see in a band like this and it makes their live show all the more effective.

Facebook: /prometheemusic

Now, throughout the festival there were some unfortunate injuries, but this did not stop the show from screaming proudly. Sectioned, had the misfortune of leading with a singer who could not stand – due to a leg injury. Somehow his ferocity was still hard hitting and insistent. Soldier on through the pain, there is metal to behold. A certain persistent brutality insists itself upon the crowd and the band do very well with what’s been given to them.

Facebook: /sectionedband

Heavy Metal Ninjas were the first of few instrumental acts. Their technical prowess displayed proudly before an eager crowd. Metal is in the guitar and it’s surprising there aren’t more acts out there. The Ninjas give a serious approach to their instruments and guide you from song to song
comfortably.

Photo Credit: /oliduncansonphotography
Facebook: /HeavyMetalNinjas




Kardashev give a very atmospheric approach to their performance. Using the lighting (or lack of) to great effect. It gives a presence that is only strengthened by the vocal-work and powerful drums. A great show on all accounts.

Facebook: /Kardashevband

Slice the Cake, powerful hitters. The singer gives a good presence to the music that invigorates and strengthens the entire act. The atmosphere is intense, they connect with the audience and together create a massive explosion. It would be hard not to appreciate this strong performance. With a band like this, energetic and exciting, it is clear that the festival is accelerating to it’s Saturday close.

Facebook: /stcproject

There are no signs of stopping. One of the lighter bands at the festival but also one of the strongest Agent Fresco give a first UK appearance that really is felt by everyone present. This is a strong act, eagerly awaited for by the entire crowd. A mini-event within the festival itself and no disappointment. The music is easy to love and get along with and it’s no wonder they were awaited for so very passionately.

Facebook: /agentfresco

Closing the Saturday and on board to give you that final punch are Heart of a Coward. A solid strong hit, that many should feel for a while afterwards. Aggressive, melodic and powerful, a fun piece of metal that gives a good finish to the day. Their music fights to get you headbanging and does not disappoint. A solid end to a solid day of efficient strong metal (STRONG).

Facebook: /heartofacoward

Noizze goes to TECH-FEST – The BIG Review pt.2

Here is the second part of our review of Tech-Fest! It’s safe to say the festival was awesome and we will definitely be in attendance next year! ENJOY!


Giving everything they got, first up on Sunday crowd are Akarusa Yami. This Nottingham based metal act give an interesting sound to their melodies as they take the stage. A fairly new band on the scene having formed in 2010 and its obvious they want to give their two pennies worth to it!

Facebook: /akarusayami

Hieroglyph give a stronger punch and have interesting form with their melodic breakdowns and two singers giving a beauty and the beast approach to their singing. They are an energetic act and have a fun time with it. It is hard not to think of them as a much heavier version of Lacuna Coil but I have to admit that this would not be giving them enough credit in their own rights. A great band to see on the lineup to give a bit of flavour.

Facebook: /hieroglyphband

Now what could someone think of a band named Dali Thundering Concept?Surprisingly I doubt anyone could really expect precisely this. An energetic and melodic band giving powerful stop-start riffs, pounding the audience into moving. The band exercises a tight control going from blunt object to smooth atmosphere very quickly – and it works.

Facebook: /thedalithunderingconcept

FOES are an interesting band on the line up. Falling upon a more classical/indie rock approach to their particular stance on metal. They give a melodic atmosphere to what they do and it’s catchy. This band adds further variety to the festival and give a good performance. It’s likely this is a band that will stay with you, they are definitely ones to keep an eye on.

Facebook: /fallofeverysparrow

Upping the ante with a powerful metal fist, No Consequence give a strong performance with hard and brutal riffs. They’re clearly in love with what they do and it shows. They have their melodies tight and at their best they are truly heart-pounding. The crowd definitely feel the almighty punch that the band offers with their performance and it’s hard not to enjoy their metal groove. A very strong act on the Sunday and certainly one to check out again.

Facebook: /noconsequenceband

Playing metal as straight as it should be played are Haken. The energy that they took to the stage made it feel like that they could have done with an even bigger one. Despite this they played well and their melodic music gave a rather fun atmosphere that at times reminded me of video game music with a good metal beat to it and a solid structure. A fitting band for a Sunday slot and they delivered beautifully.

Facebook: /HakenOfficial

Rolo Tomassi are one hell of an energetic band and their performance is stunning. It’s also great to see Rolo Tomassi are worth a looking for those who don’t know of them!
that the amount of female screamers in the metal scene is expanding. Quickly going from energetic screams to harmonic singing, she gives off a good range. This is a band that really connects with it’s audience and they are a powerful band for the Sunday line up. Strong hitters and proud to keep on hitting,

Facebook: /rolotomassiofficial

Another one of the many casualties of the festival, Monuments performed without their singer. Also another band to show their endurance (the show must go on). As one of the more well-known band’s on the bill their heavy-hitting presence thrives even without a voice. The crowd was eager to see them and they were eager to deliver their exploding performance on stage. They gave some interesting plays on the sound whilst clearly giving an energetic vibe with everything they did. They also are one of the few bands that are showing that a Saxophone can be very metal. It was a shame to not see the singer sing at all but they were thoroughly enjoyed and well received by the audience, they did not disappoint.

Facebook: /thisismonuments

As part of the build up for the end of the festival, there were some awards given out for the various competitions running. This also featured Chris Barretto of Monuments and gave for a good end to a fantastic festival. Check out some of the pics below:

However, delivering the final punch were Decapitated. This Polish Death Metal act gave a tight and brutal finish to the festival. Their music loud, proud and punishing, it was a nice hard hit to smash through the finish of the festival. The only problem was that their set felt brief. Far from a criticism, it’s good to leave wanting more!

Facebook: /decapitated

So here is to next year! Cheers Tech Fest!

 

Also the pictures taken at Tech-Fest 2015 can be found here.

 

I personally wish to thank everyone at Noizze for everything as well as everyone at Tech-Fest that made it happen. I also wish to thank all the bands and press that were also there.



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