The Crippens + Emissaries of Syn + Ballpein + Soulless System + Abominate + Spam Javelin
Saturday 19th May 2018
The Tivoli, Buckley
Six bands spanning a range of punk, hardcore, thrash and death metal – all for £7.50? You count Platinum Al in, guv’nor! Anticipating a night of good ol’ fashioned face melting tunes I was off to the Tivoli in Buckley for what seemed the first time in absolute yonks.
As I bounded into the Tiv and was drawn like a magnet straight to the bar, our first band of the evening – Spam Javelin – had started playing. They play fast, loud and fun hardcore punk, with a dose of well placed humour. I was very impressed by Spam Javelin’s set and need to check them out again. Recommended and a good start to the night!
Up next were Abominate, who’s music was essentially a revved up a chainsaw thrown into a pit of acid vipers. It’s full on death/thrash metal and by ‘eck, it is good. Intense and with a crafty helping of heavy, crunching sludge to boot – Abominate are a force of nature and very superb indeed.
Local band Soulless System were up next. Their sound is heavy, grinding and brutal thrash – though their set seems dogged by sound issues tonight. It perhaps doesn’t help that they don’t use a live drummer. It’s a shame as the band can obviously play and have some very tasty riffs. Get these boys a drummer and sort the sound and they’ll light it up.
Then what happened? Oh yeah, Ballpein played and smashed my face in. Repeatedly. Amazing band, full on hardcore punk with a metallic edge: if you want exciting, fast songs and brutal riffage this is the band for you. Ballpein are also amazingly good on stage, confident and having fun as they grind out their (not very) delicate ballads about serial killers.
Another North Wales crew, Emissaries of Syn, played next – attacking with their blend of crusty grinding noise. EOS are relentless and played a non stop set of mind warping punk thrash goodness. Great stuff and again, confidently played on the big Tiv stage. I’ll keep an eye open for more.
Finally, our revered headliners took to the stage and belted out some classic hardcore punk. Once they were Doctor and, now they’re just The Crippens, but this reformed bunch of maniacs disguised as musicians are back and slaying all before them. A great set, I have never before witnessed such a mesmerising gang of misfits in the wild. Perhaps a tear escaped as I reminisced about long ago 80’s skate rock. Whatever, I am SO glad I got to see this band live.
And that was it, another great night at the Tivoli. Well done to the bands who played; thanks to the Tiv for being brave enough to put on something a bit different; and full marks to Knoxy who organised this and helped raise some funds for mental health care in the process. A legend.
You can find all the bands above on Facebook, it’s easy.
The Tivoli website is here.