|Raging Speedhorn – Kettering, The Prince of Wales - 13th July 2016|
|Written by Nick Russell|
|Monday, 12 September 2016 03:00|
Corby’s finest bunch of audio hooligans, Raging Speedhorn, released their last studio album in 2007 and split a year later. Six years on from that, they started to dip their toes back into the murky waters of playing live, and due to a positive fan response, started a pledge campaign to record a new album. The result was the recently released and rather excellent, ‘Lost Ritual’ (read my glowing review) and the band were to embark on a UK tour, not before they fit in a warm-up gig.
The Prince of Wales is best described as a compact and intimate venue, a bit different to their previous gig at this year’s Download festival. Even so, a small but packed crowd get hit over the head with the brutal force of opener ‘The Hate Song’, quickly followed by the first of five new songs tonight, ‘Bring Out Your Dead’.
There may be quite a gap between the early material and the new stuff, but it fits in a treat with its heavy chugging riff. The rockin’ ‘Motorhead’ is next followed by the excellent ‘Dogshit Blues’, another two new songs but with all the Speedhorn trademarks. A couple of classic older tunes in the form of ‘Redweed’ and ‘Scrapin’ The Resin’ highlight that although the band are often classed as sludgecore, when they play live, it’s all high energy.
Things slow down to the heavy groove of ‘Evil Or Mental’, another killer song from the new album, with that rhythm that means you can’t avoid head banging! ‘Dungeon Whippet’ (they do give songs good titles!)is followed by one of their best songs, ‘Knives And Faces’, in no way sounding like a song 16 years old.
By comparison to the rest of the set, ‘Chronic Youth’ fair races along, a great way to finish the set. Speedhorn aren’t getting off that lightly though and return for a brutal rendition of ‘Thumper’ before they finish with the brave move of newie ‘Ten Of Swords’, a slow grinding heavy song that they stretch out for as long as possible. Brave but not stupid, as rightly so, there is a confidence in how good the new material is.
As good as their recorded material is, live is where they’re really at home, the band attacking the songs with a verve and energy like they’re in front of thousands, not the lucky handful. The playing is tight, heavy with singers Frank and John prowling around the small stage and spitting the lyrics out with a vicious intent. As for the rest of the band, Gordon only knows one way to play the drums: hit ‘em hard, total destruction. Guitarists Jim and Jay lock in together, switching from the slow heavy riffs to the faster Motorhead style with ease, all under pinned with the rumbling bass of Dave.
Whilst it may have been a small crowd, they fully engaged the band and there was a fair old pit at the front. Special mention must go to Michael Laws from Howlingmad Productions, who was in the middle of the melee filming it all, find them on Facebook to see the in-your-face results!
As far as a portent to the tour to follow, tonight shows all is rosey in the garden of Speedhorn and anyone getting to see them will equally be as lucky as me.
Raging Speedhorn return to the island of Ireland for the first time in more than ten years this coming weekend, playing the following shows:
The band will also appear at the London Tattoo Convention over the weekend of 23 - 25 September, alongside Orange Goblin and The Broken Chords. The event will also include a 2000 AD exhibition and performances by Fuel Girls & Pyrohex. More details can be found HERE.