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Live Review: Ghostfest – Leeds University – 30/06/12 – 01/07/12

HTF hit up Ghostfest this weekend and it was nothing less than mindblowing. Check out our full review inside!

Hit The Floor‘s very own rock reviews editor Lais MW took a trip to Leeds for two incredible days of moshing to the best hardcore and metal bands around. Here’s our review of Ghostfest 2012:

Saturday 30th June 2012

Sadly the fantastic Brotherhood Of The Lake and Prowler are onstage at the same time, so we have to do a little running around between the two. Brotherhood Of The Lake deliver an intense show on the Monster Stage, playing an array of tracks off their brutal new album ‘Desperation Is The English Way Vol 1’. On the Time Will Tell StageProwler are delivering a show that “brutal” doesn’t even cover. Excellent work as always.

Next up on the Impericon Stage are one of the very best bands of the weekend: Comeback Kid. Their stage show is insane as always and they are utterly compelling to watch. Considering they’ve been going for over a decade, their energy is unbelievable. Frontman Andrew Neufeld has to be one of the best hardcore frontmen in the world. Ending on anthem ‘Wake The Dead’, the whole room explodes and one of the Purgatory Records Family dives from the balcony, which is the trigger for the chaos that ensues. An incredible ending to an insane set.

Monster Stage headliners Brutality Will Prevail are without a doubt the highlight of Saturday. Flying a giant Welsh flag, coming onstage to Tom Jones’ ‘The Green Green Grass Of Home’ and wearing Purgatory Records shirts leaves Leeds with no doubt that South Wales are taking over tonight. When BWP take to the stage, they smash out a storming cover of Machine Head‘s ‘Davidian’. Chants of “Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast” start the set off perfectly. Frontman Ajay Jones commands the stage and the moshpit like no other, and the way that the crowd shouts every single word back at him is nothing less than insane. Like every single time BWP play, the crowd are left fearing for their lives from the insanity that ensues in the pit. The only bad thing about the performance is that it doesn’t go on for longer. If you haven’t seen them live yet, you are missing out.

Sunday 1st July 2012

First up on the Monster Stage today are Crossbreaker, continuing Ghostfest‘s South Wales invasion. Considering they’re one of the first bands of the day, they have a great crowd turnout and some moshpits even break out at the tender time of 3pm. They give a great performance as always. Be sure to check these out if you haven’t already.

Up next on the Impericon Stage are the mighty TRC, who smash every single show they play. Frontmen Chris Robson and Anthony Carroll have the most unreal amount of swagger, and they’ve got the songs to back it up. Hits like ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’, ‘TEAM UK’‘Temptation’ (dedicated to “the girls at the Cockpit last night”) and ‘Define Cocky’ are the reason they can afford to have so much confidence. If you want to see a band at the top of their game, you need to watch TRC live.

Next up on the Time Will Tell Stage are Astroid Boys, yet again flying the flag for South Wales. They play a booming show and smash up Ghostfest with their mixture of heavy riffs and electronic beats. It’s definitely a winner and packs the room right out. Over on the Impericon Stage are California deathcore band All Shall Perish. Their music is so heavy a huge fight breaks out during the set, but aside from that, it’s a success.

Bury Tomorrow can most probably take the crown for being the band of Sunday (closely followed by TRC) as they absolutely slay the Impericon Stage. Playing a mixture of songs off debut album ‘Portraits’ and upcoming album ‘The Union Of Crowns’, it becomes clear just how many massive tunes they have. Although they always put on a storming show, this is next level. Frontman Daniel Winter-Bates is completely on fire tonight and if there was an award for best frontman, he would definitely be in the running. Highlights of the set are the incredible ‘Lionheart’ (“You are the one who had my back from the start”), ‘You & I’ and set finale ‘Casting Shapes’. Bloody brilliant.

Next on the Impericon Stage are Your Demise, who go down an absolute treat with the crowd and prove just why they deserve their rising success. Over on the Time Will Tell Stage are Kent hardcore mob Pay No Respect, who completely and utterly smash it as always. Following them are fellow Kent band and Time Will Tell Stage headliners Feed The Rhino. Unfortunately the turnout isn’t the best (due to clashes with Emmure and Defeater) but nevertheless, Feed The Rhino are on form. They put on an absolutely blinding show and are well worth checking out.

Over on the Impericon Stage are controversial headliners Emmure, who are actually insane tonight. Despite Ghostfest receiving some stick for choosing them as headliners, the band prove themselves by blowing everyone’s heads off. Their sound is mindblowing, their energy is incredible, and the abundance of tunes is unreal. There’s absolutely no doubt that frontman Frankie Palmeri knows how to put on a show, and because of that, their position as headliners is definitely deserved. A fantastic end to an incredible weekend.

Ghostfest 2013, we will be back.

Reviewer: Lais MW

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