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Hevy fest day 3 reviewed…in numbers
2: Number of times Attack! Vipers! frontman Joe Watson mounts the barricade during their superb, frenzied set. They also earn points for giving the audience a lecture on picking up their rubbish. Because litter ain’t punk rock, kids.
300: The number of times killer Belgian hardcore mob Worms Feed thankthe crowd for watching them. No need though, because the pleasure was all ours.
12: Number of times Rise And Fall took our breath away during their chaotic, painfully potent set. Though much of their career has been under the radar they’re a phenomenal live act, and it’s good to see the angry Belgians in the ascendant.
67: Number of bone rattling pit collisions during one song of Cruel Hand‘s set. The self-proclaimed ‘shitty hardcore band from Maine’ did themselves proud too, though wisely remained on the stage.
0: Number of bass players The Chariot brought to the festival. Did it stop them blowing everyone else away? Did it fuck. If you’ve never seen one of their shows, consider yourself a mug.
5: Number of bands overheard hyping up Madball‘s set. They weren’t wrong, it turns out, the NYHC legends giving the young whippersnappers a lesson they wouldn’t soon forget.
1000 (approx): Number of ‘oh my fucking god’ moments throughout Converge‘s commanding performance. ‘Dark Horse,’ ‘Axe To Fall’, ‘Eagles Become Vultures’ – there wasn’t a dull second, and we were left with no complaints.
Words: Rob Sayce
Pics: Gobinder Jhitta