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Live review: Rotten Sound in Leeds
ROTTEN SOUND + MARTYRDÖD + ENABLER
Saturday afternoons in pubs are usually reserved for watching football, the odd game of pool and act as a general escape from mundane weekday life but today is a rather different affair, with grind firmly on the agenda.
Kicking off at the rather unheard of time of 1pm, Enabler are first up to flay the flesh with their razor sharp riffs and thunderous low end. Lead by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber, the savage riffmongers storm through their set, predominantly culled from 2012’s monstrous ‘All Hail The Void’, and leave many unsuspecting punters in a husk on the floor.
Crusty D-beat riff n’ rollers Martyrdöd are next to enter the fray and with them comes an influx of eager grinders. Whilst Enabler were pinning people to the spot due to their heaviness, the Swedes certainly bring out the headbang, with the infectious riffs on cuts such as ‘Nog Ar Nog’, there’s not a still neck in the building.
This might be the 20th anniversary tour for Finnish grinders Rotten Sound, but given their energy, intensity and incessant ability to grind, they certainly don’t seem like a band who’ve just hit the two decade mark. From the off the four piece are uncompromisingly heavy (more so given their 3pm set time) and with vocalist Keijo Niinimaa back at the helm after his recent stint in Nasum, they deliver a set of wall to wall brutality that spans their entire career; everything from latest EP ‘Species At War’ right back to ‘94’s ‘Sick Bastard’, the likes of ‘Köyhyys’ and ‘Koiranyrjö’ may well be in Finnish, but that doesn’t stop the tides of stage divers and circle pits.
After two decades as one of Scandinavia’s most relentless bands, Rotten Sound show no signs of letting up; even on days like today when they can dish out grind madness in the middle of the afternoon. Here’s to another 20 years!
Words & Photos: John Consterdine