Hometown shows always have that added level of intimacy for bands. Bringing together the people that initially gave them everything for one big family throw down, there’s literally nothing quite like it.
Metal militia Malevolence recently rolled home to the Steel City for an exclusive one-night only bash at Plug with a whole bunch of friends. We were lucky enough to be there on the ground to take it all in, spin kicks and all.
Plug isn’t the biggest venue to begin with, although when you stick an arsenal of heavy bands and a screaming sold out crowd in the mix it’s difficult not to feel like a beer-drenched sardine. However, we can’t deny that the energy levels were off the chain from the off.
Manchester hardcore clan Guilt Trip took the stage first and were greeted by a sea of flailing arms, flying pints and the biggest collective welcome we’ve seen in a long time. This lineup was beautifully crafted and the Plug crowd was eating up every ounce of hype they had been holding onto until show day. It’s never easy being first on the bill, especially not to a one off, sold out show like this one, but like an adrenaline shot of riffs Guilt Trip absolutely owned it.
Having so many bands on the bill meant that the time between sets was practically nonexistent, and that the energy levels didn’t dip one bit. Cold Hard Truth was up next and the Lincolnshire lads looked to be having the best time on stage. Bringing the heavy and showcasing respect for their fellow bands on the bill, Cold Hard Truth played hard and with humility. Their short set time acted as the most ferocious appetizer for a band we had never seen before. It’s safe to say we’re eager to catch Cold Hard Truth again in the near future.
Just ahead of their highly anticipated UK tour with Every Time I Die, Kentucky crushers Knocked Loose graced the Plug stage delivering bangers from their acclaimed debut record Laugh Tracks. The Oldham County quintet brought the riffs hard anthems like ‘Oblivions Peak’ and ‘Counting Worms’ and was relentless on stage. The ferocity and stage presence from vocalist Bryan Garris was like nothing we had ever seen from a band touring their first record. Knocked Loose have a big future ahead of them, and we are glad to say we are in prime position to watch it unfold.
We were treated to an exclusive appearance from Belgian beat down bosses NASTY before the main event of the evening. NASTY were the kings of the hype, working the crowd and fuelling the fire for Malevolence in expert fashion. Ahead of their European tour with Lionheart, NASTY’s brief Yorkshire vacation was one we’ll remember for a long time. Make sure to pick up their new record Realigion and head to a show the next time NASTY is in town. Absolutely MENTAL!
It was borderline difficult to function by the time Malevolence hit the stage. Maybe it was down the beer or the pits, who knows? But if anything can motivate you for the final push it’s ‘Self Supremacy’. The opener to their 2017 record of the same name is ripe with riffs, solos and enough power to fuel a small town. Hearing the new record was one thing, but seeing the band play live for the first time was simply incredible. Not to mention what a show to pick for your first ever time seeing Malevolence. The onslaught was like a freight train, ‘Wasted Breath’, ‘Severed Ties’, ‘Slave To Satisfaction’ it really was just like being hammered in the face by the might of Zeus. We definitely cannot wait to see Malevolence again. Show them some huge love, buy the record, some merchandise maybe. Support what you love because otherwise shows like this one wouldn’t ever be possible. Big ups to all who played, we had a jolly good evening.