Power of Metal.dk Live Review

Location: Islington Academy, London, England
20 July, 2014
 Onslaught, Artillery, Nightlord, One Machine
Event: Thrash Invasion - UK leg


Apart from being an overdue prospect within these shores, the ‘Thrash Invasion’ tour was an event that a Thrash fan such as myself couldn’t afford to pass by. Before the tour kicked off off, the bill changed a number of times, most notably when the European dates were trimmed down and only UK commitments reconfirmed. As a result Hatriot had withdrawn (this was at the same time that Zetro rejoined Exodus). 

Anyhow, that’s enough of politics; let’s get to the crux of the matter....


ONE MACHINE (www.feedtheonemachine.com)

Despite having read about One Machine from my peers, this is actually my first foray into the band’s music. For those who are not aware, One Machine is a sort of ‘supergroup’ made up of guitarists Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumours) and Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical), lead vocalist Chris Hawkins, bassist Tomas Koefoed (Mnemic) and Italian drummer Michele Sanna (Coma). This line-up is slightly different from the band’s current album (“The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth”).

Irrespective of their musical pedigree, it’s clear from tonight’s performance that these guys are fantastic musicians. Aggressive but melodic, technical but not Progressive, One Machine’s music is perhaps closest to Artillery tonight. Despite the potential, I felt something was missing in the songs I was hearing but this was perhaps related to the absence of Jamie Hunt who had to miss tonight’s gig due to a family mourning. 

One Machine faced a scant and rather inert crowd but behaved as if they were performing for an ocean of rabid Metalheads. For that attitude, I salute them. Chris Hawkins had a particularly great night – he has such an excellent voice that never waned despite him hopping around the stage like a jack-in-the-box. 

One Machine have earned my attention..... 

Kill The Hope Inside
Crossed Over
The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth
One Machine (dedicated to guitarist Jamie Hunt)
Armchair Warriors
Freedom And Pain 

RATING: 79/100

NIGHTLORD (www.facebook.com/nightlorduk)

Nightlord, with their particular take on Thrash, fared much better than I expected. In fact it’s hard to find fault with their performance but I particularly liked the vocals of Jamie Thorne, who also plays bass – his singing style and quality reminded me of Sabbat and Skyclad. 

The rest of the band were no less the pros than Jamie was. For instance I heard some excellent guitar solos from James MacKenzie and all in all the band worked very well as a tight and compact unit. The material itself sounded exciting and fresh despite some of it being over a decade old. 

Now I hope the band comes up with a recording to match my newly surged expectations. 

Vote For Me
Black, Red And Green
Butcher’s Bill
Omens In Entrails
Holy Inquisition 

RATING: 85/100

ARTILLERY (www.artillery.dk)

Despite a long and distinguished career, this was only the Danes’ first UK tour. Personally, I had never seen them in the flesh and after having devoured their latest studio-album (“Legions” of last year) I was all the more excited at the prospect of seeing them perform.


I am happy to say that Artillery rose to my expectations like veritable titans of the genre. Their Thrash was ruthless, precise and mesmerizingly relentless. Particularly memorable was their rendition of ‘Death Squad’ and ‘The Almighty’ and the band members themselves seemed particularly chuffed at the audience’s enthusiastic response.


The set-list was never going to be an issue for me (all I cared was that I was finally seeing Artillery) but if I had to draw up a wish-list of songs I would like to hear, it would look very much like what the band actually played. This includes ‘Godfeather’, probably my favourite track from the aforementioned “Legions”.

Already I can’t wait to see them again.

Chill My Bones
When Death Comes
By Inheritance
The Challenge
The Challenge
The Almighty 

RATING: 94/100

ONSLAUGHT (www.onslaughtuk.com)

Not far off from Artillery’s onslaught were....Onslaught. A band that I have been following since its inception, Onslaught was incredible and gave a memorable performance. The band was monstrously tight and the delivery jaw-droppingly powerful.


Egged by an enthusiastic and supportive audience, Onslaught revisited every stage of the band’s career. Even the title-track from the “In Search Of Sanity” album was there and while I didn’t like tonight’s version as much as the original, I appreciated its inclusion. ‘Metal Forces’ was one of the performance’s highlights and spawned what was probably the wildest moshpit of the night. The encore, where the Bristolians delivered 2 of their finest classics – ‘Onslaught (Power From Hell)’ and ‘Thermonuclear Devastation’ – felt like the aural equivalent of an army of Panzer tanks crushing the feeble humans in their path. Vocalist Sy Keeler had a dominating presence but special mention also goes to Mic Hourihan who had an excellent night.


After Onslaught’s performance, all the bands’ members mingled with the audience that had lingered on, happily chatting to fans and posing for photos with them. This was a helluva great night.


The Sound Of Violence
Killing Peace
Chaos Is King
Let There Be Death
Children Of The Sand
Rest In Pieces
Destroyer Of Worlds
In Search Of Sanity
Fight With The Beast
Metal Forces  

Onslaught (Power From Hell)
Thermonuclear Devastation

 RATING: 97/100

Attending: Chris Galea