Whitechaple at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Whitechapel
Whitechapel
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

NOSTALGIA: Still Rampant after all these years – the band that just keep giving...

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After the increasingly prevalent shallow-deathcore trend, popularised by UK bands like Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon, sometimes you just need three burly groups from across the Atlantic on stage bringing the pain.

This is exactly what Impending Doom (who hit the UK for the first time), The Acacia Strain and headliners Whitechapel deliver tonight to a packed Wedgewood Rooms.

‘This is negative music,’ bellows Vincent Bennett, vocalist of The Acacia Strain, and he couldn’t be more correct.

After a bad day at work, college or school, there is nothing better than listening to the intense guttural rage brought by these three groups to release pent-up aggression.

The sheer vocal range and brutality of this extreme metal trifecta makes a change from the tinny shrieks heard from inferior metal bands as the depth and power exuded by these groups rocks 300-odd south coast metalheads.

Whitechapel, despite having three guitarists, don’t capitalise on their increased sound, but it still makes for a crushing night.

The band airs new tracks from their latest release, A New Era of Corruption, and the crowd laps it up. All in all, a heavy night.

ASH CURTIS