Articles by Chris Sharp
Music-wise, it covers so much ground, and in a much more cohesive way than most rock or metal festivals manage, that any prog and/or extreme music fans should consider this festival a priority; it has a line-up that ranges from dreamy post rock to brutal death metal (and that’s just between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday), and that puts on workshops with some of the endless virtuosos that play the festival.
Uneven Structure’s latest album La Partition is a monumental slab of post-metal, channelled through Meshuggah-tinted goggles. Chris Sharp managed to grab a quick chat with guitarist Igor Omodei at Tech Fest.
As The Algorithm, Remi Gallego has consistently pushed the definition of what can be considered metal, producing a maelstrom of brutality, glitch, synthwave, and bizarre Frenchness. Chris Sharp sat down with Remi to chat at Tech Fest.
I think everyone knows what they’re going to get from an Alestorm show by now; they’re the music equivalent of a B-movie that everyone loves. . .
I tend to have two attitudes towards gigs: either over-hyping massively . . . or being disinterested in a gig . . . and it turning out to be one of the absolute best gigs of the year. Sólstafir . . . at Heaven falls very much into the latter category.
I don’t think it’s possible for Textures to play a bad show, seemingly existing on a scale from great to absolutely incredible.
Simply put, Igorrr is one of the most unique acts in metal (and about 87 other different genres) today, and a live experience that, while bruising and slightly mind-melting, I can’t recommend highly enough.
From The Amity Affliction’s opening scream of “I bring the weather with me,” the tone is set for the rest of the show – I’m not sure if there was a chorus that didn’t get screamed back at them, often louder than they could manage.
As close to a perfect night of live progressive music as you’ll probably find. . .
Weeping Wastelands’ is a blackened masterpiece that demonstrates the sheer ferocity of Sean Harmanis’ vocals. . . this is a stunning band, very much in top form. . .
Vulture Industries are a fucking incredible live band, and seeing them live without any expectations is an experience in of itself… Even with this, my third time seeing them live, it’s no less surreal.
It’s instantly apparent that Voivod have the crowd in the palm of their hand – any well-deserved break taken between songs descends into a packed crowd chanting their name. . .
Uneven Structure have taken their time, honed their already impressive sound, and seem to get better as they go. Basically everything about this performance was done right, and it was a joy to see.
Jørgen Munkeby is a captivating presence on stage throughout, juggling guitar and sax duties effortlessly. . . Even though it starts slowly, at its peak, it’s one of the most bonkers parties you’ve ever been to. . .
Tech Fest’s Sunday brought The Pink Panther, a silent wall of death, and whatever the fuck a xylosynth is. . .
Tech Fest’s Saturday featured the battle of the century, waltzing, and far too many amazing bands bidding farewell.
Tech Fest’s Friday brought Rick Sanchez impressions, sweltering heat, and several death metal titans…
Happy birthday to Haken! To celebrate, Chris Sharp asked Richard Henshall some questions about such essential topics as revisiting classic albums, the future, and biscuits.
Tech Fest’s Thursday brought inflatables, a shit-ton of rain, and some amazing music…
UK Tech-Fest returns for its sixth instalment this year, promising another weekend of unrivalled technical heaviness and prog goodness. But who are the absolutely unmissable acts?
Pallbearer descended upon Manchester, with Pinkish Black in tow, for a night of doom…