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Tech Fest 2018: Ten To Watch

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.

Igor Omodei from Uneven Structure

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.

Remi Gallego of The Algorithm

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.

Alestorm • Rumahoy • The Dread Crew Of Oddwood – O2 Ritz, Manchester

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. . .

Sólstafir • Myrkur • Arstiđir – Heaven, London

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.

Textures • Exivious • Extremities – The Underworld, Camden

I don’t think it’s possible for Textures to play a bad show, seemingly existing on a scale from great to absolutely incredible.

Igorrr • Hieroglyph – O2 Academy, Islington

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.

Kerrang! Tour 2017 – The Ritz, Manchester

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.

Leprous • Agent Fresco • Alithia • Astrosaur – The Dome, London

As close to a perfect night of live progressive music as you’ll probably find. . .

Make Them Suffer, Novelists and Cursed Earth – Rebellion, Manchester

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 • code • Talanas – The Boston Music Rooms, London

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.

Voivod • Necrophagia – The Underworld, Camden

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, Voyager, Deadly Circus Fire, Eater Of Man – The Underworld, Camden

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.

Shining (Nor), The Physics House Band & This Be The Verse – The Underworld, Camden

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. . .

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Sunday

Tech Fest’s Sunday brought The Pink Panther, a silent wall of death, and whatever the fuck a xylosynth is. . .

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Saturday

Tech Fest’s Saturday featured the battle of the century, waltzing, and far too many amazing bands bidding farewell.

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Friday

Tech Fest’s Friday brought Rick Sanchez impressions, sweltering heat, and several death metal titans…

Richard Henshall from Haken

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.

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Thursday

Tech Fest’s Thursday brought inflatables, a shit-ton of rain, and some amazing music…

UK Tech-Fest 2017 – Ten to Watch

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 and Pinkish Black – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Pallbearer descended upon Manchester, with Pinkish Black in tow, for a night of doom…

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