Here's a quick run-down of last night's 3rd and final semi of Metal To The Masses East Anglia, held at The Brickmakers in Norwich.
First up were tech-death types Enenra. They were tight and proficient, but the vocalist, who was playing his first gig with the band, seemed to struggle a bit with the clean sung parts. Promising, but not quite there yet.
Listen to 'Bummer' from Monster Magnet's 'Powertrip' album and you'll know exactly what Rats Packing Grenades they sound like. I've seen them 6 times in the last year, partly because I know a couple of the band, and this was the tightest they've been to date, possibly because of the addition of a new drummer.
3rd on were first hardcore band of the night, Disjoint, who sounded very fuzzy. Not for me.
Final band were 2nd, and much better, hardcore act Bastard. Technically proficient, they've got the tunes, the best frontman in the competition and some fans who were determined to form a moshpit regardless of any tables, chair, or disapproving venue staff who might have got in their way.
To the universal approval of everyone present, Bastard were declared winners.