Johnny Main: Photos by Carlan Braid
If you're a fan of the more extreme Metal bands, then Achren is a band that should be on your list. Hailed as "underground titans", they have built up a reputation as one of Scotland's best live acts and are the originators of the Blood Metal genre and easily fit onto the bill with Hypocrisy tonight, with a set which proves that not only are they a highly polished band but they could quite easily be headlining tonight – such was the power and enthusiasm of their performance.
In fact, such was the strength of the band's performance tonight, I felt that it was a shame to simply give them as a few lines at the bottom of the Hypocrispy review when the band are more than capable of holding their own and should have a full review to themselves. So here it is.
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There was no warning before the band burst onto the stage with 'Impaled', and even though Scott Anderson's vocals got lost in the mix during the first number, but it wasn't long before the soundman corrected the issue and the vocals came through loud and clear.
Stand-in drummer Quzzy is a solid unit and pounds the drum skins with the precision and timing of a metronome whilst there's a fantastic solo from guitarist Callum Kirk during the second number, 'Pestilence'.
Driving through 'Archangel' and 'Manuel's Mile' (about Anderson's favourite serial killer, apparently!) the band storm through the former, a fast and furious number with bass player John Clark Paterson succeeding in getting the crowd involved, as Anderson looks delighted with the response from the crowd, whilst the latter track slows the pace down slightly, it's still played at a speed that other Metal bands would still struggle to match.
A new song aired tonight - 'The Eschahtologist' is another great track and is certainly one of my favourites from the bands short set tonight, but we're also treated to an astounding rendition of their track 'Bloodsoaked Banner', a song which Anderson notes that the audience should know, and the headbangers down the front certainly gave it their all before the band wraps up their short set to a very well deserved reception from the audience.
The Achren faithful saw the band on top form tonight, and for those who hadn't seen them seen them before, they had a glimpse of how good this band can really be live in the flesh. What's very clear from tonight's performance is that this is one band who are on the rise and with an upcoming slot at this year's Les-Fest (Scotland's only Rock and Metal Festival) alongside Evile, Def-Con One, Primitai, Furyon and Monument, the band's fan base certainly has a lot to look forward too.
You can catch Achren live here:
Saturday 29th June – Les Fest 2013, Lesmahagow
Scott Anderson – Vocals/Guitars
Callum Kirk – Guitars
John Clark Paterson – Bass
Quzzy – Drums
Official Website: www.achren.com/