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Fire In The Empire open with 'To The Thinking Man's Horror' which is a solid start to what becomes a very accomplished set from a band who played here last year and went down so well that they were asked back. Drummer Dean Marshall headbangs his way furiously through the number, whilst a solo from vocalist/guitarist Mick McCullagh wows the assembled crowd.

This band are young but incredibly proficient when it comes to songwriting and performance and I can see a clear difference in the band this year to the band I saw at Les-Fest 2012. This band can play the slower numbers like 'Riddles' but can also play the faster numbers like 'Resolve' and everything they do is musically tight.

Marshall plays like a metronome at the back without a hint of deviating from the solid beat which gives the rest of the band a good foundation for the rest of the songs, which also include some great rhythm guitar from Terry Casey.

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Bass player Sam Gee gets his chance to shine on the epic track 'Breakaway' - one of my favourites from the tracks performed tonight, before they wind up their short set with 'Act Of War', which just blasts out - great stuff and I, like many watching their Les-Fest set, hope to catch Fire In The Empire on tour soon.

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Fire In The Empire are:
Mick McCullagh – Vocals/Lead Guitar
Terry Casey – Rhythm Guitar
Sam Gee – Bass Guitar
Dean Marshall – Drums

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Set List:
To The Thinking Mans Horror
Resolve
Riddles
Breakaway
Act of War

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Online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fireintheempire
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/fireintheempire

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Sworn Amongst attract a big crowd for one of their infrequent visits north of the border, and immediately they show exactly what they're all about as we get not one but two great guitar solos from Jonny Barker on the first track 'Darkness' whilst drummer, Jonny Harper, keeps a solid unwavering beat at the back.

'Nowhere To Run' from the 'Evolution' EP gets a good response from the growing crowd who are quite receptive to the efforts of vocalist Sy James for them to get involved a bit more. His tactic seems to be a winning one though, because by the time the band gets round to playing 'Through The Eyes Of The Decimated' there is quite a mini mosh pit down the front of the audience.

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'Ruins Of Our Own Construction' has James giving his all and one wonders quite how his vocal chords remain intact as he shouts and screams his way through the set, but this track seems a particularly taxing one to sing and also features another fantastic solo from Barker. Top marks all round.

'Denounced' and the title track from their 2010 album, 'Severance', are both aired towards the end of the set, and both of them have the audiences dandruff flying down the front.

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So with that, the Kingston upon Hull based quintet brings a solid end to a solid set. They may have played for just under an hour tonight, but they certainly made a few more fans at Les-Fest with their spirited performance – let's hope their trips to Scotland are a bit more frequent in the future.

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Sworn Amongst are:
Sy James – Vocals
Jonny Barker – Lead Guitar
Robert Ellwood - Bass
Jonny Harper – Drums

Set List:
Darkness
Nowhere To Run
Ruins Of Our Own Construction
Denounced
Through The Eyes Of The Decimated
Severence

Online:
Official Website: www.swornamongst.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swornamongst

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Shortly before Hell Is Harmony hit the stage, there were several concurrent conversations in the open air bar outside the main arena, and it became obvious that the next band on, Hell Is Harmony, were certainly worth catching.

As I made my way into in the main arena, the band had just begun their set and guitarist Bartlomiej 'Bart' Mausiukiewicz was already causing quite a stir amongst the crowd due with his unusual tapping technique as opposed to the more usual picking style employed by 99% of lead guitar players.

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The track they were playing was 'Tall And Proud' which is actually a very good introduction to the band with its heavy drums from Gabor Kozak who wields enormous power behind his drum kit – seemingly without breaking a sweat. Talent indeed.

Likewise the remaining two members are masters of their own craft – bass player Jakub Schuomski seems happy to sit on the sidelines either pulling the funniest faces or just head banging away whilst still 'picking' his way through the set. The vocalist, Michal Gurajeck, is just a great frontman with his unique style of performance and a voice that suits the Rap/Metal/Hardcore style of the band.

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The headbangers down the front join in the action on 'One Day' after a little encouragement from Gurajeck and although the bands set is a mere forty minutes long, they make the most of it – especially warming to the crowd after performing 'Channel 51' in the latter half of the set, which has the crowd moving and is certainly one of my favourites from their set.

Finishing up with the song 'Hell Is Harmony', Mausiukiewicz is once again the centre of attention as he energetically jumps up and down whilst the song gives the headbangers one last chance to rock out to a band who have made the most of their appearance at Les-Fest this year, so if they are playing a gig at a venue near you, I heartily recommend you go and see them.

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Hell Is Harmony are:
Michal Gurajeck – Vocals
Bartlomiej Mausiukiewicz – Guitar
Jakub Schuomski – Bass
Gabor Kozak – Drums

Set List:
Tall and Proud
One Day
Here Comes Fear
Pushing Hard
Channel
Hell Is Harmony

Online:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hellisharmony
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/hellisharmony


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"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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