A Wednesday night at The Underworld, Camden, saw Prestige, Matt Miller, Stoic Suffering, 10 Plagues and Vapor on an impressive bill alongside the mighty Death Metal Legends Possessed. Doors opened at 5 pm, and at half five, we had the first act, Prestige, hit the stage.
Prestige – Matt Miller – Stoic Suffering – 10 Plagues – Vapor
The Underworld, Camden – 30 July 2023
Words and Photography: Razorrhead Productions
Prestige are a Thrash Metal band from Finland that began way back in 1985. With such an early start, the crowd was pretty empty, but they provided a good taste of what was to come for the rest of the night.
Old school Thrash Metal does not get much better than this, and despite some minor technical issues, they and a growing crowd had one hell of a time.
Up next was Matt Miller, a solo artist from Oregon. Miller spent the next half hour shredding the living hell out of his guitar.
He provided a good range of neo-classical solos mixed with modern themes from Zelda to the Terminator.
Stoic Suffering followed, an extreme Thrash Metal band from Seattle. They had a slightly late start with some technical issues with their backing tracks.
However, once that was resolved, it did not take them long to kick into gear and turn the heaviness all the way up to 10 within seconds.
Screeching vocals, crunchy riffs, and haunting samples made this band one of my favourite support acts for the night.
Next is 10 Plagues, a band from the UK that has had a number of successful gigs with their very low growling vocals, immense blast beats and unique eight-string style guitar riffs.
The mosh pits this band created showed how Heavy their sound was and the ease with which they managed to get the crowd moving. This was defiantly one of the heaviest bands throughout the night.
Before the main act Possessed, we have Vapor, a Thrash Metal act from California that began in 2004. They have had a number of successful gigs in the past playing with other Thrash Metal legends, such as Onslaught and Artillery.
After seeing this show, I was not surprised by how successful they have been with their fast face-melting riffs and hard-hitting solos.
There is enough head-banging spirit there to make your head spin for weeks. This band spared no effort in making sure the crowd was as energetic as ever in preparation for the main act to come, Possessed.
You can read the Possessed review here.