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Roadraging Cardiff

Posted on February 12, 2008

As the crowd cheered and heavy riffage filled the air and emerged around the building it could only mean one thing – Chimaira had begun their set. Although it was short (only 30 minutes) it was a fast-paced, noise drenched, straight-in-your-face ride. They started with ‘Implements of Destruction’ (the instrumental), which led into ‘Power Trip’. They also played ‘Eyes of a Criminal’, ‘Cleansation’, ‘Army of Me’ and my personal favourite ‘The Dehumanising Process’ as well as songs from their first album including ‘Severed’. It was incredible when Mark Hunter split the crowd in two down the middle like Moses and the Red Sea, and when he got everyone to repeat the chorus after him in ‘Pure Hatred’. I even got Rob Arnold’s plectrum when he threw it into the crowd! Ill Nino were truly electrifying, they played for longer than Chimaira and were also very very good. They belted out songs such as ‘How Can I Live’, ‘God Save Us’, ‘If You Still Hate Me’, ‘Unreal’ and ‘What Comes Around’. When Chimaira were on the bassist walked past me and started talking to me which was pretty awesome. Spineshank closed the evening with one of the best performances I have seen in a long time. They began with ‘Violent Mood Swings’ (which got the mosh-pit going!). They also played ‘Smothered’, ‘Slavery’, ‘Stillborn’, ‘Dead To Me’ and ‘New Disease’ amongst others. For their last song, Mark Hunter came onstage and joined in with Jonny Santos which was brilliant. If you didn’t go then all I can say is shame on you! I got loads of stuff signed by all 3 bands and even met the Lostprophets who were there watching the gig. It was one of the most exhilirating nights of my life and if you weren’t there then you will never know how amazing it was….. Review by Jonathan Bayes. Thanks for emailing us Jonathan!

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