Krysthla are one of the UK’s biggest underground bands right now, and Swindon was extremely lucky to have them headlining this monster of a show. This 5-piece extreme metal band from Northampton has already achieved big things including a tour with Vader and Decapitated, and a main stage slot on the Saturday morning of this year’s Bloodstock festival. They have a new album, Worldwide Negative, coming out on the 16th August this year which has managed to peak at #2 on Amazon's rock/metal pre-orders. This show in Swindon has shown every attendee exactly why.
The new material gels well amongst their previous works because, as they have mentioned in an interview, they don’t stick to creating the same sounding music every time, but it all fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. This means they have a variety of genres mixed into one, especially in the new album, keeping it fresh every time.
The other songs played were Ancient Hope, Depths, Make Disciplines of the Nations and Luminosity. A great lineup of songs which made many punters bang their heads together. Krysthla are getting up to some big things so make sure to catch them whenever you have the chance to, they will not disappoint.
The opening band, Democratus from Cardiff, woke everyone up with the sound of sirens before ripping into the first song ‘Creator of Poverty’. The crowd may have been small but that didn’t keep anyone back from joining the band members with the headbanging.
Democratus are spreading a message about the current UK government which directly comes through with track titles such as ‘Preachers of the Hate’ and ‘Divided They Fall’, which were some of the songs played during this set. A moment before the last song, ‘Life for Life’, Jenkins joked about eating everybody in the room if they don’t sing along, which successfully made everybody get involved.
Next up were Gloucestershire’s local legends, Proteus, who never fail to deliver a neck-breaking experience. Their line up change in December last year has led to them sounding even heavier on stage with new bassist Harry Jewell, creating the first pit of the night.
There were some small technical issues with the lead guitar, which were dealt with at the end of the first song, ‘Bloodbound’. Afterward, the fantastic sound system in this venue allowed you to really hear Jake Fenner’s heavily practiced complex riffs, which have the power to grind your insides into mush.
Swindon’s ‘Ghost of Machines’ came on right after. Sound-wise, they were a bit of an anomaly because, while everyone else had death/heavy metal influences, these guys are a ‘dystopian’ heavy rock band with mainly clean vocals by Billy Bingham.
The first two songs were their most recent releases, Collide and Alone, which set a dream-like atmosphere in the room. You end up finding yourself floating to the rhythm of the music before getting hit in the gut with the heavy rock, Ghost of Machines are a band that should be seen in person to experience the energy of the music getting played in that moment. In time was the next song, during which Billy found an extra moment to run through the audience, to the bar, and get a drink while Patrick Liston and Dom were shredding the guitar solos. Unfortunately, the set was only half an hour-long, but the crowds were making sure to use that time wisely, moving around to the remaining two songs Nowhere and Fall of Empire.
Pits kept opening up and Alex Advis was spinning and throwing his keyboard around to absolute shit – it was covered in duct tape, only assuming the damage was already done before. The smell of sweat cropped up as the temperatures felt like they rose by at least 10°c due to all the moshing. There wasn’t a single moment where any of the members stopped for a breather. Their intense stage presence, crowd reactions and rapid increase in social media following are pointing in the direction of major success for this band.
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