Portrait – Belfast, Voodoo 01/02/2015

Portrait live at Voodoo, Belfast 1 February 2015
I suppose, in the interests of journalistic impartiality, we better start this review with a declaration of interest, and that is that Terminus bassist David McCallum is a PlanetMosh contributor. The band play with a dark, thumping groove that has a ball-shaking intensity and equally dense and brooding vocals, delivered over a classicI suppose, in the interests of journalistic impartiality, we better start this review with a declaration of interest, and that is that Terminus bassist David McCallum is a PlanetMosh contributor. The band play with a dark, thumping groove that has a ball-shaking intensity and equally dense and brooding vocals, delivered over a classic metal vibe. The quintet is tighter than a Ballymena man’s wallet and the rhythm section as solid as a 40-foot thick concrete walls, as their rumbling melodies pulsate and wash through the room, drawing the listener ever deeper into their dark, restrained fury. For those whose path they have not yet crossed, Rabid Bitch Of The North deliver exciting and energetic classic metal with a very obvious NWOBHM vibe. The scream and yelp of opener ‘Your Misery’ sets the tone with a vengeance, characterized – as are all the Bitch’s songs – by Chris’ stunning double kick technique and Joe’s surprisingly high pitched vocal tone, which contrasts extremely effectively with his traditional rumbling bass style. It’s hard to add any more to the hundreds of (well-deserved) words of praise we have heaped on RBOTN before, as the trio blast their way through another fiesty and fun set, […]

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