Napalm Death @ AN Club

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\r\n A Napalm Death gig is a tribute to the good old hobbie of stagediving and the crowd gathering outside the venue seemed quite ready for some sauna moshing! After 3 years of absense from the greek concert soil we are here again to honour Barney and the lads.\r\n

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\r\n With the usual delays busting our balls, the highly anticipated gig started off with locals Slavebreed hitting the stage and slaying us once again with tracks from The Pain Syndicate debut but also lots of new ones that gave a clear view of the band’s evolution. So, we now get more crust/punk vibes with the grindcore element always present and breaking bones. The band is in great shape, well rehearsed and in a good mood which brought some first serious pits among the crowd. Smirnoff is an eye sucker and a good eardrum torturer while backing vocals performed by Paul on guitars where right inplace. The crowd applauses and Slavebreed finish off another winning battle. The Disrupt cover was not introduced loud enough so it got a bit lost in the process.\r\n

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\r\n And now it’s time for oldschool stuff. The British grind heroes are way too experienced, gig/wise and have tons of songs in their pockets. You know that the gig is gonna be flooding with energy from a band that find it extremely difficult to stay still when on stage. From the first minute to the last one Napalm turn the place upside down!\r\n

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\r\n All the favourites were heard: Suffer The Children, The Kill and lots of the recent material that people knew very well,a good sign that the band has still more to say. In front of the stage hell broke loose. Moshers, divers, and a swirling mass of bodies that had been ragin mad from the very start. Barney, always in a good mood, talked in between songs about ehtics and their importance while the rest gave us relentless beatings. The man scanned the stage over and over again while his voice was in good shape!\r\n

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\r\n On the other hand, with such a huge discography it makes perfect sense that someone will complain about not hearing his favourite song(like me, eagerly waiting for Breed To Breathe to hit my ears-in vein) as the band needs to support its newer stuff. But, all in all,  I don’t think there is a single soul that didn’t have fun. After the end of the show with the classic Siege Of Power ripping our heads, the band stayed on to shake hands with the fans, take photos and all that, that makes these guys so loved: the fact they’re down to earth people.\r\n

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\r\n So, another utterly kick ass show came to an end, we just need more alike efforts for more extreme shows. We need more extreme metal shows damn it!\r\n

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\r\nReport: Giannis Nakos
\r\nPhotos Jim Hatzimoisis\r\n
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