Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy, 17th April, 2017

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Impericon Festival

Impericon Festival brings hardcore and rock music to six cities in four countries over a three-week period. For music lovers it is a one-day festival filled with some of the greatest acts in the genre at the moment. For bands it is an exhausting whirlwind grind of shows spaced wildly far apart. While the experiences for the juxtaposing groups may be different, the festival stopover in Manchester found both fans and talent coalescing in rock heaven, moving as one organism to the undulation of hard rock spread across eleven hours and 10 bands.

First up on the list was Leeds based hardcore band Higher Power. With new music on the horizon the band mixed old favourites with new tunes, crafting a set that was visceral. It was the perfect introduction for a festival steeped in hardcore rock. After a short set the band left the stage, shortly thereafter welcoming Casey on stage.

 

Impericon Festival

Casey is perhaps the band that is the greatest departure from the hardcore roots of Impericon Festival. An alternative rock band that mixes in some electronic sounds and ambient breaks, Casey may not be hard rock but they are a band that is beyond worthy of a spot at any festival. The band played songs that displayed their brilliant ability to craft rock structured songs with great amounts of ambient space that really creates an intense emotional and sonic arch in each tune. With album Love Is Not Enough making its debut a little under a year ago, the bands set feels well oiled and perfected, still a bit grungy but does not have the dishevelled hysteria that some young bands have. The set was well received despite its departure from a harder edge.

Impericon Festival

The hardcore rock aspect was quickly picked back up as band Napoleon took the stage. Hailing from Exeter, the band is the perfect mixture of hardcore rock elements and emphatic fans. It was clear from the size of the audience as well as the line at the merch table that many were fans of Napoleon. Playing songs off of newly released Newborn Mind the band drummed up the sombre crowd, as those in the pit circled one another fans moved in syncopated activity with each beat dripping from Napoleons kit.

Impericon Festival

Impericon Festival

Brutality Will Prevail picked up on this energy, immediately inciting a larger and more ferocious pit that matched their hardcore sound.  As the building rattled from their base and drums the band played hits from In Dark Places including fan favourites “Forever Restless” and “The Path” as well as a few older tunes.

Impericon Festival

Local Manchester band Broken Teeth brought some hometown love the stage. With on stage energy that was boundless, the band played through their vast library of songs.  As the fans piled in it was clear that this hometown band was one that many did not miss. A compilation of hardcore music, fan and band energy, and impressive stage lighting created a cacophony of movement that forced everyone to respond with movement. The band weaved in and out of the audience, blurring the line of the stage. In a sweet moment vocalist Dale relished in playing a stage that was a part of “my musical history.” The show was thus so much greater than just another gig, it was the bands declaration of ‘making it,’ playing a festival and a stage that was familiar to them.  Their insane show was no doubt the perfect way to forever memorialise the moments.

Impericon Festival

In Hearts Wake is not Manchester bred, in fact the band comes from Australia, and yet their show was a mental mixture of metal music and stage antics that livened up the crowd. In cinematic proportions the band mixed hardcore and rock voices with a light show that was transcendental. A cohesive band, each member expertly played his instrument in a way that when combined created one large burst of sound. Arnold, the bands inflatable alligator, made his appearance as well. New single “Warcry” found the band and audience yelling in militaristic fashion both the lyrics of the song as well as additives, creating a single unified scream that certainly sounded like a battle cry. With such power and really a forceful stage show In Hearts Wake played a set that was unmatched the rest of the night.

Impericon Festival

American bands Miss May I, Carnifex, and Being As An Ocean were the next two up for their sets. Miss May I, an Ohio based metalcore band, immediately had the audience raise their fists in the air and pump along to the songs coming through. In an almost deafening mixture of base and drums the metalcore structure of the songs were sometimes shifted to reflect a purer rock sound. Tune “Hey Mister” was the highlight of the set for fans, who emphatically chanted along.

Impericon Festival

Carnifex, a California band, continued the strong use of base and tempo shifts that was evident in Miss May I’s set. The modern death metal band played numerous songs off of 2016 release Slow Death including “Drown Me In Blood” and title track “Slow Death.”

Impericon Festival

Being As An Ocean closed out the American bands. Like Carnifex, Being As An Ocean is a California based band whose melodic hardcore often is more hardcore than it is melodic. With three studio albums under their repertoire, the band played a splicing from their extensive catalogue of work. Pumping energy into the crowd, their set was perfected hardcore with its thudding beats and boisterous lyrics.

Impericon Festival

Closing out the night was Australian powerhouse Thy Art Is Murder. Playing all the hits, including “Holy War,” “Light Bearer,” “Emptiness,” and “Dead Sun” the heavy rock band absolutely tore the last shreds of energy and stamina from the fans. Song after song cascaded through the speakers, building a climactic burst of sound and energy to end the night. In perfect symphony both the band and the fans released all emotions and energy, closing out the festival day with a burst.

Impericon Festival brought some of the best metal and rock bands all to one stage. A day punctuated by crowd surfing and guitar rifts; it was a festival not to be missed by rock fans. As the festival moves on to its next venue in Switzerland it leaves behind it fans who are exhausted from a full day of rock perfection.

 

Reviewer: Kylie McCormick

Photographer: Steve Kilmister

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