Nervosa @ KKs Steel Mill 25th May 2023

Nervosa headlined a great night of metal on the extreme end of the spectrum at KKs Steel Mills Lounge.


First up were local boys Born Zero who always give there all and tonight was no exception with their brand of Heavy Metal. They started with Bad Omens and the stall was set for an excellent set. Front man Levi has an excellent stage presence and brilliant vocals particularly showed in the next song No Cure followed by 2019 single Breathe.

New single Take Over was next which showed a real jump in direction for their booming sound. This short and sweet set ended with Tear Down. We will hopefully be seeing more of these guys.

Next up were another local band who are definitely on the up, Elyrean, with their brand of Technical Thrash Metal. Kicking off with A Crown Of Flesh & Bone and front man/ guitarist Asa Jones is a brilliant exponent of his chosen genre.


Next was Perpetually Entombed, which is their new single has the bijou KKs crowd loving what they are doing. They are then into The Omniscient One, followed by Invicta then Cosmic Chaos. They were in total full flow and blasting the walls of the Lounge. The set ended with the title track of their Blacken The Sun 2019 ep. We will certainly be seeing more of these guys.

We were then treated to an explosive performance by Plaguemace who exploded onto the stage with War Cries and Andreas Truelsen tattooed vocalist umping and leaping around the tight confines of the stage. Their brand of death metal is brilliant and the band looked like they loving every second of being on stage.


Next was Brothelhem followed by Primal Priest. It wasn’t long before Ruben Brandt- Bass, guitarists Simon Truelsen and Anton Holm were stripped to the waste and putting everything they could into their performance. Next is Primal Priest, Impenetrable Leather then Misanthropical Breed during which Truelsen was jumping onto the barriers to engage more closely with the crowd. Their brilliant set ended with Rhythmic Demise then the brilliant Plagueface. You must really experience these guys live.

Then was headliner time with Brazilian Trash/Death Metallers Nervosa, who have had many lineup changes over recent years but have settled with founder member Prika Amaral taking over vocals as well as guitars.


Their set was mainly made up of their latest album Perpetual Chaos, starting with a trilogy from that album: Perpetual Chaos, Kings Of Domination and Genocidal Command. They are certainly a forced to be reckoned with and blasted through Death and Masked Betrayer before an amazing guitar solo from Helena Kotina.


The KKs crowd are loving it, Amaral’s vocals are stunning especially during Venomous from Perpetual Chaos, then an old song – Into Moshpit before Blood Eagle. They then play new single Endless Ambition, the first from the new line up before their stunning set ends with Under Ruins.

Review and photographs: Andy Shaw

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