Deep in the heart of sleepy Fulford, The Fringe Rock & Metal Society, descend on a real ale pub. No not just to get their fix of Brewdog, they’re here for Northern Extremity II, which showcases unsigned metal bands from around the country. To the officious bystander embracing a quiet Sunday night pint, the hellish tones of the Seep Away, Scryre and headliners Sathamel, would shatter pint glasses. The Yorker braced itself and went down to the fiery depths of the Fulford Arms to review…
First up is sludge/ doom outfit Seep Away from York. During the set vocalist Jay Sillence, whose trousers resemble Beetlejuice, parades around the floor, venturing through the crowd. In his swagger he seems to have taken in your face vocals to a whole new level. Sillence warns the strong crowd that their finale is the “bleakest, heaviest song they’ve got”. As ears prepare for an impending battering. Rather jokingly, the song is founded upon a funk jam meshed with tinned guitars, the song could easily be present on The Who’s Tommy’s Holiday Camp.
As Seep Away, seep away, next is Scryre, a blackened death metal band from York/ Leeds. This subgenre of death metal is renowned for it’s lower tuning and indecipherable logos, so I was pleasantly surprised by the discernible nature of their sound. From the chorus soaked opened notes to the gruelling death growls, the set not only sounded brutal but was tight. Consequently, the head nodding crowd immerse themselves in the set.
Finally, Sathamel, a blackened death horde from Leeds grace the real ale pub. They perform their six track self-titled EP, released early last year. As the lights go down, incense burns at the front of their stage, setting the scene for the subsequent hellish tones. Their image and live show is mesmerising, from the brutal vocals and pummelling riffs. Despite the difficulty in deciphering vocalist Kruk’s brutal vocals, it still makes for a truly profound and powerful show.
Admittedly, this was my first and blackened death metal gig. If that’s your jam though, I thoroughly recommend spreading over to the Fringe Society. From the exceptional sound, to lights that could illuminate your soul and decent beer, the society catered to all you needs. I warn you though, it really is a severe yet intense experience.