By: Steve Fallows
Photos: Steve Fallows
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The Key Club, Leeds | July 19, 2016
A busy tour in support of the recently released new album Lost Ritual saw the Corby six piece hit nine cities in nine days, and right of the middle of the run, they found themselves in the Key Club, a new venue in the heart of Leeds.
Opening the show were Irish hardcore crew By Any Means. Reminiscent of old school UKHC bands of old, the four piece seemed to be enjoying their set and as a result, the crowd got into it too. A band that I didn’t know too much about before the show, but ended up leaving the venue with a copy of their EP. A great start to the night.
Stoneghost by comparison were a very different proposition. Lead by the imposing figure of frontman Jason Smith, they offered up a set that swung between melodic and brutal, clean vocals to anger very quickly, often within the same line or verse. Another band that were quite new to me, I had only heard a couple of songs previously, but they were very impressive, and just like when the headliners first appeared, it was another sign of the depth of talent currently out there.
With their comeback album now available, there seemed to be something different about this Raging Speedhorn tour then the previous runs they have done since reforming. With a few new songs in the set (including ‘Halfway To Hell’, which now feels like one of the classics that has been there forever) and apparently a different set every night, it seemed a much fresher show than previous. From the energy and anger of ‘The Hate Song’, the punkish energy of ‘Chronic Youth’, right through to the doom laden punch of ‘High Whore’, there is a song from the new album that fits in with all aspects of previous Speedhorn albums, be it ‘Motörhead’, ‘Evil Or Mental’ or ‘Ten Of Swords’.
As ever the band put all into the show and belied the ridiculously hot venue, where the constantly running fans seemed to do little to help matters. Demanding the crowd’s attention, at one point vocalist Frank Regan took a phone of one of the people of the front row mid song (returning it at the end), there is a connection between the band and its fans live. They seem to be a band that thrive on the adventures of being on the road, and with vocalists John Loughlin and Regan spearheading this version of the band, there is every chance they could outdo the original success the band found.