It may have been a cold winterâ€™s night in Newcastle, but blistering sets from Amon Amarth along with Huntress and Savage Messiah at Newcastle University.
Making a welcome return to the Northeast, British four piece hard hitting outfit Savage Messiah got the night off to a great start. The band brought with them in tow tracks like, â€œScavengers of Mercyâ€ and the fast and furious, â€œMinority of Oneâ€ from their latest album The Fateful Dark. The band conjure up sounds reminiscent of early Metallica, much to the pleasing of the Geordie crowd. Devil horns all around.
Next up was LAâ€™s Huntress fronted by the captivating Jill Janus. The band who are on the verge of completing the follow up to 2013â€™s Starbound Beast took the opportunity to introduce one of their newest tracks â€œFlesh,â€ which Jill dedicated to all of the ladies in the audience, and was very well received.
Janus glides around the stage, hair blowing through the air, such an incredible voice you would expect nothing less from a professionally trained opera singer. Huntress rocked their way through tracks like, â€œZenithâ€ and â€œI Wanna Fuck You To Death,â€ which they co-wrote with Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, the crowd hanging on every word.
The band closed their set â€œEight of Swordsâ€ from their debut album Spell Eater, Janus taking the opportunity to jump off the stage and into the pit to get closer to the fans. The band most certainly whet the appetite of the Newcastle crowd, and left them suitably warmed for Swedish Viking Metallers.
A crowd of eagerly awaiting death metal fans, some of which paid tribute toÂ Amon Amarth by wearing Viking Helmets, awaited the arrival of the band. Frontman Johan Hegg now back in action, having recently blown out his voice at the start of the tour.
Amon Amarth are tight, Johan commands the audience, smoke cannons go off on stage. The penetrating drums of Fredrik Andersson and the melodic guitar work from Olavi Mikkonen and Johan SÃ¶derberg have the crowd pumping their fists, head banging and cheering along. The band played a brutal career spanning set including, â€œAs Loke Fallsâ€ and â€œShape Shifterâ€ from their latest album Deceiver of the Gods along with classics like â€œGuardians of Asgaard,â€ from their 2008 album Twilight of The Thunder God and left the crowd wanting more.