Sworn To Oath @ The Sugarmill 23rd March Live Review

The Sugarmill welcomes a night of heavy rock and metal from a four band line-up with Stoke-on-Trent metallers Sworn To Oath as headliners.

Moments after the doors open S.L.U.G take to the stage, a four piece Stoke-On-Trent outfit with fast paced guitars. But the band lacks in stage presence, making little effort to engage with the crowd.

Mordecai
are the odd ones out this evening hailing from South London. Their sound is boisterous hard rock that has a strong American influence and a heavy dose of guitar solos. This band gel together well and encourage the crowd to move forwards, closer to the stage.

Nameless
are the main support act tonight, another local band from Stoke-on-Trent. These youngsters have lots of energy, frontman Josh Sutton is especially enthusiastic showing off somewhat by running around the stage, getting up on the speakers and singing while lying on the floor. Their sound is very American rock n’ roll and they’re clearly very influenced by American rock bands like Guns n’ Roses and Metallica. The lead guitar is too loud and guitarist Adam Broadhurst has difficulties with his guitar at one point during their set. Nonetheless a great and energetic band to warm up the crowd for the headliners.

The lights go down and headliners Sworn to Oath take to the stage, opening with their single ‘Last Call’. For only a three-piece band they’ve such a strong and fierce metal sound but with a catchy melodic side also. The crowd enjoy some moshing during the heavier parts of their songs. Time seems to fly by and before you know it they’re saying goodbye with their song ‘Leave You For Dead’, and the crowd are punching the air shouting back the lyrics “leave you for dead!” Sworn to Oath leave the crowd wanting more who begin chanting for an encore which doesn’t happen.

                       

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