Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews -

But noth­ing, no one, nowhere and at no time have ever been as re­morse­lessly sav­age as They pretty much re­duce the rest of the bill to easy lis­ten­ing, sin­ga­long pop. It’s some sight to wit­ness a band who have been a sta­ple of our scene for over 30 years still so ca­pa­ble of stay­ing at the very apex of all that is ex­treme, with newer songs like Smash A Mid­dle Digit and How The Years Con­demn high­lights even amongst the Scum-era clas­sics.

have a rep­u­ta­tion for em­bar­rass­ing head­line bands when they are act­ing as sup­port, but there was no way, even as good as Na­palm Death were, that they were go­ing to suc­cumb to that fate them­selves this evening. Time has ap­peared to stand still for the NYHC le­gends, with the Koller broth­ers both look­ing as lean, trim and en­er­getic as they ever have been. Ditto the sound of clas­sics such as Us Vs. Them, Call To Arms and Sanc­tu­ary. When the en­tire tour face off for an on­stage wall of death (a move SOIA in­vented, let’s not for­get) dur­ing Scratch The Sur­face you get a glimpse of what a mid-80s hard­core mati­nee in New York must have looked like. Sick Of It All are still the kings.



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