Doyle and Sulpher were just two of the jaw dropping acts to perform at this years Amplified Open Air Festival which took place on July 6th-8th at Quarrydowns, Gloucestershire, U.K.. The festival also included acts like Jinjer, Soil, Psychostick, Dust Bolt, Witch Tripper and several other over the course of the weekend. Doyle and Sulpher are just two of the stand out performances that took place.
The anticipation for Doyle and crew to hit the stage was electric, then from back stage Doyle appeared to a warm welcome from the crowd. They got going straight away and churned out tune after tune with so much power. When the riff to ‘Cemetery Sexxx’ rang out, boom! This makes your hair stand on end. What a riff, also with Doyle punching his guitar and striding around the stage churning out their horror punk metal style tunes flawlessly.
Alex ‘Wolfman’ Story is one of the best frontmen I have seen for sometime and owns the stage with his charisma and passion and introduces songs saying they are love songs. The last time I saw them live Alex who likes to climb up on speakers but due to the speakers being on rigging on the side of stage none of this happened. None of this mattered because his stage presence and energy is amazing and he delivers an all round superb performance. Don’t forget to check out drummer Wade Murff, this guy is one insanely talented drummer and never missed a beat, along with Brandon Strate on bass. Doyle has one hell of a rhythm section backing up the band. Get online and check their tour dates, they always tour consistently.
I was also lucky enough to catch a set by Sulpher who were next on the bill. An industrial metal band hailing from Birmingham, UK which their lead vocalist and guitarist Rob Holliday is known for being the guitarist for Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy. This guy knows what its like to be in international touring acts and always on the road.
Well this is Rob Holliday’s band Sulpher, along with Monti on drums and his guitarist Andy Spillane and bass player Davey Bennett. Rob and drummer Monti are no slouches when it comes to writing awesome tunes and the band arrived on stage and went straight into one of my favorite tracks “Problem” from the album ‘Spray’, and then straight into their new single “No One Will Ever Know” also older tracks such as “One Of Us” and “Unknown”. Whilst finishing up with two tunes that are barely a couple months old “Take A Long Hard Look” and “Used”. Rob is a big fan of smoke machines and has his own on stage which is constantly churning out dry ice (A photographers nightmare!) but I now love the stuff. I beg any one into anything heavy to just go online and check them out. You can tell frontman Rob is an accomplished vocalist and touring musician due to the way he controlled the crowd and delivered his own unique vocal style. I urge all Metal Nexus readers to check them out live now before you struggle to get tickets.
I heard Wyatt Wendals from Planet Rock mention that he heard a music critic the other day say that there are no big bands to take over from the ones we are loosing. While I feel the same as Wyatt and I’ve just mentioned two in this review. Its up to the public to get out to gigs and go buy their music to make these bands huge, the talent is out there, go discover it!!