Since the closure of The Masque in Liverpool, which had become the home for recent Whiplash Promotions shows, The Lomax has proved itself to be a fine replacement, adding that intense factor you get at a small intimate venue.

The first band of the night was Diamanthian and they warmed the crowd up well. I missed a bit of the set but by the time I got there the band was already firing along. It was good to see such a good turnout right from the first band and they were treated to a fine set. After the few songs I saw, I will definitely be making sure I get there in time to see more of them next time they play.

Up next was Hampshire’s Bloodshot Dawn, who impressed me in a few different ways, one of them by managing to start a gig without even knowing about it. A few confused looks from the band aside; they hardly missed a note and just flew into what was a very impressive half hour or so. Further problems occurred when vocalist / guitarist Josh McMorran suffered from a broken string mid song, and again this didn’t stop the band as they carried until the song ended with Josh borrowing a guitar to finish the set. That the band carried on in such good spirits is a credit to them, they battled through things that could easily have thrown them off their stride.

Bloodshot Dawn‘s technical blend of thrash and death metal certainly pleased the crowd and on the strength of the EP I got at the end of the night, the new album (which is now streaming online) is certainly worth checking out.

Dyscarnate were the main support and after hearing nothing but good things about this band over the last year, I was looking forward to finally catching them live. The band pulled off a quality set. Water tight in their delivery and totally focused on crushing The Lomax and everything inside it.

Dyscarnate used their set time to go out and utterly devastate the onlookers with a non-stop barrage of inspired death metal drawn from both their debut and recently released second album “And So It Came To Pass”. The no nonsense approach meant that they used every second of their allotted time to show exactly why they are one of the most highly acclaimed extreme metal acts this country has to offer.

Fleshgod Apocalypse had overcome some problems at previous shows and excelled in front of the large crowd that had gathered. Looking every bit the part, resplendent in their suits and smeared in blood, and featuring the piano that found its way onto the stage in the changeover, it looked as though they had just come back from some kind of orchestral recital in an abattoir.

Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s set covered their entire catalogue and they put on a blinding show for the gathered audience. The combination of different styles works on different levels, with the high pitched clean vocals from Paolo Rossi mixing well with the barked delivery of Tomasso and Christiano, and in the same way that Francesco Ferrini conducts his laptop lead orchestra from his piano whilst the rest of the band fire out some top quality old school death metal.

Tonight, the theatrics of the performance lit up the room more than the strobe lights that flickered behind the band during their performance. Their set seemed to fly by and there was a tangible sense of disappointment when it all came to an end, with people sticking around until well after the house lights came on in the hope that the band would come back and play some more. It was a pity that other gig goers on the tour missed out on such a fine performance.