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Monday, March 21, 2016

Live review: Evil Invaders, Jewel, Silenxce at Scum, Katwijk, The Netherlands, 12-4-2016

Entering the legendary Scum club in Katwijk always brings back memories of metal days long gone. But tonight we have a line-up that suits the club very well: Silenxce (NL), Jewel (NL) and Evil Invaders (BE). Silenxce and Jewel are heroes from the past and still going strong, and Evil Invaders is a very promising new speed/thrash metal band who already played Graspop and Pukkelpop. SILENXCE starts very early so I missed the beginning of the show. I’ve seen Silenxce before in the early ninetees, and except for the hair, they have not changed much. Silenxce has a lot experience and that shows by their solid live playing. On the stage there is not much movement going on, except from the singer (Arno). But the old songs still sound great (Agent Orange, Desire One, Terror Strike!).

Next up is JEWEL; after a reunion in 2013 Jewel is back! Without Rick Ambrose but with a new singer: Nico Perreijn. I know their has a lot been said about the new Jewel, so I am not going into that anymore. New band, new start. Yes they are older, but they still play with the high energy level as they played before, and still solid as a rock. Mr. Perreijn fills up the vocal spot perfectly, and Jewel always tries to make a party. With a set full of Jewel classics (La Morta, Kings of Tomorrow, Road to Katmandu), a Motorhead tribute (Iron Fist) and even a new song (Black Screen) you can’t go wrong! Welcome back boys!

It is time for the main course: EVIL INVADERS! I heard a lot of good things about these young Belgians, and they have set the bars high with their awesome debut album “Pulses of Pleasure.” But can they bring it live? The answer is simple: hell yes!!! They absolutely nailed it from the first till the last minute. What a band, what an energy! The set contains many songs of their debut album (of course) as well as their first EP, completed with two great covers: Fabulous Disaster (Exodus) and Witching Hour (Venom). This was an old school thrash show how it is supposed to be; superb stage performance, quality musicians and lots of headbanging! Remember this band, and check them out if you can!

Written by Remco Kreft, photos made by Lennn Fotografie

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