Cancer Bats Having last seen the Cancer Bats on a joint headline tour with ‘While She Sleeps’ it's great to see them perform to a united front. Joint headline tours often suffer from a divided crowd but tonight there is no mistaking the horns in the air and big shouts for these guys.


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Hit The Deck Festival 2015 Today brings us to Nottingham, home of 2 football teams, Robin Hood, trams & a festival by the name of Hit The Deck. Having avoided the numerous speed cameras, parked up and grabbed a bite to eat, I headed inside to see what was going on.


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Cancer Bats Even if you aren’t a fan of Cancer Bats you have to concede that these guys know how to put on a show. They enjoy what they do and they take time hanging out with fans in the smoking area prior to their set. The interlude music of Andrew WK fits perfect for these guys to enter the stage.


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Cancer Bats As Camden greet Canada’s Cancer Bats to Koko’s stage, vocalist Liam Cormier tells the crowd “[he has] a feeling that we're gonna have the greatest party ever”, and it would seem he’s not wrong. They take no time to launch into ‘Bricks & Mortar’, riffing their way through the track and indeed, the entire set with a live clarity which many other hardcore bands lack.


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Axewound The super group that is Axewound means the Bullet fans are out and proud. Personally I'm a Bullet hater but a Cancer Bats liker. Why would I want to see this band you may wonder? It's simple, they are dirty and it’s fun metal with some thrash, and hardcore moments thrown in. Axewound's album Vultures is what I hope the new Highlander movie soundtrack will be, it's some awesome metal cheese delivered with massive aplomb. Lead singer Liam is like an excitable puppy at the merch table signing stuff and having photos as doors open.


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Hit The Deck Festival The second annual Hit The Deck Festival, a heavily sponsored all-day indoor festival focused on the genres of metal, rock, emo and hardcore (both post and present), rolled up in Nottingham on a very wet April weekend. But that wasn't going to dampen anyone's spirits anytime soon. Held across five stages in five different and very intimate venues, you'd do good to find another event that offers so many amazing bands, both big and small, for such a reasonable price.


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