Callus

July 29, 2018

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Here at POWERZONE, we’re not known for our reviews- we’ll leave that to the professionals at Ever Metal. But when I saw that CALLUS we’re playing here in Wrexham, I simply had to go and see what all the fuss was about. I had heard great things from Rich & Beth of Ever Metal, and they have never steered me wrong before, so I thought I’d pop along to ‘Wrex Fest’ and check them out.

Callus were superb.

I mean, they really were. These guys fuse so many different genres of metal together that i didn’t think it would work. But I’m glad I was wrong. A pinch of thrash, a dash of doom, some stoner rock, prog and a touch of classic heavy metal. The three-piece we’re not only superb together but individually, their musicianship blew me away. They play like they have been on the scene for 20 years but they are still young, and with a shining career ahead of them, i think. Lewis on Guitar and Ben on bass shared the vocal duties- but to be honest, it wasn’t about the vocals- they were secondary, almost surplus to requirements, the metal spoke for itself and it spoke loudly! The drummer, Ryan, was so animated, giving it his all whilst Lewis and ben shared some chunky riffs.

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No song sounded the same in the set, and over the 45 minutes these guys played, the small room upstairs at Atomic filled up to capacity. By the end of the set, it was bursting with energy in there, people headbanging and grooving along, hypnotised and called up from the streets below like the pied pipers of metal. Atomic really lends itself to live music- it’s small and hot and the speakers obscure half the stage but you can forgive that as the acoustics are incredible, you could hear every down-tuned note and feel it in your bones.

Callus give the impression that they live and breath heavy metal. It won’t be long before we start seeing these Callus t-shirts popping up at gigs across the land, I suspect (nice logo too!). They are the epitome of the British metal scene at the moment and I am going to go and see them again, without doubt. And if you’re reading this quick review, i implore you to do so too. You certainly won’t regret it.

Just as a footnote, I took a short video of Callus which you can see by clicking HERE. I don’t like to video at gigs generally as I prefer just living in the moment and banging my head rather than watching it through a little screen, but I couldn’t help it in this case because I wanted you guys to get a little taste of what you have in store for you.

-GoM

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