Rival Faction at The Venue Preston 16th Jan 07
is a 5-piece metal/hardcore band based in
Before Rival Faction went on, two bands played previously, The Zimbardo Project and Roses On Your Grave. Both bands gave an awesome show. Unfortunately the crowd wasn't up for playing, but they waited and gave some ace pits, ace moves (thanks to Chorley Hardcore and R.C.H.X.C) with windmills, air punches, two-steps and getting down with the sick dance moves, with a hardcore pyramid, it was good to see the crowd was alive!
the head-lining band came on – Rival Faction. They opened up with
"Day Of The Rope". Great start to the set guys! The people
around were literally mouthing the lyrics! 'Day Of The Rope' has a good
combination of scream vocals, singing, riffs, beats and catchy lyrics.
With his own twist and style of vocals by Mr Sean Marshall, he truly
shouts out and stands out from the rest of the unsigned world. In
addition, awesome guitar riffage from Ed and Mike, bassin' it up by Matt
Park and keeping the beats louder by Matt Holden.
set, Rival Faction gave a good vibe which the audience picked up on. With
the band moshin' out and the hardcore kids doing their dancing thing, The
Venue was electric. The band gave an exclusive never heard before song –
"Shhhhh It's A Library". Personally, I think this gave Rival
Faction their name. In one of their songs, bassist Matt gave some scream
vocals; now for the shortest person in the band, that boy can scream!
Their last song "The New Riot" did it for me, it was heavy, some
melodic then came in the scream vox, riffs and beats. Out of all the songs
I heard, this was the best. Moreover, one of their songs it's "one
more nail in the coffin for you" is hardly a nail in the coffin for
becoming mainstream. For a band that was unknown, they have a high
standard of sound and hopefully their name will grow as they play more.
They may sound like Taking Back Sunday to some, but heavier. Over all, good vibe gig.
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members think that Rival Faction should wear tighter pants…
"…particularly Matt the bassist and Ed…" says two girls who
would like to remain anonymous.
time. Keep it Loud
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