Badgerfest 2021: Day 1 – The Bread Shed, Manchester – Friday 15th October 2021

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Badgerfest 2021: Day 1
The Bread Shed, Manchester
Friday 15th October 2021
Review By Rob Sutton
Photography by Sheri Bicheno

This was a weekend I’d been looking forward to for a long time! Good friends, good bands, and beer. Day one was the shortest of the 3 and only had the main stage open, but this worked nicely as a warm-up into the rest of the weekend.

Kicking things off were Badger and the Mushrooms. By the name of them, I wasn’t expecting anything too serious, and this became immediately apparent, as Danny (Prognosis/Bass) was wearing possibly the darkest sunglasses known to humankind! The whole band has been put together by the main man himself, John Badger, who was in his usual place, behind the kit. Joining him onstage were a selection of the most talented musicians in the Manchester scene, Arun (Beyond Salvation/Guitars), Johnny (Zebedy/Archetype/Guitars). and Nathan (40,000 Leagues/Vocals). All of these guys were there for one purpose only, to kick the festival off in style. There were no original tracks, just a selection of covers, ranging from Rage Against The Machine to Disturbed, all performed flawlessly, really giving the crowd a chance to get a few beers down them while singing along to rock and metal classics. One thing that caught my eye in particular was Nathan’s voice. While I have seen him in his band many times before, this performance really showcases just how good his voice is – he was on point! Great way to kick things off!

Badger And The Mushrooms at Bagder Fest

Next up, and the beginning of the originals, were Manchester based BruteAllies. I have seen these guys before and what stuck in my head was the awesome light up coat worn by the singer, it’s quite something! These guys are loud, and they provided us with some cracking riffs backed with heavy beats, and brute-al Randy Blythe style vocals. The crowd seemed to love it and so did I. The swap between the bassist and guitarist highlighted their ability to play anything on anything, too. This was their first gig back after the global hiatus, and it did feel like there were some nerves on stage (also the joy of being the first band on), so I feel like there is still more energy to come from them,  once they get back into the swing of things. If you like fast, heavy music, these are a band I would recommend!

BruteAllies at Badger Fest

From the lights of a coat, to the darkness of blackened hardcore next, from the insanely heavy Grief Ritual, who hail from the South West UK. This performance was in your face and relentless! From intense breakdowns to pained screams these guys had all basses covered. Speaking of bass, the bassist was bouncing around like Tigger on Red Bull! His feet were barely on the ground! To contrast this, the vocalist genuinely looked like he was ready for a cage fight – truly invested and passionate in the music. This was a tight set from a band I honestly had never heard of before, and I found myself headbanging for the entire set, and lapping up every blastbeat and every riff these guys could throw at me. The set flew by and I was left wanting more. One of my finds of the year!

Grief Ritual at Badgerfest

Basement Torture Killings are a band I have listened to for a while now. A punishing grindcore band who leave no teddy bear ungutted in their quest for raw speed and precision. This performance surprised me; I was not expecting the voice I heard to come out of the tiny lady on stage. She has an incredible voice and probably one of the best death metal voices in the underground scene. The music is brutal, and the stage show matches, although in a slightly more comedic way. We witnessed the beheading of a beloved teddy, who’s head made its way onto an audience member’s head, and from what I heard, caught the attention of the Manchester police, too (probably confused). This was a very enjoyable set and continued the heavy theme of the night fantastically.

Basement Torture Killings at Badger Fest

With the penultimate act of the night, Agvirre, we saw the return of John Badger behind the kit. This was the second time in as many months that I had seen them, and while last time I didn’t quite get into the music, this time was a bit different. I think the bigger stage suited them. I felt the angst in the voice and the pain in the music. While they’re different from the previous 2 bands, being more on the Post-Black Metal side, it still strangely fitted tonight’s theme. Musically, they are very different and grab influences from many genres. They were an interesting and (this time) enjoyable watch, though I’m not sure why the keyboard faces away from the crowd. From the audience comments I heard, they made a lot of new fans, and rightly so. This was a solid, dark, and almost depressing (in a good way) 35 minutes that I would happily watch again.

Tonight’s atmosphere had been building up for one thing, and I’m not talking about a hangover on Saturday morning! I’m talking about UK grindcore legends, Foetal Juice. Somehow, this was actually the first time I have seen them, and I was not disappointed! The speed and technicality these guys displayed tonight was the very reason why they played on the Bloodstock main stage. Pits were in full swing to just about every song, and heads were furiously banging away! These guys provide no rest, just a constant assault on your ear drums. Remaining professional during technical issues is something a lot of bands struggle with, but while there were some issues here,  Foetal Juice powered through, so the energy of their performance didn’t waver in any way. Ending day one with a band like this ensured the audience won’t be able to headbang for the rest of the weekend… Oh well, it was worth it! Perfect headliner to round out day one!

Foetal Juice at Badger Fest

This may have only been the first day, but my neck hurt, I felt an impending hangover looming! Judging by the rest of the audience, I wasn’t going to be the only one feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. Fantastic first day and every band smashed it, bring on day 2!

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury, UK based Violent Death Metal band Foetal Juice. Huge thanks to drummer Rob for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Rob, drums.

Foetal juice is a band that me and our guitarist Ry started in 2005. We were swiftly joined by Ben on bass and Sam on vocals. The whole aim of the band was to make music that we all wanted to listen too.

We have been playing all around the UK and Europe since then, playing to any and all audience that would accept us.

In 2018 Sam decided to step down as the vocalist and our long-time friend Derek stepped up to the plate, doing an incredible job.

In late 2019 our bass player Ben also decided to step down. He big shoes have been filled by our newest addition to the band, Lewis.

With this new line-up we have recorded our latest album “Gluttony” at Foel Studios. “Gluttony” was just released by Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were going through so many band name ideas (when we were about 17) and we were getting bored of all the bands named after diseases. No other name grabbed us at the time, and we were laughing at the name Foetal Juice. We thought it would be good to add a bit of humour into an otherwise incredibly serious scene. Thus, Foetal Juice was born.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the north west of the UK.

There has been a great scene in the UK for many years now. If you go to an underground death metal gig in the UK, I would say that at least 40% of the audience will be in other bands that aren’t on the bill.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest album is “Gluttony” released via Gorehouse Productions on 12th June 2020.

It’s available to listen to on Spotify and Bandcamp as well as all other streaming services.

Here is a link to our latest video for the title track of ‘Gluttony’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by so many bands in various genres. I think it’s better to cast a wide net for musical influences, it will add new textures to the music you are creating.

I would say that my influences at the moment are bands like:

Deicide, Vomitory, Frank Zappa, Kaamos, Entombed, Dissection, Immortal, Famine, Death, Insect Warfare, Testament, Slayer, Napalm Death, Lock Up, Wiegidood, Vader, Terrorizer, Nile Rodgers, Eric Moore, Tony Royster Jr, etc.

What first got you into music?

I’ve grown up in a musical home, there was always music playing. Bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles were constantly playing. I don’t think I had much of a choice to be honest hahaha.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I would personally love to write a song or two with Abbath or Glen Benton.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There are so many festivals I would personally love to play.

Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic is an amazing festival we have played in 2016. Unfortunately, we didn’t play the best and I would love to play it again and reseed ourselves with our current line-up.

I would also love to play, Hellfest (France) and all of the Deathfests (Netherlands, Maryland, and all of the others).

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We don’t really get gifts from fans. Ryan and I were once approached by a fan who said she wanted us to eat a kebab out of her…… we politely declined.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for enjoying the things we are passionate about.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Lemmy or Jimi Hendrix.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I really enjoy watching the crowd beat the shit out of each other when we are playing. It makes you feel like you have done something right.

Having to sleep sat up in a moving van with 10 other people, whilst incredibly drunk and needing a shit isn’t great to be honest with you.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The fact that a load of really shit bands seem to get really far when great bands such as Famine and Kaamos get no recognition.

There is quantity over quality in every genre these days. You have to sift through a hell of a lot of shit to find a gem.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kaamos – “Lucifer Rising”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably Bloodstock Festival in the UK. we would love the opportunity to play that again.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a musician I would have tried to draw and paint more. Create artwork for extreme metal bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Karl Pilkington
Stephen Fry
Ricky Gervais
The angriest guitar player ever (that chap from YouTube)
Mike Tyson

What’s next for the band?

“Gluttony” came out on 12 June 2020.

All the shows we had lined up this year have deferred to 2021 now. So, we get to play Nice to Eat You Fest (CZ), Fuck the Commerce (DE), Stonehenge festival (NL), Incineration Fest (UK) and a hell of a lot more next year. Hopefully, we will have a tour or two in place for next year too.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cake.

Cakes go hard when they get left out, biscuits go soft.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks a lot for sending the questions over. I hope you and everyone that reads this enjoys the new album.

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.