This Is Turin w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire 10/09/2021

This Is Turin poster

This Is Turin
w/Human Hell and Portrayal Of Ruinn
The Salty Dog, Northwich, Cheshire
Review by Rob Sutton

It feels like forever since I’ve been to a home town gig and it has many advantages. Firstly, I can walk to it, so no driving and secondly I can drink. I did have quite a few at this gig because it has been far too long since I had last been to a gig here. The Venue itself has had quite a makeover during lockdown; we now have a quality beer garden and seating out the front. Also, with local laws in Northwich now allowing drinking outside the front of a pub, means I’m not leaving my drink unattended. Tonight, is the first metal gig in a long time and we have a local headliner, a familiar opening band and a new second band, all of which were on the much heavier side of metal meaning no clean singing…oh no, the horror!

First up and this will now be the second time I have reviewed these guys, were Manchester’s Portrayal Of Ruinn. Last time I saw them I was saying how I wanted to see them on a bigger stage, alas it’s a smaller stage than last time. Nevertheless, their stage presence has vastly improved. All members seem to be banging their heads throughout and even Tom (guitarist) was off stage bouncing around and getting in people’s faces. This really works with their genre, they are deathcore and deathcore is in your face heavy. The fact that the sound here was so clear allowed for the crowd to really hear the way Tom (bass, yes I know two Tom’s is confusing), Tom (guitars) and Sean (guitars) all work in harmony to bring the riffs and breakdowns right to the forefront. This is helped by Chris (drums) providing the driving force behind them all. Calvin (vocals) has also much improved since last time; his range seems to get better with each gig. Sadly, with the sound being so clear, it was obvious when the intro track, which was played on a phone, ended up playing a completely different song in the background. I would isolate the intro so this doesn’t happen. This was a much stronger set than in July and is really showing how these guys are finding their sound and the stage show to match. I was gutted they didn’t get the reaction they deserved.

Next up was a new band for me, Human Hell from London. These boys really bring the aggression, there is no mercy from the breakdowns and Dillinger Escape Plan style beat from the drums. The complete set is unrelenting and fantastic. I even ended up having a mosh and I wasn’t even that drunk. Much like Portrayal Of Ruinn before them, their guitarist found it a challenge to stay on stage, wandering off to start pits with onlookers and then deciding to go for some fresh air outside…The joys of a wireless set up. I wonder what the drunken revellers on the streets of Northwich thought of this? There was a strange style of vocals over this heavy hardcore music, it reminded me almost of a black metal style shriek, I’m not complaining as it works wonderfully and compliments the down tuned guitars brilliantly. These boys are a strange mix of many styles which all combine into a ferocious blend of metal. If you are one for heavy aggression, check these guys out but if you are not a fan of band members being up close and personal, I would stand well back. Actually, they’ll still find you.

Headlining tonight are Cheshire heavyweights, This is Turin. This is a band I have followed since their previous incarnation, FallOut when I was about 14. They have progressed massively since those early days and have become a Blackened Tech Metal machine destroying any venue in their wake. This is apparent tonight as every song sees a sea of banging heads, flailing arms and probably a bit of blood for good measure. It is so clear to see from tonight’s performance why these guys have gotten as big as they have recently, with the new tunes from the latest EP “T.U.R.I.N” getting the crowd in a frenzy all under the control of Daz (vocals). This is not to say Hayden (guitars), Davey (guitars) and Splinter (bass) aren’t doing the same, quite the opposite. While Splinter can be seen also off stage intimidating the crowd (he is bloody tall), Hayden and Davey will be banging away shredding every riff with immense precision. Now, I couldn’t go any further without mentioning Ben (drums), he is rapidly becoming known for being one of the fastest drummers in the scene right now (please watch Forlorn World’s performance from Bloodstock). Tonight, is another example of his sheer speed and brutality, he is incredible! This is Turin owned this night, like they do most gigs they play, 50 minutes flew by in what was a stunning set. There is a lot more to come from these guys yet. Keep watching!

By the end of the night, I was a drunken mess as usual, but it was amazing to see so many people from the North West in my home town, it puts a massive smile on my face. I’m really hoping more gigs can happen in Northwich and we get the turn out like we had on the night. Good friends, good beer, excellent music. What more could you ask for on a Friday night?


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metal band Human Hell. Huge thanks to vocalist Evan 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?

My name is Evan, and I’m on vocals. Human Hell has been years in the making. Landing on our feet with the current line-up, things just clicked where they hadn’t before.

How did you come up with your band name?

If anyone can take a look at the world we live in today, compared to 10 years ago, they’ll understand. Human Hell is the metaphorical and physical embodiment of this feeling. This realm is hell.

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

We reside in North London, UK. This is one of the best places in the world for the scene. So much talent exists all over the world, but I’m still amazed at the benchmark of ability within this area. Even the buskers need a record deal.

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

Our latest release is our EP, “The Only Guarantee In Life Is Death.” This is now available on Spotify , as of August 28th.

Idle Hands (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, for me John Davy of Job For A Cowboy, Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain, Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brendan Wilson of Into The Flood. If you know you know. Also Storm Strope who sang on Soulless Hymns by The Last Ten Seconds of Life had a real impact.

What first got you into music?

I had already been a guitarist and had American Idiot and other power chord songs under my belt. I then discovered Suicide Silence’s The Cleansing and Carnifex’s Dead In My Arms. I knew this was my life from them on; The vocal mould had been broken so all bets were to what people could expect. What better time to get into it.

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

Conjurer. They are the most talented metal band on the scene right now. Immensely tight with no lack of passion live – it’s insane how they pull it off.

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

Hellfest. The line-ups have been getting more ridiculous as each year passes. It’s the festival to go to and how quick it sells out every year proves that.

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

Delicious brownies from @Ebzbakes. It was weird because we all got a surprise delivery! She’s a sweetheart with a sweet tooth and they were the best brownies we’d ever had.

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

Metal has always been about shining a light on the darker aspects of humanity, the psyche and the things we have done. It is therefore the most powerful platform we have now to speak out about what’s going on in the world. It is the place for it.

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

Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, together. I’m a documentary fan 😊

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

The experiences I have gained through music, I thought were impossible. In a materialistic world I feel we do not identify progress unless it’s tangible. I could not put a price on what life has sent me and what we have created. I hate those who approach music taking this for granted.

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

The lack of societal impact and importance people seem to give artists, when outside of those people’s work hours – in this Netflix, Spotify, TikTok world – artists are what give them joy, escape, something. For example, during the lockdown in the UK, musicians have not been clearly communicated with.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Wormwood” – The Acacia Strain (I’d normally say “THE BIBLE”, the Job For a Cowboy EP)

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

FLAC download if you’re on the go all the time. As good quality theoretically as Vinyl!

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

We played a packed-out Black Heart in London. A venue dear to all of us in the band, filled with a room of those closest to us. Carnage.

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

I had to interrupt my studies at University for Neuroscience for surgery. Guess I could say the lab isn’t for me now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?


What’s next for the band?

The EP release will be followed up with dates yet TBA. Expect to see our logo.

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits have to have a crunch to them on the wheat bit. They’re cakes for sure.

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

Thanks for getting in touch! Stay safe during these times. Hope isn’t on the horizon yet.

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.