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ConcertsThe Treatment, Buffalo Summer & Massive at Rock City

Posted on Thursday, November 06 2014 @ 06:39:54 CST by Mark Davies
Concert Reviews

Rock City, Nottingham, 10 Oct 2014.

It's not often you get a line-up of bands oozing this sort of quality yet very different for their own reasons. A Friday night at Rock City is always going to be a lively affair and tonight was a lesson in dirty Rock 'n Roll and groove.

Since their album 'Full Throttle' appeared as a cover mount free CD on Classic Rock Magazine, Massive have slowly been gathering momentum. This, their first UK/European Tour has seen them devastate venues already with their booze fuelled, no nonsense Rock 'n Roll and tonight was no exception. Massive start as they mean to go on, the energy is high, the guitars up to eleven and frontman Brad Marr is like a pocket rocket exploding all over the stage. His raw, raspy vocals on 'One By One', 'Hollywood' and the awesome anthem driven 'Ghost' leave the crowd with no doubt they've just experienced their first Massive gig. A fist pumping crescendo of AC/DC's 'If You Want Blood' ensured that Massive delivered what was promised. These Aussies have it all and from tonight's display they're sure to be errr....Massive!

My fellow countrymen Buffalo Summer have certainly not rested on their laurels since releasing their first album a couple of years ago. Touring relentlessly through the UK & Europe with the likes of Buckcherry, The Graveltones and playing Hyde Park with Black Sabbath in the summer things are looking very promising. Their tight groove laden delivery is slightly more laid back than Massives' all-out assault but just as impressive. Frontman Andrew Hunt seems more comfortable in his role, nowhere is this more obvious than on new track 'Money' which stomps along with authority and drive. Their stagecraft and performance improves with every visit, new are tracks sounding solid, slotting seamlessly amongst the already established set. With the venue temperature rising, Buffalo Summer's southern flavoured rock takes us 'Down To The River' to cool off, their new album will be out next year and I for one cannot wait....Britain's best unsigned band? Or Britain's best self-signed band? You decide.

The Treatment are still a relatively young band but if dues were handled by bankers these guys would be in credit. Another group of road warriors, The Treatment have been punishing the tarmac hard on this album release. 'Running with The Dogs' sees the band delivering a more direct Rock album in the vein of Def Leppards High'N Dry and on the stage these guys pack a punch to devastating effect. Sporting a greased up biker look Matt Jones's high rasp is reaching all the notes without any problems, new tracks like the catchy 'Emergency' with its mega sing-a-along chorus and the title track are belted out to an appreciative room. Older numbers 'Departed'& 'Doctor' see some excellent guitar solo trading encrusted by a high energy performance. The Treatment certainly knows how to whip up a crowd, hopefully with persistence and luck the band will continue to reap the rewards from their constant touring and immaculate performances.

Mark Davies

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