Review & photos by: Hannah Cole.
Unsure of where exactly Brighton’s Concorde 2 was located, it was with sheer delight and hilarity that the infamous ‘Captain Caveman’ yell greeted my ears walking down the sea front, assuring me that I was most definitely in the right place and that the UK’s favourite ghost with the most was currently inside sound checking.
Local act Orestea were quick to get the show off to a good start, opening up their set with The Game and Miss Catastrophe, both from their most recent EP This Is An Overture. Stopping briefly, Orestea’s turqoise-haired vocal powerhouse, Lisa Avon, informed the slowly growing crowd that her 15 year old self would be incredibly jealous of her current position, before launching into new song The Proposal which boasts a much maturer sound to their previous work. Orestea are certainly different in comparison to the other bands on the bill, and perhaps not and obvious choice for such a show, but we like different and it seems the crowd agree, giving them a great reception as they exit the stage.
A surprisingly short while later, Sweden’s Sister burst onto the stage and wasted no time in picking up the pace with an all out aural assault. Looking much more the part, their infectious concoction of sleazy punk rock combined with masses of energy and with songs such as Bullshit & Backstabbing, Slay Yourself and Spit On Me in their arsenal, they were very simply fucking fantastic to watch and go down a storm with the crowd. Before long (and entirely too soon) they finish up their set with Too Bad For You and make way for the coming attraction..
Arriving on stage to intro track Death Arise and launching straight into his latest monster The Dixie Dead’s opening track Blood Sucker, it’s evident right from the start that as usual, Wednesday 13 and his trusted cohorts will be taking no prisoners and have nothing short of a night to remember in store.
With a band as charismatic as Wednesday 13, it’s impossible not to enjoy yourself, especially when they are churning out classics such as The Ghost Of Vincent Price,Till Death Do Us Party, Rot For Me, I Walked With A Zombie and even R.A.M.B.O from way back in the Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 era in amongst newer Dixie Dead era songs that perhaps not everybody is yet familiar with.
Of course, no Wednesday 13 show is complete without an encore, this time consisting of Scream Baby Scream, I Love To Say Fuck and perhaps one of horror rock’s greatest yet still largely underrated gems, Bad Things.
It’s with disappointment that the show comes to a close and credit must be given where it is due. Though the Concorde 2 is a far cry from the grandeur of London’s KOKO where our last meeting took place, their performance tonight comes equal to, if not better than that of their previous visit.
Shot and reviewed the Brighton date of Wednesday 13’s recent UK tour, lots more photos up soon!
Starting off the night were Shields, who laugh off a very anti-climactic start to their set due to technical problems and get down to business. While they’re not the most interesting band to watch perform, especially with their frontman looking almost bored at times, their progressive/djent like music is easy to get into and were a fitting opener.
Next were my Hevypetal Local Heroes In Ruins, a band who just get better every time I see them and tonight was certainly no exception with their performance being a significant step up from their last show a few weeks ago. Whether this was a result of their continual progression as a band or because of the nature of tonight’s show is unknown and frankly irrelevant as regardless of the motive behind it, they’ve once again played a tight set full with energy and passion, they even showcase their new song Courtyard for the first time, a risk which some bands would not have been willing to take.
Martyr Defiled takes to the stage shortly after and chaos ensued just seconds after, it’s fair to say that from this point onwards Martyr Defiled had the crowd like putty in their hands, not a moment of hesitation from anyone to get involved. Not ones to mess about they tear through their set consisting of old favourites such as An Act Of Sedition and the recently released Goldstein. By the time they end I can easily say that Martyr Defiled are one of the most ferocious bands I’ve ever witnessed.
A swift change over gives the crowd little time to recover before Heart of a Coward are tearing them a new one. As with Martyr Defiled, the crowd have zero hesitation in dividing the room when vocalist Jamie Graham tells them to. With their new album Hope and Hindrance due out tomorrow (Monday 28th), there was a lot of anticipation to hear the new material live, it definitely lived up to my expectations and by the looks of things it lived up to everyone else’s expectations too as All Eyes To The Sky, Shade and final song Around A Girl (In 80 Days) saw the room explode with energy and had the crowd singing their hearts out.
Give them all a listen and if you like what you here, buy some merch, get down to some shows and give them your support!
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First up we have Guildford hardcore / punk rockers Real Adventures, displaying a clear enjoyment for performing from the word go. Rising above technical difficulties and the occasional airborne mishap from their frontman, they played a thoroughly enjoyable set and showed great potential in their music.
Next up were female fronted Anavae. Although physically engaging, their performance was a bit bleak however it progressed well, getting better with each song and the band eventually came into their own for their final song. Regardless of the mediocre song quality, they were received well by the crowd and acted as a fitting transition between bands.
Hearts Under Fire took to the stage and wasted little time showing Kingston exactly what they’re about. After a brief discussion involving strippers, vaginas and Axewound they powered through the rest of their set, keeping it short and sweet. We hear old and new material, with each song it was clear that these ladies have absolute passion for their music.
Soon after, tonight’s headliners Paige are tearing through their set filled to the brim with good, well written pop punk that really gets the crowd going for the first time tonight, clapping in time and singing along with the chorus of the final song after being taught what to do by their frontman. Although heavily dependent on samples for a lot of their sound, including sampled gang vocals despite all members having a mic in front of them, Paige are a great band to watch and end the night with everyone in high spirits.
Drawing elements from early era MCR and fusing it with their own theatrical brand of rock, Fearless Vampire Killers have produced a debut capable of captivating its listeners from start to finish with absolute ease. Clocking in at just 36 minutes, Militia of the Lost is short and sweet but nonetheless rammed with infectiously catchy choruses and dark lyrical content that will have you in high spirits and singing along in no time at all, with such promising music it’s easy to see why Fearless Vampire Killers are the name on everybodies lips.
Catch them on the New Faith tour with William Control and Download Festival in June!
May 25th Corporation, Sheffield
May 26th Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 27th O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
May 28th The Well, Leeds
May 29th Central Station, Wrexham
May 30th The Fleece, Bristol
May 31st O2 Academy 2, Islington
Jun 1st Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Jun 12th Newcastle Academy 2
Jun 13th Glasgow ABC 2
Jun 15th Southampton Joiners
Jun 3rd The Last Jubilee Festival @ Bath Showground
Jun 9th Download Festival @ Donington
July 13th Vintage Festival @ Kettering
It’s an average Friday evening on Camden High Street. Tourists make their way towards the tube station as the markets and shops begin to close, meandering their way through the crowds occasionally hounded by the small group of touts swarming around theElectric Ballroom, barking at everyone with a set of ears. Doors are late, the queue stretches right around the green market and fans who have been sat waiting since at least midday grow more and more impatient with every passing minute.
There is a slow trickle of fans making their way into and straight to the front of the venue. They certainly dress to impress at her shows. We see several in elaborate hand made costumes and most of the ladies have squeezed into corsets with frilly skirts and the all important stripey stockings.
The centre of the stage suddenly lights up to the sound of an alarm, the crowd scream and cheer at the top of their lungs followed closely by chants of “Emilie! Emilie! Emilie!” at the realisation that have just been warned. Emilie is coming for you. The air of pure, raw excitement and anticipation is on a level we’ve never experienced before. The minutes pass, and finally it’s show time, and by God, we really are in for a treat tonight. A silhouette appears centre stage, sword in hand. Emerging from the light is Bloody Crumpet #1Captain Maggots, Bloody Crumpets #2 and #3 theNaughty Veronica Varlow and the the Blessed Contessa follow suit, making their way onto the stage. Another silhouette appears; a pointy head, claws and a tail. This can only mean one thing. Emilie has arrived! With the Bloody Crumpetsstood as if possessed, arms stretched up high, hypnotically swinging tea bags in the air, Emilie creeps across the stage, the haunting melodies of 4 O’ Clock echoing through the Ballroom. I’m thankful to be wearing earplugs as the crowd erupts into applause and cheering as the song ends.
The Crumpets retreat to the safety of the asylum bars as we encounter our first poem of the night, Dr. Stockill, before Emilie returns to the stage, free of her ratty exterior, clad in an impressive bejeweled headdress for the title track of her new
album Fight Like a Girl.This isfollowed by the dramatic and ragefulTime for Tea. With the aid of her handy dandy asylum wheelchair,Emilie treats us to the somewhat morbid but beautiful and mellow oldie The Art of Suicide.
Immediately the show turns back towards the dramatic with Take the Pill, Liar and God Help Meand another poem, the chilling How to Break a Heart, thrown in too.
A costume change is in order for the next half of tonight’s performance. A stunning burlesque performance byBloody Crumpet #2, Veronica Varlow, to the orchestral and industrial sounds of Dominant provides the perfect warm up to the cabaret inspired Girls, Girls Girls.
Due to other commitments our time here at Emilie Autumn’s show tonight has come to an end but not before a lesson in corruption and kissing from Madam’s Autumn and Varlow, a hilarious and outrageously hot display from both ladies that has two lads in front of me fighting for the best view, leaning in so far they were practically falling off of the stools on which they were perched like meerkats. Phwoar.
Kicking off tonight’s show is Vanity Draws Blood, the bands somewhat typical blend of metal core seems to go down well with the assembled crowd. While the music acts as a great start to the night we feel that their set on the whole is not something to get too excited about. Despite his use of floor space and crowd interaction, the second main vocalist comes across as a ‘spare part’, contributing little to the bands sound with vocals that can easily be and are perhaps better off being handled by one front man. With a bit of power behind their music, general tightening up and some actual presence,Vanity Draws Blood have the potential to be real crowd pleasers, especially with their final song The Useless, throwing in some really catchy clean vocal work from their drummer.
Doomed From Day One are next, renowned for their seamless mix of hardcore, death metal and alternative/progressive elements, they have rapidly ascended in the UK underground scene and their performance was held with high anticipation tonight, as ever they do not disappoint. Though the crowd has thinned during the change over, they waste little time getting down to business. Unfazed by the current lack of an audience, front man Sean Scott takes advantage of the space to get in the faces of those who are stood idle, in an effort to entice some movement out of them during Pretending. He expresses his clear frustration for the lack of crowd interaction with the comment of “take a few steps forward, I’d understand if there was a circle
pit or a mosh but there isn’t” before powering into fourth song Depths of Imagination. It’s truly disappointing to see people turning up to shows to mostly just stand there blank-faced and seemingly disinterested in the bands they have paid money to see. Doomed From Day One offer consistently tight performances (although lacking in physical presence), a prime example as to why they are making an impact in the current scene.
We Die Tonight take their place on the small stage ready to take the night back in the direction of metal core, albeit more melodic than Vanity Draws Blood. The intro plays, immediately presenting the heavier side of their sound, with gutteral vocals and slow chuggy riffing, leading straight into opening song Salt in the Shark Bite followed closely by Put this to Rest. We Die Tonight are sound musically and clearly have passion for what they do, on record. However, this doesn’t appear to translate too well through their live performance, which seems to be lacking something. However, despite the
slight air of disappointment surrounding their set, there is a noticeable change for the final two songs Game On and Best Dressed in Blasphemywhere it feels like the band really started to show their true potential, coming off as we’d initially anticipated.
Main support are The Last Legion, from the word go there is a lift in the atmosphere for the first time tonight, though this could largely be due to the fact they have the biggest crowd presence of the night too. Rattling through their first few songs with ease and passion, bringing inSean Scott as guest vocals for fourth song A Heroes Trial, adding a lot of depth to their sound, followed closely by Idols & Anchorsfamed by Australian metal core heavyweights Parkway Drive which goes down a treat, finishing up with their newest song Niagara to which there is some real movement from the crowd for the first time tonight, including several girls getting stuck in with the pit. Sadly though, not even this mustered up any motivation for others to get stuck in.
Originally set to headline tonight were Silent Screams who unfortunately had to pull out for various reasons, but a fitting replacement was found in the form of Against the Flood, another band currently making waves in the UK underground scene. Tonight’s show is considerably more low key in comparison to their last visit, in support of Heart in Hand. Nevertheless, there is a decent crowd left and we feel it’s fairly safe to say that the night ended with several newly turned fans in hand for Against The Flood. They powered through their set consisting solely of songs from the debut albumHome Truths, opening songs Sleepless and Idle Handswould have you think Against the Flood are your standard teched up hardcore band, however by the third song Roads you can tell there’s definitely something more to this band than meets the eye. Following tracks A Promise in Gold and Turn Towards the Sky see the introduction of this ‘something’, a somewhat unexpected addition of melodic guitar parts on top of their usual mix of crushingly heavy but bouncy riffing.
There is no idol chitchat or time wasting between songs. Though the crowd is thinning, front man Matt Church repeatedly instructs the remaining audience to lose their minds to which it seems they’ve finally understood and both band and crowd release a final burst of energy for final songs Upon Red Shores and Left with Us, ending the set just as strongly as it had started. Against the Flood’s performance is a noticeable step up from the rest of the bands here tonight, being the only band in which all members push to do more than jump on the spot or head bang for a few seconds.
Against the Flood are one of those bands we’ve had to witness live to fully understand why there’s been so much hype surrounding them, we feel they have a lot more to offer with their live show and given a bit more room and a livelier crowd we think they would definitely take full advantage of the opportunity. With a refreshing lack of sub-drops and the provision of melodic twists and turns throughout their set as well as a consistently tight musical performance, we can firmly say that Against the Flood are far from disappointing and a band you should check out given the chance to.
Given the laclustre support of the majority of the audience tonight, it is a credit to all bands that they played as well as they did. Bands are born and made by their local scenes, which are rapidly dying and tonight displayed a huge reason as to why. As accurately described by Doomed From Day One front man earlier on in the night, the atmosphere here tonight was comparable to that of a funeral. It should go with out saying that all shows, big or small, thrive off the energy of the crowd as well as the bands. So next time you go to a home show, support your local bands and scene, don’t stand there like a fucking lemon and get involved!
For most, it would seem a tad unusual that there is only one support band for a show in a venue such as the Islington Academy, for us though, it makes perfect sense considering who tonight’s headliners are. One of the most iconic bands to ever grace this Earth, pioneers of the horror-punk subgenre, the one and only, The Misfits.
Taking to the stage dead on time are Chicago punk rock trio JuiceheaD, the crowd cheer loud as the band make their way on stage and immediately get stuck into their first song of the night quickly followed by their second. While the band seemingly go down well with the crowd, I personally feel that the music is far too monotonous and quite frankly uninteresting, even for a punk rock band. A usual blend of fast paced snare heavy drumming, husky vocals and one tone guitar, does little arouse my usual love of punk music. Regardless, they are received well by the crowd and serve as a good warm up for the icons who will take to the stage soon after.
A brief changeover full to the brim with cheering as the impressive stage set is unveiled, chants of “Misfits! Misfits! Misfits!”and the occasional squeal of excitement from fans on the far side as they catch glimpses of front manJerry Onlystomping his foot, psyching himself up for the show that is now only minutes away. Before we know it,Onlyhas wandered across the stage, closely followed by drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arceand guitarist Dez CadenaofBlack Flagfame.
Boasting an impressive 37 song set, they waste no time kicking into opening songsThe Devil’s Rain, Vivid RedandLand of the Dead. They relentlessly pummel the crowd with another 14 songs before everyone really starts to get into it and enjoy themselves, after a quick change of instrumentsOnlysimply says the word‘psycho’and the crowd let out a roar of excitement, it seems, finally we will be hearing some of the classics.
WithOnlybeing the only remaining original member ofthe Misfitsand never having been a vocalist during this time, many fans would argue that the band before us are no longerThe Misfitsbut a tainted, watered down gimmick of the former horror punk kings. Many feel as thoughOnlyis not up to par and does not do theGraves/ Danzigera’s any justice. It is pretty clear to me that these fans are sadly mistaken as the band play through the remainder of their set consisting of classics; American Psycho, Scream, Halloween, Skulls, Where Eagles Dare, Hatebreeders, We Bite, Mommy! Can I go out and kill tonight?, All Hell Breaks Looseand We Are 138.The lights go dark and the band have disappeared, a quick two minute breather before they return for an encore of more classics;Descending Angel, Hybrid Moments, Cryin’ on a Saturday Night(at the which time, a big bearded tech insisted I slow dance with him!) and the last song of the night, the one song that everybody knows, the song that every member of the crowd was singing at the top of their lungs to,Die, Die, My Darling.
With that, the set ended andOnlyleft the stage to join the crowd at the barrier. He made his way up and down the barrier several times, signing autographs, posing for photos and thumbing his eye make up onto the foreheads of fans. It seems as though he stayed there, signing autographs until the venue had emptied a half hour later, after 30+ years, it is remarkable to see a band who still has so much respect for their fans.
Arriving at the Empire just as doors open, there is a tangible collective sigh of relief and a buzz of excitement from the long line of fans eagerly awaiting the warmth of the venue and of course, the highly anticipated Khaos over Europe tour. Some would say that tonight’s line up is a bit of an odd one, with Taiwanese metallers Chthonic, whose political stance both within music and their personal lives have had them banned from most areas of China, opening up the show, Warbringer, a band hailing from the birthplace of Thrash Metal displaying a big middle finger to all present day strains of the genre and of course, the female fronted Scandinavian heavy weights that everyone is here to see tonight, Arch Enemy. Regardless of how the lineup may appear, we are promised a night of good old fashioned heavy fucking metal.
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Arizonian hardcore warriors, Blessthefall are one of those bands destined to become famous and it certainly seems as though they’re right on track with doing so. Since their debut full length ‘His last walk’ was released back in 2007, the band have had a multitude of successes including reaching #32 in the US billboard charts with ‘His last walk’, touring with bands such as Escape the Fate, Protest the Hero & Silverstein, the band also completeted the entire circuit of 2007’s Warped tour.
After the departure of vocalist Craig Mabbitt in late 2007, the band continued to tour with bassist Jared Warth filling in on vocals, and eventually the band announced they had found their new frontman in ex vocalist of Take the Crown, Beau Bokan. There was a lot of anticipation for the bands next album and to see how new vocalist Beau would shape up compared to Mabbitt.
Disappointed is the only way to desribe the feeling I got when I listened to the bands new album ‘Witness’. Although It is well written, and follows the ‘signiture’ blessthefall sound that we all came to love with ‘His last Walk’. With only a few songs (Skinwalker, Stay Still, To Hell and Back, Hey Baby, here’s that song you wanted), that really get you going, make you want to sing along and go completely crazy and with Bokan following the same style as and even sounding very similar to old singer Craig mabbit, it’s not really anything to get too excited about. ‘2.0’, the first track on the album, sounds almost exactly like Mabbits former band, ‘the word alive’s’ song Cassanova Rodeo, it seems as though the boys in Blessthefall have let themselves down with an album that somewhat lacks in originality & majoritarily is unable to keep listeners interested for longer than a couple of listens, and has not quite lived up to the anticipation surrounding its release.