With heavy hearts, Iowa USA diligent metalcore quartet For Today are today announcing their very final UK show.
For Today have put out the following statement:
“After over 11 years as a band, 6 full length albums and 1 EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today. When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we've spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids and moved to different states because of For Today. It's been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There's no behind the scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We're all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.
We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially the fans who have kept us going for so many years. That's why we're excited to announce that we're doing an extensive farewell tour, hitting all our favourite cities. Come hang out with us one last time and let's make these last shows some that we'll never forget!”
Their final UK show will take place at renowned London venue - The Underworld, on 27th October.
You can get hold of tickets for For Today’s final UK show here:
27th October - The Underworld, London
For Today signed to Nuclear Blast in July 2015, releasing their sixth studio album ‘Wake’ in the October of that year.
“(a) destructive battering ram of breakdowns and riffmonstery”
“For Today have given us a record that is full of heart… a brilliantly written, well produced record”
You can purchase ‘Wake’ HERE.
Bringing together exceptional talent from both the UK and America, Better Noise Records signings As Lions (UK), From Ashes To New (USA) and Anavae (UK) are set to share a stage in London on Wednesday June 8th 2016. As Lions and From Ashes To New will also go on to play the legendary Download Festival in Donington the following weekend.
Hailing from London, As Lions features ex members of ‘Rise To Remain’ and are fronted by the enigmatic Austin Dickinson. Their last London show saw them take to the stage of Wembley in support of Five Finger Death Punch with whom they will be touring America with later in 2016. Their debut EP is set for later in the year.
American upstarts From Ashes To New grace UK shores for the first time following their incredible success in America. ‘Day One’ their debut album sold in excess of 10,000 copies in its first week and the band continue to make significant noise at radio. Check out latest video for 'Lost and Alone' here: https://youtu.be/__EsTKHSgeo
London duo Anavae are set to become one of the UK’s most exciting female led bands. Combining the incredible voice of Rebecca Need-Menear and the songwriting prowess of Jamie Finch, the band have picked up early support from BBC Introducing London, Kerrang Radio and even had a Radio 1 Spin. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut EP which is set for a summer release.
Tickets are available now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Set to unleash their upcoming EP 'Mouichido' on May 27th, Vancouver, BC's Without Mercy will be hitting the road following its release for a cross Canada tour in support of it. Their forthcoming EP 'Mouichido' is a rebirth for the band as it's a re-release of re-recorded material from their 2014 EP 'Reborn'. 'Mouichido', the Japanese word for “Repeat” or “to do one more time” is perfectly titled for the EP to signify its re-release of previously recorded versions that now feature new vocalist Alex Friis and bass tracks recorded by Tristan Martin plus live performance being done by Ryan Loewen along with a guest appearance by vocalist Mark Hunter of Chimaira on track 'In Waves'.
The band has released two videos in support of the EP 'Burn' and, both can be viewed at the following links below. Album pre-order at the following link here.
May 27 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC - info (CD Release Show)
June 3 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat - info
June 4 - Calgary, AB - Distortion - info
June 6 - Grand Prairie, AB - Better Than Fred’s - info
June 7 - Edmonton, AB - The Mercury Room
June 8 - Lethbridge, AB - Attainable Records
June 10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor - info
June 11 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn - info
June 16 - Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirate's Pub
June 17 - Sudbury, ON - The Asylum - info
June 18 - Oshawa, ON - The Diezel Room - info
June 19 - Woodstock, ON - Illusions Night Club - info
June 20 - Toronto, ON - Coalition T.O.
June 21 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
June 22 - Sherbrooke, QC - Le Murdoch - info
June 25 - Timmins, ON - TBA
June 28 - Portage la Prairie, MB - Masonic Hall
June 29 - Regina, SK - TBA
June 30 - Medicine Hat, AB - TBA
July 1 - Penticton, BC - TBA
July 23 - SBC Restaurant - Vancouver, BC
With a new album set for June 24th, The Browning are happy to get back to Europe and the UK to play new material for their rapidly growing fanbase.
Along for the ride, coming from all corners of the globe, are Feed Her To The Sharks (AUS), Empires Fade (ENG) and To Kill Achilles (SCT).
The tour will be stopping off at the following destinations. Tickets are on-sale at all the usual outlets. Get yours now!
The Alexia Agency Proudly Presents...
I Killed The Prom Queen (AUS)
The Browning (USA)
Feed Her To The Sharks (AUS)
Empires Fade (ENG)
To Kill Achilles (SCT)
06 Morecore Mania Festival Cologne (D)
07 Hirsch Nuremburg (D)
08 Werk 21 Zürich (CH)
09 Explosiv! Graz (A)
10 Viper Room Vienna (A)
11 Musik und Frieden Berlin (D)
12 Backstage Munich (D)
13 Ieperfest Ieper (B) *
14 Matrix Bochum (D)
15 Schlachthof Wiesbaden (D)
16 Wave Misano Adriatica (I)
17 The Garage Saarbrücken (D)
18 B58 Brunswick (D)
19 Destruction Derby Open Air Dessau (D) *
20 Destruction Derby Open Air Dessau (D) **
20 Hevy Open Air Newhaven (UK) *
21 Throwfest Cardiff (UK)
22 Cathouse Glasgow (UK)
23 The Rainbow Birmingham (UK)
24 The Hub Plymouth (UK)
25 Dingwalls London (UK)
26 The Social Southampton (UK)
27 6k Unreal Fest Liege (B)
28 Poppodium Volt Sittard (NL)
29 Backstage By The Mill Paris (F)
30 En Arena Stockholm (SE) *
31 Skjulet Gothenburg (SE) *
* = IKTPQ Only
** = w/o IKTPQ
We Came As Romans and Memphis May Fire have announced the Bands Vs. Food Tour, with additional support from Miss May I and For Today. The US co-headliner will bring the two bands and their fans together – all in the name of delicious food. The unique joint venture will offer a special VIP ticket package that includes a catered meal from a local eatery of the bands' choosing, as well as exclusive merch and special perks, for a truly personal and memorable experience for all. Fans are encouraged to submit their own suggestions for restaurants located near the venues, by tagging the bands and their favourite local restaurant via social media.VIP Ticket pre-sale launches on Thursday, March 10 at 12PM EST. General admission tickets will go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10AM local time.
We Came As Romans' vocalist Dave Stephens comments on this unique moment:-
"After years of talking about doing a run together, I'm glad Memphis May Fire and us have finally made it happen, we've been close with the other bands on the tour since the beginning of our careers, and I have no doubt it will be nothing but an amazing time. Get your tickets quick cause this is a tour you won't want to miss!"
Memphis May Fire's Matty Mullins adds:-
"We've been talking about doing a tour like this with WCAR for ages. Finally, our schedules aligned and it's happening! With Miss May I and For Today also on the bill, this package is stacked! All great bands and all great friends of ours. I believe this will be one of 2016's most exciting tours. See ya there!"
Just prior to the co-headline run, We Came As Romans will head out on a headliner of their own, with support from Miss May I, Wilson and Sworn In. The ten date run will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI on April 15 and features a special, sold out show presented by 89X in the band’s home town the following day. Immediately following the US tour dates, We Came As Romans will head overseas to the UK/Europe for a handful of co-headline dates with Miss May I, a one off show with Memphis May Fire, and performances at Slam Dunk Festival and Download Festival Paris. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.
The Road To Bands Vs. Food Tour ft.
We Came As Romans w/Miss May I, Wilson, and Sworn In
Apr 15 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Apr 17 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
Apr 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Apr 19 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Apr 20 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Apr 21 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
Apr 22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Apr 23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Apr 24 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Bands Vs. Food Tour ft.
We Came As Romans and Memphis May Fire w/Miss May I and For Today
Apr 26 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Apr 27 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Apr 28 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Apr 30 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 01 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville+
May 02 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 04 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
May 05 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
May 07 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
May 08 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
May 09 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse^
May 10 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
May 11 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
May 12 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
May 13 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
May 15 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
May 17 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
May 19 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
May 20 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range+
May 21 Schaghticoke, NY @ Rock N Derby+
+ Festival line-up
^ We Came As Romans, Miss May I and For Today only
We Came As Romans w/Miss May I
May 24 Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club
May 25 Glasgow, UK @ Kings Tut
May 26 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy 2
May 27 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
May 30 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom*
Jun 10 Paris, FR @ Download Festival Paris+
* We Came As Romans, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I and more
+ Festival line-up
This week, Lamb Of God wraps up their winter tour with special guests Anthrax and supporters Deafheaven and Power Trip. If you did not get a chance to catch them on this tour, you will soon - Lamb Of God is pleased to announce their next U.S. headline tour, which kicks off Saturday, April 30th and features support from renowned rockers Clutch and heavy metal veterans Corrosion of Conformity. Throughout the tour, Lamb Of God will perform at several festivals, including Bonnaroo, Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Rock'n Derby, and more.
Pre-sale tickets for Lamb Of God's spring headline tour dates go on sale today at 2:00pm local time, and public on-sale begins Friday, February 12th at 10:00am local time. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates and visit www.Lamb-Of-God.com for tickets and more information.
Lamb Of God Tour Dates:
Tue/Feb-09 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Thu/Feb-11 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fri/Feb-12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sat/Apr-30 - Fort Myers, FL @ JetBlue Park - "Fort Rock"
Sun/May-01 - Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park - "Welcome to Rockville"
Tue/May-03 - New Orleans, LA @ The Orpheum
Wed/May-04 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Sat/May-07 - Concord, NC @ Charlotte Motor Speedway - "Carolina Rebellion"
Sun/May-08 - Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre
Mon/May-09 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Tue/May-10 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
Thu/May-12 - St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Fri/May-13 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Westfair Amphitheater - "89.7 The River's Rockfest (KIWR)"
Sat/May-14 - Somerset, WI @ Somerset Amphitheater - "Northern Invasion"
Mon/May-16 - Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
Tue/May-17 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Thu/May-19 - Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
Fri/May-20 - Schaghticoke, NY @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds - "Rock'n Derby"
Sat/May-21 - Columbus, OH @ MAPFRE Stadium - "Rock on the Range"
Mon/May-23 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Tue/May-24 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wed/May-25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Fri/May-27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sat/May-28 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona
Sun/May-29 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Tue/May-31 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field Events Center
Wed/Jun-01 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Thu/Jun-02 - Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
Sat/Jun-04 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede Corral
Sun/Jun-05 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
Mon/Jun-06 - Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park Hall A
Tue/Jun-07 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Sat/Jun-11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - "Bonnaroo"
Memphis May Fire have entered the studio to record the follow up to their massively successful 2014 Rise Records LP, 'Unconditional,' which debuted at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 and #1 on the Alternative Albums chart.
For the new album, the band has enlisted producer Matt Good (From First To Last, Blessthefall, The Word Alive) with Cameron Mizell (For All Those Sleeping, Myka Relocate, Sleeping With Sirens) handling vocal production duties.
The Nashville, TN-based rockers will take a break from recording to serve as direct support on Killswitch Engage's upcoming headline tour. Offering additional support is 36 Crazyfists. Tickets are on sale now.
Front man Matty Mullins says,
"We're recording our new album in Phoenix, AZ at Matt Good's studio. He's an exciting new producer & we are ecstatic to see what he brings to the table. Cameron Mizell will be working on my vocals as always, he's a long time friend & one the best vocal producers is biz. We spent all year writing & preparing for this record, & it shows. This is by far our best work yet & we can't wait to share it with the world! MMF 2016!!!"
3/16 San Antonio, TX | The Aztec Theater
3/18 Dallas, TX | House of Blues
3/19 Kansas City, MO | Uptown Theater
3/21 Nashville, TN | Marathon Music Works
3/23 Indianapolis, IN | Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
3/24 Clive, IA | 7 Flags
3/25 Minneapolis, MN | Skyway Theatre
3/26 Milwaukee, WI | The Rave
3/28 Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre
3/30 Salt Lake City, UT | The Complex
4/1 Seattle, WA | Showbox SODO
4/2 Spokane, WA | Knitting Factory Concert House
4/3 Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theatre
4/4 Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
4/6 Boise, ID | Knitting Factory Concert House
4/7 Sacramento, CA | Ace of Spades
4/8 Pomona, CA | Fox Theater Pomona
4/9 Tempe, AZ | The Marquee
4/11 Oklahoma City, OK | Diamond Ballroom
4/12 Sauget, IL | Pop's Nightclub
4/14 Cleveland, OH | House Of Blues
4/15 Binghamton, NY | Magic City Music Hall
4/17 Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom
4/19 London, ON | London Music Hall
4/20 Grand Rapids, MI | The Intersection
4/21 Cincinnati, OH | Bogart's
4/22 Asheville, NC | The Orange Peel
For more about Memphis May Fire, follow them on
Lincoln bruisers Martyr Defiled are set to tour in November in support of Texans Upon A Burning Body along with Dutch metallers The Charm The Fury.
The run of dates is part of the "Download Freezes Over" collection of tours that were announced at Download festival earlier this year.
Martyr Defiled's Matt Jones has said the following:
“We're stoked to be hitting some of our favorite places in the UK supporting the riff lords in Upon A Burning Body - and even happier to be out with our crazy Dutch mates The Charm The Fury. These shows are gonna be carnage - don't miss out, get your tickets before they're gone!”
The band are also performing tomorrow night 5th September, at London’s biggest alternative club night Face Down at Kings Cross Scala.
SUN 16 NORWICH WATERFRONT STUDIO
MON 17 SOUTHAMPTON TALKING HEADS
TUE 18 BRISTOL EXCHANGE
WED 19 BRIGHTON THE HAUNT
THU 20 LONDON UNDERWORLD
FRI 21 NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
SAT 22 STOKE SUGARMILL
SUN 23 GLASGOW CATHOUSE
MON 24 NEWCASTLE ACADEMY 2
TUE 25 MANCHESTER ROADHOUSE
WED 26 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 3
Tickets are available here
"That guy has a Nirvana t-shirt, sure Nirvana are cool but against Motionless In White? No."
On a rather overcast night at in renowned Kentish Town Forum, three bands were sharpening up their weapons of choice to slay the armada of Goths, emo's and metalheads that lined the outside of this building of sheer grandeur. Some were queuing since midday! Now that is die hard, by the time the clock showed 6:00pm, the queue was resembling the snake from that game everyone had on their mobile phones, you know? You got it! Naturally pre-show banter ensued and one guy was so joyous he was giving everyone free hugs, let's just hope he didn't give the security any hugs...
So amongst the pre-show banter there were people saying what songs they want to hear, who they're hoping to meet and also why there was a guy walking around with a black skirt, tights and platform boots on, "thankfully he was skinny" one girl said, another girl remarked on a guy further up the queue by saying that he "has a Nirvana t-shirt, sure Nirvana are cool but against Motionless In White? No." This pretty much summed the mood up of the punters, no soft rock fans tonight, god no. This was going to be one of the most Gothic nights London probably has seen since the days of Bauhaus, Siousxie & The Banshees and similar bands, only jesting, this was poised to be a sensational night regardless.
Pre-show Global Metal Apocalypse managed to have a sit down and natter with The Defiled's athletic keyboardist The AvD who was slightly tired but was awake nonetheless. You can read and listen to the interview by clicking this link here:
^ Even at 8 rows back the crowd were somewhat perplexed...
First up on tonight's phantasmagorical evening was Yorkshire's lighter-than-usual mob Glamour Of The Kill of whose improvised set rarely set the crowd in motion, except for the odd wall of death occurrence, which in itself was questionable as the performance tonight was below par by their standards. Even though the absolute sheer size of the stage did not maximize their presence, in fact it was really down to the crowd to try and cheer the band on. But credit is given when it's due and with their performance tonight, well it wasn't 100% top notch but it certainly set the crowd up for the next two musical machines. As Glamour Of The Kill rallied out their songs like a Gatling gun on crack, the crowd ironically started warming to the band's set even though they were not on song tonight, this was not one of their best performances but it certainly was not a total shambles, perhaps the next band up The Defiled could rescue the crowd from tiring out rather than being bored out.
 RHYS STEVENSON
^ The Defiled went straight to business and reactivated London's Industrial past
Next onto the stage armed with their new material from their debut Nuclear Blast album 'Daggers', was perhaps the finest Industrial / Goth / Experimental metal band London has seen since the days of Killing Miranda and Bauhaus combined, lacing together a visage of Steampunk, Goth and Cyber through Aaron Curse and his fellow members of The Defiled. This tight knit unit from North London brought their sound to the home crowd with such force that the chugging and turning of Victorian London could easily have been heard in the background, or perhaps that was The AvD making eerie sounds emerge from his keyboard as he launched it into the air, as if he was practicing juggling or ultimately enjoying himself so much that last night was merging into tonight. Whatever their secret formula was it worked, the crowd were engulfing each other through a plethora of mosh-pits happening sequentially through each song, even venturing into the old classic 'Call To Arms' towards the end. As The Defiled exploded out with their Industrialist and Horror style of metal, the atmosphere was darkening and the nearby graveyards were rocking away as the night set in on what has to be the Londoners best performance, now if only this was set in Whitechapel as the coffins on stage could have easily provided as the eerily setting for a stage production of 'Jack The Ripper'. As for The Defiled, well Vincent Hyde clearly wanted to show Glamour Of The Kill how you party by launching himself into crowd and having a crowd-surf with bass guitar in tow. It would have been much better if Dagoba was on the set, but that would be another story and in another time-frame. As soon as the London boys played the final note, the final beat, the final word and the final riff of their set, the atmosphere was as dark as the deepest depths of the Atlantic Ocean, speaking of the Atlantic Ocean the next band to embark on stage is probably the darkest Goth band of all time...
 RHYS STEVENSON
^ Motionless In White redefined the term 'Horror Show' indisputably.
It was evident that much has changed since Motionless In White's debut album 'Creatures', mainly through the greater use of industrial sounds which can be noticed on 'Infamous'; although if you own both the American and British version there's a difference there too! The crowd, already psyched from the demolition delivered by The Defiled, were into full tyrannical overload as Motionless In White delivered their sonic blast of Industrial-tinged Metalcore and Gothic imagery in tow. Through the elegant usage of what could be perceived as Victorian London style street lights (is there a theme going on tonight?) and later on the featuring of a female fire-breather as well as two female dancers adding theatrics by jesting with Chris Motionless who, by this stage, had donned on PVC pants (true Goth). As Motionless In White emitted their danceable songs and also venturing back into the past by whipping out classics like 'Immaculate Misconception' and 'Abigail' from which the latter involved the fire-breather, it was evident that this was by far the best performance they have ever delivered on British soil, and boy did they know it. Flowing into full swing, the mosh-pits were getting so huge that some punters were predicting that the bartenders might start giving out free jager shots or absinthe (we wish) to the most insane mosher, one punter said "will it be WKD given all these kids here", so what if they were youth? Metal is for any age, well maybe not for toddlers as the question is would they have stood for this? Reverting back to the performance itself, Motionless did justice and paid their dues by slamming the f**k out of the endlessly non-tiring crowd, yet whilst the set was seemingly short, it in fact was not that short, a mere hour. An hour's worth of 'Gothcore' was more than welcomed by the crowd, even when the cheekily truthful 'A-M-E-R-I-C-A' bellowed around the sublime surroundings of The Kentish Forum, the encore was enough to assure the American Goths that they were looked forward to by the London show attendees. For Motionless In White, they can be assured of a warm welcome every-time they play in the UK, could we yet see them at Bloodstock? Some attending fans at the London show certainly hope so!
 RHYS STEVENSON
As soon as their set had finished the crowd spilled onto the streets, some staying behind and hanging by the stage door, hoping to meet their idols, instead of doing that Em Wagner spoke to Global Metal Apocalypse to get her post-show thoughts.
This was my first gig at the Forum and despite underground closures trying to scupper my plans I made it in time to see the first band.
The Forum is a great little venue, like the cleaner, more dignified version of the Brixton Academy. One of the first things I noticed was the crowd and how friendly everyone seemed. Always a good sign for a good gig!
I hadn’t seen or heard much of Glamour Of The Kill before but very much enjoyed the combination of heavy tunes and clean vocals. I found my foot tapping and hips swaying to most of their songs and decided I would get purchasing their music when I got home. They also produced a good wall of death which is never a bad thing!
Next on were The Defiled who I have been a fan of since about 2009 when I saw them support Static-X at the O2 Academy Islington. Their irresistible industrial Metal-esque music ticks all my boxes and visually they are a very entertaining and energetic band. You can’t help but get sucked into their antics. It’s been great to see them go from strength to strength over the last few years and maintain their high standard of performance. Again, the crowd were fantastic, it’s not often you see that many smiling faces when everyone is trying to keep on their feet and avoid the flailing legs of passing crowd surfers.
Finally came the headlining act, Motionless in White. I wanted to see them out of curiosity rather than being a huge fan of their music. Their look is darkly appealing and their synthy, screaming sound suggests I might like it more than I realize. With an eye watering set and some fantastically theatrical outfits I was smiling from the first note of the first song. It was clear to see that they have a solid following in the UK and did not disappoint their fans by delivering a relentless set of powerful tunes. I shall definitely be investing in their music and attending their next show.
All in all the night was fantastic and I woke up the next day with multiple injuries and the post-gig blues, always a reliable sign that you’ve had a great time.
Location: Southend, Essex
Date: 18th July 2013
What a night this was what with a whole of Essex bands playing including Killing Jimmy who were unveiling their new single and amongst the whole chaos created that night, coming from Croydon were Metalcore mob Break The Boundaries; their band name did not sum up the night as they certainly broke the amps. Whilst the crowd assembled in no orderly fashion, tuning up their instruments was the first band of the evening, Southend's Groove / Metalcore merchants Cast Asunder.
By Rhys Stevenson
< Spencer Lewis' beat-boxing impression did not go according to plan.
First up is Cast Asunder, now whilst I do not know who this band are they certainly got the crowd woken up out of their pathetic trance-like state. What pursued next was a tuned-down version of Lamb Of God, that irate sense of Metalcore smothering the room and the groove elements finishing off the crowd as they sort of moshed and danced at the same time, but whilst that happened Cast Asunder certainly delivered a well received performance, even if the music itself is nothing new they certainly seem to be heading in the right direction. Given they have only been going a year, they certainly seemed to have the potential to make that year count, and so they did. Sadly no sooner did they start did they finish their set and disembark the stage for the second act of the evening to see if they could out-do Cast Asunder.
This is what happens when biting the microphone >
Not exactly the most convincing band of the night, here Dishonor the so called 'Metallic Hardcore' band from Southend walked the walk, but failed to talk the talk. Given credit they gave a reasonable performance but extremely fell short of one's expectations, it seems as if these sorts of bands try to play Hardcore and act hardcore without actually realizing Hardcore stemmed from punk, so whilst the hardcore dancing continued and a couple of beers got spilled (the mess was unbeerable), Dishonor did their utmost attempt at delivering a performance that would make their fans proud, I am sure it did but for me, nope they certainly lacked luster tonight and lacked even more oomph to even attempt to convince oneself of their decency tonight, it simply was non-existent.
< "Fart after eating curry they said, you won't feel pain they said"
Clambering up on top of the stage to save the day was Croydon's very own Metalcore armada Break The Boundaries and as the lads got the crowd's focus back and excited them to such a level it made some punters weep at how this lot tonight wiped the floor with Dishonor. Break The Boundaries delivered a scintillating performance and explosion of music that could be compared to the same force experienced standing behind a taking off Boeing 747 at Gatwick Airport, you could say Break The Boundaries earned their wings tonight as a potential band to storm the UK with extreme force. Carefully orchestrated and their stage presence was sublime, there was hardly anything to fault this lot by tonight as they had simply proved their worth as a band to watch, and watch we will.
Mark apparently had neck problems >
After all the metallic metal and hard hardcore hype of tonight, it was time to tune things down so many notches that you could consider the headlining act as more of an appetizer than an actual dessert, not to imply they are edible; that's cannibalism. Pow, delivering their funked up style of Pop Rock / aggressive music is Basildon's Killing Jimmy; Basildon indeed - finally something to cheer about. Getting down to business, the band's performance tonight was perhaps their best one to date, not only did they unveil a new single which in itself is a promising sign that their upcoming release is going to be an absolute belter, but also the band seemed to have notched up their performance a bit as to erase all their past performances and instate a new visage and musical element to their catchy music and beautiful lyrics. Killing Jimmy did not fail to disappoint tonight and nor did the crowd fail them, there is hope for Basildon yet.
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