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GIG REVIEW – ARCHITECTS – MANCHESTER 15/01/19

Two shows in one city in a row. One sold out night down, one more to go. After selling out the original Manchester date for the UK/Europe album tour, a second night was on the list, on the verge of selling out. Can the groups still put on a energetic show for another night?

Beartooth (7) have been a name on the scene since 2012, leading up across many tours and releases. Stage-audience interaction was average, simple lyric repetition and speeches – on the more negative side. In perspective, it’s understand where Caleb comes from in his speech. Mental health issues never being overcome, but to state it will always be stuck in you is a little negative because it isn’t. Perhaps a poor word choice, but a nice message of accepting who you are. In terms of performance, they haven’t shown too much improvement. In terms of reciprocating recorded material live, the group do an impressive job. The issue is, there is little to separate them live from any other band. Besides the flag logo, Beartooth have little to separate them from the average metal band. An improvement that will come with time.

Architects (9) are no strangers to putting on incredible performances. Whether jumping on the Architects bandwagon before or after ‘Holy Hell‘, their popularity as a band has increased tenfold. Opening with the venue anthem Death Is Not Defeat an instant aura took over the Mancunian crowd. ‘Holy Hell’ has pushed Architects to new heights and this first track is a snippet of this peak.

Sam Carter is a entertaining frontman, both as a vocalist and in connection with the audience. Interestingly, even Dan Searle (drums) has a word for the audience, related to not chugging wine but a word either way. Also any band quoting the Scottish ‘Disgusting’ vine after whisperings within the in-ear monitors have clear interpersonal relationships with each other. Even in the crowd, people are encouraged to take part in the pits and sing alone with encouragement from Sam himself. Audiences make gigs as much as a band can. Any audience that stops the middle of a show pretending to row as pirates helps entertain quite a large majority of people to say the least.

Yet, an important part of the show revolved around the passing of bandmate Tom Searle. Emotional connections in a true form are hard to make work, but from a perspective hearing 4000 people clap and shout ‘Tom’, the emotional impact on the band was more than visible. From unscripted memories to the visual tribute following ‘Gone With The Wind’, Architects have developed an incredible connection with the audience. Something not expected On such a level.

On a lighter note, visuals were a surprising impact to the show. Adding small references to ‘Modern Misery’ and rarer setlist appearance ‘Momento Mori’ created a perfect balance of visual storytelling to the tracks. Dramatic use of pyrotechnics and Co2 cannons also added a kick to tracks such as ‘Mortal After All’, lifting the energy in quick succession. However, of the setlist is an aspect to improve. ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ being the oldest track following tracks ‘Broken Cross’ and ‘Naysayer’ from ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’. Crafting a set list is difficult, but perhaps a bit more variation of older tracks could be a move forward

Of the night, the best performance comes in the form of single ‘Royal Beggars’. Proving Sam Carter’s ability to transition from brutal highs to low harsh vocals, its clear why this band are so respected. For a finale, ‘Doomsday’ sounds like a good form of closure. While loud and well executed in a musical sense, for a finale the performance sadly wasn’t as extravagant as expected. Still, not a negative ending, one that was rather enjoyable.

Consistently improving since 2004, Architects are reaching new heights of performance and audiences. A strong show musically with an honest appreciation for those around them.

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OF VIRTUE – SUFFER – REVIEW

Christmas is over and Of Virtue are already hitting the ground running for the year ahead. Signing to Sharptone Records also comes the release of ‘Suffer’, a new step ahead for the group, but where does it hold up in the ratings?

Well, Of Virtue are undoubtly throwing the heavy punches to the track. Combining harsh and clean vocals perhaps takes the track to different tones, but as a whole the bands usual heavy influence still remains. Verses are heavy, gritty with a hardcore depth emerging juxtaposed by the melodic choruses where emotional depth is concieved. This is a contrast that works in the bands favour, with the balance almost right for the style of music Of Virtue are working to create. In terms of the tracks length, the breakdown is slightly underwhelming. Pehaps better fitting as a track intro, the breakdown leaves you wanting more. Something solidified, something to really impact listeners.

Of Virtue are still putting out good tracks. Trial and error is a factor all bands must embrace from time to time. ‘Suffer’ is still a great track with the potential still shining through from the band, its just the polishing that is the next stage.

8/10

 

BANDS SET TO BREAK IN 2019

Every year bands branch out and break out into the scene, making a monumental impact nobody expected. Last year’s list of Dream State, Stand Atlantic and Milk Teeth have all gone on to release new music, tour and gain international recognition. So, who’s making the list for 2019?

HOLDING ABSENCE

Holding Absence have gained a massive amount of traction this last year, from touring and creating a split EP with Loathe, to supporting As It Is across their recent November headliner. The band are destined to make an impact this year, releasing their self-titled debut album in  March and embarking on a national headliner in March 2019. Two massive events in the bands timeline in only the first quarter of the year. Trust us, Holding Absence are going to be around a lot, it won’t be long before you hear them too.

BEHIND BLUE EYES

Take a second to recollect – have you heard of Behind Blue Eyes? Perhaps one of the smaller bands on the list, but a band rising through the ranks quicker than you may expect.  Despite currently playing smaller shows, BBE won the oportunity to play alongside Our Hollow, Our Home this October in their ‘Road To Holloween’ competiton. Word is quickly spreading through the metalcore scene and within a year it’s safe to say these guys will go a long way.

SILENT PLANET

Teetering on the edge of popularity over the last year, the scales are about to tip. Silent Planet are only going to get bigger. Being added as a new support to The Amity Affliction/ Senses Fail co-headliner (remember the Bad Omens drama?), touring the UK and releasing their third studio album, they’ve already made waves in the coming year. Bands with already released material can still have their oportunity. Becomung Billboards #16 Top Current Album wuithin a week of release, racking up 913K streams and selling 8600 albums, these guys are firing up on our radar. Check them out, they’re ready for you.

GOLD STEPS

A little different to the alternative/metal dominated list, Gold Steps are a Texas based pop-punk band setting foot into the world of their genre. With popularity slowly building up over social media mentions, the outfit are slowly branching out through their American hokme country – soon to an international reach by the end of 2019. With some fiesty tunes already on the market, now is a good chance to really get familliar with the band themself.

TEDDY ROCKS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE NEW WAVE OF BANDS

Teddy Rocks Festival have announced the first wave of bands on the bull for 2019’s full-on lineup. Featuring a mixture of bands known for generations, as well as newer artists on the scene, this announcement already makes a statement.

After moving Teddy Rocks to an outdoor field in 2015 for the three day event, the festival aims to raise money throughout its course for children’s cancer research. The festival also upholds its status, becoming larger each year and attracting more fans to the annual event. Headlining Saturday are nostalgic Christmas rockers The Darkness, with The Zutons rocking Sunday’s a lot. Spread across the three days are also a variety of artists from the likes of Dream State, Press To Meco and The Lounge Kittens, all doing their part for the fundraising festival.

Make sure to check out the full lineup below!

TECHFEST RELEASE FIRST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2019

TechFest have released the first wave of bands playing the festival next summer, with some pretty big names gracing the bill.

Top of the bill sees death metal band Dying Fetus return to the UK for the first time since 2017, alongsie UK prog metal band Monuments, metal quartet Psycroptic and Boston hailing Revocation.

The 6th event held in Newark Showground, Nottinghamsire is set to take place from Thursday 4th July- Monday 8th with more announcements due in the next year.

Weekend tickets can be bought HERE and the current list of bands announced can be seen below! Let us know who you’re most excited to see.

Dying Fetus, MONUMENTS, PSYCROPTIC, John Gomm, Revocation, Archspire, BLACK TONGUE, Polaris, Black Crown Initiate, A Night In Texas, Sarah Longfield, Adimiron, Palm Reader, The Omnific, Voices From The Fuselage, Cold Night For Alligators, The Intersphere, 22, Time, The Valulator, Project MishraM, Jonestown, The Paralell, Hypophoria.

HOLDING ABSENCE TO TOUR THE UK NEXT YEAR

Rising post-hardcore outfit Holding Absence have announced they are touring the UK early next year.

Embarking on an 8 date tour spanning Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester and others, the tour is already set to be the biggest headliner for the group. Bringing Capsize along on all 8 dates, you have the chance to catch two great bands this March.

Full dates can be found below!

GIG REVIEW – AS IT IS – 28/11/18 MANCHESTER

As It Is are lined up to play their biggest Manchester show to date – headlining the O2 Ritz. Moving from a pop-punk happiness to a much darker ’emo’ style, it’s safe to say a happy-go-lucky bubblegum pop atmosphere was not to be achieved.
While the band have been around for years, Canadian synth-rock Courage My Love (6.5) supporting large shows on the scale of the Ritz isn’t their forte yet. First on, the struggled to form a connection with a crowd of unresponsive attendees and despite Mercedes’s beautiful vocals and attempts, little could be done to capture a crowd. Through no fault of their own, perhaps it was just a tough crowd. The trio are excellent performers, aside from a slight sound issue causing the bass to smother the guitars, they are indeed a very tight band musically. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t their night.
 
Don’t be surprised when we say Holding Absence (9) are one of the bands on the cusp of breaking out in 2019. Already building a reputation in the scene, the quintet embodied a heavier side of music fans were perhaps not expecting. Instantaneous energy and brilliant stage presence, there was no holding back even in slower tracks ‘Everything’. Musicality was on point as well as stage presence and audience connectivity. If one point was to be made, perhaps more on-stage connection between band members, but otherwise this is a band you will hear a lot about soon.
 
Finally, after embarking on their first UK tour by As It Is in 2015, Trash Boat (7.5) return as supports once again. Generating the largest crowd of fans in the audience, the participation and enjoyment from crowdsurfing fanatics and mosh pit enthusiasts was through the roof. Yet, the bands performance seemed to lack. After witnessing the performance previous runners Holding Absence gave, there was a lacking stage atmosphere. Undoubtedly, the outfit were strong musically, but there was little to make them stand out, little to push them out to those unaware of who they were. An improvement they can work on.
 
Edinburgh’s show turned out to be quite the disaster. Sets being cut short and violent security, As It Is (9) we’re clearly unamused by the events of the previous night. Yet, with a day off before Manchester, the band had recouped to give it their all for this show, notably the biggest performance to date in Manchester.
 
Building a bridge with an audience is fundamental for any live show, and such levels of doing so can easily be seen. Patrick Foley on drums, we will give a pass to. Spending a good half of the show hidden behind a smoke screen (despite a higher platform) its also not easy to give much interaction from so far at the back. What can be said however, is that it can be rather embarrassing when your touring guitarist Ronnie interacts more with the audience than some of the others. Older tracks dug out from the discography ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Can’t Save Myself’ saw lead vocalist Patty Walters moving across the stage singing to front. Yet, it did feel connectivity from bassist Ali Testo lacked majorly in comparison. Granted, it is hard to multitask with instruments and backing vocals, but if guitar/vocalist Ben Langford-Biss can do it, what is the excuse?
 
Harshness aside, an onstage connection between the band could be felt. It’s clear these tracks mean a lot to the group. One of the more emotional connections came mid-way through a the set, slowing down the pace with ‘The Question, The Answer’ and ‘Still Remembering’. Looking in-depth it is almost as if there is a small shift in the emotion of Walters, between gaps going up to fellow band mates mouthing the words ‘I fucking love you’. To see songs played so much still striking deep in the performers is a sight that is heart-warming, as well as showing the depth the band encapsulate in music. A song, perhaps unexpected in the set was ‘The Great Depression’s’ closing track ‘The End’. As a conceptual stage show, voiceovers and formulated colour schemes added to the atmospheric feel. As It Is had an idea for this stage show, but at time almost felt like they were holding back. Going full out could really skyrocket this show, perhaps a thought for their upcoming American show. Aside from a slight timing issue on the spoken word bridge of the closing track, a clever way to end the show.
 
But it’s the performance in the encore of previous and new singles saw energy ramp up ten-fold, something incredible from a band already giving a high percentage of their energy in the show. Ending on ‘Dial Tones’, ‘The Wounded World’ and ‘The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry) pushed a strong end to the show. This group know how to structure a set. Even to the last minute all was given, with ‘The Stigma’ perhaps gaining the largest reaction of fans.
 
As It Is are pushing an important message in their music. To see a room of 1000+ people of all ages singing back such meaningful lyrics and embracing who they are is a beautiful sight. Such connections in the scene may be depleting but shows like this prove that there are still sparks in the darkness.