Saturday, 8 September 2007

Live Review: As I Lay Dying - September 7th 2007

It's a shame that Architects, the only British band on tonight's bill, get such a lukewarm reception. The fact that Brighton based metal act have such a huge underground following means that they should have at least triple the ten kids who actually know their songs.  Musically, these guys cannot be beaten, incredibly powerful and amazingly technical. Front man Sam has the presence of a man with the whole crowd at his mercy, jumping across the stage, standing aloft speaker sets and jumping into the crowd. Had it not been for the poor reception they receive they would be the band of the night. Keep an eye out when they play at the Birmingham Academy 2 in November with Bring Me The Horizon.

Himsa are the surprise of the night. Hailing from Seattle, the thrash metal five-piece manage to get the crowd going with their fast paced anthems. The guitar work by Kirby Johnson and Sammi Curr is note for note perfect. For a band playing at such fast speeds, they make it look dramatically easy. As their set grows to a close it is clear to see they are leaving with more fans that they arrived with, this one reviewer included.

Main support Darkest Hour seem to be a band that a good 50% of the crowd have turned up for. There seems to be more people wearing their tee shirts than any of the other support bands who played before them. Taking their style from a mixture of the punk and metalcore scenes, Darkest Hour were always going to be a big hit tonight, and it's no surprise to anyone in the audience that a fair amount of people can sing along word for word. Powerful, fast and brilliant showmen. It doesn't take long for them to get the whole audience on their side. With a new album released in the UK in July, expect to see a headline tour soon.

The funny thing about As I Lay Dying, is that despite the name and the heaviness of their sound, they're devout Christians. Many bands claim to be in the modern music scene, but none wear it on their sleeve as proudly as AILD. From start to finish there isn't a single person stood still. At times this verges on the absurd as you can practically feel the testosterone coursing through the vested twenty something's throwing their weight around. This shouldn't distract from how amazing AILD are live. Tim Lambesis has a huge presence which almost matches his huge frame and voice. The only thing letting them down is that the backing vocals are slightly out of tune. However, all in all they put on a great show and have the crowd lapping up every bit until the very end.

by Jonny Almond

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