Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Live Review: Job For A Cowboy - December 17th 2007

The Red Chord storm onto the stage to the sounds of their Boston brothers Dropkick Murphys Shippin' Out To Boston, home  own pride at its highest. From this moment, they do not relax or slow down for anyone or anything. Chastising and goading the crowd with such statements as "Colchester was better than you, and I'd never heard of the place". Not that this sort of goading was needed to get the crowd to step things up a gear. The riotous noise The Red Chord produce is enough to drive any room insane. Pummelling the audience with every song they play. The only thing that ruins their set is the thuggish "real hardcore" fans who decide that kids in skinny jeans who actually have hair don't have the right to be at the gigs.
Note to you: You're. Ruining. It. For. Everyone. Else!

The Black Dahlia Murder come on to rapturous applause. Taking the brutality of The Red Chord and stepping it up a notch, while adding their usual thrash metal stylings. The most impressive thing is their drumming. Not a note is missed and it beats the crowd into submission within the first few songs. However, after a while their Slayer-meets-At-The-Gates style thrash becomes limited for all those who aren't stood in the pit. This doesn't mean they aren't a great act to watch, it just means there's very little variety.

Job For A Cowboy have it against them to follow on from the two bands before them, but by god, they do it well. Songs from EP 'Doom' as well as recent album 'Genesis' make the crowd go crazy. There's a sea of crowd surfers and kids clambering towards the stage. Entombment Of A Machine sounds huge in a live setting, and the scream made by the audience when the song cuts out is amazing. The technical problems they experience don't stop the band at all. After a quick apology, they continue where they left off. Set closer Knee Deep sends the crowd into the stratosphere, and everyone leaves with a smile on their face. A good night over all, shame the skinhead Neanderthals had to throw their weight around and ruin other peoples buzz.

by Jonny Almond 

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