Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Live Review: Hell On Earth Tour - September 30th 2008

The surprisingly early door time for tonight means that Stick To Your Guns are greeted with a handful of die hards and those of us who were lucky enough to find out that the doors were early. This is unfortunate as they play what could possibly be the best set of the night. Faultless, fast and bone breaking. It’s a shame more people weren’t around to see their hardcore anthems on such form as this.

Despite a later billing, Animosity fair worse than the openers, most of the crowd – there were a lot more by this time – seem to stand at the bar or the back of the venue while a dozen or so people stand at least 3 feet back and steadily watch the technical riffs and speed metal that hits them. The band seemed rather put-off by this and their set soon ends with a rather funny thank you to a “focused and attentive audience”.

All Shall Perish are a late addition to this tour, and they were poor on the night. Blatantly drunk and not seeming to care. Band members preferring to sit on the floor or on a chair than have any sort of contact with an audience who are very happy to have them there. For one of the most anticipated bands the tour, this was a let down.

The Red Chord sound vicious. Vibrant and involving the crowd whenever they can. They play a set to the first full room and mosh pit of the night, which us refreshing to see. Always impressive no matter what bill or what position they play. It’s rare to find a band this versatile and great.

Walls Of Jericho are on top form, bodies fly and the room is absolutely crazy. Playing a set featuring songs from their full back catalogue they can’t really go wrong. The crowd loves them and they are true professionals putting on a great show until the end. A great night ended in the best possible way.

by Jonny Almond 

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