Gig Review and Photographs by Steve Kilmister

Architects

Exactly a year ago to the day Architects were in Birmingham unleashing their blockbuster record Lost Forever // Lost Together onto a thronging Institute crowd, tonight they returned to hammer home their message and brought with them some friends in the form of Every Time I Die, Bless The Fall and Counterparts.

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts wasted no time in getting proceedings underway, the lads from Ontario leaping into their own melodic hardcore blend and doing surprisingly well at getting the early birds at the Institute moving. While their sound may not be groundbreaking when held up against many of their peers, what they do deliver is done with a brutal energy, particularly demonstrated during Ghosts, emotionally dedicated to lead singer Brendan Murphy’s grandfather and those who suffer with Alzheimer’s.

Bless The Fall

Bless The Fall

Bless The Fall

As Counterparts took their leave, the room looked to be filling up nicely in time for the arrival of Bless The Fall. Screamer Jared Wrath wasted no time in showering the crowd and waiting photographers with water as they ripped into their breakdown heavy metalcore. Immediately, Wrath’s vocals and presence were able to grab my attention, being one of the ways in which the crew from Phoenix are able to set themselves apart from their rivals. As well as vocally, the rest of the band sounded tight, their techie riffs and the abundance of breakdowns were used to great effect rather than feeling forced.

Every Time I Die

There is no doubt that Every Time I Die have proven across their seven album back catalogue that they are capable of producing metalcore content that’s vicious to a pretty much unprecedented level. In the same vein they are known for the energy they put into their live shows, including the gravity defying leaps that have become a mainstay for lead guitarist Jordan Buckley and bass player Stephen Micciche. Tonight, their set spanning pretty much their entire 15 year recording history lived up to all expectations, and then some. From the outset it was clear that the Institute was full of ETID fans, screaming back Keith Buckley’s lyrics and surfing their way to the barrier.

Every Time I Die

I do have to take my hat off to Jordan Buckley who during the build up to their final song, Moor, vomited into the pit in the most spectacular fashion before immediately returning to banging his head on top of his ego riser without once appearing to miss a single lick – hero.

Every Time I Die

ETID set list: No Son Of Mine / Bored Stiff / Decayin’ With The Boys / Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space / Thirst / Floater / The New Black / We’rewolf / Moor

Architects

Architects are no stranger to being on the road, in fact tonight saw their second visit to Birmingham for the Lost Forever // Lost Together tour cycle, and despite there only being 2 further dates on the UK leg they didn’t appear to be showing any signs of fatigue. Starting as they meant to go on with Broken Cross, the level of polish that comes from playing to sold out crowds night in night out was immediately apparent. Their sound tonight was almost identical to their recorded selves, but I’m not sure that was altogether a good thing. It did feel a little like they were running close to losing some of the rawness and emotion that makes hardcore (and sub-genres) as amazing as it can be when played live, by sounding just a little too clean. I certainly don’t want to be negative though, as Architects were on fire tonight. Instruments were as tight as they always are, and once Sam Carter hit his stride around about Naysayer or C.A.N.C.E.R they sounded phenomenal.

Architects

Architects

Sam did recognize that they were amazed during their last visit at how many in the crowd knew their new material and that they were intrigued to see how many would know it this time, they surely can’t have been disappointed, crowd noise was deafening, pits were non-stop for the entire set and surfers almost overwhelmed security at times. Sam also commented between songs that so much has changed in the last year but one thing was the same, Birmingham is still amazing and tonight I would say that Birmingham was willing to echo the compliment.

Architects

Architects

Architects set list: Broken Cross / Devil Is Near / Dead Man Talking / Alpha Omega / Castles In The Air / Naysayer / C.A.N.C.E.R / Devils Island / Early Grave / Follow The Water / Colony Collapse / Day In Day Out / Youth Is Wasted On The Young / These Colours Don’t Run / Distant Blue / Grave Digger

Architects

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