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Curfew gigs – don’t you just love them? Four bands isn’t exactly a huge amount on current bills, yet the doors opened at 6pm. Consequently the room was sparsely filled when the opening band took to the stage…
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Lower Than Atlantis weren’t fazed by the low attendance at the start of their stint and attacked their set with commendable gusto. The sound wasn’t the greatest and did them few favours early on, mainly due to its bass heavy nature which made the vocals indistinct to put it mildly. Ten minutes or so in the first jostling – can’t call it pitting due to the numbers involved – started, and they received a good enough response for an opening act. As the room became fuller the front man came into his own and whipped up a lively enough pit. Tight as the band were, and assured as they looked on stage, the word ordinary kept flashing to mind. Their punk infused rock was energetic enough but did little to stir anything other than indifference from yours truly. The crowd warmed to them so let’s put it down to a difference in tastes…
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Devil Sold His Soul were the odd one out stylistically and their fusion of ambient and progressive rock was largely unappreciated by the assembled throng. At least they got to play to a much fuller room – near as damn it at capacity by the end of their set – and they got a far better sound, albeit that the vocals seemed a little low in the mix, and the overall volume was very low. Perhaps the first observation was deliberate with the band preferring subdued vocals, however the second was nothing short of bizarre; hearing general chatter clearly while a band is giving their all can’t be right surely? From my perspective they were the discovery of the night, musically ambitious for a young band and with a clear grasp of dynamics. The lighting crew came up trumps too delivering a light show that matched the music perfectly and evoked memories of progressive rock’s heyday. They deserved a far better response than the lukewarm reaction they received – surely this was a case of a band being on the wrong bill?
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Norma Jean have been plying their trade for over a decade now and it was abundantly clear throughout that they’ve been on the circuit for a while. Expectation levels in the room were almost tangible as the house lights dropped; the brooding, almost industrial, intro set the scene and then all hell broke loose. Three quarters of an hour of precise and brutal metalcore flew by accompanied by pit activity that scaled new heights of intensity. Enjoyable as they were the dreaded ‘heard it all before’ thought kept recurring. Perhaps if I’d seen them earlier in their career my opinion may have been different, but having seen Lamb of God, DevilDriver, and 36 Crazyfists brutalise on numerous occasions, their impact was lessened somewhat. Give Norma Jean their due though – they incorporated unusual time signatures for the genre, the bass tone was stunning and underpinned their efforts well, and the crowd went absolutely apeshit throughout. Crushing as this display was the lack of crunch from the guitars was the killer blow, although I’d recommend the band whole heartedly to fans of the genre.
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Architects weren’t to be outdone and played an absolute blinder. They too favoured a brooding intro but were awarded the best sound of the night by a country mile which suited the choppy discordance of their mathcore aggression. Crowd surfing started minutes in and continued sporadically, whilst the pit was in lively form throughout. Impressively they incorporated immense groove and intricacy in amongst the brutality and were ably led by an energetic and humble front man. Sam’s over-use of “it means the world to me/us” and “if you know the words sing along” veered dangerously close to a footballer’s ‘know what I mean’ or ‘sick as a parrot’ phrases, but he genuinely seemed overwhelmed at times so perhaps I’m being overly harsh. Being positive though he certainly knew how to work a crowd! The closing half of their set contained body blow after body blow with “Early Grave”, “To The Death”, “Borrowed Time”, and “Left With A Last Minute” all being particularly memorable. As the (enforced) witching hour of 10pm approached the band had time for a pulverising rendition of “Follow The Water” as their lone encore which rounded off the evening well, leaving many with an early start in Eddie’s or Subside…
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