Gig Review and Photography by Neale Hayes
Crossfaith came onto the stage with great anticipation from the crowd and the epic ‘countdown’ nature to their intro only improved the hype. The lead singer Kenta Koie got the crowd going nicely from the get go; coming onto the stage weilding a large flag and beckoning everyone to jump up and down. The mini earthquake which followed never truely subsided; it was fantastic performance from the Japanese electronicore band.
Starting with ‘Xeno’, then hitting the crowd with the well known ‘Monolith’, the band were keen to keep the momentum going. Bassist Hiroki and drummer Tatsuya supplied the upbeat and speedy backbone to keyboardist Terufumi’s spacey programming. Added with a powerful vocal performance from Kenta and some power chords from Kazuki and you’re left with a post-hardcore infused rave that is every much about throwing some shapes than it is about aggression.
Showing no signs of stopping, their cover of The Prodigy’s ‘Omen’ was the song everyone in the room knew. The circle pit reached a maximum size and everyone went crazy; by this point vocalist Kenta had the whole room in the palm of his hand and lead by example with his rhythmic jumping up and down.
The rest of the set saw the crowd stay as wild as ever; ‘Devil’s Party’ and ‘Countdown to Hell’ saw their set end strongly before the main act; English metalcore band Bury Tomorrow.
Countdown to Hell
Bury Tomorrow formed back in 2006 and have released four studio albums; touring across UK/Europe with bands such as Architects, Parkway Drive and Beartooth. Extensive touring of the UK, strong live performances and Dani’s close relationship with the fans has given them a loyal fanbase.
It’s comes as no suprise that their setlist was mainly newer stuff; 7 songs from their lastest album ‘Earthbound’ (2016), with 3 a piece from ‘Union of Crowns’ (2012) and ‘Runes’ (2014) and two songs from their debut album ‘Portraits’ (2009).
Opening with ‘The Eternal’, the band broadcasted what was to come; high tempo guitars, guttoral and demonic vocals from Dani with Jason Cameron supplying the harmonic clean choruses. ‘Memories’ saw Jason’s cleans and Dani’s screaming come together even better; the crowd were on their feet chanting ‘Just a memory gone’ everytime the chorus came along.
Other songs I enjoyed seeing live were ‘An Honourable Reign’ which had some nice riff and sweeping guitar work from Kristian Dawson and consistent drumming from Adam Jackson. The cleans are regularly sung without any instruments playing but in this song we see the two alternate quite regularly and the result is a nice blend of both.
‘Her Bones in The Sand’ from their debut ‘Portraits’ (2009) saw Bury Tomorrow in a less refined time but it wasn’t any less effective. In my opinion, their newer material can be compared to Parkway Drive with riffs and hardcore-like verses; their older stuff and, in particular this song, reminds me of Bullet for My Valentine, the single note guitar work and melodic choruses really standing out for me.
The band ended with two bangers ‘Last Light’ and ‘Earthbound’, the first of which was my favourite of the night. The lyrical content is impressive and meaningful; the voices of Dani and Jason are outstandingly managed; blending together expertly. ‘Earthbound’ saw them return to their classic high tempo verses and Jason’s voice bringing a nicely conceived chorus into the song to beef it up. With ‘Earthbound’; the metalcore status was more than assured.
Coming back on stage to play the great live song ‘Man on Fire’ saw the crowd go wild and their most well known song ‘Lionheart’ always goes down a treat. Bury Tomorrow undoubtedly derserve more fame than what they have but it doesn’t stop them being anymore humble everytime they play. After the show, Dani was downstairs greeting fans like old friends as he always does. Respect.
Bury Tomorrow Setlist:
An Honourable Reign
Her Bones in the Sand
Man on Fire
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