Gig Review by Kirsty Hillyer with Gig Photos by Lee Allen

Cancer Bats

Incite had the hardest job of the evening as the early doors opener and they delivered in earnest as the room instantly nodded their heads in unison.

Incite

Incite

Incite

Incite

Knowing nothing about this band in advance, their familiarity was inescapable and I couldn’t decide if it was just that they met the prerequisite of the hair extremes of bald to long as fuck. After a quick Google it all fell into place. Hailing from Arizona, lead singer Ritchie Cavalera is the stepson of Sepultura/ Soulfly’s Max Cavalera and with that musical heritage the caliber of what they delivered was unquestionable. These guys delivered an unrelenting, passion fueled set that took you back to the 90s. As Liam from Cancer Bats joined them for the penultimate song it felt like you were watching a bunch of mates hanging out in their garage, the infectious enthusiasm and commitment to the music was contagious.

Palm Reader

Palm Reader

Palm Reader

Palm Reader

Sadly, Palm Reader soon lost the instant crowd conversion that Incite had roused up. This was not the crowd for them. Misreading the room and talking unenthused between songs killed the mood. Palm Reader’s mathcore and spoken word leanings just aren’t metal enough for this line-up. As the only British band on the bill they’re one that requires more attention, and I’m sure it will be received once they release new material.

Lord Dying

Dying Lord

Dying Lord

Portland’s Lord Dying really do have an appropriate band name. They certainly rule those standard heavy riffs, but over egg the pudding too much for my tastes. From a cursory glance it just looks like a sausage fest of guitar prowess but then you realise you sound like a dick for saying it. Lord Dying went down a member just days into the tour due to a death in the family and guitarists from Cancer Bats and Incite stepped up to quickly learn songs and fill in so that they could still perform. So the sausage fest of ‘your awesome’, ‘no your more awesome’ at nailing those riffs were just a genuine you got this, follow my lead. Sadly my instincts were just a response to intense heavy metal riffing.

Lord Dying’s vocalist, Erik Olson, has a voice that should just say “Hell Yeah” all day, rich with grit perfectly placed here. Sadly it was all too much for me, if I was stoned it probably would have been the perfect soundtrack.

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

Having last seen the Cancer Bats on a joint headline tour with ‘While She Sleeps’ it’s great to see them perform to a united front. Joint headline tours often suffer from a divided crowd but tonight there is no mistaking the horns in the air and big shouts for these guys.

Tonight’s set delivers the same as every night on the tour but it just doesn’t matter. They offer a fun filled escapism laced with an aggressive release. As Liam leaps about the stage and swings his hair you feel like you’re hanging out with friends with a common cause. Even if you’ve only ever really paid attention to their Beastie Boys’ Sabotage cover you should give them a punt and you may find yourself surprised by the catchiness of ‘Satellites’ and the honesty of opener ‘True Zero’.

They are just like the good friend you forget how much you enjoy seeing till you hang out for the first time in ages. Cue me breaking my current favourite repeat albums to listen to last year’s offering ‘Searching for Zero’, again and again, interspersed with a bit of Axewound for good measure.

Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats

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