Sleeping with Sirens ‘Tonight in London we are going to play all the dope-ass ones!’… and they sure lived up to this statement. For those of you who thought Sleeping with Sirens are turning pop and going mellow, you’re in for a treat with their new album and definitely with their live performances. Returning to their original heaviness, SWS made a pleasantly surprising comeback this year with ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ released via Sumerian Records. However, their UK tour shows took it up another level, with an even heavier sound, complimented by a masterful visual display of lights and shadows.


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Andy Black Tonight Andy Black brought his ‘The Ghost Of The United Kingdom’ Tour to Birmingham’s O2 Institute which concluded his UK run of dates with support from drag queen artist Adore Delano.


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Bury Tomorrow It’s a freezing cold night out in Birmingham but outside the O2 Institute there’s a crowd drawing to see Bury Tomorrow and I personally couldn’t think of a better way to end my gigging year, as these boys always bring the fire. 

The Lights go down and a purple haze of light is cast across the stage as the lads take their places creating a series of silhouettes but within moments chaos erupts with a frenzy of lights resulting in the crowd going mental from the get go, fuelling the band’s energies to go higher and this was just the first track of their set.


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August Burns Red August Burns Red took to the stage with massive cheers from their loyal UK fanbase who turned out.


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Bring Me The Horizon After a long intense wait Bring Me The Horizon finally entered the stage and as they did the crowd ended up covered in confetti along with the ceiling rig which ended up looking like someone had TP’d the place.


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Crossfaith On the 19th October 2018, a wild spark invaded Camden’s Electric Ballroom from the deepest depths of Japan. When I say a wild spark, I mean a combination of electrifying metal and dirty dubstep that fuelled a packed out basement venue in one of the most quirky parts of London. These unmistakable sounds come from the 5 piece Electronicore band Crossfaith, who’ve been causing havoc to music fans since 2006.


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Trivium Summer has arrived unexpectedly early in Manchester, and around the campus of the university students are basking in the sunshine. Meanwhile, outside the Academy there's a sea of black clothing as the queue for tonight's metalfest begins to snake around the block. The Metal Hammer-sponsored 'The Sin And The Sentence' tour has brought a varied line-up to town that includes the new hopes for Death Metal, Venom Prison, Texan thrashers Power Trip, Grammy-nominated hardcore bruisers Code Orange and headliners Trivium for a night of big riffs and plenty of energy. Almost at the end of a nearly 7-week European run, expectations for tonight's show are bound to be high.


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Code Orange Pittsburgh heavier-than-hell hardcore crew Code Orange are undoubtedly the breakthrough band in heavy music of the past year or two. Their third album, Forever, took them onto a major label and astonishingly found them being nominated for a Grammy for the title track. For a band who have been described as "nightmarishly chaotic hardcore”, this is no minor feat.


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Black Veil Brides The opening night of the ABvBA UK run of shows got off to a fine start in Birmingham, although not without some ‘first night’ glitches it has to be said. The co-headline ‘Resurrection’ tour bringing ‘modern metal’ heavyweights Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides together was something that a lot of people obviously wanted to see, evidenced by the sheer amount of people queuing to get in to the venue – the line of excited faces reaching back as far from the Birmingham Academy as you could see.


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The Kerrang! Tour 2017 The Kerrang! Tour has always been a great showcase for new bands some of which have gone onto greater things such as Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon and All Time Low. Now in it’s 12th Year Kerrang continue to promote new bands and tonight is no exception with a very diverse line-up.


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Northlane Tonight we visited the O2 Institute Birmingham for a night of fine modern metalcore with Northlane and some absolute gems in Invent, Animate and Erra in supporting roles. The venue itself was busy early on.


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Every Time I Die Every Time I Die need no introduction and have been smashing shows like this for nearly 20 years! Just let that sink in, 20 years and still more hungry and passionate than most new bands. Even in a cast Jordan Buckley flails around the stage like a man possessed. Brother Keith conducts the carnage and grins manically as he paces the stage. It was great to finally hear tracks from Low Teens in their natural environment and they sound magnificent.


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Thy Art Is Murder Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham to catch Australian Deathcore giants Thy Art Is Murder with support from After the Burial. It became evident from the moment I arrived that this was a very popular one, Academy 2 was rammed.


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Trivium If you had survived the Valentine’s Day Anthrax gig there is every chance you would have been returning to see Trivium tonight. One thing that Trivium are known for is being able to bring one hell of a support. In the past their tours have seen the likes of Children Of Bodom, In Flames and As I Lay Dying grace line ups. With that in mind fans are queuing up in their numbers even well before the 7pm doors to cast their eyes and ears over tonight's too.


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