Gig Review by Kirsty Hillyer with Photography by Lee Allen

Crossfaith

The sign on the door states ‘No circle pits or wall of death’. This call of restraint promptly lasted 3 songs from The One Hundred, who managed about 5 songs after facing the sound cutting out every 30 seconds into their opener attempts and a further 2 times later on.

The One Hundred

Leading the crowd in a Greenday sing-a-long whilst waiting for the sound issues to be resolved The One Hundred deserve their due tonight for persevering and delivering as many songs as they could in the massively reduced time.

The One Hundred

With shouts from the crowd of ‘Try turning it on and off’ there was a good-natured humour to proceedings. Whilst you can’t deny they are a tight band, singer Jacob Field’s continual calls to ‘Wake the fuck up’ just grated and made me want to stand with a 2-finger salute, but that would have required caring enough to do so.

The One Hundred

Their fusion of metalcore, grime and dance isn’t an exciting new mix and the only time I raised my eyebrows in interest was during new track ‘Monster’ that musically sounded like a lost Korn track, minus the ‘rum bum dee dum dee bum diddle doo’.

The One Hundred

Having said this if Hacktivist and Enter Shikari are your favourite bands then these guys are certainly polished enough live to give them the time of day, they just haven’t yet written that one song to make you pay attention. I do however love to see me some lead singer dance moves and I believe Jacob has coined a new pit move, which I hope to see at future gigs. The T-Rex-it. I want to hear bands call ‘Go Jurassic’ instead of bounce and for kids to lock down their arms and flail their hands. LOVE IT!

The Qemists were up next and I feel like I’ve been transported back to the 90s with the likes of Apollo 440 via way of Pendulum. Despite feeling massively dated, they receive resounding cheers from the crowd and deliver a slick, energetic set. With a positive, engaging energy they call for respect to The One Hundred for persevering through the technical issues and get the crowd ready for Crossfaith.

The Qemists

Crossfaith really are a guilty pleasure, and in all honesty after seeing them 4 times now I can’t decipher how they haven’t quite blown up yet. They are a band you need to experience live. Their one by one, riser posing entrance never gets old and I always want to know what leather jacket keyboardist Terufumi will be wearing this time. Sadly nothing compares to the Akira red jacket but tonight’s slogan emblazoned back of ‘New Age Warriors’ is promptly second favourite.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

There is a confident, wild edge to them. Whether this is from the consistent UK touring or the improved English between song banter, they appear less humble and polite and more assertive. Singer, Kenta, even crowd surfs across the sea of excitable pit rookies and drunken veterans.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

With a decent set the only omission is ‘Jagerbomb’ but that doesn’t matter, as Kenta asked ‘Are you ready to party with us tonight?’ there was a resounding cheer of eagerness.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Crossfaith play like they are festival headliners and tonight was no exception. Now if only they could have stadium worthy merch in the form of Crossfaith dolls I’d be happy. Finishing the set with an encore of Omen and Monolith they suitably bring their set to a close and I only hope that next time I see them will be headlining a worthier venue size.

Crossfaith

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