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Biffy Clyro and Architects Tear the Roof off Birmingham’s Resort World!

My first arena gig since the pre-apocolypse times, so this had a fair amount to live up to. Luckily I’m a fan of both bands, at least enough that the drive and the extortionate prices of anything in the arena didn’t put me off. However, both recent albums by the bands didn’t blow me away, so I was curious! I’ve seen Biffy Clyro a couple of times before, so was hoping they’d be just as good as both of those times.

Architects took to the stage to a rather spread-out crowd. But, by the time they’d finished their first number, the place had packed out considerably. I, like I’m sure a lot of others, were shocked that the metalcore titans were chosen to support the considerably lighter Scots. Yes, Simon did that song with the band on their album last year, but still. Heck, there was a pretty clear distinction between the two sets of fans in terms of merch and look, too. However, by the end of the set I feel like there were a lot of converts.

Opening on their big single from their most recent album, ‘Deep Fake’, their blend of metal and more radio sounds came across perfectly live. Architects are the one metalcore band that I never truly ‘got’, but clearly I just needed to see them live to appreciate it more. However, that may have been because almost the entire set was made up of tracks released in the last two years, with the lone exception being Holy Hell’s ‘Doomsday’. I’m sure it probably pissed off a few of the hardcore fans in the crowd, but I personally loved it. It made my appreciation of the new album that much higher and has since made me revisit it, as I didn’t like it too much before. Plus, the newer stuff is a little more radio friendly, and fits in more to the crowd they were playing to.

The band ripped through nearly an hours set of bangers, with crowd favourites definitely being the likes of ‘Black Lung’ and closer ‘Animals’. Sam Carter is such an entertaining and captivating frontman that it didn’t matter much that the rest of the band didn’t really move about. This was a polished, professional setlist and if anything the perfect opener for Biffy.

After a brief interval, the main men themselves took to the stage. The anticipation and energy in the air was palpable… and then they came on and played ‘DumDum’. It’s not a bad track at all, but after all that build-up it does feel a little anticlimactic to not burst straight into something a little more upbeat. However, they soon rectify that as they quickly head into the awesome ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’, an instant crowd favourite.

From there, the band launch into, honestly, one of the most perfectly crafter setlists I’ve ever seen. Whether it was the hits or the deeper cuts, almost their entire back catalogue got some love at one point in their two-hour set. Whether it was the ever awesome ‘Black Chandelier’ or ‘Mountains’ to new hits like ‘End Of’ or ‘Unknown Male 01’, it all went down a storm with the packed out crowd. And the band played them all to perfection too, putting on an energetic show and some amazing visuals with lighting to go alongside the great music.

Check out our review of Biffy’s latest album here.

Whether it was ballads or more upbeat songs, the set was filled to the brim with highlights, too. From the heavy, prog awesomeness of ‘Cop Syrup’ to Simon, his acoustic, the two string players and his choir of 15,000+ singing along to ‘God and Satan’ with him, or the surprising crowd (and my personal favourite) ‘Biblical’. And of course we cannot forget about the epic set closer, their biggest ballad, ‘Many of Horror’. Simon barely had to sing a word of it, the crowd handled the vocals dutifully.

It was honestly, excluding Locash at The Long Road earlier this year, the first time since Covid I’ve stood in a crowd and felt that energy. The first time I’ve thought to myself ‘this is why I love this industry’. Mon the Biff.

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These Wicked Rivers, Gorilla Riot and 28 Double at The Hairy Dog!

Southern/country rock band These Wicked Rivers took a brief break from their tour supporting bluegrass legends Hayseed Dixie to do a hometown gig. And what a gig it was. Playing to the absolutely packed Derby crowd at The Hairy Dog, it was definitely a night to remember for everyone involved. Add to that the fact that it was a fundraiser for These Wicked Rivers’ new album, and it was an awesome night for sure.

Other local boys 28 Double were the first to take the stage. While it wasn’t long after the doors had opened, they still drew a fair crowd. Being easily the heaviest band on the line-up, bordering on metal, it did feel like it took the crowd a little minute to warm to them. However, the band ripped through a fantastic short set of some of their best songs. I’ve seen them multiple times over the years, having gigged with them a fair bit back in the day, and they have come on massive amounts since. They put on a great show and sounded awesome!

Next up was the Manchester blues machine known as Gorilla Riot. Friends of the channel, it’s been almost a year since we last saw the band, at Amped last year. They were on top form again here. Arjun has such a fantastic swagger and stage presence, feeling like you’re watching a true rockstar. And yet he never overshadows the rest of the band, moving out of the spotlight even on longer instrumental parts. The band have great chemistry on stage too, clearly enjoying themselves and regularly joking around. The crowd ate up everything they laid down, too. They loved their grungy sound and great songwriting. If anything, my only criticism is that they didn’t have long enough on stage. However, they for sure won over some new fans with their set and were the perfect warmup to the headliners.

Then, came the headliners, the anticipation in the room palpable. These Wicked Rivers soon came on and left not a single person disappointed. Rattling through a set full of their older tracks and a few of the new singles too. This was by far the best set I’ve seen the band do. That’s a surprise too, as I’ve seen them a few times over the last couple of years. They keep getting better and better, both live and on track. If this gig is anything to go by, they are going to be HUGE in a year or two. One hell of a way to cap off a fantastic night and honestly one of the best sets I have seen from a band this year.

And there we have it, a brilliant night of great music from some of the best underground rock bands the scene has to offer. These Wicked Rivers are back out on the road with Hayseed Dixie while Gorillia Riot and 28 Double still have a few gigs left this year. Both bands are also headlining both nights of SharkFest in Cannock next year!

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How Bring Me The Horizon rocked Sheffield’s world

Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon made Sheffield Arena bounce last Thursday. Bringing everything they had, the Yorkshire legends quite literally made waves in the arena and I’m pretty sure everyone went home dripping with sweat and sore muscles that not even an hour at the gym could compete with.

Nova Twins
Nova Twins

Opening the gig were the fantastic Nova Twins. They brought an immense amount of energy to the stage that immediately made them a likeable and entertaining duo. Both Amy Love and Georgia South are incredibly talented individuals. Love had complete control over her powerful voice, switching between heavy growls and screams to her head voice with ease. South can move up and down the bass like you wouldn’t believe – she has clearly mastered her instrument and took it to the next level with the amount of pedals she controls to perfect the band’s sound. You wouldn’t believe all of their sound comes from just drums, guitar and bass.

You Me At Six
You Me At Six

You Me At Six were the second support band before BMTH. Combining a set of their older hits and new tracks, they got the balance between long-time fans and new listeners. They even teased a Sinners Never Sleep 10 year anniversary tour – something the long-time fans would be ecstatic to hear.

The guys were as slick as usual and put on a real show. I think everyone was hoping Ollie Sykes would make a special appearance for ‘Bite My Tongue’ but unfortunately we were forced to wait a little longer to see the BMTH frontman. They finished their set on a high with a hit from their 2021 album release titled SUCKAPUNCH – ‘Beautiful Way’ was the perfect track to close with and left the crowd warmed up and ready.

Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon

When Bring Me The Horizon walked on stage I think the whole of Sheffield knew about it. With everyone screaming from the high heavens, my ears were ringing before the band even struck a chord. As expected, the band delivered an excellent gig both instrumentally and in their performance style. Bring Me The Horizon don’t just play a gig, they put on a show.

Similar to YMAS, BMTH combined their classic heavier songs such as ‘The House Of Wolves’ and ‘Shadow Moses’ with their latest releases like ‘DiE4u’, ‘Parasite Eve’ and ‘Teardrops.’ There wasn’t a single song that didn’t get a massive reaction from the crowd.

Frontman Ollie also opened up to the audience, admitting it was one of the first gigs he has played completely sober. It was really emotional listening to the band’s love for performing and sharing the experience with their fans.

The pit was a nightmare. Ollie made numerous requests for the crowd to create a circle pit, crowd surfing and for the crowd to jump up and down… and who were we to object. It was a mess.

I think everyone was hoping Yungblud would make a special appearance for ‘Obey’, especially since it was a home gig for both the headlining band and the Doncaster singer. Unfortunately, Yungblud didn’t take to the stage but he did feature in the animation behind the band so his part remained in the track for everyone to sing along to.

Special shout out to the animation artists for Nova Twins and BMTH – every track had its own individual artwork that served as amazing backgrounds for both bands. They really helped to tie the show together and helped to take the concert to the next level.

The concert as a whole was an experience unlike any other. Bring Me The Horizon took their music to a new level by playing with such raw and rich emotion and turned their tracks into an emotional performance.

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The Angel All-Dayer at Nottingham

Last Saturday saw a heavy line up at Nottingham’s infamous little venue, The Angel Microbrewery. On the bill were Cave Killer, Black Mass, Altered, CottonMouth, Those Once Loyal, Bad Llama (a personal favourite band name of the night) and Micreant. By the band names alone, you can see what type of music the crowd were up for.

The venue itself is not what I expected – for a microbrewery there was a lot of people in the main bar, sectioned off side rooms, outside area and upstairs in the live music room. The outdoor area, although small, is brought to life with colourful graffiti – giving it a more modern vibe compared to the rest of the building. Similarly, the venue upstairs – “The Chapel” – gives credit to it’s name with some original features in the building’s structure but it has been revamped for today’s scene. It was a surprising little gem in Nottingham’s city centre, complimented by the friendly bar staff, and would be worth a visit if you fancied a taste of the local music scene.

Altered were only scheduled to perform a day before the event, filling in for a band on the list last minute. To say they had 24 hours to prepare and it was only their second gig back since the pandemic, they did an incredible job of performing as a tight band. Off stage, Altered are a friendly group of guys who seem like they genuinely get on. It would have been nice to see some more of their personality and band interaction whilst on stage, but that was probably limited due to their performance slot – with just half an hour to impress a crowd, it can be difficult to make everything fit. Their set featured mostly heavy vocals with the occasional clean line but unfortunately this was a little difficult to hear with the sound level mix of instruments – a reoccurring theme for the entire night. Overall, they had a great performance with a lot of appreciation from the crowd and, if you’re into a heavy scene then they’re definitely a band to see live.

We spoke to Altered about their set and what they’ve been up to recently.

How was the band during the pandemic?

“In general it was very nightmareish – I imagine for all of us because you can’t exactly get stuck in doing what you enjoy like getting out gigging, making a name for yourself. But it didn’t hinder any of the writing processes. There was still a lot happening in the background. Just because you weren’t able to get onto a stage doesn’t mean you couldn’t do anything at all.”

“The main thing that came out of it was that we had two members leave and two members join straight after and they’re very involved, a very good fit. And it gave them the opportunity to learn all of the material as well really. So the first time we met them was actually doing our first music video. We had seen them on video call but the first time we met as getting this video booked in, meeting each other and then driving off into some field to do a video.”

“So it was kind of a gift and a curse, lockdown.”

“It did make things better in the long run but at first it was a bit like ‘where’s this going?’ Some doors close, others open.

How did you end up on the line-up?

“Last night we got a message from our manager and they asked us to play it and we thought why not because we were coming to see Miscreant anyway.”

Are you guys on tour now?

“We’ve had talks of a short thing happening next year but nothing crazy. It’s just a weekend but we’re touring with a band that we’ve shown a little bit of interest in them and they’ve shown a little bit of interest in us. So we’ll see how that goes. A band called Seventh Sea! I’d say we’re quite similar. It’s a good line up. We are similar but they’ve got their own thing and we’ve got our own thing. We’ve also got a show in Huddersfield on the 26th September and that should be good.

So with your new line up and gigs coming up, does that mean we can expect new music soon?

“Oh absolutely yeah. We don’t have an exact date yet but it should be this year and it should definitely be some time soon. You can expect a lot of energy and a lot of emotion. I try to connect with my audience vocally. Try and reciprocate their feelings with my own. Fairly original but familiar as well. We all have our own inputs into what we write and there’s nobody in this band saying ‘you shouldn’t do this and you shouldn’t do this.’ It’s like ‘here’s what we’ve got, bring something to the table.’ I feed my own emotional experience into the lyrics but I also try and write them in such a vague manner that anybody could interpret it, put it to their own circumstances and it would still make sense. That’s the type of vibe I go for. Everybody brings something to the table. That’s why I think we’re quite unique. A lot of the time maybe it’s own or two people but we really try to include everyone in the writing process.”

Next on the line up were CottonMouth. Initially, they opened with a Black Sabbath style riff with a doom rock kind of vibe. This changed throughout their set and sometimes fell more into the metal genre – I genuinely wouldn’t be able to pin point their sound. They featured more clean vocals than any other band on the set but again this was slightly ruined by the mix of instruments. The vocalist had a nice gritty sound to their tone without ruining their range. All members of the band were excellent and performed tightly. With just five singles out, I would be interested in hearing an album with a few slower tracks – I can picture them performing an awesome a rock/metal ballad.

Miscreant were the headlining band for the Angel’s day of arguably death-core artists. We spoke to the band before their set to find out more about what they’ve been up to and what we can expect.

Are you on tour at the moment?

“We’re playing here and there. Waiting for everything to get back after Covid I think. So it’s been pretty up and down. There’s people booking things and then getting cancelled so we’re just getting rid of a bit of stage rust right now and getting back into the swing of things finally.”

How did you find it during the pandemic?

“We didn’t really practice but we were working on new stuff. I was find being in the house during the pandemic to be honest. A bit of me time for a year and a half, I loved it.”

“We got practicing on our own stuff.”

“We became better individual musicians so when we got back in the rehearsal room and for first practice it was there straight away.”

Does this mean we can expect new music?

“During the pandemic we were in the studio so we’ve got a couple of singles that will be coming out at the start of next year.”

“We also did a music video for one of the singles and some promos recently as well.”

“We’ve been busy. We’ve also got another project. We’ve been working on a lot of new music.”

How did you find the writing process during the pandemic compared to normality?

“I think we were alright individually anyway and then we collaborate with our producer. Our singer does the majority of the lyrics, vocal melodies and stuff. So there’s a lot of back and forth between him and our producer which is normally done sort of online anyway. It’s normally virtual so it’s been pretty much just the same.”

You’ve had a new bass player! How have you found joining the band?

“It’s been good so far. I’ve known the guys for years anyway since the first EP, seven years now, so it felt quite natural. It used to mainly be a guitarist and then it just happened that these guys needed a bass player so I filled in. After one gig I was asked to join. It’s been fun.”

Do you have anything coming up?

“We have a Nottingham show in December with InVisions at Ye Old Salutation. We get on with InVisions, we’re on the same record label.

What do you do and don’t like about the music industry right now?

“I’d say it’s over diluted now I think. Fifteen years ago when I first started, there was a mystery behind local bands and you could get into local newspapers and stuff. And now it’s everywhere over social media, it’s kind of diluted it. Streaming sort of killed the amount of money you can make off it. I think it’s down the toilet to be honest. The music industry needs a serious injection of something but I don’t know what.”

“Although, at the same time, it is bouncing back at the minute because of Covid. Loads more people are going out to restaurants so I think that might be translated to the music industry. People are more up for going out now because they haven’t been for ages. So maybe that could bring it back a little bit.”

“Not going to shows was probably one of the hardest things [during the pandemic.] It’s where everyone gets together and has a good time. Obviously, 18 months without that is rough. And then with all the uncertainty when a gig is planned it’s like ‘will it go ahead or will it get cancelled?’ You just don’t know. So I think that’s the rough part with Covid and the music industry but it is bouncing back and it’s just refreshing.”

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