Review by Ollie Thomas, 11th January 2012
Photography by Sabrina Dersel
It’s the first night of The Black Dahlia’s tour in support of recent album, Ritual, so it would be easy to forgive the bands for not having the best of starts.That’s not to be however as local band, Your City is Forgotten (7/10), roar on to the stage to kick off proceedings.
They sound like the majority of the current wave of hardcore, with just enough melody and clean vocals to border on metalcore. Their live show puts them a cut above the rest however, they have bags of confidence and Kez gets the crowd going like a frontman with many times their experience.
The occasional Cancer Bats-esque riff thrown in has all the hardcore kids windmilling and fighting ghosts to their hearts content. Compared to the fast start of Your City…
Fleshgod Apocalypse (6/10), are a little slower out of the traps. The crowd not quite getting it at first perhaps, but they soon have the crowd like a roomful of nodding dogs, and the pits open.
They could almost be forgiven for the slow start, given the performance is actually quite good. However, they didn’t have the longest set and it felt it took them too long to reach top gear.
The same however, could not be said for Skeletonwitch (7/10) who fly straight into top gear; battering the crowd with an assault of unrelentingly heavy and fast riffs that they just lap up.
There’s a lot of support here for Skeletonwitch and it shows, the pits seem to get wilder, a few more crowd surfers appear and the fans are singing the words right back at them.
This proves to be nothing though as the floor explodes when The Black Dahlia Murder (9/10) come on!
Right from the off, the pits open right up, there’s seas of crowdsurfers (one even stopping to give Trevor a kiss on the cheek first!), and TBDM have the crowd eating out the palms of their hands. They power their way through a set including a mix of the old and new, with the newer songs getting the crowd going just as much as the classics shows just how much their fans are behind them.
Ritual has had an amazing response online from the fans, but nothing shows it just as well as the fans losing their minds to it and singing every word back. Not even a pause for minor technical difficulties can de-rail the train that is TBDM tonight, the band take it in their stride, engaging in a bit of banter with the crowd before ploughing on and melting more faces.
Next time they roll into your town, go and see them, because they’ll come at you like a fucking bulldozer and leave nothing but destruction in their wake!