Date: 27th February 2019
Review and photos by: Ryan Whitwell / Shotison.com
Godsmack were back in London to bring a barrel load of their hot and heavy hard rock! Tonight a band that have been recently tearing up the USA, Like a Storm, would be warming us up in Kentish Town.
Like A Storm are not a band I knew much about before tonight. The New Zealanders (who now live in America) recently completed a solid US headline tour and have been touring pretty regularly since 2009, so they aren’t rookies. There were a fair few fans down the front ready and waiting for them too. I even heard a couple talking about how they got their ticket specifically for Like A Storm.
Quite a bit of anticipation, and I’m pleased to report they did not disappoint! Starting out with “Pure Evil” from their 2018 album “Catacombs”, after a brief ambient style intro we were confronted with hard-hitting riffs and a variety of vocal styles and quite a vast range of emotive tones.
The thing that I didn’t expect was the level of musicianship on stage. Use of different guitars and slide to keep the tones varied throughout the set was nice, and the band’s party piece of incorporating a didgeridoo in a couple of numbers certainly won me over.
Like a Storm had great energy on stage. Much of the movement came from vocals/guitarist/didgeridooist Chris Brooks’ inability to stand still, constantly leaning out to acknowledge the fans down the front. A great act to get things going tonight.
Godsmack didn’t mess about, getting things started with “When Legends Rise”, the title track of their latest album, and the crowd were quick to respond in a good way.
The whole set was a great run of strong numbers and the energy levels stayed high for most of it. The crowd were great too, helped along with the interactions from Sully Erna between and during songs.
The stage itself had a large open space and no decorations or props which I thought was a bit odd, but the reason for that would become apparent later involving drums.
There was a bit of a technical issue as the set up for a double drum solo/drum off, “Batalla de los tambores”, but once everything was working it was entertaining. Nothing quite like seeing two drum kits being put to good use face to face (with occasional spins to give the stagehands something to worry about). It was a fun moment though, as the number included riffs of other songs from bands like Aerosmith and AC/DC that got cheers from the crowd.
There was a sombre moment just before the encore as Sully introduced the song “Under Your Scars”, which would be played live for the first time tonight. The song is due to be released as a single with the proceeds going to charity, a decision inspired by the band’s own personal lives that have had some difficult times over the past couple of years.
The encore picked right up after that period of reflection with a bit of AC/DC and probably the band’s most well known number, “I Stand Alone”, which is a pretty strong way to end the set. There were plenty of smiles leaving the Kentish Town Forum tonight!
When Legends Rise
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
Say My Name
Straight Out of Line
Batalla de los tambores
Under Your Scars
Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover)
I Stand Alone