What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day evening than in a small sweatbox like Sound Control whilst a handful of today’s brightest hopes in UK underground metal tear it a new one. That’s exactly what the Manchester crowd at Martyr Defiled‘s headline show have decided to do, opting to put the romantic meals to one side and instead jump on one another, scream down a microphone and, in some cases, hitting someone else in the pit.
Date: February 12th, 2014
Venue: O2 Academy, Bristol
Support: Baby Godzilla / Nekrogoblikon / Crossfaith
The Kerrang! Tour is an annual pilgrimage that cavorts across the UK with a line-up that’s more unpredictable than an evening with Derren Brown. With past headliners including All Time Low and Black Veil Brides, it traditionally has the atmosphere of a creche, but this year boasts a complete overhaul in genre and sound.
Finally back on the road across the UK after several stints outside of the country here and there, London’s The Defiled are bringing a close to the ‘Daggers’ era of their career with the aptly titled ‘No Place Like Home’ tour. Let’s see if home can bring them the welcome back they need before they head back into the studio.
Date: February 11th, 2014
Venue: O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
Support: Scouts / The Story So Far
While A Day To Remember are off having their nails done, the relentless The Story So Far and Every Time I Die cannot simply sit around doing nothing and, as such, are doing a handful of their own shows inbetween the ADTR support dates. With two high-octane bands on the bill, these shows are not to be missed for those desperate to see said support acts without paying the high price of an ADTR gig.
Date: February 10th, 2014
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Hundredth / Being As An Ocean
After one of their last visits to Manchester seeing the band play in the much bigger Ritz venue, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that August Burns Red are returning to play in the underground Club Academy. What’s an even bigger shock on the day is the show being moved to the even smaller Academy 3 room. At this stage, it’s unclear if there are any further surprises afoot.
Date: February 5th, 2014
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Save Your Breath / Neck Deep
A long line of dedicated fans brave the typically terrible Manchester weather and eagerly queue up outside the University of Manchester Students Union, waiting for a night of sugary sweet pop-punk courtesy of New York quintet We Are The In Crowd. I, on the other hand, being one of the few fans actually old enough to be in a bar, am enjoying a pint inside, awaiting tonight’s festivities.
As the posters that adorn the walls attest, The Louisiana is the kind of venue an act plays at the lower ebbs of their career, whether it be on their sweeping arc to fame, or the slide back down into obscurity. But where does tonight’s act sit on this path? As always with Kevine Devine, it’s rather hard to say.
This highly anticipated tour sees Californian tech punks RX Bandits deliver an extensive set, consisting of their 2003 sophomore record, ‘Resignation’, played in full. The tour kicked off last summer across the pond, and it was time for the UK and mainland Europe to once again sample the groundbreaking exploits of the RX Bandits in a live setting and in plentiful glory.
Few acts come along that can fuse two genres like metal and reggae and actually manage to get away with it, but Skindred have managed to make a pretty solid name for themselves out of it, and not long ago dropped album number five, ‘Kill The Power’. With the album hitting the #28 spot in the UK Album Charts and closing off their headline UK tour with an almost sold out Manchester Academy date, it seems the band’s original brand of ‘ragga metal’ is still heading towards its peak.
Opening act Fatherson (****) get off to an ever-so-slightly rocky start with only a few off notes here or there, but after just two songs they find their stride. Any nerves they have are purely justified, as playing to a motionless crowd surrounding a big empty space would phase even the most experienced of bands. Once loosened up, frontman Ross Leighton‘s voice is on true form and the on-stage chemistry flourishes like Walter White’s winnebago.
Date: January 26th, 2014
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Burn So Bright / The Cape Race / Hill Valley High
High on the recent release of their latest full-length ‘The Good Youth’ just less than a week ago, the hype for Cheshire rock outfit Blitz Kids is undoubtedly high and the Manchester date of their album release tour sees a packed out Sound Control. Depending upon how the night unfolds, this could be the start of something grand.
Neck Deep are the hottest thing in pop-punk right now. For a band that’s only been around for two years to be playing headline shows in mid-size venues is highly impressive, but when you take into account the fact that they’re also selling out these shows, you’d be an idiot to ignore them.