With the release of album number seven ‘Time And Trauma’ just a mere few days away and a new lease of life in motion after a five year gap since their last record, Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists may never have garnered the heights of success as their peers like Killswitch Engage and Bleeding Through, but they have remained consistently impressive. Following a few dark years and a couple of line-up adjustments, 36CF are back to bring the mosh.
Fresh-faced openers SHVPES (***), who only recently changed their name from Cytota, have quite clearly been fed a hearty diet of the evening’s headlining act throughout the years. Newly recruited frontman Griffin Dickinson isn’t afraid to get stuck in the action, jumping into the midst of the crowd mid-set to incite some wall of death action. Certainly ones to look out for this year.
Their first time over on UK shores in their career, and All Hail The Yeti (****) are definitely ticking all of the right boxes to be invited back here time and time again. Their metalcore stomp is strong and their southern swing overtones are tightly knit into their set, making for a 30 minute slab of fist pumping fun that ends all too quickly. Connor Garritty‘s bellows are formidable and, if we’re lucky, we’ll be seeing this four-piece again sooner rather than later.
It’s clear, however, that everyone is here for one reason and one reason alone: 36 Crazyfists (*****). The four-piece don’t cross to our side of the pond that often, at least not as often as we’d like them too, but they’re undoubtedly always worth the wait. Tonight is no exception to that expectation, with hit after hit being pulled out of the bag, from the hugely intense ‘I’ll Go Until My Heart Stops’ to the sing-a-long favourites ‘Skin And Atmosphere’ and ‘Destroy The Map’.
Brock Lindow‘s voice is at a career best, swiftly switching from his unique melodic cleans to brutish screams with ease and power, which may be all thanks to his mighty beard. Peeks into new album material with ‘Sorrow Sings’ and lead single ‘Also Am I’ sees a certain return to the youthful vigour of their earlier years, and staple classics ‘Slit Wrist Theory’ and ‘At The End Of August’ are still as vital as ever.
In short, 36 Crazyfists deserve so much more than they have, but ultimately we should be thankful they’re still around to this day. ‘Time And Trauma’ will hopefully be that push they need to take what is rightfully theirs: the world.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)