Bursting through to the forefront in the early 00s with their first two records, ‘Bitterness The Star’ and ‘A Snow Capped Romance’, Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists narrowly missed being cooped into the nu-metal boom that was happening at the time, instead pushing forth with other metalcore contemporaries that were bursting through, such as Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, and Avenged Sevenfold.
For one reason or another, they sadly haven’t soared to the same heights as the aforementioned, despite their consistent quality of output. Yet, here they are, back in the UK to support album number eight, ‘Lanterns’. What better way is there to kick start their 2018, right?
At the second stop of the run, hitting up the Northern capital that is Manchester, local quartet Death Blooms  kick things off and, though what they’re producing is far from ground breaking, they’re certainly an apt fit for the bill they’re opening up for. It’s standard prime cut 00s era metalcore from its exterior to its core, with vocalist Paul Barrow‘s vocal ability being a particular highlight.
For brash duo ’68 , there’s no schedule or order of things to put into consideration, from their setlist and onstage antics, right down to their set up – both frontman Josh Scogin and drummer Nikko Yamada facing away from the audience and at one another a mere foot away, almost like they’re standing one another off. Not for one moment does Scogin stands still, as he screams, roars, and yells down the microphone whilst bashing and borderline attacking his guitar. At one point, Yamada even jumps off stage and pounces onto the barrier, screaming at the crowd to get moving. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a feral and bastardised Death From Above or Royal Blood would sound like, look no further.
Hollywood’s All Hail The Yeti  don’t get the chance to head over to the UK very much. Infact, the last time they were here was back in 2015, again as main support for the evening’s headliners. Evidently, with the amount of fans screaming back most of the words, they’ve been waiting for their return ever since. Their Southern-tinged metalcore begs for you to bang your head, and even if you’re a newcomer to the band, it’s hard to not get involved. Songs like ‘Slow Season’ and ‘Feed The Pigs’ are heavy hitting, and it’s hard to imagine them not pulling more fans in tonight in time for their third album later this year.
With everyone already primed and sweaty, the Mancunian crowd are good to go in time for headliners 36 Crazyfists , who burst right into ‘Death Eater’, the opening cut from their recent LP, ‘Lanterns’. From here on out, the Alaskan troupe deliver a setlist that covers pretty much every era of their careers; from the breakout hits of ‘Bloodwork’ and ‘At The End Of August’, the more metallic ‘We Gave It Hell’ and ‘I’ll Go Until My Heart Stops’, and fresh material in ‘Below The Graves’ and ‘Old Gold’.
What it helps to show is not only how the band have changed throughout their over two decade career, but how they’ve always maintained their roots regardless. It showcases as evidence once more that they’re deserving of more success, arguably more so than many of their aforementioned peers. Closing off with their debut single ‘Slit Wrist Theory’, as the room roars back the chorus from the top of their lungs, let’s hope that 36 Crazyfists continue on until their heart stops.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)