Date: December 10th, 2010
Venue: O2 Islington Academy, London
Support: The Amity Affliction, Miss May I
Website: None available
Tonight’s show, originally booked for the much smaller Underworld, is a complete sell out. People have been queuing around the block of the venue for literally hours, excited to see their returning heroes Asking Alexandria take to the stage.
However, before this can happen, there is the not so small matter of Australia’s The Amity Affliction (***) whose short but sweet post-hardcore set goes down well, with it being clear that many people are here to see them and to lending a helping voice for frontman Joel Birch through songs like ‘Snitches Get Stiches’ and ‘Anchors’.
Whilst Miss May I (**) clearly have many of their own fans in tonight, their sound is somewhat lacklustre and lacking in the ferocity and tenacity that one would expect from a band so brutal and vicious on record. Whilst songs like ‘Forgive And Forget’ and ‘Relentless Chaos’ cause reasonable pandemonium in the pit, ‘Masses Of A Dying Breed’ sadly fall incredibly flat, and the persistent calling of “metal heads” by frontman Levi Benton does very little to help their failing cause.
Leave it to Asking Alexandria (****) to rescue things then, and their impressive performance more than does this. Coming onto the always impressive ‘Alerion’, from there on in their set is well executed, vocally accurate and devastating. Older songs like ‘A Single Moment In Sincerity’ and ‘Cowboy King’ send the crowd into an absolute frenzy, whilst new song ‘Breathless’ really sets the room alight. Danny Worsnop‘s vocals are on top form tonight as displayed in a rather impressive run through of ‘Hey There Mr. Brooks’. As the band return to a powerful ‘Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)’, crowd participation is at an all time high with crowd surfers flying over the barriers at an alarming rate. It’s impressive to see, and pretty much sums up the entire night. When Asking Alexandria return in April, the UK had better be ready.
Written by Oliver Thompson