Date: October 5th, 2012
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: The Safety Fire / Periphery
Technical metalheads and moustache enthusiasts The Safety Fire (****) give a terrific performance tonight and were a superb choice of support. From the very off, their blend of progressive technical metal instantly won over the crowd with stunning guitar solos that can only be described as wizard-like, for no mortal could play at such incredible speeds. No doubt these guys are going to go far and, if given the chance, you should go and see them. Even if you’re not a fan of progressive metal, just the sheer display of skill is a sight to behold.
Co-headliners Periphery (*****) were, unfortunately, bumped down to a 30 minute main support slot due to their drummer Matt Halpern dislocating his shoulder at the beginning of their UK tour. Luckily though, Monuments drummer Mike Malyan was able to step in at the last minute. Now, you may think that having three seven-string guitarists is a few too many, but when they’re as skilled as Misha, Mark and Jake are, the results are both phenomenal and devastating. It seems that the majority of the crowd were there just to see Periphery for as soon as they launched into their set opener ‘Ragnarok’, the crowd erupted into a chaotic and destructive pit, creating a wonderful atmosphere. An outstanding set by an exceptionally talented band.
Although there seems to be somewhat of an exodus after Periphery leave the stage, there’s still a decent sized crowd eagerly waiting for Between The Buried And Me (****) to emerge onstage and, when they do eventually surface, they launch into their mammoth track ‘White Walls’ which they execute flawlessly. My only issue with their set was that lead singer Thomas Giles Rogers‘ clean vocals were rather quiet throughout the night. However, this wasn’t too much of an issue, as the crowd sang at the top of their lungs for the entire set and not to mention that Tommy‘s rough vocals were both powerful and outstanding.
After a mesmerizing and incredible set (where they played my personal favourite, ‘Fossil Genera’), they return for an encore with a spectacular cover of Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, where it seems Tommy was channelling the very spirit of Freddie Mercury by swaggering all over the stage. I have seen BTBAM a few times now, and not once have they given a bad performance. They’re some of the most talented musicians around and I urge you to experience the spectacle that is their live show.
Written by Andy Roberts