LIVE: Black Peaks @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (01/02/2017)

Date: February 1st 2017
Venue: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Support: Employed To Serve / Tigercub


Few British bands over the past couple of years have caused waves as crushing and consuming as that of as Brighton’s own Black Peaks. Their debut album ‘Statues’ crashed its way onto top albums lists aplenty at the end of last year, and what better way to close off that remarkable chapter of their career than their own headline tour, playing the record from start-to-finish.

Before that Employed To Serve [7] are up first; a band who themselves have been getting a notable amount of traction in their underground circles into a prospect to keep an eye on. They’re easily the heaviest band on the bill, and it’s understandable that their shrill, intense, and discordant blasts of hardcore and monstrous metal isn’t for everyone. But, for those who can handle the extremely heavy spectrum of music will gain a lot from following these guys (and gal) now.

At one point during their set, Tigercub [7] frontman Jamie Hall comments that, in comparison to Employed To Serve, they “sound like Coldplay.” By comparison, he’s not far off, but on their own, they bring far more of a punch than their choice of simile. The trio bring a fuzzy grunge revival rock that offers a bit more technicality than genre contemporaries Dinosaur Pile-Up, and as the room begins to fill up, it’s easy to see that they’ll soon be following their footsteps of success too.

The Ruby Lounge floor is pretty much packed to the brim by the time Black Peaks [9] take to the stage, and it’s from this point on they prove just why they’re worthy of all the hype that’s been surrounding them for the past year or so, and they do so by performing the album that got them such acclaim from back-to-back.

‘Say You Will’ sounds absolutely monolithic, especially with Will Gardner‘s almost inhuman capability of screaming like a majestic banshee without a blip, and the Tool-esque ‘Crooks’ and ‘Saviour’ have the room singing along like Black Peaks have been at it for years. Of course, album closer ‘To Take The First Turn’ might not be quite the same without Jamie Lenman by the band’s side, but its cataclysmic essence in a live setting is still thankfully difficult to match up to.

Put simply, Black Peaks have proven that they’re not only deserving of their praise, but that they’re deserving of much more. With plans to get to work on album two very soon, this may be one of the last times the Brighton stalwarts perform a headline show in a venue this intimate for a while.

Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)