Date: November 5th, 2013
Venue: Academy, Manchester
Support: Sights & Sounds / Pierce The Veil
Following the release of their forth studio album ‘Sempiternal’ earlier this year, Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon truly cemented themselves as one of Britain’s biggest and most exciting modern metal bands. Though heading out on a more intimiate UK tour run earlier this year on the week of the album’s release, it is only now in November where we get to see the album live in its intended setting.
Opening up on this tour run are Sights & Sounds (***) who, despite being together since 2006, have only really started to push their name forward to our shores. A different beast to that of his main project Comeback Kid, frontman Andrew Neufeld‘s vocals add an extra boom to the band’s forceful alt rock presence which, at times has hints of progress and, overall, comes across like a less nurtured Brand New.
Main support and huge crowd drawer Pierce The Veil (****) are greeted to waves of screaming fan girls as soon as the light drops and they begin to pick up their instruments onstage. Right from opener, ‘Bulls In The Bronx’, the crowd are singing back every single lyric to frontman Vic Fuentes. It’s crazy to think how fast the band’s popularity has swelled since they release ‘Collide With The Sky’, but you can really tell their appreciation is genuine. ‘Caraphernelia’ and ‘King For A Day’ stand out as particular set highlights and, come album number four, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to say these guys will be headlining venues like this themselves.
However, tonight is all about Bring Me The Horizon (*****), and quite rightly so. The steel city quintet explode into their set with the mammoth chorus filled one-two of ‘Can You Feel My Heart’ and ‘Shadow Moses’, and already this show is shaping up to be one to remember. They continue to stomp through the likes of ‘It Never Ends’ and the soaring ‘And The Snakes Start To Sing’, ensuing circle pit after wall of death, with their mix sounding almost completely faultless whilst standing in front of a huge projection of video images, accompanying each respective song, rolling into a great production which sees BMTH step up their game more than ever before.
One of the more stand-out and noteworthy moments of their set, however, is the inclusion of lesser known album bonus track, ‘Deathbeds’. For BMTH, this is a very different beast to tackle than any other song within the band’s arsenal, stripping away the gritty screams and giving us a true look into Oli Sykes‘ ability as a singer. Not only this, we see the track’s guest vocalist and Sykes‘ girlfriend, Hannah Snowdon, take a brief moment onstage, and together bring a rather haunting vibe across the venue.
Closing off with the encore of ‘Blessed With A Curse’ and ‘Sleepwalking’, the Sheffield based outfit affirm their status as one of Britain’s best modern metal acts on the live circuit today and, judging by their current trajectory album after album, it appears we’re still yet to see the finished article.
Written by Zach Redrup