A sizeable line of dedicated fans are braving the typically dreary and cold Manchester weather queuing outside of Sound Control eager to see the hard rock boys of Glamour Of The Kill. The band are still going strong into their 8th year of creating music and show no signs of slowing down. This ‘After Hours’ tour gives them the opportunity to showcase eagerly anticipated material from their new EP of the same name to their dedicated fanbase.
Opening tonight are melodic metal boys of Ashes (***), who are eager to please playing in their hometown. They waste no time tearing into their set with chunky riffs and effortless brutal screams. Keen to advertise their new release, ‘We Are The Darkness That Turn Into Light’, they blast out fan favourite ‘Cracks In Your Halo’, but sadly some of the clean vocals don’t quite hit the notes aimed for.
The lightest band on the bill today EofE (****) seem in slightly unfamiliar territory after supporting McBusted last year, but they power on undeterred. Eager to please, their set contains existing songs such as ‘Bridges’, but they also use the opportunity to show off some new material in ‘Close To Me’. One thing to be said for EofE is that their crowd interaction is fantastic; the room may only be half full, but they get everyone jumping and even have a wall of death.
Main support The Hype Theory (*****) storm onto stage and blast out their hits ‘If You’re Going Down (I’m Going With You)’ and ‘Blood’, with frontwoman Katy Jackson holding focus at all times with some truly incredible vocal performances. The band also showcase a track from their eagerly anticipated new album to whet the appetites of their fans. The whole band put on a top show and warm everybody up perfectly for the headliners, that is if they haven’t stolen the limelight for themselves after such an impressive set.
An ear-splitting scream greets headliners Glamour Of The Kill (****), who immediately rip across the stage blasting out ‘Out Of Control’ from their recent ‘After Hours’ EP. The band keep the energy levels up throughout their set with old favourites such as ‘If Only She Knew’ and ‘A Freak Like Me’, so as to show off material across both of their albums. They also treat fans to a cover of KISS classic ‘Love Gun’, which, when coupled with closer ‘Feeling Alive’ rounds off this set perfectly, leaving fans happy and safe in the knowledge that a Glamour Of The Kill show is definitely worth braving the Manchester weather for.
Written by Jonathon Barlow (@Narlow1)