California’s Suicide Silence have been going from strength to strength since the release of their debut ‘The Cleansing’ back in 2007. Four years later, and the band are on their second headline stint across Europe, playing at sold out venues day in and day out. Despite their forthcoming new record ‘The Black Crown’ leaking on the Internet a few days beforehand, the packed out Manchester venue shows that the dedication in their fans lies further than illegal album downloads.
Things start with limbs flying and pits erupting from the beginning with opening support band After The Burial (****). It’s not too often that you find an opening act that’s as energetic as the Minnesota quintet, but songs such as ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Fingers Like Daggers’ gets the AC-less room turning into nothing short of a sweatbox. The fretwork of guitarists Justin Lowe and Trent Hafdahl bears sheer talent in a band who are deserving of more attention in their genre.
The young Scottish outfit Bleed From Within (****) ensure the carnage just keeps on rolling, regardless of the slightly slow start to their set. After two songs into their performance, things get back on track, with Bleed From Within engaging the crowd into the first wall of death of the night, distancing from one side of the room to the other. Frontman Scott Kennedy shows great dominance as a performer despite his young age, and collectively BFW outshine even some of their older and more experienced peers.
This however does not include Suicide Silence (*****), at least not for tonight. Performing in the smallest venue in Manchester for a good few years, the deathcore outfit can do no wrong. Opening with the ever popular ‘Wake Up’, the utter chaos in the Academy 3 room until the end of the night never tires or ceases. Oldies like ‘Bludgeoned To Death’ and ‘Unanswered’ are delivered in a far more refined and brutal fashion than their recorded versions portray, and the crowd reactions towards fresh tracks like ‘Fuck Everything’ and ‘You Only Live Once’ just goes to show the big difference an album leak can make in such a short space of time. It’s not until their encore of ‘No Time To Bleed’ that things go from mental to absolutely insane. Waves of crowd surfers almost seemingly gravitate towards the small stage, and the mass clearly becomes overwhelming for the security guards on duty.
It’s undeniable. Suicide Silence look, sound and definitely are much bigger than the stage and room they’re gracing in this evening. This may well be the last time that the monsterous sounding quintet perform in such a small venue in Manchester. The circles pits and walls of death almost swallowed the entirety of the sweat drenched room, and it seems by the time ‘The Black Crown’ hits the shelves on July 18th, Suicide Silence will be wearing crowns themselves as the new kings of metal.
Written by Zach Redrup