Date: October 12th, 2011
Venue: Camden Electric Ballroom, London
Support: Vanna, The Human Abstract, As Blood Runs Black, The Word Alive, Deez Nuts, Emmure
They say that some things are more like a marathon than a sprint; well, the annually run Impericon Never Say Die! Tour is definitely one of those things that is more like a marathon: seven bands, six incredible hours and one amazing tour.
Up first are post-hardcore outfit Vanna (***), who put in a feisty performance despite the small crowd and manage to turn a few heads. Opening up such an immense bill is no easy feat, and it’s a credit to the band that they attacked the task with such gusto.
The Human Abstract (**) are a completely different prospect altogether. Their teach metal spins heads and their crunching breakdowns make sure a few people are moving about, but besides that their performance is quite poor.
Things then take a turn for the better as Californian quintet As Blood Runs Black (****) take to the stage. Their savage death metal assault is not only an attack on the ears but the limbs too as the venue erupts into a sea of entangled bodies. Brilliant.
Following up to that, The Word Alive‘s (***) synth laden metalcore seems pretty timid by comparison, however, they seem to have a large amount of fans in attendance who help through the ferocious ‘The Hounds Of Anubis’ and a crushing rendition of ‘2012’. If front man Tyler Smith didn’t insist on punishing the crowd with his shrieking high notes, this performance could have been a lot better.
What do you get when you cross four Australian dudes, hardcore and a huge party? Well the answer is Deez Nuts (*****), and from the moment they take to the stage they have the crowd in the palm of their hands. Huge songs like ‘I Hustle Everyday’ and ‘Your Mother Should’ve Swallowed You’ see crowd surfers aplenty go over the barrier, and huge party anthem ‘Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like There’s No Tomorrow’ sees the casualty rate shoot right up.
However, this sort of carnage is nothing by comparison to that caused by Connecticut heavyweights Emmure (*****). From the moment they hit the stage, Frankie Palermo and the boys destroy anything and everything in their path. They play a set featuring the best of their older and newer material, including ferocious cuts from their new album such as ‘Drug Dealer Friend’ and ‘Demons With Ryu’. However, it’s their older material that impresses the most, blistering run-throughs of ‘I Thought You Met Telly And Turned Me Into Casper’ and ‘When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong’ cap off their set nicely.
Leave it up to deathcore kings Suicide Silence (***) to cap the night off. Whilst there is no doubt that songs like ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Unanswered’ hit hard, their set is all too predictable, and whilst it pleases their fans there really isn’t too much for the neutral to get excited about. By the time the dramatic closer ‘No Pity For A Coward’ draws around, the crowd is somewhat smaller than it was at the start of their set. Perhaps not the most satisfying end to a fantastic evening, but the band certainly did enough to keep the masses entertained.
Written by Oliver Thompson