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LIVE! – Bring Me The Horizon

April 27, 2011 by  

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LIVE! – Bring Me The Horizon

ARTIST: Bring Me The Horizon
SUPPORT: Parkway Drive, Architects, The Devil Wears Prada
VENUE, TOWN: Manchester Apollo, Manchester
DATE: 22nd April 2011

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Parkway Drive away the competition..

MAIN REVIEW: Tonight’s crowd is akin to a sea of hair dye and Drop Dead merchandise; it’s as if Blue Banana commandeered the venue for an exclusive fashion exhibition. Without doubt, it’s a tad disconcerting for me and other older crowd members, but it has to be expected for a band that has been labelled as Bring Me The Hairizon by metal purists.

Firstly, The Devil Wears Prada open with a set that begins with admirable zest and pizzazz but descends into a quickly forgettable experience. Inarguably, the group has nurtured their sound to incorporate heavier elements, though their keyboard sounds are as inappropriate as bestiality in a Songs of Praise broadcast. Irrespective of this, however, tonight’s youthful crowd are clearly impressed by the metalcore also-rans.

After ‘The Here and Now’ garnered a divisive response from their fanbase, Architects probably feel as if they have something to prove tonight, and they captivate Bring Me The Horizon’s faithful crowd with ease.

Old favourites such as ‘Early Grave’ and ‘Follow The Water’ invoke rapturous ovations, while ‘Heartburn’ demonstrates the band’s melodic sensibilities excellently. Vocalist Sam Carter also hasn’t lost any of the ferocity that helped them to attain so many plaudits in the metal scene.

Architects could be on the periphery of a major breakthrough in the UK, which is something that, on inspection of the boisterous “Parkway” chant, tonight’s main support band Parkway Drive already seem to have achieved.

Launching immediately into ‘Unrest’, the Australian bruisers produce a scintillating set that is simply irrepressible. ‘Boneyards’, ‘Idols and Anchors’ and ‘Romance Is Dead’ are all performed in succession, ensuring large-scale bedlam in the vast Apollo theatre.

With stage movement that appears as exhaustive as a Barcelona FC fitness test, Winston McCall delivers his screams in insistent and resounding fashion. Also, there are enough riffs to compel head-banging in Buckingham Palace, leaving Bring Me The Horizon with an unfathomably tough act to follow.

The steel city outfit get underway with ‘It Never Ends’ after an impressive light show and have clearly honed their live performance. Instrumentally, the band are more competent than ever before, yet Oli Sykes’ vocals occasionally leave room for improvement.

Tracks such as ‘The Sadness Will Never End’ and ‘The Comedown’ are executed almost flawlessly, though ‘Blessed With A Curse’ and ‘Home Sweet Hole’ lack any vocal fervour.

Metalcore fans were treated to the metalcore equivalent of Celebrity Deathmatch tonight, but it was Parkway Drive who left as winners.





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