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LIVE! – Never Say Die! Tour

November 8, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – Never Say Die! Tour

EVENT: Never Say Die! Tour
LINE UP: War From A Harlot’s Mouth, We Came As Romans, Your Demise, Emmure, Bleeding Through, Comeback Kid and Parkway Drive
VENUE, TOWN: Manchester Academy, Manchester
DATE: 5th November 2010
RATING: 4/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Manchester’s vicious metalcore take over.

MAIN REVIEW: The Never Say Die! Tour has now become a key part of a metal fan’s calendar, and this year’s line-up is arguably the finest yet.

War From A Harlot’s Mouth, We Came As Romans, Your Demise, Emmure, Bleeding Through, Comeback Kid and Parkway Drive are all descending on Manchester Academy’s sweat-drenched stage tonight.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I only reached the venue in time for Bleeding Through’s set, but they quickly attempt to compensate for the lost time.

Opening with ‘Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire’, Bleeding Through set an immediate and uncompromising pace, which implores the venue’s occupants to mosh frantically. Although, it is disappointing that the band cannot sustain their remarkable start, as their riffs and atmospheric keyboard noises soon become monotonous.

Comeback Kid thankfully restore the night’s high-tempo with a barnstorming set which awakens all of the hardcore aficionados who hibernated during Bleeding Through’s generic metalcore. ‘False Idols Fall’ makes for an unbelievable opener, while vocalist Andrew Neufield paces around the stage with vengeance. The band’s new album, Symptoms and Cures, is represented excellently in the shape of the effervescent ‘GM Vincent and I’. Plus, old favourites such as ‘All in a Year’ and ‘Partners in Crime’ manage to lead the crowd into deafening sing-a-longs.

At the moment, Parkway Drive are on the periphery of commercial acceptance. `Deep Blue’ has only expanded the group’s loyal following, and now publications from all around the world are knocking on their metaphorical door. Thankfully, this new recognition has not changed the band’s attitude to live music, which remains as unfathomably intense as ever.

`Unrest’ is a musical firework that catapults attendees all around the venue, before ‘Idols and Anchors’ registers on the Richter scale. Irrespective of personal analysis, Parkway Drive are objectively proficient at their style of music.

Seemingly, so are their fans, as a member of the audience steps on stage to adeptly play drums on `Romance Is Dead’.

Parkway Drive may soon transcend the metal scene and lead the way for a new era of musical acceptability.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/parkwaydrive

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