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LIVE! – Your Demise

March 2, 2011 by  

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LIVE! – Your Demise

ARTIST: Your Demise
SUPPORT: Stick To Your Guns, Break Even, Letlive
VENUE, TOWN: Leeds Cockpit, Leeds
DATE: 24th February 2011

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Your Demise takeover the Cockpit.

MAIN REVIEW: Leeds’ Cockpit is handed an extraordinary bill of hardcore from all over the world tonight, as Americans Letlive and Stick To Your Guns join forces with Australia’s Break Even and England’s own Your Demise.

Letlive start the show and have generated significant recognition over recent months, courtesy of their raucously heavy post-hardcore sound. The group’s vocalist Jason Butler shares many characteristics with Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo, including uninhibited ferociousness. Nevertheless, this doesn’t constitute sloppiness and instead only complements the vocalist’s energy, as he tears through tracks such as `H Ledger’ and `Renegade ‘86’ with striking intensity.

Break Even offer a more conventional hardcore sound, but it is well valued by the Cockpit’s audience who hand the Australians a warm reaction and help them to deliver a technically gifted set. Breakdowns, riffs and unstoppable passion are all demonstrated in full force, with the thunderous `October 27th’ acting as a specific highlight.

As tonight’s main support band, Stick To Your Guns attract the full capacity of tonight’s sold-out crowd away from the bar. These American bruisers follow by captivating watchers with a selection of earth-shattering riffs in their 30 minute performance. Many purists will dismiss them as a contrived metalcore group, yet they’re an accomplished live act who certainly acrue an extra dozen fans tonight. The formulaic metalcore song structure can become monotonous with some bands, but when tracks like `Some Kind Of Hope’ are executed competently, Stick To Your Guns certainly display the characteristics necessary to be regarded among the genre’s elite.

Your Demise launch into their set with `MMX’ and the pace simply never wilts throughout their time on the Cockpit’s perspiration-drenched stage. Vocalist, Ed McCrae, has also faultlessly filled the shoes of ex-singer George Noble, with older anthems ‘Nothing Left But Regret’ and ‘The Blood Stays On The Blade’ slotting in comfortably alongside material from 2010’s `The Kids We Used To Be’.

Pleasingly, Your Demise also appear overjoyed to be playing and their pleas for the crowd to participate more intimately are quickly answered, as the stage is besieged with flying bodies and impassioned voices during the expertly performed `Miles Away’.

‘Scared Of The Light’ as well as`Shine On’ elicit similar reactions from the enthralled audience, with every rapturous note being played to perfection. It’s a magnificent sight and one that is hopefully symptomatic of a positive future for British hardcore.


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