As the intro from last years fantastic self titled 4 track EP kicks in, local Edinburgh band Tiberius, “Tappy techy metal goodness” as they describe themselves, open up tonight’s proceedings with “Owls & Hexcodes” from said EP as are all the tracks tonight. The singer Grant has a voice which kind of reminds me of Blaze Bayley at times. A fantastic track to open with, with the two guitarists Jahan and Chris very proficient with lots of tapping on the go but not just for show; excellent musical talents.
The screaming guitars herald the arrival of “Vultures”, another fantastic track. A very musically technically proficient band that I will definitely be catching live again. The pounding drums from Stewart herald the arrival of the “Sermon Engine” and reminds me of something but I can’t put my finger on it, another great track, the band have a great interaction between each other and the crowd and are a pleasure to watch live.
We end a sadly short set with “Counting Sheep” which kicks in with some killer guitar riffage from the boys with Stewart killing it on drums and Gerald on Bass keeping the pounding rhythm going, I can’t help but go back to the Blaze Bayley reference earlier especially on the EP. Live, Grant’s voice picks up a notch but in a good way. If you get a chance go see these boys you will not be disappointed and check out the EP it is well worth a listen or two.
- Owls & Hexcodes
- Sermon Engine
- Counting Sheep
Elevated to headliner status due to Devilskin’s Jennie’s flu which cut short the Glasgow show last night, the intro kicks in and Skarlett Riot try to “Divide Us” from last years excellent We are the Brave, Skarlett sets about the stage and the crowd like a seasoned vet, a band destined for a larger stage soon for sure, Danny is immense on guitar with Luke pounding away on the drum kit with his rhythm partner Martin on bass.
We “Wake Up” from the same opus, think Paramore meets Altered Sky and you are close but so much more mature with a front woman who is so comfortable in her skin on stage – a fantastic track. We head to Tear Me Down next with the track “Adrenaline”, a stonker of a live track with the crowd fully behind the band in so many ways tonight. A “Villain” approaches next from the same offering with Luke caressing the drums and Danny killing it on guitar, Skarlett is on fire, track of the night for myself.
The band head into a “House of Cards” next quickly followed by a “Cascade”, the maturity of this band is amazing, with stage presence, vocals etc. We hear “Voices” next followed by an intense “Ignite” of what has been a very short set by a very up and coming band. This is a band very comfortable on stage, very mature with huge sounds and they are destined to be on a larger stage, check them out in the smaller venues while you have the chance.
- Divide Us
- Wake Up
- House of Cards
[Ross: I happened to catch Devilskin the night before in Glasgow. A fantastic live band and a massive kudos to Jennie for trying to power through. Even with her voice not at its optimum, it was still incredible. Sadly it worsened throughout the night until the band decided to cut the set short. And again; kudos. It takes a lot of bravery to admit defeat, especially as it was the band’s first ever time in the UK. I can’t wait to see them next time and hopefully Jennie’s voice will be in top shape!]