Tuesday night gigs can really be hit and miss. Often times they can clash with other gigs as was the case tonight, The Elephant Circus were playing a sold out show at the ABC. That fact didn’t seem to deter the eager fans that began massing after the doors opened though…
First up on the stage were London based metallers, Brutai(9). Having seen them a few times before, I knew what I was expecting with them. Layered melodies, superb drumming and the melodic vocals of Felix and Alex rounded out a near-perfect sound. Whilst there were one or two initial hiccups with the sound, they were fixed quickly and the band seemed to pay them no heed as they delivered the best set I’ve ever seen from them. I heartily look forward to the next time I see them!
Next up on stage were another band that’s local to the UK, Wearing Scars(8). Being compromised of members from Mutiny Within and Sacred Mother Tongue, I was expecting good things. Playing a set based on their debut album, the band looked right at home on the stage with frontman Chris’ vocals in particular sounding excellent. The slowly growing crowd also seemed to really enjoy the band as the cheers after songs got progressively louder as their set went on. I can safely say they earned some new fans that night, myself being one of them.
Just as I was finishing up my interview with Felix from Brutai, ONI(6) took the stage and began playing “Barn Burner” from their debut release Ironshore. With their xylosynth and intricate guitar melodies, many in crowd were incredibly enthused by the band and were responding with great gusto. Whilst the band didn’t really do it for me, there is no denying they are incredibly talented individuals and are going from strength to strength at the moment. If you like your metal proggy and filled with ‘notes’ then give them a listen.
It was then time for Devil You Know(7) to take to the stage. In contrast to ONI, the crowd suddenly decided to come forward and start either moshing or headbanging vigorously along to the music. It’s safe to say that the crowd certainly made Howard and the boys feel very welcome and that was evidenced when Howard said that playing these shows had “Made me fall in love with doing this for a living again.”
With a set from across their two albums, the band delivered an excellent show which was unfortunately marred by an abundance of bass frequencies. That might just have been where I was standing, but aside from Howard’s vocals and the snare, the rest was a bit mushy. The audience didn’t seem to pay much heed to the sound issues though as they headbanged and sang along and that was when they weren’t bantering with Howard on stage. At points Howard couldn’t quite make out what folk were saying, but the bits he did make out he responded to in a style that was reminiscent of a certain US comedian whose name I have forgotten. Ending their set with “Shut it Down”, the band delivered an excellent set and left a crowd that had come eagerly after awaiting their return to Scottish shores more than satisfied.
All pictures by Bukavac Photography