When Suicide Silence first cancelled these dates, I was initially a little sceptic as to whether they would come back to play them after all. I have seen it happen quite a few times but true to their word, they rearranged the dates and decided to bring along two bands that have been gaining a bit of traction in the last few months. Upon arriving at the venue, I was rather shocked to learn that the concert would be happening in the smaller room of the two at the venue. For a band of their size and calibre, I was expecting the performance to be in the much larger upstairs room. Despite this, I prepped myself and headed on in to bear witness to their return to Scottish shores…
First up on the stage were a band that I have had many people tell me good things about, Venom Prison (6). Suffering from some unfortunate sound issues, I struggled to make out what vocalist Larissa Stupar was saying, and their unusual choice of backing lights made their performance harder to make out and follow. It is just my opinion at the end of the day, and they did have some members of the crowd nodding along to the music, and there was a reasonably loud cheer at the end. Though as I said, they are not personally for me.
Deez Nuts (7) were next up on the small stage, and their frontman was determined to have a good time. Showing the first real signs of crowd engagement that night, he engaged in a bit of banter with the crowd between songs and got everyone moving a bit. While the crowd response was a little frosty to start with, the band gradually won them over, and by the end of their final song, the aptly titled “Your Mother Should Have Swallowed You”, the audience seemed to be having a rather good time.
After a rather quick changeover and some ‘interesting’ opening music, it was then time for Suicide Silence (8) to come to the stage. Opening with “Doris” from their latest self-titled release (reviewed here), I was pleasantly surprised to find that the songs translated rather well into the live environment. While there were a couple of rude people there just to spite the band, the band paid them no heed, and the majority of the crowd that were there started the first mosh pits of the night.
Admittedly, the new songs did not get as welcome of a reception as the older material did, but in my opinion, they fitted in rather naturally with the set. With a set comprised of material from across their back catalogue, the band delivered a varied but rather enjoyable show. While it was a shame that there were not as many people there as I thought there was going to be, the intimate vibe of the show added to the performance along with frontman Eddie Hermida working the crowd like a champion. I look forward to seeing the band in the future and hope that future shows are not as poorly attended as this one was.
All photos courtesy Bukavac Photography.