With the metal in full check from front to back, The Fleece filled up nice and slow for what will be an enjoyable night of riffs, punchy anthems and even a few xylophone solos.
Opening the night was this South East London quintet who were able to show off their talent through and through. The sound started off quite piercing but after a minute or so, the band started to flow much more impressively and were able to bring everything to an amazing cultivation. Tracks like ‘Lucidity‘ and ‘Deep‘ off of the new record mesmerised the skimmed out venue and gave the band something positive to enjoy and take away from their set
With this band, it was a very mixed approach from start to finish. Comparing it to huge bands such as Five Finger Death Punch and Nickelback in terms of their musical approach might feel like a negative statement, but half of the time the instrumentation, like in the track ‘Butterfly‘ was really striking and caught a few people off guard. Unfortunately, the vocal aspect was mostly a miss as the somewhat cliche lyrics and dulled out singing/screaming, which brought some audience members to wincing, pushed this band further down than they should have been. A solid force that couldn’t find it’s balance.
Probably the most mixed in terms of genre on the bill, Canadian destroyers through themselves right into the line of fire with aggressive guitars, technical prowess and a strong vocal screaming game from two of the members. The track ‘The Only Cure‘ showed off how they were able to flow from different musical styles really well and brought in a whole lot of new fans with them. The xylosynth was the talk of the whole night, watching Johnny DeAngelis work his sticks all over the board in songs like ‘Barn Burner‘ that would make any keyboardist feel many amounts of shame. Overall, this set brought so much to the table and made the night feel that much more special.
DEVIL YOU KNOW
On comes the final act of the night and boy did they not disappoint! Making you feel right at home and the small moshpits forming, Devil You Know made their presence known. The force of the instrumentation rang through with their first song ‘Consume The Damned‘ and only proceeded to throw punch after punch. Tracks such as ‘Stay of Execution‘ had an amazing taste with it and every member threw their all into it. The only small niggle that could have come from the night was from Howard Jones‘ vocals. From beginning to end, the vocals sounded like they were stuck in treble and pierced through the quietness of the set interludes. The screams were made to sound monstrous through this and the bassist’s vocals were pitch perfect to the record, but the way that Howard’s vocals sounded live may turn people off from an EQ standpoint.