Opening up the US-Australian hybrid bill was Aussie nu-metallers Ocean Grove who released their debut album The Rhapsody Tapes back in February. Unfortunately, the boxy venue did their sound no favours as the sound bouncing off the walls muddied their thick tones to the point of being an indiscriminate sludge. Not a particularly good impression from the band, but hopefully they can come back to the UK for a better run in 2018. [5/10]
Invent Animate were next to hit the stage, playing songs from both of their albums. They had a lot of energy for their performance and seemed to be raring to go, but they just seemed a bit lacklustre throughout. The vocals were sounding good for the mostpart but like Ocean Grove the sound was sludgy. The highlight of their set sadly was a below-par guest appearance from ERRA clean vocalist/bassist Jesse Cash – a slot which unjustly gave the crowd a bad first impression of his performances of the night. Unfortunate, but one show isn’t everything – especially when it’s the last night of tour. [5/10]
ERRA started to turn the show around. Kicking off with Luminesce from 2016 album Drift, the US metalcore mob proved they were a cut above the bands playing before them as they blasted the Nottingham crowd with their heavy riffs. What seemed like a set filled with breakdowns turned the crowd from being supportive to being active in the mosh and the atmosphere built immensely from the start of the set to the end, leaving the headliners with a crowd chomping at the bit for more downtuned barrage. [7/10]
Closing up the night came headliners Northlane who haven’t touched UK shores for a headliner since before the surprise drop of their latest album in March. Taking to the stage with a crushing rendition of Colourwave, the five-piece made it clear from the off they were going to put on a good show; the guitars were tight with very little aide from backing tracks, drums mixed into the PA perfectly and vocals perfectly weighted. They didn’t hold back at all as they fired out material from all four albums with absolutely no trouble; Marcus not only performs his own songs to perfection but through his time fronting the band has made all of former vocalist Adrian’s parts seem his own to mix seamlessly in with new music. The set as a whole contained eight of the eleven tracks from Mesmer which is a thoroughly impressive and somewhat bold choice for Northlane, but the gamble seemed to pay off with fans from all eras causing havoc in the somewhat intimate venue. A highlight of the set came in the performance of fan favourite Quantum Flux which caused some kind of hysteria to wave across the crowd which stepped up the rest of the show to another level. Ending the night with Paragon seemed to sum up the feeling of the night in its cathartic, reflective nature while retaining just how heavy Northlane can be.
A stunning performance from a band on the top of their game – Marcus Bridge is one of the finest frontmen around right now and he proves it every single night. [9/10]
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Silverchair’s second album Freakshow comes a heavily anticipated covers album entitled Spawn Again featuring some of the best bands in the Australian Metal scene such as; The Amity Affliction, Tonight Alive, Northlane and many more.
The first single to come from this cover’s album is Northlane’s version of Anthem For The Year 2000. Guitarist John Deiley said to Australian music site themusic.com:
“Anthem For The Year 2000 was the first Silverchair song I ever heard.
“To me as a young kid, it was intense and heavy and it wasn’t til a few years later that I really began to appreciate the impact their music had on me at an early age.
“I think Australia’s love for Silverchair runs deep and their influence on Australian music is still felt today. There’s very few bands who can bring together artists to celebrate their work, and Silverchair is one of them.”
Spawn Again: A Tribute To Silverchair is scheduled for release on 17th November via UNFD Records.
1. The Amity Affliction – Tomorrow
2. Void of Vision – Israel’s Son
3. In Hearts Wake – Freak
4. The Brave – Cemetery
5. Northlane – Anthem For The Year 2000
6. Hands Like Houses – Ana’s Song (Open Fire)
7. Ocean Grove – Spawn (Again)
8. Storm The Sky – Emotion Sickness
9. Tonight Alive – Without You
10. Columbus – Straight Lines
It’s going to be a fun ol’ time for Ocean Grove fans as they have just announced their first ever headline show for the UK in London. You can check out the poster above whilst listening to the band below!
With one of the most hotly tipped alternative metal releases of the past few years coming from Australia, it looks like Ocean Grove are looking to make more of an impact this year, especially with their music videos.
Giving you a taste of the weird and wonderful are Ocean Grove who are looking to push the envelope a lot more. With their first few EP’s help span their earlier notes of their career, ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’ is looking to boost out from the cobwebs and show off their maturity in spades.
After the intro that sets you up for a whirlwind of unexpectancy, you get thrown into the very punk filled track ‘Beers’, giving you a lot more modern flavour with a post hardcore twinge within it. The track doesn’t let up for one second as you are dealt with a barrage of non stop sound and a very decent production that will get you smiling. Going straight into some that might be unbeknownst to your knowledge of the band, ‘Thunderdome’ goes on a more softer route with a harsher tone on some of the singing parts, making it sound much more raw and intense. Already from the first three tracks you are being shown a very versatile side of the group and it works in their favour. Whilst it can feel a bit brash at times, they’re making sure that they stay in your head, whether it be for positive or negative reasons.
As the record moves on, it has that sense of nu metal/modern metal within its walls in the mindset of the bass being heightened a lot more and the vocals having a bit more structure and hip hop tenacity laced within their groundwork, with tracks such as ‘Intimate Alien’ that provide the album with a nice bounce before having a very Nirvana-esque feeling with ‘The Wrong Way’ due to the more simplistic guitar structure and the repetitive lyric structure that can be somewhat present and is one of the highlights of the record for the middle bracer. This album isn’t afraid to be out there in its approach and when you go further into the list and go into the more rap centric electronic songs such as ‘Slow Soap Soak’ and ‘From Dalight’, it has a way of breaking itself up into sections that gives everyone something they want. Whether you have the hardcore punk influences raining down from ‘These Boys Light Fires’ to the ever so metalcore flavoured ‘tratosphere Love’ and the booming guitar and drum sounds that crash through the speakers, give this album that much added breath of fresh air.
If you could equate this album into another, it would be the modern day ‘Chocolate Starfish & Hot Dog Flavoured Water’ by Limp Bizkit. It gives you something weirdly fresh and exciting whilst also taking on lives of many other bands and genres you enjoy, culminating in a record that will be seen as a great benchmark for pushing yourself musically. It might confuse you at first, but after the next few listens you will definitely be on the hype train!
As many of you are aware, they keep bringing the powerful jams from Australia and Ocean Grove is no exception to this rule. With that, they have announced a new album titled ‘The Rhapsody Tapes‘ which will be released on February 3rd.
You can check out their newest single ‘Intimate Alien‘ below!
Bringing something that has a punk fuelled edge to its alternative metal taste, Ocean Grove releases a new song that has something unadulterated but above all, has something enjoyably groovy about its structure. Check out ‘These Boys Light Fires‘ below!