What may be one of the heaviest gigs for the younger audience to see all year, Chelsea Grin make their anticipated return to the UK in small venues in light of their recent release ‘Self Inflicted‘. Bringing Betraying The Martyrs, Make Them Suffer and Void Of Vision along with them, it’s time to show off what everyone can bring.
Opening up the night were first time travellers to the UK Void Of Vision (8), who burst straight onto the area with ‘//‘ and showed what they were capable of right out of the gate with a booming guitar sound and the band looking to make a statement. With part of the crowd fully behind the newcomers on this soil, the band brought an aggressive sound with their older material such as ‘Nightmare‘ and their closer ‘Purge‘, which will get the newer fans a chance to go back to their older material. It’s safe to say that Void of Vision have made a lasting impression on the crowd, as they should.
Up next, making their return since November for Never Say Die, Make Them Suffer (9) came out swinging and knew they had to show off their versatility to play all kinds of venues, whether big or small. Opening with ‘Widower‘, the piano part comes through and the crowd are pumped up as the group pounce right on this energy and ride it throughout. With the melodic side of the band being shown in ‘Ether‘, their newest song, and then going back into their pounding low end with ‘Blood Moon‘, the band are making themselves known much more and will definitely be one to keep an eye out when their new album drops.
Being probably the closest to home that the vocalist Aaron Matts will be on this tour, Betraying The Martyrs (9) had an amazing time on stage with it mostly being in the dark due to the influx of flashing lights on stage, but it didn’t take away from their stride at all. With now three albums in, their setlist went into as much heavy as they could with tracks such as ‘Unregistered‘ off the new release and older track ‘Man Made Disaster‘, the band make the entire night one to remember and with the crowd fully behind them it didn’t show any signs of slowing down the entire night. It’s a band that you should go and see whenever you get the chance this year because you will definitely not be disappointed.
Coming now was the main attraction and the band and Chelsea Grin (9) were ready to smash the boundaries that their selective genre has them in and boy did they do it. Opening with ‘Skin Deep‘, they were ready to show off their newer material to the fresh faces with a whole barrage of crushing production in their wake. Amongst this, they did a discography spanning set of their albums and not letting up with their older material also getting some time in the sun with ‘My Damnation‘ parting out a wall of death and a pick up of what was a quiet night for moshing. With the whole set being an amazing time to see the band in their current state, the encores of the ‘Desolation of Eden‘ material gave the crowd the anticipated end with songs such as ‘Recreant‘ bringing the night to a comfortable and very worn out end.