A showcase of the best math rock and post hardcore bands hit the road on one of the craziest co-headlining tours to date. Heck and Black Peaks have exploded into their respective scenes with force, setting the bar high for other bands. Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms was one of the venues brave enough to endure the havoc filled 12 date tour, as 200 people cram into it’s enclosed walls.
Warming up the night for their final time of the tour, Bad Sign assert their stage dominance. Imagine Lower Than Atlantis with hints of hardcore and maths rock and you have a sound like no other. From the get go, guitarist Jonathan finds himself leaping from one side of the stage to the other as vocalist Joe has to compose himself to deliver the blinding lyrics to The Recidivist. Even drummer Kevin finds himself hitting the drums with such force a sand bag is needed to anchor down his bass drum from moving any further forward. Although it is clear that the majority of the crowd probably haven’t heard of bad sign before, the bobbing heads and slight movement amongst the crowd clearly shows their impressive performance have turned some heads and potential fans. [7/10]
It was a some what paradoxical that Matt announces his disgust in the barrier separating him from the crowd as it only takes a matter of seconds for him to launch his mic stand into the crowd, and for him to climb over the barrier. This is Heck. Opening with the first song off their album, Instructions, Good As Dead opens the room into a whole new level of chaos as half of the crowd end up slipping on the floor during the mosh pit. The Slade Rooms was probably their most ‘boring’ room of the tour with not much apparatus for them to climb. But this doesn’t stop them taking matters into their own hands as Jonny wheels tables into the middle of the crowd to climb upon. Old fan favourite Powerboat Disaster gets the whole crowd singing in chorus, with nearly every member of the crowd trying to grab the mic off Matt. And if 45 minutes of climbing on merch tables, amps and peoples shoulders wasn’t enough, the room gets split directly down the centre for the biggest wall of death the Slade Rooms have probably experienced. Heck probably isn’t everyones cup of tea, but even if you don’t like the music, it goes without doubt their live performance is probably the strongest out of any band ever right now. [10/10]
A breather was needed for the room to gather themselves before tonights headliners Black Peaks took to the stage. They have certainly grown since the last time we saw them back in February this year; sporting supporting slots in Wembley Arena with the mighty Deftones and numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, the crowd size clearly shows their growth in just a few months. Opening the night with the powerful White Eyes, the four piece set the mood for as the crowd somehow find the energy to break out into more mosh pits. Drones highlights the sheer power in Will’s voice, maintaining ferocious screams for up to 20 seconds as he leans towards the crowd. Single Saviour further demonstrates how tight the band are live, performing face melting math rock riffs which change time signature every few seconds and still maintaining in time. Closing their set with fan favourite Glass Built Castles, the crowd draw every last ounce of energy to close the show on a high. We said it back in February, Black Peaks are “going to be huge” and we weren’t wrong, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. [9/10]