BLACK VEIL BRIDES / ASKING ALEXANDRIA  / TO THE RATS AND WOLVES - O2 Academy, Birmingham 23.01.18

SAMANTHA LLOYD

(PHOTO CREDITS: SAMANTHA LLOYD GIG PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Double head-liner Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria kick off the Resurrection Tour with full force at the sold out O2 Academy tonight, yet despite half the gig-goers still being outside in the freezing cold there was a frenzied buzz of excitement in the air as To The Rats And Wolves took the stage with a boom, and these guys really know how to get the crowd going.

 

Roaring vocals, high octane energy and a blistering stage presence really set the bar for tonight's gig. Hailing from Essen, Germany it’s the first time that TTRAW have graced the shores of the UK, and going on tonight performance alone I’m going to say that it certainly won’t be their last. Bouncing around the stage like a group of nursery children on too many ‘E-Numbers’ these boys certainly thawed out the partially frozen crowd. Their set consisted of ‘Young. Used. Wasted’, ‘Suburban Romance’, ‘Anywhere For You’, each song blending the mix of electro meets metal and growl meets melodious vocals that the crowd thoroughly enjoyed, asking them to partake in the evenings frivolities by sitting on the floor and getting ready to jump up at the opening beat to ‘Wild At Heart’, which they did of course, the whole room bouncing to the thunderous beat. Awesome presence, awesome set and thoroughly enjoyed by all. What a way to start the evening!

 

To The Rats and Wolves are:

And out more about TTRAW on the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totheratsandwolves/

Website: http://totheratsandwolves.bigcartel.com/

 

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During the changeover between the bands a somewhat ominous red light and a deep guttural broody bass throbbed for 10 minutes until Asking Alexandria exploded onto the stage with ‘Into The Fire’, taken from their new self titled album released in December 2017. The crowd exploded and despite a few technical difficulties the crowd were in high spirits. Every word was sung in high volume, girls were screaming during the short break between songs and one girl, who collapsed, was pulled over the barrier into the pit where she was given first aid by the O2 staff. The screams, the energy from the crowd and the onstage show was mind blowing to say the least.

 

‘Killing You’, ‘To The Stage’, saw the audience in full voice and every single member of the audience had their hands up in the air. Danny Worsnop’s vocals are unbelievable live, despite him running round the stage like a headless chicken and being unable to hear anything through his monitors, he belts out some amazing tunes and doesn’t let it detract from the performance. Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell on the guitars are amazing, moving around the stage, never standing still for too long before moving again.

 

Mixing up the songs tonight the crowd get a taste of the heavy tunes like ‘Run Free’ and ‘Final Episode’, the crowd calling out the lyrics, “Oh My God!”, which are then contrasted against some of their more melodic tunes which see Danny picking up the acoustic guitar and singing ‘Vultures’. The crowd is quite simply mesmerised, singing along with what I can only describe as pride and sheer devotion in their eyes for the performance here tonight. ‘Someone, Somewhere’ is dedicated to those brave men and women around the world. It’s a song that means a lot to the band and to the fans all around the world, and so, Danny announces that they’ve changed it up a little in a way that pays respect to everyone that has been through trying times. It’s delivered acoustically, the crowd singing along, clapping and it’s so emotionally charged in the O2 tonight. Amazing song, delivered with such passion, the crowd singing “Even though I’m on my own, I know I’m not alone.”

 

Bringing the night back to the new material Danny addresses the audience again “We’re about to light this place up! Look alive Birmingham!”, playing tracks from the new album we are treated to ‘Eve’, ‘Where Did It Go?’ (I won’t give away the whole set), and finishing off their stellar set with the encore track and crowd favourites ‘Moving On’. They totally blew the roof off the O2 tonight! Awesome headliners!

 

Asking Alexandria are:

Danny Worship - Vocals

Ben Bruce - Guitars

Cameron Liddell - Guitars

Sam Bettley - Bass

James Cassells - Drums

Find out more from Asking Alexandria on the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askingalexandria/

Website: https://www.askingalexandria.com/

 

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Finishing off the evening are the second headliners Black Veil Brides. The crowd go wild, frenzied screams and whistles fill the air as Black Veil Brides take to the stage. ‘Faithless’ and ‘Coffin’ gets the crowd moving, heads banging and hands in the air. It’s unbelievable how loud they become to the point where the crowd are louder than the band at points.

 

Andy Biersack addresses the crowd and the screams explode once again, hitting straight into the new material from the album Vale, “Wake Up’ rocks the O2, the audience singing along with the ‘woh woh’s’. Every word of every song is returned to BVB by the adorning fans who can’t seem to get enough of these guys. Ashley Purdy (bass), Jinxx and Jake Pitts on guitars, exude an immense frontline as they work the audience, command the stage and dominate the atmosphere entirely.

 

‘Rebel Love Song’ is greeted by more screams, more insane volume and a stellar performance from Christian Coma as he bludgeons his drum kit. ‘When They Call My Name’ is met with the same response from the predominately teenage audience, singing back every word to the band. On the balcony the humidity is insane and the echo of the crowd rattles the walls. The vocals from Biersack are consistently amazing throughout the whole performance, not dropping a single note, every song is perfect and the delivery from the rest of the band mixed with the frenzied lights makes the evening not only a music concert but a whole show, everything tailored to provide the best possible show that they can possibly muster.

 

Biersack challenges the audience to be louder than him during ‘Lost It All’ and the crowd certainly don’t disappoint by raising the roof, accompanied by top hat, fiddle and piano which are thrown into the mix too. It’s a slower song, the sombre tone and lullingly deep vocals from Biersack are equally as arousing as the hard hitting tracks. Fan favourite ‘Legacy’ hits the right spot with the crowd with cheers from all around. The O2 comes to life to welcome them back to the stage for their encore tracks with chants “we want more... we want more!” To which of course, BVB oblige and retake the stage. A fitting track to end the show, no other than ‘In The End’ would really do would it?

Altogether this evening has been an absolutely amazing evening, for those of you who have a ticket to one of their other sold out shows then you’re really in for a treat.

 

Back Veil Brides are:

Andy Biersack - Vocals

Ashley Purdy - Bass

Jinxx - Guitar

Jake Pitts - Guitar

Christian Coma - Drums

 

Find out more from Black Veil Brides at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blackveilbrides/

Website: http://www.blackveilbrides.net/

 

 

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