BURY TOMORROW / 36 CRAZYFISTS / CANE HILL / CRYSTAL LAKE - O2 Institute, Birmingham 12.12.18
PHOTO CREDITS: THE DON PHOTOGRAPHY
Out of the 4 bands playing this evening at the 02 Institute in Birmingham, only one was familiar to me and that was the mighty 36 CRAZYFISTS, whose career has spanned over 20 years and are familiar to many with their coverage on now defunct Scuzz TV and the metal media press.
To kick off proceedings were Japanese band, CRYSTAL LAKE. They opened their set to an almost full venue with the track, 'Matrix' and I was instantly hooked. This band instantly stand out as a future headline act and they played as if their lives depended on it, with nothing short of a spectacular performance throughout. The ambience feel to some intro's in to the crushing powerful riffs really had me rocking out. I can honestly say, CRYSTAL LAKE need to come back to the UK and tour again soon. Never have I felt so guilty about not knowing of a band sooner.
Next up were New Orlean's based CANE HILL and they carried on where CRYSTAL LAKE finished off, with a determined, focused and powerful set with frontman Elijah Witt interacting with the crowd throughout and the riff heavy grooves had the room bouncing with many crowdsurfers making the way over the front which was a sight to behold. A superb band who I highly recommend you check out.
36 CRAZYFISTS were next up on stage and the experience they have showed from the off for their 10 song, 30 minute set. Powerhouse frontman Brock Lindow, towers over the crowd as he showcases his phenomenal vocals whilst Steven Holt provides the riffs and Mick 'Bear' Whitney and Kyle Baltus lock down the solid rhythm section. The band showcase some favourites such as 'Bloodwork' as well as newer tracks from their latest album 'Lanterns' such as the brutal 'Sleepsick' which is a neck snapping juggernaut. The finale to the set is the memorable 'Slit Wrist Theory' which is the track that single-handedly elevated the band in their early career.
Now, admittedly BURY TOMORROW are a band that I have heard great things about, but I had never got around to checking out. Now whilst that was bad of me, I must admit that it is great going in to a show with totally fresh ears.
As soon as the band opened with 'No Less Violent' it was apparent to see that BURY TOMORROW are emerging as one of the brightest and most anticipated bands from the UK presently and every song of their set was truly relentless. The manner that Dani Winter-Bates dominates the riser at the front of stage, is almost Corey Taylor like. You can not pull your eyes away from his captivating energy and movement. Don't let that detract you from the rest of the band though, bassist Davyd Winter-Bates caught the eye with his Britney Spears T-Shirt but his low end prowess is heavy as balls especially combined with the guitar duo of Kristan Dawson and Jason Cameron. The pace of the set was frantic but controlled and the packed 02 Institute were left exhilarated.
To sum up from the evening in Birmingham. Any one of the bands that played on this tour, are more than capable of headlining the tour. There were no opening bands, everyone was a headliner and future of metal is heavy as fuck.
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