Monday, 12 December 2016

Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage Gig Review- London Brixton Academy 10/12/2016

Taking a quick trip down memory lane back to 2005, US President George W. Bush was elected for his 2nd term in office, YouTube was founded and the UK won the right to hold the 2012 Olympics (which was now 4 years ago). It was also the year that Welsh Metallers Bullet For My Valentine released their debut `The Poison’. 

Fast forward to 2016 and for two nights at London’s Brixton Academy Bullet For My Valentine will once again replay this seminal album in full.

Louisiana natives Cane Hill were unfortunately missed on this occasion. So we will have to wait until next time to give them a review but a review we will definitely like to do. 
Photo Credit: Nathan KP

So to the first band and one that could quite rightly headline here with ease, Killswitch Engage (9) are like a completely rejuvenated band now that Jesse is back in the band, although that’s now been 4 years now so I suppose that is pretty much ancient history. The band tonight is simply on fire, they have the boundless energy that whips the crowd up into frenzy. Playing the deluge of heavy hitters like `My Curse` and `The End of Heartache` go down a treat with tonight’s slightly damp London crowd, who have definitely found their sing voices as they below back at Jesse and crew like a Hardcore Christmas choir. The band themselves are a bound of energy and if you’ve seen Adam D, he’s an absolute head case on stage and is matched by his compatriots on stage or off stage as Jesse hurls himself into the crowd to continue singing. 
Photo Credit: Nathan KP

Love them or Hate them or just not bothered, Bullet For My Valentine (10) are certainly a force to be reckoned with and on tonight’s performance you can see why they are the top draw. They launch onto the stage with a backdrop and lighting that’s a cross between space battles with lasers and lights flashing everywhere to a huge parade style backdrop welcoming home the conquering heroes. 

What’s more to the point is that `The Poison` still sounds absolutely stunning to this day and as a live beast Bullet certainly bought it all tonight. From `4 Words To Chock Upon` to the classic `Tears Don’t Fall`, reliving The Poison captures the singing voices of the Bullet faithful. 
Photo Credit: Nathan KP

To top the night off Bullet also run through `Your Betrayal` and `Waking The Demon` plus a few other fan favourites. After all the smoke and pyrotechnics clears, any doubters of this band are or should be silenced, they are one of the best and have only gotten better at it. 

It also marks another anniversary of `The Poison` live DVD filmed way back in 2006 as this one was also filmed so if you were there on both then you are a die hard. 

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