Never Say Die Tour @ Electric Ballroom, London

Review by Ollie Thomas
Photography by Natasha Truman

Due to arriving at the venue slightly late, we missed the beginning of At Dawn We Rage (1/5), but so did everyone else, and like us nobody else seemed disappointed to have done so.

Electronica inputs have been a part of the rock/metal scene for quite a while now, just look at Rammstein and you’ll be run down by it like a train off the tracks, although it takes a back seat, and adds something.
However these days owing to the rise of dubstep and people like Skrillex, it is often just there for electronics set. This opener are no different, one man pressing buttons and clicking away on iTunes, presumably counting the pounds with each keystroke.

At The Skyline
At The Skyline

The promoter might as well have delayed the start of this party until The Browning (4/5) showed up – managing to draw in quite a crowd despite the 6pm start – when a lot of people still hadn’t arrived. Heavier than most of the bands you’ll see on this bill, which could explain the low slot they’ve received. Maybe they’re not perfect for the crowd that are attracted to the rest of this bill, or maybe not enough exposure.

Either way you’ll be seeing more of these guys before you know it. Though they laced their breakdowns with electronica, keeping to current trends, it wasn’t enough to detract from this very tight, live band. Clearly very comfortable with each other and on the stage they’re sharing. Definitely deserve a higher slot next time around.

Blessthefall
Blessthefall

At The Skyline (2/5) the band who made their name from Metal Hammer naming their album “the worst of the year”, and let’s be honest, there’s not much you can say any better for their live performances. Metalcore often takes a lot of flak for being boring and repetitive and these guys do very well to stick to these exact stereotypes. Presumably everyone able took this opportunity to get to the bar and get some beer in them. The remaining crowd who stuck around were definitely of the younger generation in the room, possibly part of the Blood on the Dance Floor demographic.

The Browning
The Browning

Blessthefall (3.5/5) were the band who possibly had some of the biggest expectations from the tour. Having one of the biggest crowds of the night, and looking at the amount of their merch on display, they weren’t there by accident. Bordering on the cliché of metalcore, often leads to them getting a lot of criticism, but anyone who has seen them before will be unable to deny they know how to have a good time – and make sure everyone watching them does.

Tonight, they’re tight enough on stage but seem rather unenthusiastic and the set is uninspired and rather flat by their standards. Not a performance to remember, but the gathered faithful seem happy enough, singing along with every word and lapping up everything they’re told to do.

 

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