and hard­core heroes Stray From The Path also dec­i­mate the cap­i­tal

PLUS: CAP­SIZE, OBEY THE BRAVE UN­DER­WORLD, LON­DON. 05.10.17 NEW YORK METALCORE GANG MIX FURY AND FUN. AND MOSHING

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: TOM SHEP­HERD PHO­TOS: ANDY FORD

■ IT’S HARD not to imag­ine that the Un­der­world was built with bands like Stray From The Path in mind. Be­tween the hunched ceil­ings and its tight dance­floor that presses against the stage, the venue’s lay­out is per­fect for get­ting the New York­ers’ hot-headed metalcore up in ev­ery­one’s face.with the po­lit­i­cal rage of the band’s new record Only Death Is Real charg­ing things to full-fury, it all amounts to a pow­er­ful set that’s streaked through with may­hem.

Along for the ride are open­ing Cana­dian mosh­ers Obey The Brave.they ad­mit to be­ing “jet-lagged as fuck”, and in­deed vo­cal­ist Alex Erian looks like he’s mov­ing about in slow-mo­tion be­tween throaty out­bursts. Maybe it’s to build some ten­sion; maybe it’s be­cause he’s a bit sleepy. Fol­low­ing them are Cal­i­for­ni­ans Cap­size. A crunchy sound threat­ens to wash the colour from their ur­gent post-hard­core, but a whiplash-in­ten­sity over­rides an im­pres­sive set that could be pre­scribed to any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a letlive.-shaped hole in their life.

“We feel it’s im­por­tant to use this plat­form that we have,” an­nounces Stray From The Path’s front­man An­drew ‘Drew York’ Di­jo­rio early into their set, his bleach-blond hair oiled back with sweat. There’s a fiery ac­tivist charge that runs thick through ev­ery beat and lyric from the four-piece which, when paired with their gar­gan­tuan hard­core sound, makes them look a bit like both David and Go­liath at the same time. But the pol­i­tics are care­fully wo­ven in with the mu­sic, and there are no big speeches.and even as songs with ti­tles like Good­night Alt-right and Plead The Fifth are belted out, the band’s hip-hop swag­ger and courtside cool en­sures that, tonight, it’s only good­times en­ergy that they’re emit­ting.

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