Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews - HYWEL DAVIES

gROUnDcULTURE’s en­er­getic groove­in­fused hard­core isn’t enough to break the ice this evening, de­spite their ad­mirable ef­forts. Met by a bru­tally painful si­lence, BLOOD YOUTH seem to suf­fer the most, though. Be­sides blast­ing a de­cent break­down or two, the four-piece show lit­tle spark, en­thu­si­asm or quick think­ing to im­prove on their re­la­tion­ship with the crowd.

cROSSFaITH may have rid­den an ini­tial wave of hype, but the ex­cite­ment here is en­tirely self-gen­er­ated. Tran­si­tion­ing to a plain of elec­tro-met­al­core ex­is­tence of Voltron pro­por­tions, strobes fire out as the band step out tri­umphantly to the beats of Deus Ex Machina. Ban­ner in hand, front­man Kenta Koie dec­i­mates Bris­tol un­der the kaiju foot­steps of a mostly

EX_MACHINA set, in­ject­ing the room with a vi­tal­ity that’s been dor­mant all evening. They’re an un­stop­pable party ma­chine with a taste for the­atri­cal shenani­gans, fir­ing out bel­ter af­ter bel­ter and stop­ping only to cer­e­mo­ni­ously open a can of lager to mark their lat­est ar­rival on Bri­tish shores. They may have only had a sin­gle hour to do their back cat­a­logue jus­tice, but it’s great to have Crossfaith back.

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