Loathe // Slow Crush // Modern Error // The Asylum // Birmingham // Live Review
Once again, I found myself commuting to Birmingham for another night of metal, and once again, I was heading to my favourite venue, The Asylum to see one of my favourite new metal bands Loathe. After a nightmare journey thanks to horrendous trains, I arrived to find that the doors were in fact at half five instead of seven like the event page time stated.
I quickly rushed into the venue to find an open pit and the first band, Modern Error, who were onto their second to the last song. With atmospheric yet heavy riffs, the band ended their set with cheers from those in attendance, and I’m gutted I missed the majority of the performance. Definitely a band I need to see live properly though from the small amount I heard.
After bumping into a couple of photographers I know, the main support Slow Crush hit the stage. With dim lights, ambience quickly flooded the room thanks to the atmospheric backings that accompanied, before a truly fantastic set began. Starting with Blue, the band played through a short but impactful set of their biggest tracks such as Drift, Swivel, Hush and Glow, having those in attendance all mesmerised by their Post-Rock infused Metalcore.
After another change over, the UKs best upcoming Metal act, Loathe, took to the stage to play their album I Let Them In And They Took Everything in full. Unsurprisingly for anyone who read my reviews of their last headline show at The Asylum or their support slot with While She Sleeps, once again they were nothing short of phenomenal. With the unfortunate departure of Guitarist Conner Sweeney earlier in the year, I was wondering how the band would make up for the guitar within a live setting but I was pleasantly surprised to hear they were just as tight as ever. Crushing riffs, insane musicianship and some of the best showmanship I’ve seen once again.
Despite the panic at the start of the night, it ended up being a fantastic show that showed Loathe are ready to take the next step in the scene. A great night at a great venue, what else can be said.