I am inexcusably happy about the return of sunshine so have a lunch-time #selfie in the conservatory with Pokémon LeafGreen and Baroness and Lamb of God. #metalhead #longhair #sun #weather #britain #england #GLORIOUSWARMTH
TONIGHT on Metal Meltdown!
I’m out of the studio seeing the Lamb of God documentary so I can tell you all about it next week but don’t worry you’ll have some good company. An hour and a half of classics - featuring #Megadeth #BulletForMyValentine #BFMV #BetweenTheBuriedAndMe #BTBAM #SikTh #BlindGuardian #MachineHead #FiveFingerDeathPunch #FFDP #5FDP #BlackDahliaMurder #BDM #TBDM #BringMeTheHorizon #BMTH and more - goes live at 22:30GMT at http://EnvisionRadio.co.uk or via your mobile apps! #metal #radio #metalradio
ON THE AIR IN FIVE MINUTES. 27/02/14 22:30 - 00:00GMT.
TONIGHT - NEW Memphis May Fire! NEW Behemoth! NEW Hounds! NEW Devil You Know (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones)! PLUS classics from Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, Gojira, Disturbed and more! Our Cover of the Week is brand new and is supplied by Motörhead featuring Biff from Saxon and I’ll also be talking about Crossfaith, Limp Bizkit et al at O2 Brixton Academy for Kerrang Tour 2014! It’s going to be one huge, eclectic mix of metallic goodness and it’s going live from 22:30GMT at http://EnvisionRadio.co.uk and via your mobile apps!
TONIGHT on Metal Meltdown we have one HELL of a show on our hands! NEW #MemphisMayFire #Behemoth #Hounds and #DevilYouKnow, the new project from #HowardJones formerly of #KillswitchEngage!
Classics from #Disturbed #RageAgainstTheMachine #Gojira #JudasPriest and more! I’ll be talking about #LimpBizkit and #Crossfaith and more at #O2Brixton Academy for #KerrangTour and our Cover of the Week is a brand new one from #Motörhead featuring Biff from #Saxon!
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Support: Baby Godzilla, Nekrogoblikon, Crossfaith
Not only does Limp Bizkit literally translate to “fun” but with a bill like this we were promised a night out that becomes the stuff of legend on this year’s Kerrang! Tour. I usually preface these reviews with a quick introduction to the venue and that is more important here than ever. O2 Brixton Academy is a fantastic venue in many ways but not least is it’s slanted floors that tend to allow for a better view depending on how packed out the hall is. Unfortunately my rather short partner this was a busy night so she saw a lot of backs by the time our headline act rolled on but this was to be expected from a show like this. Anyway, I digress; about a third of the way up the room are a series of small barriers. Why is this important?
No more than 120 seconds into Baby Godzilla colliding with the stage did vocalist/guitarist Matt Reynolds abandon his instrument, make his way through the small crowd that had gathered and climbed the small rail to unleash elongated death-rattles into it for a full minute whilst the band caused as much feedback as possible. That was a pretty good way to introduce us to the rest of their live spectacle. And it was just that.
Reynolds and guitarist/vocalist Jonny Hall then took to piling whatever they could find on the stage on top of each other to jump off of during the all-out self-confessed “extreme noise” of experimental mathcore. Blasts of aggression such as Whorepaedo displayed a great deal of musical understanding that was very much veiled under the sheer display of The Dillinger Escape Plan-esque havoc. Powerboat Disaster saw the two leave the stage for almost the entire track playing the song in the audience, half of whom joined for the final Pirate-inspired chorus and the other half who stood their mesmerised. It was definitely a unique experience that left one hell of an effect on fans, non-fans and now converted fans
Nekrogoblikon returned some normality to the stage which, considering they’re a band who has a comedy goblin running around with them, is an odd thing to say. With a lot of hype surrounding them right now they were perhaps wise then to play the entirety of their latest five-track release power including Powercore which got the biggest response of their silly death metal/metalcore/folk metal which sounded fine in Brixton Academy.
Unfortunately something was off. At first I thought it was their placement on the set; after the mind-bending display of anarchy by Baby Godzilla and the growing excitement for the main-support it seemed like a tough slot. However, in this case they were a welcome palette-cleanser. It was in fact an inability to really fill such a room. John the Goblin’s silly antics and vaguely amusing attempts at crowd-participation were a pretty clear sign of this. By all means, the band sounded great but perhaps they haven’t quite taken that next step yet.
A band that have taken that step were next and they had Brixton Academy eating out of their hand immediately if not sooner. Crossfaith's natural marriage of metal and electronics filled the arena with ease and Kenta Koie's demand for circle-pits was met with gusto. This clearly wasn't enough, however and a crouching jump got those not moving fully behind the absolutely huge Countdown to Hell and aggressively catchy Eclipse.
Add to that a cover of The Prodigy's Omen which was truly befitting and the audience in attendance were probably on the right track to demanding an encore from a support band; something I have experienced only once but the same spirit and energy could be felt in the air. The band were clearly very honoured by the response and pushed their heart and soul into their show with a captivating and energetic performance that lived up to all the rave reviews and the fact that Apocalyze very nearly broke my Top 5 Albums of the Year (and it would have gotten away with it too if 2013 wasn’t so ridiculous for albums). Pure fun and, in fact, a show-stealing performance.
Crossfaith may have put on a truly memorable show but the majority in attendance were here to see one thing and perhaps one thing only; red-cap to the back like Fred Durst. A shaky and somewhat confusing start with 9 Teen 90 Nine was proceeded by, all of things, a cover of Guns N Roses classic Welcome to the Jungle before Limp Bizkit launched themselves, and every man and woman in the building into a greatest hits set starting with Rollin’. It’s no secret that the band understand what their fans want to hear and do no skirt around it. In fact, when it become apparent there were time constraints Wes Borland and Fred gave the option between two songs to their devoted audience (funnily enough Nookie won out. Over what? …Does it matter?).
Alongside their smorgasbord of nu metal ragers were riffs and partial covers of the likes of Metallica and Nirvana. Not only was this a nice tip of the hat but, like the Volbeat gig I reviewed previously from Brixton, really stitched the large audience together and created a “friendly jam” feeling. Fred’s interaction with the crowd was succinct and ranged from entertaining to down-right heart-warming when he appeared in the wings to hug a disabled member of the crowd. Kerrang! New Music Editor Jen Walker joined the band on stage for Ready to Go performing in place of Lil Wayne which provided a laugh. The track itself, along with 2012’s Gold Cobra went down with the same response as classics such as My Generation which is a testament to the band’s craft.
Limp Bizkit have been a headlining band for over ten years now and they still feel fresh and exciting all this time later; perfectly at home on Brixton’s stage purveying the good-time mayhem that Break Stuff still and always will produce.
If we’re dating and you don’t let me pretend to play bongo drums on your butt then guess what? We’re through