Live! Suicide Silence @ Manchester Academy 20/3/17
Venom Prison kick off the night’s proceedings, and to be honest, they weren’t topped from the rest of the bands, and that’s saying something. The band were on form, and near perfect on every level. I was already aware of what this band had to offer on record, but live, they blew me away, something that I’ve never really experienced watching an opening band at a show. Their chaos and stompy, moody is crystal clear through the monitors, however the dispersed crowd is somewhat unsure of what to make of the band. There’s the occasional headbanger and a few people dotted around repping Venom Prison merch, however sadly it seems their brand of metallic hardcore was lost on the crowd somewhat. However, the band filled the small stage of Manchester’s Club Academy with their presence, and from start to finish the band kill it, with a mix of tracks from their current full length Animus (2016) and last EP The Primal Chaos (2015). The band more than showed their technical skills and ability to resonate the hatred and venom (if you’ll pardon the pun) from their music. Closing out with "The Primal Chaos" the band left me definitely wanting more, and I can only see them growing to be a reckoning force in the metal community.
I caught up with the band backstage after their set, with the band stating it was their preferred of the two dates so far on the tour, with a much younger audience, noting that it’s a different kind of tour than they’ve been on, with a different vibe each night, which they said was both “cool” and sick” giving the show a rating of “5/7”.
Deez Nuts take to the stage next, and by now the crowd has swollen somewhat in size, yet they receive a rather stale reaction from the audience at first. Yet, that aside, the band put on a great show, with JJ Peters making his way to the barrier to interact with fans. I’ve seen Deez Nuts a few times now, and I have to say this was a superb setlist for them, meeting Sean and JJ backstage, JJ had said they had had to adapt for such a different show, and they clearly did well; the energy was going strong from start to finish, with the set spanning the majority of the bands releases. Songs like "Band of Brothers", "Shot After Shot", "Stay True" and "Your Mother Should Have Swallowed You" embody the energy the band bring to such a small venue. The band even weave a sort of medley into the set, blending "Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like There’s No Tomorrow" and "I Hustle Everyday" together, showing there is no relent from the fast pace of the entire set.
Backstage, Sean told me - “Playing to a crowd that may not have heard of Deez Nuts was a bit daunting at first, but the crowd response was great! I feel we won over a new group of people that dig what we do. And we are psyched with the show.” JJ also had similar to say, stating that "you’ll never broaden your horizons as a group, unless you play out of your comfort zone".
Suicide Silence then hit the stage, and open with controversial single "Doris" and the crowd reaction was superb! The band have a similar style set as Deez Nuts, with material from every full length release on the setlist. The band sound far heavier than expected, especially after the far more stripped back and toned down self titled release (2017). While at first there’s no real moshing except for some metal horns and headbanging, yet later on they do manage to get a wall of death going. By now, the crowd is packed by now and Eddie proves how great a vocalist he is performing tracks from the band's back catalogue. The band's new material is paced well in the set, after "Doris" the band play "No Pity For A Coward" before taking the set down a notch with "Silence" before coming back in with "Unanswered". The band close out the set with two of the stronger tracks from the self titled record, "Dying in a Red Room" and then "Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down". With the band ending the set on a heavier note, they pick it right back up in the encore with "You Only Live Once" which goes down superbly.
Suicide Silence here for me were outperformed by their opening act, while some fans may see this as an insult to the band, each band on the bill played incredibly, however for me I was blown away by an opening band for the first time, and this is just testament to what Venom Prison have to offer for the future!