Southampton had the pleasure of housing metallers After The Burial, supported by the almighty Monuments and Tides From Nebula and what a show it was. Melbourne rockers CIRCLES also stood in for Dead Letter Circus due to unforeseen circumstances and frankly, filled the position better than we could have hoped for.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with After The Burial, the twin city giants have released four mind-blowing albums since 2006, the latest being the phenomenal ‘Wolves Within’ back in 2013, which if you don’t already have, then you’re a disgrace and you should leave.Source: Pick Your Teeth Up Photography ©
Kicking off the night were Tides From Nebula. The tightly tuned four piece, from Warsaw, Poland eased us in gently with their sultry and euphoric performance, which included tracks from both their latest album ‘Live Sessions’ and their earlier works ‘Eternal Movement’ and ‘Aura.’ A real treat for the ears and a good chance for everybody to limber up and relax before Australian bruisers CIRCLES bowled onto the stage.Source: Pick Your Teeth Up Photography ©
Performing an explosive rendition of long time favourite ‘Frontline’ as their opening track, the crowd understandably lost their shit and all hell broke loose. Technically flawless and party ready, vocalist Perry executed some of the most fluttering vocals of the night so far and proved just how perfectly matched melody and metal really are. Carrying on to perform tracks from their latest album ‘Infinitas,’ the boys only got better and better and never having heard much of them up until now, it’s safe to say they have definitely gained a fan in us.Source Pick Your Teeth Up Photography ©
Having just returned from a brief spell in Russia, Monuments fought past tour tiredness and brought a whole new meaning to Southampton’s music scene. Gracing the stage with their faultless technicality and serious party vibes, the entire room was caught up in a frenzy within minutes. Stage divers and mosh pitters were thrown into their element as the boys executed pitch-perfect renditions of tracks from their latest album ‘The Amanuensis,’ including all-time anthem ‘Jinn,’ prompting vocalist Chris Barretto to invite everybody onto the stage. It’s no surprise that we came out of the pit sweating more than naturally acceptable and only wishing that their set was much longer. This is not the first time we’ve bore witness to the insanity of Monuments and it will certainly not be the last.
Lastly, After The Burial drew the night to a startling close with the most ferocious set of circle pits and ruthless performances of tracks from their latest album. The metal warriors waged a war on heat levels and sound barriers, creating the most intense atmosphere of the night as well as the most enjoyable. Complete with a tambourine solo from Monuments drummer Mike and a stage diving debut from another Monument member Chris Barretto, it’s safe to say that this was a suitable way to end such an insane night.