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Billy Talent – Camden Roundhouse – 23/10/2016 | Live Review

Billy Talent return to UK shows for a headline tour in support of their latest album. See what went down in London here.

Billy Talent

Source: Rhian Westbury

With career defining albums spanning over a decade a Billy Talent show is always a special one. Having owned their Download Festival performance earlier this year there was no denying that the band were going to smash this tour. As the band bound onstage in their traditional all black and red shirt outfits our thoughts go to original drummer Aaron who has taken time out from the band to concentrate on kicking MS’s arse. Jordon Hastings from Alexisonfire and support band Say Yes is on hand to pound the skins and he does the Toronto based quartet proud.

The ferocious ‘Devil In A Midnight Mass’ opens the cesspit of tonight’s show as the iconic chords of the opening few seconds vibrate from every wall of the Roundhouse as the demonic red lights bounce around the venue. The sheer force of the band is one which is hard to match as they play through a seamless end of hits including ‘Afraid of Heights’, ‘Rusted From The Rain’, ‘Pins and Needles’ and ‘Devil on My Shoulder’. They might have been at this for decades but the band don’t seem bored or ungrateful for anything which comes their way as front-man Ben Kowalewicz throws himself around the stage singing and screaming like a man possessed.

Billy Talent

Source: Rhian Westbury

While they might be savage and heavy during their tracks in between they’re funny, gracious and genuinely nice guys as they ensure everyone in the venue is safe and that the women in the crowd don’t feel sexualized by the men around. Billy Talent prove themselves as the nice guys of punk rock. We might not know latest album Afraid of Heights as well as we should but we’re in the minority as the rest of the crowd scream out the words. The spine-chilling slower hits such as ‘Surrender’ show that power and punch come in plenty of forms.

With a trio of iconic songs from Billy Talent II cushioning the set list in a huge hug tonight prevents anyone with even the slightest urge to bail early on this Sunday evening because let’s face it if you haven’t heard ‘Red Flag’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’ which end the show have you really seen Billy Talent live? Albums might come and go but certain tracks are so integral in a band’s set list that they’re just a way of life.

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