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Live Review: Cancer Bats – White Rabbit, Plymouth – 08/03/13

We headed to the sold out White Rabbit to see the one and only Cancer Bats smash the shit out of the South West. Check out what we thought of the evening inside..

Band: Cancer Bats

Support: Brutality Will Prevail and Empress
Venue: White Rabbit, Plymouth
Date: 08/03/13

It’s a complete sell out at the White Rabbit tonight, so it’s already pretty cramped by the time Empress fire up.  The four piece from Reading deal in an eclectic prog style that veers from a subterranean rumble into dreamlike instrumental sections without warning.  They claim a diverse set of influences ranging from Mastodon to Elbow and to a room full of Cancer Bats fan primed for raucous riffing & fist in the air chorus hooks it’s something of an unknown quantity.  It takes a few songs, but soon the hypnotic quality of their huge soundscapes wins over the open minded in the room and by the time the last notes of reverb echo round the Rabbit there’s a healthy portion of converts in the crowd. (Words: Andrew Ford)

Welsh hardcore merchants Brutality Will Prevail suffer no such problems drawing a reaction, in fact the hardcore kids in the building start sending unsuspecting patrons flying before they’ve even played a note. This is their first proper run of shows after losing long time front man Ajay Jones and they are clearly keen to prove that it’s business as usual in the Brutality camp.  Drafting in Breaking Point’s Louis means they have a guy who knows exactly what B.W.P fans expect and they unleash full force in an effort to silence any doubt about the future of the band.  The eager crew of Brutality fans at the front seems to approve and rabidly devour the ‘all you can mosh’ buffet the boys serve up.  The set, drawn predominantly from last years Scatter The Ashes & Sleep Paralysis suffers a little from a muddy sound mix and you could claim they are not as tight as their previous visit in November, but with this kind of energy and some of the best riffs in UK hardcore, Brutality Will Prevail will wreaking havoc for a good few years yet. (Words: Andrew Ford)

Let’s start in the way we mean to go on; tonight’s show was simply incredible. The fact this band even came to Plymouth on their UK headline run is amazing, let alone beginning the whole tour here! It is beyond an honour for this city if you ask us.

As soon as this four piece got on stage it went off, quite literally! Front man Liam Cormier enthusiasm on stage is electric as always. The entire band are just so captivating to watch and have the power of sending a sold out room completely mental. There were crowd surfers galore and an abundance of fans hanging from the ceiling through out the bands entire set.

Old school tracks like ‘Sorceress’, ‘Bastards Waltz’ and the famous ‘Hail Destroyer’ from their debut album were our favourites tonight. New album delights such as set opener ‘Bricks & Mortar’, single release ‘Old Blood’ and set closer ‘R.A.T.S’ were also up there with our favourites. The head banging riffs and fist pumping choruses are what make this band so great.

In all honesty we could go on for hours and describe to you in great detail how great this show was but we shall leave it there. It kicked ultimate arse from beginning to end! What else do you need to know? Until next time Bat fanatics! – See you at the front row! (Words: Steph Knight)

Photographer: Andrew Ford

Reviewer: Andrew Ford & Steph Knight

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