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Skindred And Friends Just Destroyed Newcastle’s O2 Academy | Live Review

Skindred went ape on tyneside alongside Crossfaith at the beginning of their UK tour. Find out what we thought of the night.

Skindred

Source: Jemma Dodd

Ragga metal unit Skindred rolled into Newcastle as part of their highly anticipated Pump Up The Volume UK Tour. In celebration of their latest album Volume, Skindred brought a couple of friends a long for the ride including: Yashin(həd) p.e., and the mighty Crossfaith. All the elements for a killer show where there then, but how did the evening actually go down? We sent our slightly hungover northern representative to find out.

First things first, we have to make a quick apology to the lads in Yashin. Although they’re a band favoured by us here at MOSH, travel time and annoying roadworks led to us missing out on their opening setlist in Newcastle. But we did pop to see them in London (yay!) Read more here.

So in Newcastle our opening act was US rapcore quartet (həd) p.e. Vocalist Jared Gomes made clear, (several times) that the band were big fans of Newcastle and had played numerous times before in a much smaller bar down the street. So you can imagine that they made the most of their stage space in order to please all of the Geordies present. Opening with a cover of The Special’s ‘Ghost Town’, (həd) p.e. were totally wired on adrenaline. Bouncing around the stage having a great time, dedicating almost the entire set to ‘Newcastle’s working man’. Props to them though, (həd) p.e. did what an opening band should do, they got us hyped as hell. Closing with ‘Renegade’ and the downing of a cold beer, (həd) p.e. showed their respect to Skindred before bouncing off stage, leaving us prepared for the big leagues.

Crossfaith

Source: Jemma Dodd

Japanese metalcore five piece Crossfaith were direct support for Skindred and it’s safe to say we had BIG expectations from them. Crossfaith’s splicing of metal and dance music is something we at MOSH don’t really get to see often, so the notion of seeing something a little unique was really exciting. Performing a mixture of material from Apocalyze and their new album Xeno, Crossfaith proved they’re contenders for the crowd surf crown, with each of the members having their own party on top of the toon. Crossfaith brought back their trademark wall of death during ‘Countdown To Hell’ as well as some new tricks to keep fresh. Bringing none other than Skindred frontman Benji Webbe out to perform on new track ‘Wildfire’, Newcastle lost their shit. We managed to get some live footage of ‘Wildfire’ which you can find on our YouTube channel. Don’t get us wrong, Crossfaith killed it without a doubt. However the whole set seemed to be over a little prematurely. Definite bangers were missing from the setlist, come on dudes, where was ‘Eclipse’? Although, their rendition of The Prodigy’s ‘Omen’ was definitely something to be admired.

So after the choreographed chaos that was Crossfaith, the Skindred gear was wheeled out and before we knew it it was time to experience the dark side. You have to admit, coming on stage to a remix of John William’s ‘Imperial March’ is so badass! Skindred brought forward a setlist full of fan favourites from as far back as the Babylon era. Opening with new track ‘Under Attack’, the crowd was immediately off the chain, people bouncing and singing along to the new ragga groove. Whereas Crossfaith’s set was unfortunately lacking, Skindred just kept on giving. ‘Stand For Something’‘Doom Riff’‘Rat Race, the constant stream of anthems was unbelievable. Anyone who’s seen Skindred before know’s that Benji Webbe is quite the character. But commiserations to our Skindred brother for making a difficult sacrifice. Sorry dude, we know you like a bit of Downton Abbey, but admit it, Newcastle kicked Lord Grantham’s ass! Closing with an encore of ‘Warning’, Skindred brought out both Jared Gomes and Crossfaith singer Koie Kenta for some fun, and of course there was the Newport Helicopter. Need we say more? Skindred left Newcastle shirtless and sweaty after an amazing performance, it’s easy to see why they keep coming back each opportunity they get. See you next time dudes, we’ll be waiting.

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