Byron Bay’s, In Hearts Wake have returned to unleash their beastly sound over the UK as they kickoff their epic European headlining tour. Tonight’s show in London will be the 4th on the huge line of dates. If you’re familiar with this venue, you know that any show announced at The Underworld is going to be a lively one and tonight’s show was no exception. This basement space based in the heart of Camden was turned upside down. Multiple times.
With an incredible line up of support bands, this was not a show to miss for all those metal/hardcore fans out there. First up, UK’s own Black Coast hit the stage. Unfortunately I missed most of the set but when I eventually got into the venue, bodies were already flying round the room as the hardcore five piece slammed the stage with everything they had.
With eardrums nice warmed up, Silent Screams were next to continue getting the blood pumping. I’ve been wanting to see these guys play for a while, tonight my chance finally came. The refreshing clean vocals from Tom Craig echoed around the room and offered some refuge from the intensive mighty screams that bellowed from vocalist Joel Heywood. The mix of catchy melodic choruses and brutal breakdowns worked perfectly to bring a powerful performance from the British five piece.
Direct support for the night were the mighty Gideon all the way from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Eager to rain more chaos down on the already hyped up crowd, they throw themselves straight into “Cursed.” Before they hit the stage I was sure that I hadn’t heard these guys before, but the unmistakable intro to this song made me quickly realise I had been unknowingly listening to them for a while. With a set packed full of punches, their thunderous presence left no bodies standing still.
The venue is now packed. With no photo pit to shelter from the lively crowd, I knew this was going to be an a challenging set. As the lights dim down, the soft sound of “Now” starts to echo around the restless crowd. The Australian 5 piece are then greeted to the stage by a sea of arms. Opening with “Passage” from their latest album Ark, everything quickly becomes a blur. The room is now a sweat pit, but there’s no rest for the crowd yet as the band add fuel to the fire with old favourites including “Healer” and “Badlands.” The crowd get a much needed time out as vocalist Jake Taylor takes a moment to speak about the new album. He goes onto explain the feeling of loneliness in the world like a blue whale in the vast blue ocean, which is where the inspiration and meaning of Ark came from. Kyle Erich’s melodic voice fills the room as the band kick into “Frequency” followed by another old favourite “Skydancer.”
Things then start to get interesting as the crowd is challenged to a game of Capture The Flag. As the intro to “I’m On A Boat” by The Lonely Island blasts through the speakers, Jake prepares to embark on a journey across the room in an inflatable dinghy. The band kick into “Survival” before the crowd help to transport the vocalist to the sound desk where he exchanges a bowl of fruit with the sound man for a giant flag. The boat sails back over the crowd to the stage where Jake waves the flag over the elated fans. The room continues to be pounded with epic breakdowns and captivating choruses as more hits such as “Divine,” “Breakaway” and “Earthwalker” feed the hungry, bouncing crowd. The room is now plunged into darkness as the band leave the stage. With the crowd screaming ‘one more song,’ the band return to blast out one more song as they throw themselves into “Refuge” before retiring from the stage for good.
Now a casualty to In Hearts Wake’s fierce reckoning, The Underworld was the perfect venue to host a night of pleasurable chaos. I wish In Hearts Wake the best of luck as they continue their tour across Europe.
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