Betraying The Martyrs, live in London
Venue: Camden Underworld
Support: Polar, More Than A Thousand, Upon This Dawning
The Leicester via Paris deathy metalcore troupe came to Camden Town for a night of beatdowns and Disney covers. Yeah, you heard.
There's Some Strong Metalcore-Meets-Electro Being Crafted In Italy
Although traditionally associated with the US and UK, this tour acts as a shining light showcasing a whole host of European up-and-coming metalcore. Openers Upon This Dawning's metal-meets-electro schtick may have been done to death, and often done quite badly, but they happen to be one of the bands nailing it. Big riffs meet big choruses with guitarist Matteo Botticini's clean vocals being full of melody while still having enough grit to make this lot a hard hitting proposition live.
More Than A Thousand's Vasco Ramos Gets The Mix Of Pop And Metal Just Right
Continuing the metalcore Euro Cup evening is Portugal's More Than A Thousand. While man mountain of a frontman Vasco Ramos may surprise some with the big poppy melodies he belts out, not to mention his speeches of representing your scene' and 'following your dreams' making him sound like the metalcore goody two-shoes equivalent of Hulk Hogan telling you to say your prayers and eat your vitamins. Still, the nice guy persona does little to deter the crowd, with the hooks he roars on those choruses getting an impressive number of early doors punters pogoing along.