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Five Finger Death Punch / Skindred / As Lions

Live Review

Venue: SSE Wembley Arena, London

Vegas’s metal champions unite the faithful

Despite all the rumours of cancellations and hasty retreats after the horrors of Paris, it never seemed that likely that Five Finger Death Punch would miss this chance to headline Wembley for the first time.

Their support slot with Avenged Sevenfold here in 2014 proved how well-equipped they are for big occasions and how perfect their big, brash and knowingly dumb anthems are for the arena circuit. Tonight, they’ve sold this venue out and now look like the bona fide festival headliners that our world so desperately craves. Unfortunately, not everyone from the original bill made it this far. 

Papa Roach have reluctantly returned to the US: a decision that could easily have robbed this gig of its allure had someone not made the inspired decision to ask SKINDRED [9] if they fancied another night out in the capital. Tickets were sold long before the lineup changed, but if Wembley is unfamiliar with Skindred’s tunes, they’ve got a funny way of showing it. Absolute bedlam erupts when Benji leads the band through Ninja, Pressure, Nobody and a final, fiery Warning. It hardly needs repeating at this point, but Skindred are one of the best live bands on the planet. 

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