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Venue: Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles

British marauders capture the West Coast

The British Invasion Tour has descended on LA, and from the noisy horde queuing up, clearly nothing less than a full-on pillaging will do.

Thankfully WHILE SHE SLEEPS [9] are on hand to initiate the mayhem and from the guttural roar of Brainwashed, it’s clear that we’re in for a showcase of skull-powdering ferocity. The Sheffield metallers administer thunderous volleys of paint-stripping riffage, hyper-aggressive tempos and the larynx-shredding vocals of frontman Loz Taylor. Bringing their full production out on the road for the first time in the US, ASKING ALEXANDRIA [7] are no longer combative, snotty upstarts,  instead striking a fine balance between frenzied, high-energy showmanship and the smooth composure of veteran metallers playing to a friendly crowd. The coloured strobe lights flashing behind the band assault the first tier of the house with cornea-frying light beams, but I Won’t Give In, Breathless and The Black strike a resonant chord and the playful mugging between Ben Bruce and Denis Stoff underscores how AA Mk II appear happier and looser than we’ve seen them in years.

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