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Live Review: Stick To Your Guns w/Being As An Ocean, Silet Planet, And First Blood | O2 Institute, B


Birmingham has always been a safe haven for hardcore, so when kingpins of the scene Stick To Your Guns announced a lengthy European tour, Birmingham was always going to be the one. Supporting slots were filled by hardcore veterans First Blood, along with metalcore boys Silent Planet and the mighty Being As An Ocean.

Cali 5 piece First Blood [8] sure know how to pack a punch, primarily showcasing their newest release Rules. The fan favourite certainly came in the form of 'Fuck The Rules', with the first pits of the evening opening up. Beers and arms continued to fly throughout the set, with an array of politically charged anthems on offer. Having waited 7 years to release their album, these guys sounded as strong as ever, with frontman Carl Schwartz sounding refreshed in his vocal abilities. 'Rules of Conviction' sent the quintet out with a bang, showing the crowd how hardcore should be done.

Silent Planet [7] can only be described as a hybrid of tech & metalcore – their infusion of genres is something that has been done for years, but still manages to sound as fresh as ever. A seemingly eerie atmosphere, paired with some super powerful riffs made for a story-like performance. Their stage presence is infectious; frontman Garrett Russell’s passion shines through, which in turn acts as an invitation for fans to go wild. Poetic vocals intertwined with a dark atmosphere makes for an incredibly deep yet insane performance.

Melodic hardcore favourites Being As An Ocean [8] were next to take to the stage to an already eager crowd. It’s no wonder fans were getting rowdy; frontman Joel Quartuccio is the powerhouse of this band, becoming completely engrossed with fans from the off. Fan favourite 'Dissolve' was the epitome of melodic; the mammoth chorus paired with NAME’s intense vocals set the crowd off on a two-step trip. Choosing to ignore barriers and become one with the crowd is an aspect of live music we can all appreciate, so when Quartuccio left the stage for multiple songs, the crowd welcomed him with open arms. This band produce nothing but evocative hardcore jams, which went down a treat in Birmingham that night.

Headliners, and undoubtedly the strongest band of the night, Stick To Your Guns [9] explode onto the stage all guns blazing. Frontman Jesse Barnett is beaming with pride, taking extended periods of time to thank the crowd & the supports for their efforts. 'Nobody' is indisputably the best song of the night, with fans climbing over each other to get a chance at the mic with Barnett. He certainly is a captivating frontman; leaping around the stage and screaming each and every pissed off verse to a wild crowd. Hit single 'Amber' was one to remember, with the whole floor exploding into a flood of flying bodies and two steppers. This fast pace continued throughout the set, with energy fuelled breakdowns and finger pointing galore. Closing single 'Against Them All' rounds up an extremely intricate near perfect set for the cali boys, leaving the audience extremely sweaty and satisfied.

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