"...the atmosphere was like something I haven’t felt in years in a gig, Beartooth gave everything they had to us in the crowd and it made the night even more memorable."
Beartooth won me over as a fan back in June when I covered their 2nd full length album Aggressive, which I enjoyed so much I booked tickets to their show at the O2 in Shepherds Bush the second they went on sale around the same time.
Sadly, I’ve been that busy week in and week out with Ronon’s Reviews that the concert completely slipped my mind by the time it came around after 6 long months. But fortunately, Ticketmaster has this new email service that reminds you of the show just a week, then the day of. So, I went, I saw and most importantly, I loved every sweaty fucking minute of it.
I seem to have a new tradition at the moment which I’m not happy with, I keep on missing the opening acts of gigs, I think I’m just enjoying the pre-show pint (or 2-3) too much. As you can guess, we arrived late and didn’t get to see Trash Boat, but we were in time for second act Vanna, who kicked some serious arse and really went off.
I’ve heard of these dudes off and on for years but this was my first listen to them properly and what better way to check a band out than live? It shows what they’ve actually got and Vanna brought everything they had. There was never a dull moment while they were on stage, they kept the crowd engaged at all times, ensuring the punters were next to constantly going off, with the highlight being one of the guitarist’s handing over his duties to a roadie before diving headfirst into the churning sea that was the moshpit.
I was told earlier in the night Beartooth would take the stage at 9:35pm and I’ll be damned on the second of their start time the lights dimmed and away they went, what happened next was by far the best live performance I’ve seen in 2016 so far hands down.
Since it was The Aggressive Tour it was heavy on the latest release’s tracks which whipped the crowd into an absolute frenzy, I’ve never seen 2 and a half thousand metal fans mosh like that before first hand, I even saw my first ever whirlpool.
But what really got to me was the crowd themselves, I was expecting a bunch of 16-22 year olds, but what we saw was a wide range, from the teenaged fangirls screaming as if it was a 1Direction show (that shit needs to stop) to the grizzly older looking dudes in their Metal band patch covered denim jackets all getting along and going absolutely fucking mental.
I’ve finally seen Beartooth live and I’m even more a convert. The Aggressive record was pure gold and will be rating high on my end of year top albums of 2016 and this gig was the cherry on top for me and this band. I thought Rob Zombie was great, this beat it hands down, the atmosphere was like something I haven’t felt in years in a gig, Beartooth gave everything they had to us in the crowd and it made the night even more memorable.
I should also add that Vanna was the perfect choice for support, they seem to have the same work ethic as the headliners and really prepared the crowd well. Seriously, if you see Beartooth doing a live show near you, get tics and go, you will thank me for it.