A heavyweight effort from an amazing band.
Back in June, we saw A Perfect Circle live and I was blown away by an amazing performance, and had said afterwards that only Tool or Slipknot could top that for me. Well, I like to think Crossfaith read that and said "Hold my beer" before heading out to the stage last Friday night as they did what I thought wasn't possible. They outshined Maynard James Keenan and every other act I've seen this year, and made it look easy.
So we did our usual Ronon’s Reviews tradition and missed the opening acts to enjoy our pre-gig drinks in the pub and arrived with just enough time to buy a shirt, hit the toilet, grab a couple of beers and have a cigarette, before the band graced us with their presence on stage.
As I'd hoped they started with ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which went into ‘Catastrophe’, one of the best gig openings imaginable for me, it's the kind that transfixes you right from the start.
The setlist was heavy on the new record EX_MACHINA, as most concerts are after an album release, but I had no problem with this, as we all know I love that LP, and the older tracks that did feature were pure bangers that whet my appetite to keep digging through their discography further.
I have to mention one more massive feature for the night, Rou Reynolds, best known as the lead singer of Enter Shikari joined the boys onstage for his parts on ‘Freedom’; it set the crowd and myself off immensely (check video below, you can actually see me moshing while recording).
The sound was spot on, which I’ve heard is an almost impossible task at the Electric Ballroom and the lighting fit the mood and atmosphere perfectly. This really was an unbeatable night for live music and Crossfaith fans. And that drum solo… words can not describe it and I’m kicking myself for not recording it, you’ll just have to trust and believe me when I say it was impressive and breathtaking at the same time.
It was an hour and a half that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, I’ve told more than a couple of my workmates that if I could, I would quit my job tomorrow, follow Crossfaith around the world and see every show. That was how good it was.
I’m not writing this to make you feel bad for missing this gig, or any other ones they may have done near you, but to convince you to go next time they’re performing in your area. Their albums are great, but don’t do the band justice to their live game.