Tonight, we make our way to Tufnell Park to grace the Boston Music Room for a night of metal from some of the best bands hitting the scene at the moment. The lineup is a killer one with Make Them Suffer headlining their first U.K. tour with support from Novelists and Cursed Earth. To say we are excited for this one is a mass understatement.
Upon entering the doors at the Boston Music Room, the first thing we notice is how packed the venue is for Monday. The signs are good that we are in for a memorable night as we spot some die-hard fans already front of stage one of which is dressed up as Shrek.
As Cursed Earth take the stage and deliver a crushing blow of an opener, it takes the crowd all of three seconds before all hell breaks loose and bodies start flying as the mosh pit comes to life like a twister sucking up everything in sight. For a band not that well known in the U.K and coming over from Australia they have a decent size crowd to rock out with tonight. Judging by the number of heads banging along to each song they definitely made some new fans tonight with us included. Their live delivery of insanely powerful deathcore driven influenced music is truly something awe inspiring to witness. With Jazmine Luders growls and stage presence being the spear that pierces through all, followed by the juggernauts that make up the instrumental beast that is Cursed Earth.
Next up was a band we’ve been excited to see for quite a while now and tonight we finally get to see them in action. Novelists is one of those rare breed of bands that come along and inspire a generations worth of fans with their music. Their progressive style, infused with heavy riffs and rich melodies with a twist technical precision and excellence make this band something special and one to watch as their musical journey progresses.
As they take to the stage the crowd move in a bit closer with the room being packed out now. They kick straight into “The Light, The Fire” with the crowd singing along to the chorus and setting a chilled tone to start everyone off with. When they played one of the our personal favourites “Ouroboros” this had the pit opening up once again with the song being on point and a highlight of the evening. The only thing that slightly let it down for us was the amount of vocals coming through the backing track. At times it was difficult to hear Mattéo’s vocals and he’s such powerhouse of a vocalist with his own signature sound we wanted to hear more of him shine through the mix. The whole band still delivered an excellent show ending their set with “Gravity” which was outstanding and leaving you wanting to watch them play all night, with having the majority of the crowd shouting out for “one more song” after finishing their set but for tonight that’s all they got for us.
Now the fun begins as tonight’s headliners are ready to kick off the first date of their first ever tour of the UK in London. Make Them Suffer have travelled all the way from Perth, Australia and ready to absolutely unleashing havoc upon anyone within hearing distance of tonight’s show.
As vocalist Sean Harmanis introduces the band the intro music comes to a halt and… BANG they come out all guns blazing going straight into “Widower” which has the room exploding, this is how you open a goddamn show! It only gets better from here with them blistering through a set list covering all eras of Make Them Suffer albums from old to new. When you see a band like this take the stage and decimate it as they do you can understand why they are so damn good at what they do. Belting out tracks such as “Elegies” and “Fake” to perfection, with their live mix being crystal clear and delivering each song with a tightness and aggression that won’t make you forget this band in a hurry. Each member brought the stage to life with constant movement and interaction, which is exactly what you want to see at a show. MTS are a band at the top of their game right now and judging by the turnout tonight definitely have a fan base eager to see them play across the U.K. Tonight they stole the show with the only hitch being a technical fault at the beginning of “Let Me In” with the backing track stopping but it was fixed quickly and the band carried on in true metal style. A highlight was seeing them perform “Ether” which is a favourite from their new releases.
You can catch Make Them Suffer Touring U.K and Europe throughout October and November.