You’d think that after seeing Gojira live five times I’d be sick of them, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Magma was my favourite album last year and I was still on the Magma hype train. After meeting a few friends at the Bloodstock Metal Forum 666 fan meet-up, I went into the venue to see the first band.
Kicking off the show were Car Bomb, a band who I first came to attention to with the documentary Why You Do This about DIY touring. Car Bomb were really cool, a relentless technical assault on the senses. They were brilliant for only their second London gig and certainly warrant a return.
Before the tour I had a chat with Greg from Car Bomb, you can read that interview here.
Code Orange are one of the fastest rising bands in modern music, from their humble underground origins to a band on the cusp of global hardcore stardom, their show was highly anticipated by myself and many others. From the opening note of ‘Forever,’ the pit exploded and non-moshers ran off to find cover. Code Orange were unstoppable, an absolute tour de force of hardcore energy. The band flung about the stage as they smashed out song after song, with ‘Bleeding in the Blur,’ being a particular highlight. The older material such as ‘I am King,’ and ‘Slowburn,’ held with the Forever material. Without stopping for a breather, the band played ten songs with absolute fury and by the time ‘The Mud’ finished, I was out of breath. I witnessed something special that I will never forget.
Gojira of course are still the greatest live band on the planet. Absolutely phenomenal and life affirming, a consistently jaw dropping live act. There is no one like them, the material whether it was from Magma or earlier on, were all consistent in their delivery. ‘Flying Whales’ had the sold out venue jumping, everyone moshed to ‘The Heaviest Matter in the Universe,’ and ‘Toxic Garbage Island’ whether they liked it or not and ‘The Shooting Star’ was an emotional punch to the gut. The band was flawless, when they finished with ‘Oroborous’ and ‘Vacuity,’ they were clearly emotional with every member thanking the crowd with the mic. Eleven years ago they played the 500 capacity Underworld, now they just sold out the 2400 capacity Kentish Town Forum. In ten years time they’ll be headlining Wembley. Believe it. When people say there are no new up and coming bands then link them Gojira, they will be huge.