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36 Crazyfists et al – Academy 2, Manchester (10/03/2009)

36 Crazyfists All of tonight's bands are of the highest calibre for their genre. Gwen Stacy start the show with the finest unpredictable tech guitars and beatdowns Indiana has to offer. The combination of doomy chugs and melodic passages akin to Misery Signals proves to be pretty addictive, and as they break into 'Gone Fishing. See You in a Year', the rapid double-kick and pinch harmonics has all eyes lock onto the stage.

The palm tree backdrop to coincide with new album Tropic Rot sets the scene for Miami post-hardcore pioneers Poison the Well, who know exactly what the kids want. The first song of their set, 'For A Bandaged Iris', fires up the first sighting of a pit, and from then on they can do no wrong. Prime asset, vocalist Jeffrey Moreira, has perfected the fine art of screaming lyrics in tune and this ability shines through tonight, especially in a track they preview from the new album. Sludgey verses, an experimental guitar solo and complex time signature hint at yet another positive progression from this awesome innovative outfit.

Fans of 36 Crazyfists must be some of the most dedicated groups of followers there is. They know a LOT of words. The only drawback is that they are rather indecipherable as the 'must dress head to toe in black' etiquette takes over, and collectively they smell quite bad too. The band, however, are looking and sounding the part, and judging by the audience's reaction to every song played, the set list is near perfect. Gathering by the aggression heating up in the mosh pit in the centre of the room that an anthem is due, Brock Lindow and co thrash out 'The Heart And The Shape' to a greatly appreciated scurry of moshers circulating the room.

As the ever-enthused crowd gets livelier they are treated to the first single from their upcoming album. Lindow's coarse voice is to breakdowns what a hacksaw is to cotton wool – heartlessly pillaging through metal tones and laying down their thrash foundations, only to be conversed by a mass sing-along as they finish with 'Slit Wrist Theory'. Brilliant.

Rating: 3/5

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Published: 11/04/2009 at 20:01
Author: Clare Halls
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