DevilDriver return to these shores for another bout of circle pits and chaos in support of their most recent album ‘Winter Kills’, but first the small matter of the opening bands.

It has only been a few months since I last saw Bleed From Within and they did well on a tour where they were a bit of an odd-one-out amongst the likes of Carcass, Hell and Amon Amarth. This tour was a much better fit style-wise and you could see that from the bigger crowd response from the start. The Glaswegians took on the crowd as if it were their own, warming them up for the headliners with a wall of death and each and every interaction with the crowd got a bigger and better response. This band is on the up at the moment and with shows like this it is not difficult to see why – they’re unafraid to take on anyone else’s crowd and on this form there could be a big year for them on the horizon.

Bleed From Within setlist:
Leech, Uprising, Last Of Our Kind, I Am Oblivion, III, Colony, It Lives In Me

Sylosis were another band I had seen before, back in 2010 when they opened for Fear Factory. The hype surrounding the recent thrash revival has died down a little but Sylosis have managed to stay the course and improved with each album and tour. An eager audience and enthusiastic band mixed for a winning combination. With a decent act to follow, the band set out on a no-nonsense assault, with six tracks from their four albums, the increasing crowd bowing to demands for circle pits and you felt the evening was warming up perfectly for the main act.

Sylosis setlist:
Fear The World, Conclusion Of An Age, All Is Not Well, Teras, Altered States Of Consciousness, Empyreal

By the time the headliners DevilDriver arrived everyone had moved forward ready for the chaos to start, and they weren’t left waiting for long. The band came on before their time and as soon as they started the pits opened up and the crowdsurfers appeared. The security obviously did their homework as they dealt with the influx of bodies really well, and that meant for a great atmosphere. The band has a high regard for their fans and frontman Dez Fafara made an effort to high five as many of the crowdsurfers as he could.

DevilDriver sounded as tight as ever, with Dez prowling the stage, his vintage microphone all but covering his face, beckoning more and more fans forward and making bigger and bigger pits. A band that goes big on tunes for the live environment, crowd favourites from their entire career were littered throughout the set. The trio of ‘Clouds Over California’, ‘Ruthless’ and ‘Meet The Wretched’ brought the room to boiling point as fans were flying all over the place.

These types of shows can be judged by the amount of walking wounded, and by the number of people shuffling past me limping or bleeding with a big smile on their face throughout the show told its own story. Job done!

DevilDriver setlist:
Head On The Heartache (Let Them Rot), Hold Back The Day, Not All Who Wander Are Lost, Before The Hangman’s Noose, Oath Of The Abyss, I Could Care Less, The Appetite, Sail, End Of The Line, Dead To Rights, Clouds Over California, Ruthless, Meet The Wretched

DevilDriver – Official Website
Sylosis – Official Website
Bleed From Within – Facebook page