incite tour posterAfter a couple of high profile support slots on previous visits to the UK, Arizona metallers Incite have set out on a headline tour in support of their third album “Up In Hell” and have selected a series of local supports to open each show.

First up was Another Dead Hero from Burnley, with their take on down-tuned groove inspired metal. With more than a hint of the late nineties bands about them, they got a decent response from the crowd and seemed to capture the attention, with more than a few visitors to their merch table after their short but impressive set. The band have an album out, and are worth checking out.

Similarly successful, Manchester’s Love Gravel were up next and also got a good response from the crowd. They had more of a moody and alternative, but still pretty heavy sound about them, and also managed to do quite well from the evening. They have an ep coming soon and like the openers, should be worth keeping an eye on in the future

It was soon time for Incite. Doing things their own way on this tour, they hit Manchester on a cold Monday night that hadn’t managed to drag too many folk out of the comfort of their own homes. That didn’t stop them putting on a decent show though, as they fought against the low attendance and put on a show that made you think that they were playing to packed house. Pulling tracks from each of their releases to date, Richie Cavalera and his new look band tore through an hour of abrasive thrash metal

Richie‘s assertion earlier in an interview that the band have improved with the changes they have made in the line up held out, with the newer tracks standing out amongst the rest of the set, and on this form, the band deserved a much better turn out. Choosing to go their own way and hook up with locals bands shows a dedication to the scene, and a willingness to play the odd dead show and still have the same intensity shows they are have the right attitude to spread the word independently, instead of sitting in comfortable support slots all the time. Good show from Incite, poor turnout didn’t seem to knock them at all, but a bigger crowd would have made this a killer night.

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Photos by Stephen Fallows.