Devilskin - Live Review
I had been wanting to see Skarlett Riot for sometime and had heard a lot about them so tonight was going to be a special night. The band took command of the stage straight away and this presence continued throughout their set.
The band are preaching to the converted judging by the proliferation of their t-shirts amongst the crowd as well as the response they are receiving. The audience are rewarded with a catchy new song called Voices and a promise of new material to be released in May. The last two songs of their far too brief set Are You Alive and Ignite are real crowd pleasers.
Devilskin had travelled all the way from New Zealand and arriving in the UK only a couple of days earlier than this show and they were still coming to terms with the jetlag and inevitable ailments of a quite different climate whilst delivering their own brand of rock and metal. The band have only put out one studio album so far, We Rise, which hit the number one spot in the New Zealand albums charts when released in 2014.
The band crawl onto the stage due to a lack of access but that undignified arrival only spurred them on. The lights come on and we are greeted by the amazing sight of a bassist and guitarist with shaven heads and red beards! The band launch into Elvis Presley Circle Pit which for some reason reminds me of Primus (My Name Is Mudd) and I am loving it.
The majority of the songs are from their only album (I highly recommend you check it out, it is excellent) so I am not sure of the need for a cover of Dio’s Holy Diver considering their material is so damned strong but the crowd are loving it so who am I to complain. Highlights for me are Fade and Never See The Light which are just awesome and considering singer Jenny Skulander (what a great metal name) is sipping on cough syrup her voice is in great form. And the rest of the band are no slouches either as Paul Martin on bass and Nail on guitar use every inch of Rebellion’s stage whilst Paul’s son Nic gives the drums a serious pounding.
They finish their set with probably their best known song Little Pills complete with smoke gun which is an unusual touch. The crowd are baying for more and the band deliver in the form of Violation, this band are on fire!!!
Talking to the band afterwards it is interesting to hear their perspective on the UK music scene compared to their own and how in awe they are of the British, and especially the Manchester crowds. Please come back again soon!
Check out their material on their YouTube channel --> HERE <--
Words/Photos: Anthony Firmin