Sinnergod @ Grand Central
First on the bill for the evening was the awesome technicality of Breaking Waves. It’s been a while since I had seen them perform live but damn did they sound red hot in Manchester. With thundering bass grooves and commanding drum work they duo brought their style of alternative rock and the Manchester crowd ate it up. Their set was filled to the brim with energy as they blast through some old familiar songs and a newer song or two which was really fun to listen to. The set was well paced keeping the energy high and giving something for the following bands to live up to. The technical skill was a marvel to watch and they present it all in an accessible package of good rock music. I genuinely love these guys and I am looking forward to what they do next.
I’ve been waiting to see Cadence Noir for a long time now. I discovered them on Soundcloud a few years back and I think they are absolutely awesome. If you know me as a reviewer, then you will know how much I like folk instrumentation in rock music, I just think it works really well and Cadence Noir have the right balance of heavy rock and folk music. How did they do at Grand Central? Well… the audience loved it and they got a massive reception, I was completely enthralled. Sadly, there were a few technical issues; the guitarist's distortion was out and the gig was played pretty much acoustically, for me it worked but you could tell that it was bothering the band as they couldn’t go full force with their set - it was a little distracting but I still really enjoyed it. The band had a lot of charisma and they were definitely having as much fun as they could which in turn really got the Manchester crowd behind them. I really want to see them again and I continue to look forward to whatever they do next.
The music crept up as the simple synth slowly built up, then Sinnergod went into full blast with the album’s lead-in single “Burn”. Having experienced the album before hand the set was quite familiar to me which helped as the band put on a really enjoyable set. Their show was well paced and the band were clearly having a ball with the songs. They obviously wanted to show off the new album and they did exactly that making every song sound as good as it could. The guitars were booming and set had a very industrial feel to it if you crossed it with a nu-metal set, the keys and synth build a really nice atmosphere, gave every song a little extra punch and with dark eerie tones filling every song. A lot of the songs were similar as nearly every one had the same thumping beat and industrial style riff but that didn’t dampen what was a really good performance. The band was confident and they seemed to be enjoying every moment and I was enjoying it right along with them. I loved it and I want to see them again.