Path To Prevail

The Victoria Inn Derby 22nd August 2014.

Tonight, got invited to take a look at Mr. Harwood’s new band “Path to Prevail” as well as the three other bands supporting these guys tonight and I say new band as these guys have only been together for six months. The last time our paths crossed, Luke was playing in the band “A Thousand Enemies” at the infamous “Damaged Stock” at Rock City which even though its small, dark and a challenge for taking pictures at, it does give new bands the opportunity to play their music and the sound engineer gets the sound spot on every time.

Tonight was branded “Top string snappingly brutal” which saw all four bands giving their all and you could say it was a night of blood, sweat and beers, quite literally! Each band brought their own flavour of aggression with them, which saw each member in each band “venting” their anger out on stage which was certainly powerful thing to see from a spectators point of view, that’s for certain. I’m not a big fan of the metalcore/post-hardcore genres, but many are, and like it or loath it, these are popular genres, with a large following. Bands of a similar sound, that have made it into the mainstream consists of Bury Tomorrow, While She Sleeps, Architects, Asking Alexandria and (a personal favourite) Feed the Rhino.

First up then, “Famous for Nothing” (which is a great name for a band by the way) all the way from Nottingham. I love how, on their Facebook page it states clean and harsh vocalists being Sam and AJ respectively. Sam was sporting a fully bandaged left arm tonight, afterwards I asked what and how. He can’t quite remember what, but how was during a mosh pit session, metal! As much as I tried, I couldn’t get an image of AJ, as he was off into the darkness, scaring the shit out of the crowd with his harsh vocal style but thankfully, no more mishaps for these guys on stage, who played a very powerful set and set the bar high for the next three bands. These guys are playing Macmillanfest at the Rescue Rooms on the 6th of September, however the event is spanning over a total of five venues throughout the day, with some great acts performing, so do check it out as it’s for charity, mate.

Tony Hales - Famous For Nothing

Buried by Atlantis were next, all the way from “Derbados” and these guys were a personal favourite of mine tonight. Although both the bass and lead guitarist lost strings, they carried on regardless which meant they had to improvise. Personally, if I hadn’t seen the strings snap, I’d never of known as I was enjoying them play so much. Lead vocalist Anthony is a real comedian, helping to add to the bands appeal. Here we have a metalcore band that has all the aggression you’d expect but don’t take themselves too seriously, which certainly worked for me. I got to speak with these guys afterwards, which was a real pleasure. Apparently the band hadn’t performed in two years, until tonight which I’d never of guessed, so get your act together and get out there as people need to see you guys play!

Anthony Needham - Buried By Atlantis

I,The Crusader, from Sheffield next. These guys were f’in crazy and this was clearly evident long before the first chord was struck. By the end of the first track, Dan, on vocals, had emulated so much of himself into performing it, he burst a blood vessel and contracted a nose bleed. I offered him some tissue from the toilets, but he cast that aside, proclaiming he’d probably contract an STD, which was clearly false, but funny non the less!

Dan Meares - I, The Crusader

Vinnie on guitars was one cool customer and is a great guitarist. Dan got into the spirit of the night and suggested the crowd beat the shit out of their bassist, Matt, who ventured out into the crowd. Thankfully, the crowd ignored him and instead opted to watch the band perform an insane set – wise choice. The last track was dedicated to Dan’s mother, who sadly passed when he was young. It was a powerful performance ans one that choked me a little, as I could see the emotion on the young mans face!

Liam Elsom - I, The Crusader

When Path to Prevail took to the stage for their set one thing was clear, that these guys are a young, good looking band, lucky b*%”$*s, lol. Being headliners, I hoped for something special and I wasn’t to be disappointed either. Still as aggressive as the previous three bands, yet a little more refined and with clear vocals in the most part, it was easier to relate and get on board with the band. These guys still have that metalcore feel going on, which kept with tonight’s theme, but I’d say they had a slightly more southern rock sound going on also.

Oli Heaton Loewenbach - Path To Prevail

Tonight’s gig was the penultimate show of the bands current tour, which has consisted of nine dates in total. Luke on guitar looked as happy as a kid at a theme park, lead vocalist Oli stripped off to the waist, to show off his “cough” tattoo’s, Craig also on guitar looked as calm as a cucumber, James on Bass, looked a badass in his batman t-shirt, leaving Thomas on drums, who makes up the entire band, who are all the way from Derby, so this was a home town show for them! Oli is clearly a great front man and managed to get the crowd to participate and looking as though they were enjoying themselves as I certainly did! You can next catch these guys also at Macmillan Fest, in Nottingham on the 6th of September, alongside Famous for Nothing.

Path To Prevail

I’m aware that these guys are currently locked in the studio creating their new EP, so keep checking their Facebook page for more details. Top blokes, top bands and a top night!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)