O2 Academy3 Birmingham 23rd January 2016
Eradikator with support from Reign Of Fury, Gehtika, Burden Of The Noose and Burning Nation.
I have a strong suspicion that I’m just one of many people in tonight’s audience at the O2 Academy3 Birmingham, who have been bursting at the seams to get back gigging again and with Eradikator raring to launch their outstanding new CD ‘Edge Of Humanity‘, what a great start to 2016 this is going to be!
First up on stage tonight were the Birmingham based band, Burning Nation who comprise of Matt Hall (vocals + guitar), Mike Kay (Guitar + Backing vocals) and Paul van Hadley (Bass Guitar + Programmer/Sequencer Engineer). I’m going to forgive myself for not having heard of these guys before as tonight was only their second live performance but if like me, you enjoy discovering a band with great promise, then Burning Nation are definitely one to keep your eyes on.
The next band to take to the stage tonight needed little introduction, being none other that the seasoned metallers, Burden Of The Noose who I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing at many a Hils Ovation gig and Crusade. This band are masters at whipping up a frenzied storm of raging intensity but lead vocalist Andy Barraclough was fighting to hide his smile tonight and quite rightly so as Burden Of The Noose were on top form tonight, with this easily being the best set that I’ve seen from the band yet!
I think it’s fair to say that Gehtika are also masters at whipping up a frenzy aswell and you can’t fail to admire their style, as these guys are true craftsmen when it comes to performance. Their set tonight saw the band deliver several tracks from their crushing album ‘A Monster In Mourning’, with the title track itself going down an absolute storm tonight. With rumours afoot of a new album in the planning from Gehtika, 2016 has the making of being another particularly spiffing year for the band so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for new updates on that!
Our penultimate set for this evening was from the mighty Midlands based metallers, Reign Of Fury and here were have a band who take great delight in making great music in a style that equally matches their name. Eradikator needed little encouragement as neither did several members from Gehtika, in joining Reign Of Fury on stage towards the end of their set which was certainly a sight to see and hear and very much to the delight of the O2 academy3’s crowd.
Ultimately, tonight heralded the launch of Eradikator’s new album ‘Edge Of Humanity’, which has been receiving some pretty smash reviews and tonight’s hour long set was a great opportunity to get to grips with it up close and personal. Eradikator’s engines were revved up to the max from start to finish with Pat Cox’s vocals cutting the haze of smoke and stage lights in perfect partnership with the precision work of Liam and Andy on guitars.
Eradikator are looking to take their live performances far and wide this year so do keep a check on their Facebook page for updates on that as these guys are simply not to be missed.
My enjoyment of Eradikator’s set was cut short by having to gallop off early to catch the last train home – so thanks for that British Rail but never the less, I don’t think anything could have spoilt the enjoyment of tonight which was truly an amazing blast of outstanding Midlands metal!
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.