HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD | LOATHE | 30.04.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD | LOATHE | 30.04.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Hollywood Undead | Loathe – 30th April 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Hitting the stage in almost total darkness, Loathe came out and aurally kicked everyone’s head in!!! I had heard beforehand they were brutal but that didn’t prepare me for just how much! The five-piece performed the set with very little light on them making sure the Hollywood Undead audience sat up and listened! I loved how they managed to move from the heaviest of riffs to beautiful almost Deftones ambient melodies with ease! Definitely, ones to watch!

With the bottles of Newcastle Brown readied on the mic stands, headliners Hollywood Undead come out blazing with the back to back Whatever It Takes and California Dreaming from the V album and setting the bar early with the pyro front and rear stage second song in!

The masks are gone now but that doesn’t seem to matter to this sold-out crowd, many of whom are sporting their own anyway, as they bounce about and sing along to Undead, Renegade, Dead Bite and many more!

With their mash-up of Rock and Rap styles, there are bits of Linkin Park meets Eminem meets ICP meets Rammstein in here which makes a lot of the songs easy on first listen to catch on to

Band members bound about the stage swapping guitars and playing keys and samplers atop the risers with seemingly endless energy it’s hard to keep tabs on who’s doing what but it works well for them well thought out not chaotic the way it could easily be with so many on stage doing this. The bringing a crowd member on stage to play guitar seems a standard move at gigs these days but fair play to “Ben” he can play pretty well and the band kick in with a verse or two of Sweet Child Of Mine when he plays the intro then jams with the band and throws all the shapes during Comin’ In Hot!

Pyro, confetti/streamer cannons are accompanying the songs through the night not just being held back for finales or encore time so by the time the set ends with Broken Record and Here Me Now the air is akin to a festival with the smell of the fireworks lingering! The crowd take up the chant of “Everywhere I Go …” to get them back out for more which they oblige with said song of the chant and finishing on the guitar-driven Day of the Dead.

Exactly a week before this Papa Roach also played to a packed room here and I noticed many many of the same faces here tonight going just as crazy loving it!
It’s great seeing gigs of any genre doing well keeping the music scene healthy in our city.


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SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.2018 | Newcastle Think Tank | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SikTh | Loathe – 13th September 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

Sikth – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh return to Newcastle Think Tank, they’ve played Newcastle quite regularly over the years and there’s a loyal following in tonight.

Local lads Starve to Survive offered up the perfect support slot fodder for a night of hardcore riffs, I managed to catch a very brief part of their early slot.


Up next were hotly tipped Liverpudlian act; Loathe. Along with Employed to Serve they stand as the most interesting and unique bands amongst a new generation of bands that embrace technical metal and hardcore. Proving to be the most exciting to happen to metal since Slipknot arrived almost 20 years ago and changed everything. They have a huge and massively diverse sound. Signed to SharpTone Records this lot are certainly ones to watch out for, they have everything right. The buzz about this band was enough to bring me down early for their set and for once the buzz is bang on! Utterly enthralling to watch.

Loathe – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank


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It’s hard to believe that Sikth have been going for nearly 20 years. In fact the band is older than some audience members tonight! That said their new material is highly engaging and got some of the biggest crowd reactions of the night, certainly for me I found the music from their latest release The Future in Whose Eyes? to be some of their strongest to date. There is a good turnout tonight and crowd are in good voice, singing and shouting along word for word. Tonight Sikth proved to be just as vital as ever and are on top form.

The Aura
Golden Cufflinks
Cracks of Light
Riddles of Humanity
Mermaid Slur
Scent of the Obscene
Skies of Millennium Night
Bland Street Bloom
Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
Summer Rain
Part of the Friction


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