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    Its a family reunion of sortstonight, as all bands on the billare connected in some way,whether it be through record la-bels, or the fact that theyre alljust good friends! The Leftoversfor example are a part of BFSsJaret Reddicks CrappyRecords and waste no time inspreading their infectious tunes,with the highlight being the an-noyingly catchy Telephone Op-erator. The Portland pop-rockoutfit leave the crowd smiling asMC Lars storms through a setfilled with everything; from a

    mixture of punk rock to hip hopand even computer games!Even rapping along to IggyPops The Passenger earns awell deserved applause. Nextup is Zebrahead, whose brattysounding songs unfortunatelyleft me irritated throughout their40 minutes on stage. Giving thedevil his due they do manage tocaptivate the majority of thecrowd, even with several bottlesthrown their way they still keeptheir composure. One odd

    setlist moment had to be whenthey tore into their cover of AvrilLavignes Girlfriend. Impres-sively getting a crowd of 3000people in unison to shoutminge is nothing short of im-pressive.After a short video interlude isplayed they come to the stageand kick things off with TheBitch Song before unleashingthe hilarious Im Gay!. Its obvi-ous that the singles are themain focus for tonight (although

    BFS are known to NEVER havea setlist) there is still time for ahumorous cover of Katy PerrysHot N Cold and some on stagebanter that has the crowd institches, including an attempt toinsert an inflated condom in acertain bassist. Several tracksfrom latest album Sorry ForPartying get a look in (MyWena, No Hablo Ingles) beforesure enough they hit out withGirl All the Bad Guys Want to aroom of screams before endingon a high note with Hooray ForBeer and 1985 before wishingthe crowd a good night!

    xford duo Little Fish respectably show no signs offear towards the sold out crowd in Manchester.Suporting an iconic band is no easy feat to

    achieve but female singer Juju and drummer Nez holdtheir own. Their indie rock may not be for everyone but

    lets face it; its better than the Ting Tings. What seemslike forever since Alice in Chains have toured properly itfeels like they never left. Their arrival is so overantici-pated an exploded amp delays them by fifteen extra min-utes. One individual in the crowd causes unnecessaryuproar but is shot down by the surrounding crowd, astonight is shaping up to be a special night.

    Walking onstage to deafening cheers the grungelegends launch straight into the opening chords of It AintLike That from the classic Facelift album. Only this time itis sung by latest lead singer William Duvall, who morethan does justice to the classic Alice in Chains. Duvallcaptivates the audience with his stage presence, shout-ing the louder you are the louder WE are! as they shred

    through Them Bones. By the time recent single YourDecision kicks in the crowd has built up such a frenzyyoud think that theyd be tired... but theres still a hugeset left to play!

    To bring the energy back, the upbeat No Ex-cuses is unleashed shortly before the crowd is off againlike a tidlewave to the modern classic Check My Brain.The only complaint here would be the lighting during thechorus, which temporarily blinded everyone. Mid-waythrough the set we are treated to a little unplugged per-formance, beginning with Heaven Beside You. It is thehaunting Black Gives Way To Blue that gets the mostapplause, accompanied by video footage of the de-ceased Staley. Jerry signs off with we miss and love you

    very much brother before the crowd is launched into amoshing frenzy to Angry Chair and Man in The Box.Ending on Would and Rooster Duvall declares thatthis is only the beginning for us but it is safe to say thatthere is lots more to come

    from Alice in Chains

    ALICE INCHAINS

    SUPPORT: LITTLE FISH

    MANCHESTER ACADEMY

    14.11.09

    SEATTLE GRUNGE HEROES RETURN

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    SUPPORT: THE LEFTOVERS, MC

    LARS & ZEBRAHEAD

    MANCHESTER ACADEMY

    26.10.09

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    MANCHESTERACADEMY20.2.10

    TonightmarkstheUKdebutofbothsupportacts,andittrulyisatreatforUKmetalfans.AustraliasKarnivoolplaymassiveU2progrockandalmostliterallyblowthemindsofeveryone.Clearlyatightunit,frontmanIanKennymovesaroundintimewitheacheerybeatasifheisthepuppetmasterconductinghisbandnotefornote.Thesoundisasepicasitcomes.BesuretocatchthemasImsurewehaventseenthelastofthem.SwedensDeadByAprilmaynotbeanymatchforhead-linersSkindredbuttheycertainlycomeprettycloseconsideringtheiralmostanonymity.Allhellbreakslooseassatan-tonguedsingerJimmieStrimmeldemandsacirclepittothefrenziedtrackErased.Assoonasitkicksinallhellbreaksloose,withbodiesflyingevery-where.Skindredasexpectedgiventheirrepu-tationarewithoutdoubttheheroestonight.Unlikesomemorecommercialartists

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    eednovisualsorpyrotomaintainaudienceinterest.FrontmanBenjiWebbthrowshimselfaroundtoNobodyBabylonandevenasu-perbcoverofEddieGrantsElectricAvenue.Skindredareallaboutlivemusicandtonightisatestamentthattheyarethebestliveactoftoday

    Malefice are on form tonight.Thrashing through a short setthey dont disappoint, as almost

    the entire floor is shaking withcircle pit after circle pit. TriggerThe Bloodshed have so muchpotential but their signaturesound unfortunately will be theirdownfall. With the crowd barelyable to hear any riffs or vocalsunder the over-distorted soundof the drums and guitars theystruggle to sing and screamalong. Its a sad day for metalwhen almost the entire crowd ishere just to see Deathcoreatrocity Suicide Silence. Boring

    riffs with cancerous vocals is itany wonder metal is oftenridiculed by the narrow mindedmajority? That and the unnec-essary stage invasion of anaked roadie goes without say-ing. All memories of this poordisplay are obliterated with theonstage arrival of black metallegends Behemoth. They walkonstage captivating the crowdwith their medievil gothic ap-pearance, and a microphonethat looks like it was fashioned

    by Satan himself. Rumourswhere arife that Behemothwanted to headline and suchthey are given a longer set atjust under an hour. Theyachieve in this hour what thelast two bands failed to achieveand that is keep the crowd inter-ested and set the pits alight withsuch songs as Ov Fire And TheVoid and Lucifer with frontmanAdam Darski spewing fakeblood at every direction. After ablinding performance at this

    past summers Download Festi-val Devildriver take to the stageand the pits break out to End ofthe Line. The last time Dev-ildriver played within the con-fines of a Manchester was onthe Defenders of Faith tourback in April 2008 in the muchbigger Academy, but here in theAcademy 2 the atmosphererepresents what Devildriver isall about:Being closer to theirfans and putting on a goodshow. That they do by endingthe night creating a circle pit tolive staple Meet The Wretchedalmost as big as the actualvenue!

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