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Live Review: In Case of Fire on the Kerrang! Tour @ Oxford Academy – 20th January 2009

By on Wednesday, 21st January 2009 at 5:53 pm

In Case Of FireDespite having been going for nearly a week already, In Case of Fire kicked off tonight’s Kerrang Tour in style. After playing their first song, “Do What I Say”, the lads mumbled a brief introduction of “We’re In Case Of Fire and this song’s called ‘This Time We Stand'” before launching into a lively version of the track. After playing their older single they played their upcoming single, The Cleansing.

By now it seemed the three guys were getting into their stride as they spoke to the audience a bit more, getting everyone revved up for more before introducing their fourth and penultimate song, ‘The Cleansing’. Steven (vocals and guitar) and Mark (bass) certainly gave a lively performance using most of the stage space available as they powered through the songs. Although a bit more hidden from view, Colin on drums also seemed to give the set his all.

As with any good opening act, In Case of Fire got the audience set for the rest of the night with demanding to know “who’s looking forward to Black Tide“, pausing for the screams that they knew would undoubtedly follow, and then going on to repeat the question for Dir En Grey, Bring Me The Horizon and the headliners, Mindless Self Indulgence. Finally, they introduced their last song but not before saying that they’d be back in Oxford some time soon.

Although the set was short, no more than about 20 minutes, there is little doubt that In Case of Fire have made their mark big time on the people at the Kerrang tour. With a sound that bears reminiscence of a Northern Irish version of Muse, yet individual and fast paced in their own unique way as well; In Case of Fire are definitely a band to watch this year.

The rest of the night saw the pace of the audience only increase as Black Tide, Dir En grey, Bring Me The Horizon and Mindless Self Indulgence all brought their individual sets to the stage but each had the audience hooked in by their different approaches. It was undoubtedly one of the best combinations of bands to have as there was something for every Kerrang fan.

In Case of Fire played:
Do What I Say
This Time We Stand
The Cleansing
Plan A

In Case of Fire’s self-released debut album, Align The Planets; is out in February and their single, The Cleansing will be released March 2nd. The top photo is taken from In Case of Fire at the Mandela Hall in Belfast, as no pictures were available from last night’s show.


Kerrang Tour 2009 – Mindless Self Indulgence and more / January 2009

By on Monday, 5th January 2009 at 7:49 pm

In Case Of FireLike your music a bit louder than most? Well, rejoice as the 2009 Kerrang magazine tour kicks off next Friday around the UK featuring 12 dates with five bands. Mindless Self Indulgence (pictured top), Bring Me The Horizon, Dir En Grey, Black Tide and (my personal favourites) In Case Of Fire (pictured right) all play the tour, with tickets on sale now (and going very quickly at the moment).

Catch the bands at the below dates:

Friday 16th January 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy
Saturday 17th January 2009 – Cardiff University
Sunday 18th January 2009 – Southampton Guildhall
Tuesday 20th January 2009 – Oxford O2 Academy
Wednesday 21st January 2009 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 22nd January 2009 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 23rd January 2009 – Manchester University
Saturday 24th January 2009 – Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 26th January 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Wednesday 28th January 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 29th January 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 30th January 2009 – London Brixton O2 Academy


Album Review: Black Tide – Light From Above

By on Thursday, 4th December 2008 at 7:34 pm

Ok so the new album from Black Tide has been out for most of the year but the record has come to life for me in the early stages of this Christmas month. The Miami metal heads have been grabbing headlines for some time now but there are some factors of the bands recipe for success that are often over looked. Firstly, every band member is under 21 years of age so they are still just kids and the second thing is that they are signed to a label (Interscope) that seems to only deal with the best of the best such as Dr. Dre , Gwen Stafani , Jimmy Eat World and 50 cent.

The album “Light From Above” deserves all of its accolades and awards as few metal bands ever reach the maturity displayed by the teens.The way to describe the sound of the album is to think of Iron Maiden, Dragon Force and Coheed and Cambria all clashed together. Thrashing tempos and guitar solos from hyper space don’t need an invitation to suddenly explode from nowhere.

Lead singer Garcia is young and sounds young but the riffs and vocals he produces sound as mature as anyone. The tracks that shine on the record are “Shout” which uses some inventive effects while the stadium shaker “Warriors of Our Time” sounds truly epic. The album really is the first material from the band that displays their true talent and potential but supposable the group are going to get better and better. I’m not sure this can even happen but I am sure they can wave the flag for modern metal high and proud.


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