This tour was always going to be unforgiving. One of Britain's biggest and heaviest bands While She Sleeps have just come in hot off a USA tour supporting Bullet For My Valentine and are now playing a string of small shows across the UK. Where better to start the chaos than a SOLD OUT 200 capacity show at Mansfield's The Intake, tucked away in the north of Nottinghamshire.
First on the bill tonight are local lads No Honour playing a range of melodic hardcore with a message of mental health behind it. Backed by new single “Lost Youth” this band are dedicated to raise awareness of a subject close to their own hearts. With a string of singles and EP releases under their belts these guys are definitely shaping up a path ready to leave their very own foot print on the scene.
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Next up are Sheffield's Elegies, a six piece wrecking crew for fans of Every Time I Die and Beartooth, these guys have energy by the bucket load. Songs such as new singles “Money” and “Cocoon” got the crowd moving. With bouncy riffs and dual vocalists their sound is fresh and a pleasure to listen too. Leaving a sweet taste in your mouth, not the last we have seen of these boys, I am sure!
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Now the party has started it's time for the main act, the big guns, and this is exactly how it feels. I mean While She Sleeps in a sold out 200 capacity venue, whats the worst that could happen? These guys clearly haven’t slowed down the tempo, playing singles such as “Seven Hills” and “Our Courage, Our Cancer” they got the crowd engaged and screaming for more. Easily done in a bar with no barrier or security between you and them, almost as if there was no stage. This becomes evident as the crowd joins them on stage. Seeing a band such as these playing Mansfield brings back a sense of nostalgia since they last played here in 2008, but they are welcomed back with open arms. With a crowd relentless in energy and a band ready to test the limits. Playing songs off the latest release “Brainwashed” such as “Four Walls” and “New World Torture” the setlist is executed with precision, keeping the crowds heads banging and fists pumping. Throughout the entire set the energy didn’t waiver, nor did the passion of the crowd. Tonight is definitely a night that will be remembered in the Mansfield music scene for a very long time.
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