Novelists have blasted onto the music scene in a matter of a very short amount of time. Their debut album was a long time coming for the guys but a welcomed sound to a fanbase that they had amassed very quickly.
I was very excited to hear how the bands sound transferred to their live set and whether they could fully re-create their BIG riffy sound. It's safe to say the band were on point throughout the entire set. Matt Gelsomino vocals were spot on and Novelists were unbelievably tight. They absolutely killed it, simple.
Silent Planet bring with them a fresh feel to hardcore/metalcore. The band hold out an incredible set aided by frontman Garrett Russell whose intense performance draws the crowd in and holds them captivated throughout the entire set.
With stacks of energy song after song they are atmospherically explosive and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Raw passion oozes out of a setlist made of tracks that evidently mean a lot to the band. If you haven't heard of these dudes imagine The Devil Wears Prada meets Northlane in some big ol' musical mash-up that emerges as a sonically driven sound.
For Today hit the stage with a passion and raw aggression that would be hard to top by even the most seasoned of metal bands. Song after song filled with breakdowns and riffs that see heads banging consistently throughout the entire set.
From what we gather, For Today are used to playing far bigger shows (Like a LOT bigger) so the fact that there were only 40 or so people present yet FT still got them moving was a feat that should be admired by any band. The concept of playing to a crowd no matter the size whether it's one or one thousand is one that all bands of all genres of all sizes should abide by and FT executed it perfectly.
This show was one for the fans as was the entire tour by the sounds of it. A re-connection with parts of the world that the band hadn't visited for a long time if you will. Whatever it was, I was definitely one fan that hugely appreciated seeing these dudes rock the socks off Cardiff for a night.