Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Live Review: Blood Youth/ZOAX - Birmingham Asylum - 7/10/16

It is fair to say that the past eighteen months have seen Blood Youth go from strength to strength. With a rigorous and impressive tour schedule, the band have held huge support slots for Beartooth and Every Time I Die as well as playing iconic festivals such as Download and Slam Dunk Festival. Tonight in Birmingham saw the band play their closing date of their 'Closure' tour , before their upcoming support slot for While She Sleeps in mainland Europe.

Main support came from ZOAX [8], who released their self-titled debut album back in May and notably supported Funeral For a Friend on their farewell tour. It's fair to say the band themselves brought numbers up massively for the show tonight, with their unique hybrid mix of heavy yet melodic sounds. Notable was front-man Adam Carroll- who stands out as one of the most charismatic and eccentric lead vocalists seen in recent years. Half the set saw Adam perform standing on the bar, and making witty yet eccentric comments to the crowd. ZOAX are a must-see live band, with uniqueness and maturity cementing their status as one of the most exciting upcoming bands in the UK.

Blood Youth's [7] set tonight saw the band play a mix of material from their two EP's Inside My Head and Closure. Beginning with Mood Swing, it is clear from the get-go that Blood Youth's set is going to be a mix of energy and passion. For every ounce of effort the band gives, this is easily reflected by the crowd- singing along to every word. Blood Youth kept the momentum going with Dead Space, 24/7 and Cold Sweat, and then introduced a new song 'Parasite' that was simply labelled as being 'fucking heavy'. True to their word, the new song goes down an absolute treat with the crowd and shows that their upcoming debut album will be extremely promising.

Another song - 'Making Waves' that will appear on the upcoming album was also played and showed Blood Youth's talent for creating heavy yet fun music for fans to enjoy both live and on record. It is clear how far Blood Youth have come over the past year or so when 'Piece by Piece' and 'Closure' are played- the crowd held onto vocalist Kaya's every word and went nothing short of crazy.  In traditional Blood Youth fashion, the set ends with fan favourite Failure, where Kaya passionately delivers a short speech about the sentimentality of the song, before diving into the  fury of the crowd. The future is extremely bright for Blood Youth as a fresh and raw talent, with a fan-base that is continuously rising; their upcoming album will be widely anticipated.

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