Stepping out first on to the stage tonight, though, are Californians what has eight legs, plays one bass with six hands and can drum your arse into next week? Nothing More. And tonight, they give London an epic treat. First up, though, rising metallers SHVPES inject roaring anarchy into their supercharged riffathons. Not impressed with London's half-arsed attempt to “fucking kill each other” on his command, singer Griffin Dickinsor single-handedly opens up a pit and shows them how it's done.
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But this is Nothing More's dojo, and tonight they school everyone. Not many bands could pull off
Symmetry. While a case of the ‘bad sounds’ practically swallows them, what does get through sounds like a watered-down Sleeping With Sirens, which reaches its nadir with a cringe-tastic cover of Katy Perry’s Roar.
Fortunately, the ante gets upped with the arrival of Kingston upon Thames’ Arcane Roots, a band in possession of that wonderful knack of combining serene gentleness with stomping heaviness. Their set sees their dapper dress sense and polite stage-talk stand in perfect contrast with their eyes-in-the-back-of-the-head alt. Rock riffs, as frontman Andrew Groves jolts about like a man trying desperately to keep his skeleton inside his skin.
Coasts, meanwhile, provide a palette cleanser. By blurring the edges between party-rock and gloomy synth-driven pop, they’re a chart-bothering package that’s all very cool and accomplished.
epic four-way drum battles or three guys wailing away on one bass, but it's because they back up the onstage chicanery with seething rock chops and sky-high anthems that it works, Salem (BurnThe Witch) andThis IsTheTime (Ballast) proving the crowning glories. They'll be scraping brains off the ceiling for weeks, because Nothing More are nothing less than mind-blowing. JAMES MACKINNON