It’s the last night of the Bullet For My Valentine European tour, and what better place to complete the tour than the Roundhouse in London? As soon as the doors open, the front of the queue rush to get their barrier spot to settle for the evening.
Atreyu are first to take the stage, and they clearly know how to hype up a crowd with their charisma and on-stage interactions. Delivering a setlist including ‘The Time Is Now’, ‘Blow’ and new single ‘Drowning’, they’re making sure they’re memorable as vocalist Brandon Saller leaves the stage to sing in the crowd. Atreyu give pure entertainment, make sure they’re on your list of bands to watch live.
Jinjer are up next, and the room feels a little more packed out as the evening progresses. Vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk commands the stage with her clean vocals and violent screams in a packed out setlist including ‘Who’s Gonna Be The One’, ‘Vortex’ and ‘Judgement (& Punishment)’. The room woke up as crowd-surfers headed for the barrier, head-banging to the strong beats of ‘Dead Hands Feel No Pain’. Jinjer definitely left the crowd wanting more, and reminded us they’re on the Download line up this year, so add them to your clash-finder!
As soon as our headliners Bullet For My Valentine hit the stage, the energy of the room lifts as the heavy drums of ‘Knives’ start off their setlist and crowd-surfers start heading towards the barriers almost immediately. They deliver a real mix of tracks, much to everyone’s delight, with ‘4 Words To Choke Upon’ and ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ keeping their firm place in the setlist. The mood is slowed with the highly requested before their tour ‘Hearts Burst Into Fire’, as nostalgic eyes light up around the room with that iconic riff.
The crowd favourite ‘Scream Aim Fire’ picks up the pace, as vocalist Matt Tuck demands a large circle pit, which of course is obeyed, that’s what the Roundhouse is built for right? The varied setlist of fan favourites from each of their albums makes the perfect evening for all Bullet fans, nostalgia and the new hard-hitting bangers. Ending the evening with ‘Your Betrayal’ and ‘Waking The Demon’, members of the crowd clearly exhausted, Bullet never fail to disappoint. With the room being packed to the walls, who knows what venues they’ll be playing next.
If you missed out, Bullet For My Valentine were announced this week to headline 2000Trees in July.
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