It’s that time of the year again, as the annual Hell On Earth Tour hits up the Corporation in Sheffield, with – as always – a stacked line-up with some of the most exciting names in hardcore and metal, headlined by Every Time I Die.
With bodies still piling in, moshcore outfit Thick As Blood kick the night off to a somewhat unorthodox start, as a fill-in takes the place of usual vocalist Gino Vento who is unable to make the tour due to “losing his passport.” The replacement, however, loses his voice towards the end of the stomping set and amusingly gets a member of the crowd to sing in lieu for him.
Despite not being all that active nowadays, X’ed-up Down To Nothing, show how it’s done and plough through a slick set of their diverse hardcore anthems. Sometimes sounding like Have Heart (Along For The Ride), Kids Like Us (Home Sweet Home) and even Terror (Pipeline), there’s a staggering amount clearly here for Richmond’s own tonight, as the pit opens up with flailing arms and legs.
Deathcore giants The Acacia Strain are also met with enthusiasm, as bruising frontman Vincent Bennett effortlessly commands the entire room, while belting out their hard and sludgy tunes, from the likes of their recently released Woomword. By the end of their 30-minute set, they’ve certainly left a lasting impression, as the 800-capacity room are chanting in unison, “We want more!”
To the untrained ear, Hell On Earth veterans All Shall Perish get fairly monotonous and it definitely shows as a portion of the crowd filter away. Although, those familiar with the Californian 5-piece seem to be more than satisfied as they growl along to the vocals of Hernan Hermida, with one happy attendee gleefully muttering, “That was amazing!” after their intense set of earth-pounding bass and technically heavy riffs.
Despite there being a barrier, this doesn’t put a stop to the masses of stage divers during Terror’s 45-minutes of pure insanity. There’s blood, beat downs (literally) and breakdowns. Full of hard-hitting classics with the likes of Always The Hard Way and Spit My Rage, Scott Vogel and his crew also unleash Stick Tight and Return To Strength, from the newly-released and critically-acclaimed Keepers of The Faith. Set of the night.
While not topping their predecessors performance, New York’s Every Time I Die do a stellar job in following, as they open with Apocalypse Now And Then. There’s little talk, as they shred through their relentless set of non-stop anthems from their hefty back-catalogue of southern-tinged hardcore, with those in attendance sing along to virtually every word of their darling Keith Buckley, ending the night in a truly positive and sweat-dripping form.
– Faye Turnbull.
Interviews with Down To Nothing and Terror coming soon!