Fozzy/Soil Concorde 2 Brighton 6/12/12
Usually when I’m at the seaside I’m caked in suncream, however on this night perhaps gloom juice would have been more appropriate as Brighton was hit by a deluge of rain. Fortunately I was tucked away inside a sweaty venue for the final leg of the Fozzy/Soil co-headline UK tour. Luckily I was pressed up against the front barrier and I was treated to a truly storming show.
First act we caught were stalwarts of the European metal scene Breed 77, a band that seems to have been around for ever yet are still relatively young, perhaps their best chance of making it was about 10 years ago but that still doesn’t stop them from delivering a tight, energetic set filled with new tracks from their next album combined with classics from previous releases such as ‘La Ultima Hora’. Never a band to disappoint live Breed 77 were powerful and emotive, throw in a cover of Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ and you had the perfect warm up for the rest of the evening.
Next up were, for me, the highlight of the evening, the mighty Fozzy. Always popular in the UK, Fozzy are one of those bands who always seem to have endless amounts of energy and enthusiasm, when they hit the stage and seem to treat every gig as if it’s their last. They always seem a lot more powerful and heavier on the live stage than on record and engage the crowd from first song to the very last.
The set list primarily consisted of tracks from their Fozzy‘s storming new album ‘Sin and Bones’ with tracks like ‘Sandpaper’ and ‘Sin and Bones’ getting the crowd bouncing and singing along. With big choruses and crunching riffs Fozzy were born to play live, frontman Chris Jericho was a ball of energy the moment he hit the stage, a true entertainer he provides the band with a real focal point on the stage. Chuck in a few numbers from previous records such as ‘God Pounds His Nails’ and what you get is a thoroughly entertaining set from the Fozzy boys. Fozzy is a band that has grown up into one of the best live acts going these days, I look forward to catching them again next year.
Fozzy aren’t an easy act to follow but if anyone was going to do it, it was veterans of the scene Soil. With the reintroduction of singer Ryan McCombs, Soil are well and truly back to full strength. Having been around for a while Soil haven’t actually got a massive array of songs to choose from, but luckily for us the tracks they do play are absolute stonkers. Songs like ‘Breaking Me Down’ get the crowd in the mood for dancing from the off and with Ryan’s vocals driving the band on they produce a set full of heavy grooves and raw passion. When closer ‘Halo’ kicks in there isn’t a dry body left in the house as Ryan fights through the crowd for a good old fashioned sing-a-long. A great set by a great band, hopefully we’ll see plenty more from Soil next year!
Keep an eye out for the Music Eyz interview with Chris Jericho soon.
Review by Will Campbell