A SOLD out venue hailed the return of Sheffield’s prodigal sons for their first hometown show in three years.
In that time vocalist Oli Sykes and gang have headlined tours in Europe and the US and their third album - There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Lets Keep It A Secret - released late 2010 hit the top 20 in the UK and Stateside and bagged the top slot in the Aussie album charts.
Nominated for three Kerrang! Awards, this year including best British band and best album, they’d walk away with longest album title if that was a category.
BMTH released their début in 2006 to much acclaim and their third continued the rise with their metalcore roots now embracing more subtle melodic and electronic sounds which have widened appeal.
Tonight they very nearly blew the roof off with an ultra high energy set that saw them romping around a stage ramped like a skateboard park.
An unwritten policy of ‘no tattoos or piercing’s, no entry’ had been adhered to as their magnificent hard core fans packed what was effectively a massive pit, only surfacing for water from the bar.
Some fine riffs from guitarists Lee Malia and Jona Weinhofen set a perfect platform for Oli’s unbelievable growling that made for 75 minutes of mayhem from opener It Never Ends, through a breathtaking rendition of Suicide Season to encore Chelsea Smile, closing the set with both guitarists playing on balcony ledges high above the crowd.
This was a gig that will be etched into the memories of all those present tonight. Welcome home boys!
By Sean Bruce