|Photo: David Tobin|
Draped in nostalgia and blind pre-teen nihilism, Concorde
2’s night of nu-metal with Coal Chamber as headliners could have gone one of two ways. Either times have
changed too rapidly and the 90’s glory era has waned beyond recognition and
should be swept under the rug of the contemporary or, as it was to be, a
complete celebration of how metal, the dark and the ultra-heavy was to
assimilate itself into the mainstream and into the hearts of a new legion of
heavy metal fans.
not been the kindest on the group, with their set largely falling flat. A last
minute rendition of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” was to be their highlight.
Defiled. By this point, a decent-size crowd had assembled in Concorde 2,
but The Defiled failed to make the most of their appearance. Unsurprisingly,
their mix was overly bass-heavy which did little to compliment their sound,
being on average at least three to five semitones higher than their nu-metal
counterparts. In spite of the PA mix letting them down, the band brought energy
by the bucket load and proved they have the capacity to slot into line-ups that
are more gothic swag than glitter-bound SG guitars.
career by that one club banger and festival favourite, “Halo”. They walked
on with a backing track which included the chorus to tantalise the eager crowd,
but we knew it wasn’t to be the opener, lest they play to a half-empty room two
songs in. By the third track “Pride”,
Soil were dominating the stage and the audience with fists pumping all around
took a wah and distortion-drenched solo, heavily nodding towards Cliff
Burton‘s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” before the band pummelled into “I’m
Real”, garnering a hugely positive response from the crowd. With a
small spiel on 2001’s groundbreaking release ‘Scars’, Soil then
ripped into the crowd with the sonic battering ram “Halo”. Bodies were flying
around the room with nearly everyone singing the chorus at the top of their
lungs. Unexpectedly, the final song of their set was their rendition of Spiderbait‘s “Black Betty”, which
apart from one guitar blip at that crucial moment, saw Soil champion their set.
|Photo: David Tobin|
When Coal Chamber announced they were reuniting and
were to make an appearance at Download Festival 2013, you could almost hear a
collective “WTF” moment in the air. Embarrassingly fizzling out in 2003 amongst
a torrent of interpersonal issues and onstage hissy fits, it was unanimously
questioned just what this band or at least Dez Fafara has to offer with
Coal Chamber in 2015.
expected, guitarist Meegs Rascón and bassist Nadja Peulen stood
on their monitors looming over the audience. Their look may be toned down in
comparison to the band of old, but the effect this gave was absolutely evil.
Chamber slammed straight into “Loco” followed by “Big
Truck” – arguably two of their biggest songs – doing the complete
opposite of Soil. It’s an interesting approach and one that would backfire for
most bands, but Coal Chamber picked up momentum at a relentless pace.
heaviness crushing the audience, and gave Dez an opportunity to play with his
LED-lit gramophone. A sub-bass sine wave was played before “Not Living” which
shook the venue to its core. “Dark Days” and new song “Rivals”
meshed perfectly with each other in the setlist, proving that Coal Chamber are
and always were more than just a one-trick pony. Dez dispelled any hope for an
encore by announcing they “are for fucking rockstars” before finishing the
night with “Sway”.
seeing the once most popular style of nu-metal be reduced to nothing more than
a guilty pleasure, only to come back full-circle once more. With bands like Korn
and Limp Bizkit being in higher demand than ever before, Coal Chamber
have earned their integrity and their right to be alive once again in 2015.
Nu-metal is back and it’s never been so much more fun.