Stepping in as a replacement for Heriot, four-piece Lake Malice exploded onto the stage at Electric Brixton with their energetic sound. Formed only last year in Brighton, England, the band have a commanding presence. Vocalist Alice Guala exuded pure confidence, alternating between screaming, singing, and rapping whilst she leaped around vivaciously in front of the crowd who jumped up and down with her.
With Zeal & Ardor, there was an excellent display of crowd participation, those with enough room to mirror the actions for the lyrics “right hand, left hand down” acted out by Manuel Gagneux, some even head banged simultaneously. Many of those who were present heard three songs (“Tuskegee”, “Golden Liar” and “Erase”) live for the first time, as they had not been played at their previous London show this year supporting Meshuggah. The Swiss genre benders ended the UK leg of their tour on top form, showcasing chapters from all of their releases in their eventful and moving hour-and-fifteen-minute set.