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Review: As Heaven Falls at The Roundhouse
BEING an ardent metalhead, I have seen many a great band over the years at festivals and major venues, and there’s nothing quite like that hit of euphoria when you see something mindblowing.
I didn’t, however, expect something of that ilk at a youth centre, when As Heaven Falls took to the stage on Saturday.
It started with a bang: Energetic front man Oscar Jackson kicked off the gig by walking into the gaggle of young fans at the front of the stage – and as the music started up he joined in the braying, angry mosh as he sang.
The music was fantastic too: poundingly heavy metal, but with innovative, catchy riffs and heavy drums.
The five-piece’s style instantly drew parallels with a fresh Sylosis, and Jackson’s crazy, excitable ways brought former Gallows’ frontman Frank Carter to mind – but with a much heavier bassline.
Jackson managed to work the stage brilliantly, despite the limitations of a microphone lead, leaping into the mosh for each song, and starting an incredible wall of death with the crazy few at the front. All this while the band headbanged and jumped to the thumping beat.
I have seen an inordinate amount of bands over the years but I can quite honestly say I felt a real, palpable excitement about this young bunch of metallers, who are only in their teens.
Watch this space – but more importantly, watch As Heaven Falls.
You won’t be disappointed.
Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/asheavenfallsuk
Check back on the website tomorrow for a Q&A with the band.