LIVE: Asking Alexandria – 19/01/13 – O2 Academy, Brixton

First up were Paris based, deathcore band Betraying The Martyrs who, whilst not being one of most anticipated bands on the bill, put on a great show. They were heavy, lively and got the crowd moving. I personally found a lot of the songs to played blend into one, but for a band whose goal is to write punishing tracks and deliver amazing live performances, they were spot on.

If you imagine Marilyn Manson formed a metalcore band, you wouldn’t be too far from Motionless In White. I had been looking forward to seeing these guys as I had very recently started getting into them. For those who know of the band, frontman Chris and the rest of the gang have a very unique image, using heavy makeup, creating a very dark and gothic look. I found this was very unusual. This threw me off completely as to what music genre they fell into. As it turned out Motionless In White fit the bill well. The band played their biggest hits including ‘Immaculate Misconception’ from their first album “Creatures”, and their first single of the most recent album, “Infamous”. Overall, they put on a great hardcore show (complete with fog!) and interacted well with the crowd.

While She Sleeps got the award for most liveliest band of the night. I had not heard much by these guys prior to the gig. But I was impressed. One song really stood out for me, ‘Dead Behind The Eyes’. It kicked in with a fast paced beat that got the whole crowd moshing. The band never stopped moving around. It was amazing to watch and I found myself unable to peel my eyes off of Aaran Mckenzie (bassist) as he was constantly on the move. Towards the end of ‘Crows’ frontman Lawrence Taylor, raised his mic stand and brought it down, slamming it not only into the floor, but also bringing his body down with a hard thump! This didn’t put him off performing the emotional ‘Seven Hills’ to close the set.

This show really did have it all. It had perfect lighting. It had pyrotechnics. But more importantly it had Asking Alexandria. Lights, camera, action! Their sold out show to over 5,000 people was the perfect time to film an upcoming DVD and music video to their newest single ‘Run Free’. By the time they were on their second song of the night, Danny Worsnop (vocalist), had begun a nice collection of bras, which by the end of the night, was quite a hefty bunch!

After seeing Asking Alexandria play The Forum 12 months ago, they quickly become my favourite live band. Last year, much to a few peoples amazement, the band failed to play ‘A Prophecy’. However this was corrected for Brixton and boy, did I scream my lungs out. They played all their biggest tracks including ‘Not The American Average’ and ‘To The Stage’, before being summoned by the London crowd for an encore of ‘Alerion’ and ‘The Final Episode’.

Tonight proved that Asking Alexandria always deliver and never disappoint. If you haven’t seen the guys live, I urge you to catch them next time they play a city or town near you.