The Altamont Never Say Die! Tour has a lot of gumption putting seven bands – and good bands at that – onto a single bill. It’s almost too much to take in, a full five-solid hours of murderous intent, spat out from the stage with all the ferocity of a rutting rhino.
Support bands have wet dreams about crowds like tonight’s– rather than barging each other out the way at the bar, they’re packing the floor with a whirling-dervish hardcore pit. Carnifex and Whitechapel both respond by dropping breakdown after bloody breakdown.
Knocking everyone off-balance is Protest The Hero, whose technical flair actually sounds tepid and lukewarm against the rest of the bill. Luckily, rising Brighton stars, Architects, pull off one of the shows of their lives to set The Forum sizzling again.
The punch-bag deathcore of Canada’s Despised Icon provides a final bout of bruises to the tireless crowd, before the dual-headliners get set to unleash a metalcore knockout. Unearth’s decade on the road has given them the experience to set the bar high, but Parkway Drive have put in some solid gig-graft of their own over the last two years. The Australians show why they’ve earned the top slot with 45 minutes of brain-damaging riffs and vocals that bark like the Devil’s drill instructor. Simply vicious.
Altamont Never Say Die! Tour @ London Forum photo gallery by Danielle Kelly