Trivium bring their hard and heavy sound to Glasgow's O2 Academy (4 stars)

Trivium bring their hard and heavy sound to Glasgow's O2 Academy

Heavy metal devastation meets hardcore aggression with the ultimate touring package featuring Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison

Trivium are headlining but there's strength in numbers. Boasting a ridiculously strong starting lineup of Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison for a ram-raid smash and grab assault on the UK that Metal Hammer have already labelled 'the best tour of the year.'

It's barely 6.30pm and Venom Prison have already detonated a rage bomb loaded with crushing political polemic and brutal riffage. Russian-born vocalist Larissa Stupar is a vocal advocate of female empowerment, veganism and anarchy. Admittedly it's often hard to decipher the message over her guttural roar and their pounding death metal onslaught. Texan quintet Power Trip favour proper old school, fist pumping, head-banging thrash. The pit bouncing in appreciation, they absolutely kill tonight.

Code Orange are exploding. The most exciting young band on the metal / hardcore scene, their rep growing with every show. Tonight's set is raw, angry and vicious. It's like being inside a building as it collapses around you. Ranging from the fury of 'Real' to the clattering insanity of 'Killer the Creator' to the open wound that is 'Bleeding in the Blur' (the lyrics 'The line between art and pain no longer exists' perfectly summing up Code Orange's approach and aesthetic). Towering bassist Joe Goldman is a terrifying presence as he stomps the stage; guitarist Reba Meyers' occasional vocals add depth and variety, complementing lead vocalist / drummer Jami Morgan's more aggressive style. The slow motion beat down and moody electronics of closer 'dream2' hint at an even more expansive future.

Trivium are on point. Slick, fast, hard and heavy, their sound indebted to twin titans Metallica and Iron Maiden. It's a devastating technical display of serious shredding and lightning fast solos. Matt Heafy is a hugely charismatic frontman his energy fuelling the biggest circle pit of the night. He also deserves serious kudos for reaching out personally to the bands on tonight's bill; he obvious cares deeply about the genre giving the new breed a platform to grow.

Trivium

New metal overlords.

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