Devil horns aplenty as the tastier tour in metal comes to town.
Taste of Chaos tour: Disturbed + Papa Roach + Buckcherry + Halestorm @ Birmingham NIA, 07-12-10
The Taste of Chaos is always good value for a heavy metal night out and it’s little surprise that this year’s version is big enough to take residence in arenas; the bands are always great performers and heavy music really is popular enough for big rooms.
Getting thing going are female-fronted four piece Halestorm. Standing with her low-slung guitar, frontwomans Lzzzy Hale is a natural band leader and has a suitable scowl in her voice to fit perfectly with her band’s gritty, grimy rock. This is their third visit to these shores this year, and with another solid showing in the bag it would be surprise if they’ve acquired enough new fans to warrant another visit in the near future. A good start!
Next up, glam-tinged rockers Buckcherry who instantly up the tattoo count and get the crowd moving. The guys in Buckcherry are all accomplished performers and it shows with a polished set full song that you just cannot help but bang your head to. They also show that, with good, catchy songs, you don’t need anything else to put on a top show. Well worth checking out if they shuold to a stage near you.
Third up, wihtout doubt the highlight of the evening – Papa Roach. From starting out in the peak of nu metal to becoming a top class rock band, this fourpiece know one thing; how to put on a great show. Jacoby Shaddix is full of energy and, as he does every time he plays, asserts himself as one of the best lvie frontmen in rock today. Playing a set full of songs that span the length of their career, they get everyone singing along and state a truly strong case for being able to headline arenas by themselves. This is underlined by the closer of ‘Last Resort’, which people still singing it long after the band has left the stage. As always, an absolute pleasure to watch.
Papa Roach are a tough act to follow, but it’s a challenge that Disturbed are able to rise to with impressive skill. They have attracted a loyal army of fans over the past ten years and tonight is a celebration about everything that has got them where they are today – choppy riffs and David Draiman prowling the stage and filling gaps with his trademark growls. Highlights have to be ‘The Game’, ‘Prayer’ and ‘Inside the Fire’, although these and the rest of the set are only leading up to one thing, the truly climatic modern metal classic that is ‘Down With the Sickness’. In a word, brilliant.
Full Disturbed setlist: Asylum/The Game/Prayer/Liberate/Land of Confusion/Animal/Inside the Fire/Stricken/Another Way to Die/Stupify//10,00 Fists/Indestructible/Down With the Sickness
Photography: Dave Musson Photography