Hatebreed support: Caliban
"I want so see circle pits, floor punches and walls of death for this one" blasts Jamey Jasta before the rather apt intro of Doomsayer; "Your doom awaits you!" D-Day veterans would’ve been stunned by the chaos that ensued and for the 500 or so poor souls that survive the terror of a Hatebreed show in full flow, a badge of honour should surely be awarded. But long before the trembling riffs and growls of arguably the world’s most relevant hardcore band, it was the turn of German upstarts Caliban to make a few new friends in Glasgow. Those who caught their patchy and somewhat weak effort in support of Machine Head at the tail end of 2003 had the right to feel shortchanged by the much hyped metalcore quintet. But thankfully, in tonight’s more confined surroundings of the Garage, Caliban play a blinder. With a set comprising mainly of The Opposite From Within cuts and not the lesser known earlier albums the fans are treated to a short sharp burst of quality contemporary metal. Tracks such as The Beloved and the Hatred, Senseless Fight and My Little Secret are very well received and Goodbye is a suitable a closing track as any.
Overall a much better performance than their previous trip north of the border. ".....Your doom awaits you!" Yes, back to the limb infested so called ‘hardcore dancing’ which welcomes the mighty Hatebreed onto the stage for what seems like a set of never ending classics. There are no words to properly describe the intensity of a small Hatebreed show so awe-inspiring, so knee trembling madness will have to do. Both the loyal fans (apparently Hatebreed’s "brothers") and the Connecticut band ooze energy and stomping hits like Perseverance, Live For This, This Is Now, Empty Promises and Another Day, Another Vendetta only serve to pump more adrenaline into the mix. And if that wasn’t enough a quick rendition of Slayer’s classic Raining Blood takes that drama to a new level. The fact that none of the aforementioned chaos even comes close to describing the scenes, which accompany the XXX anthem, I Will Be Heard says it all. The superlative barrel emptied, hyperbole exhausted and tags of ‘gig of the year’ just not doing the show justice, Hatebreed own Glasgow Garage for over a hour, simple as.