It’s a nice Tuesday night in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh and at La Belle Angele there is a melodic metalcore show going on for they have booked Edinburgh’s own As I Was Hunted, Sworn Amongst from Hull, England and Our Hollow, Our Home from Southampton, England.
Edinburgh’s own As I Was Hunted a four piece, female fronted metalcore band. The band is formed of a female clean vocalist, guitarist who does unclean vocals, drummer who does unclean vocals and a bassist.
As things began you could see how the vocalist (Zoe) seemed to be shy on stage by always facing the side or her band members or the back of the stage instead of facing the crowd and getting the crowd involved with her set. As well as this the guitarist snapped one of his guitar strings after only a song or two so had to continue the set with one less strong than he was expecting. However, you could see how this band have a powerful sound and one that could go further with more time spent on their stage presence and involving the crowd into their set. One song that did get the crowd joining in with them is their cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” which had the crowd singing along and enjoying themselves a little more. One thing that was really nice of the band was that they thanked all the people who were involved with the show from the venue, sound engineer, the other bands who were on the bill and the crowd for coming down to catch their set. They also congratulated a couple who found out that they were pregnant.
Sworn Amongst were the second to be on stage as a powerful five piece from Hull, England. You could tell right away that they have been working on their live set a lot with themselves talking to the crowd and involving them a lot throughout their set. With their energetic it was hard to not get involved from banging your head to for some people hardcore dancing and two-stepping. During their set however, the vocalist did fall off the stage but kept going on with the song and keeping the audience captivated with the set not letting it get in the way of putting on a good set for the crowd who was still watching and listening to them. As the set came to an end people were feeling warmer and they had gained more fans. From this set alone I could tell that this is one band that we should be keeping an eye on in the future.
Finally, it was the turn of the headliners Our Hollow, Our Home a five piece melodic metalcore band Southampton. As it was only their second time being in Scotland they didn’t have a lot of people who had stayed for them however everyone who had joined in with headbanging, dancing, hardcore dancing and two-stepping showing that they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. As a very energetic band and one that uses all of the space on the stage everyone was able to see that they love being on stage and love what they do. With powerful metalcore mixed with softer clean vocals it created a new sound that was original and one that they had totally made their own. At one point the vocalist did drop the mic by accident however did not let that get in the way of their set and he carried on without making it seem like it had interrupted the set at all. From all of this you can understand why they are a one of the hottest up and coming bands at the moment!