The quality tour packages continue to take the UK music scene by storm and tonight is no different. Proving that variety is the spice of life, the trio that is Danko Jones, Baroness and Volbeat is an unlikely partnership that brings the masses to Brixton Academy for a toasty treat that not only delivers exceptional value for money but a wild ride from start to finish.
Danko Jones pull the short straw for the night and take the hardest job of them all opening up with their energetic punk infused rock we’ve all come to know and love after this long. At this point having quite comfortably claimed their veteran status, their twenty plus years experience allows them to flow through their set with relative ease warming up London town nicely with fans old and new clearly unfazed at the prospect of work tomorrow morning as plenty of beer fuelled singing takes place.
Its no secret that Baroness are a huge draw for many on this bill and by the time they hit the stage the place is tightly packed for John Blaizley & co who proceed to play one of their biggest UK shows to date. The band waste no time getting into the thick of it with choice cuts from their growing back catalogue of music including the latest ‘Gold & Grey’ record that is well represented within the set. Those favourites from ‘Purple’ as well as ‘Yellow & Green’ are also there and are sounding as thick as ever on the big stage as their wall of sound effortlessly pulsates through the venue. The only problem is its over all too soon.
Whilst we may all be a little disappointed that Baroness are done, we would be foolish to forget that tonight this is Volbeat’s stage, a stage they impressively transform with a large drum rise boasting some impressive LED screen power. As with most live shows these days, the lights go out and there's an intro which in this case happens to be the man himself Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds powering through the PA. It takes mere seconds for the melody and hook driven music of Volbeat to pull you in as the band open with the catchy bounce of ‘Cheapside Sloggers’ from the latest offering ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’ of which a whopping eight songs form just a small portion of tonights setlist.
‘Whoas’ fill the room as ‘Doc Holiday’ momentarily switches out big chorus sing-a-longs for a a thrash metal attack on the senses that wouldn’t be out of place at a Metallica concert. Of course the crowd need very little encouragement to get involved as even those in the seated areas are at this point standing too.
Just when you thought you had seen the last of him for the night, Danko Jones returns to the stage once more to take up his vocal duties on ‘Black Rose’ mid way through the set. An expected treat for all of those in attendance who are so loud at this point they do well to almost overpower Michael Poulsen himself.
A four song strong encore starting with ‘The Devils Bleeding Crown’ marks the beginning of the end. Its likely one of the biggest headlining UK runs Volbeat have had. On this night, the music did the talking. There were no fancy bells and whistles. There were no gimmicks. Just a band and its die hard fans filling the room with nothing but good music and atmosphere, enough to make any fan sit with bated breath until Volbeat return once again.