It feels like we’re in Hot Tub Time Machine: Nu-Metal as three of the scene’s second-wavers share the stage with The Defiled.
Unbelievably this is Dope’s  first London show and the setlist is near-perfect. The industrial metal grind of Violence sits perfectly alongside Die Motherfucker Die as well as covers of Rebel Yell and Fuck Tha Police.
THE DEFILED  are uncharacteristically tame. Even the AvD’s keyboard-hurling antics don’t feel as wild as usual and things don’t really start picking up until the punchy new song Running In Circles. SOIL  offer a classic set with heavy emphasis on their debut Scars, and, yes, they polish up their Halo at the end. It’s been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER  last hit the UK and not only are they tighter, but Dez Fafara has strengthened as a frontman too. The first half of the set is pumped with explosive classics like Loco and Big Truck, complete with gothic visuals. Coal Chamber throw in a couple of new tunes from Rivals but the band run out of steam partway through and people actually start leaving early. But wait! A smouldering Sway kicks off a giant pit full of flying beer and bodies and that sagging middle doesn’t seem to matter anymore.