Northlane / Volumes

Oz metalcorers get a new lease of life

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The Academy is buzzing tonight as a sold-out crowd of screaming metalcore fans hyped on Tuborg tries to push further toward the stage like a stampede of buffalo heading toward a brick wall.

But before tonight’s star attraction, LA breakdown lovers VOLUMES [5] do their best to raise the already sweaty temperature. Dressed entirely in white like scene Andrew WKs, the five-piece leap around like fleas on and off the stage – frontmen Michael and Gus surf round the room on shoulders, but the musical impact is lost in a damp mix of hookless genericore that fails to substantially drag the audience in on any emotional level. Stepping things up by a gear or two are the revitalised NORTHLANE [7], who hurtle onstage amida flurry of moshpits and screams.

CO2 cannons shroud the stage with new, hyperactive frontman Marcus Bridge finding himself as ringleader to the baying hordes of London. Stomping, bruising breakdowns are met with frenzied choral vocals trying to crumble the PA system to the floor.

The violent crowd barely pause to take a breath between Quantum Flux, Impulse and Masquerade as the passion for this band is exerted through orchestrated aggression. The band don’t quite hit every nail on the head tonight, but their fanbase more than makes up for it. This is the start of something big.

Volumes take flight

Volumes take flight (Image credit: Jake Owens)

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.