Gig Review

The Kerrang Tour 2013
Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive, Fearless Vampire Killers
Bristol, Academy

5th February 2013

Black Veil Brides            Chiodos                       Tonight Alive

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerTonight was the day 3 of the Kerrang tour 2013 which saw the tour stop of at the Academy in Bristol, like every year the Kerrang Tour features a diverse line up and this year was just as diverse as ever with Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive, Fearless Vampire Killers and William Control completing the line up.

When we got to the venue the queue was crazing going right up the hill and around the corner to the car park, by the time we made it into the venue opening act Fearless Vampire Killers had just ended their set which was bad timing as I have heard a lot of positive things about their live performance, there was short wait for the stage to chance around for Tonight Alive so this gave us time to look around and I was shocked at how empty the venue was towards the back as most gigs at the Academy in Bristol you struggle to move but tonight was like a luxury with space on offer, I started to wonder if the Kerrang tour had sold that well and then I thought about the huge queue we had to contend with coming in and then realised that the venue has the same capacity as always but this time around everyone is younger, smaller and storming to the front waiting for their hero’s the Black Veil Brides.

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerTonight Alive took to the stage and put on a real energetic performance with front women Jenna McDougall busting some moves as she sung her heart out whilst also shouting out to the crowd for their participating in jumping up and down, I did feel slightly sorry for Matt Best as his drum kit was placed in such an awkward position on the stage due to the Black Veil Brides stage and kit being covered up in the centre, however this did not stop him from giving it his all as Tonight Alive blasted their way through 7 songs in their 35 minutes set which included crowd pleasers ‘Wasting Away, ‘Starlight’ and their more recent single ‘Listening’.

Next up were Chiodos playing their first shows in the UK since Craig Owens called time on his other talented project D.R.U.G.S and rejoined Chiodos, when Owens was kicked out of Chiodos back in 2009 the band quite frankly turned to shit and now Owens is back in the fold I was eager to see if Chiodos were back to being on form.

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerAs soon as the band took to the stage Owens let rip with a massive scream as the band let rip with their well loved post-hardcore music, Owens spent the set racing and back and forth across the stage whilst also encouraging the fans by reaching out to touch them and also asking for them to jump and sing-a-long which the crowd did with ease.

The Chiodos set consisted of classics such as ‘The Undertaker’s Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable, ‘Caves’, ‘A Letter From Janelle’, and the big fan favourite ‘Life Is A APerception Of Your Own Reality’, overall it was great to see Chiodos back in the UK and back on form with Craig Owens back in the band, their set was a little too short for my liking but then that was to be expected on such a tour such as the Kerrang tour which is there to showcase the music of 4 bands.

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerThere was a 30 minute wait for the Black Veil Brides the time went pretty fast but then the Black Veil Brides didn’t take to their stage so their legion of fans started chanting “Black Veil Brides, Black Veil Brides” over and over, another ten minutes passed the lights dimmed and the Black Veil Brides took to the stage one by one which was met with the biggest screams I have ever heard from the Academy.

As soon as the first guitar riff is laid down the Kerrang Tour banner drops down to reveal a Black Veil Brides banner featuring images from their third studio album ‘Wretched And Divine’ this is once again met by massive cheers and from this moment on the Black Veil Brides have the whole room in the palm of their hands for the next 50 minutes as they solidly play a set which is mainly dominated with material from their most recent album ‘Wretched And Divine’.

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerA couple of songs into the set the Black Veil Brides decide to play a cover of Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ which went down insanely well with the whole crowd singing along whilst the people in the pit let off some much built up energy.

As the set progressed you just knew that the Black Veil Brides were wishing they were on their own headline tour where they had a full length set and could play ‘Wretched And Divine’ from start to finish as they included a couple of the interludes into the set, played the violin and also had William Control come on stage to lay down some hard hitting vocals.

Photo Of Chiodos © Copyright TriggerThe set closes with ‘Fallen Angels’ and as soon as the band leave the stage the crowd start chanting “Black Veil Brides” over and over again which prompt the band to come back and play a one song encore of ‘In The End’ which features yet another guest performance from Williams Control as the band and crowd rock out for one last time.

It is safe to say that all the bands on the Kerrang tour 2013 are going to have bright futures, Fearless Vampire killers are already making a name for themselves, Tonight Alive are workaholics who are set to release album number 2 sometime in the summer, Chiodos will always have their up’s and down’s but with Craig Owens back in the band and talk of a new album things are defiantly looking up and the Black Veil Brides are guaranteed to break out of the Academy sized tour circuit and move up to playing arenas and that is something they seriously deserve and it is only a matter of time if tonight’s performance is anything to go by.

Tonight Alive 4/5
Chiodos 4/5
Black Veil Brides 4.5/5

Review By Trigger

 Black Veil Brides

Andy Biersack
Ashley Purdy
Jake Pitts
Christian Coma


Craig Owens
Pat McManaman
Matt Goddard
Bradley Bell
Derrick Frost
Thomas Erak

 Tonight Alive

Jenna McDougall
Jake Hardy
Cam Adler
Matt Best

 Band Related Links
Black Veil Brides Facebook
Chiodos Facebook
Tonight Alive Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?