The Tivoli Theatre is just over half capacity for the return of California’s Devildriver and with the addition of the mighty Dead Label and 2018’s Metal 2 The Masses Irish winners, This Place Hell, there is a real sense of ‘community’ in the air in support of our beloved metal scene.
Taking to the stage and hitting the gas peddle almost immediately, This Place Hell are not here to ‘fuck around’. What we see on the stage tonight is a band that has grown in confidence, musicianship and overall professionalism and everyone knows it. Having levelled the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock just a few days earlier This Place Hell are on a 45-degree angle to some very big things indeed. Keep an eye on these guys as they are on the verge of blowing up. 4/5
Talking of ‘blowing up’, if you haven’t experienced the mighty Dead Label’s live show in the last few months then you need to address that NOW! Having also performed at the UK’s infamous Bloodstock Festival just a few days previous to them joining Devildriver for both Irish dates, the Celbridge three-piece literally part the venue in two and lay down a tremendous groove-infused set that ends with their brain-hacking ‘Pure Chaos‘ single which see’s the first pit action of the night. Some curious and surprised glances from Devildriver’s road crew is a testament to itself. Dead Label’s domination is coming, whether you like it or not. 4/5
And so, onto tonight’s headliner. Devildriver take to the stage and with frontman Dez Fafara in a rare mood, the Californian five-piece take the venue’s capacity down memory lane with a packed 60 mins of metalcore bangers.
We are treated to a 13 song setlist that offers highlights such as opener ‘End of The Line‘, Awol Nation’s ‘Sail‘ done Devildriver style, as well as ‘I Could Care Less‘ and the anthem that is ‘Clouds Over California‘. In fact, what we get tonight, is track for track, the same setlist the band pulled off at Bloodstock’s main stage over the weekend.
The now stifling hot venue is awash with flush-faced punters as they lose themselves to the thunderous work of drummer Austin D’Amond under the command of Fafara, who grins under his long sweat-drenched mane. As they finish on the dot of 60 mins with ‘Ruthless‘ and ‘The Mountain‘, Fafara declares that we won’t have to wait that long for their return and bids his farewell under the amber stage lights. Watch this space… 3.5/5
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