Cancer Bats/Trash Talk/Vera Cruz - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach - 1st November 2010 Print E-mail
Written by Darrel Sutton   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 05:00

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the muthafucking Cancer Bats. God, I've lost count of the number of times Cancer Bats have played Cardiff and being the sucker that I am I've seen them most of those times (but I wasn't there when they first played the Barfly with Moneen, OK Liam, I wasn't one of the twelve), and after tonight's show you can guarantee I'll be there the next time.




Despite their penchant for playing Cardiff at least a couple of times a year Cancer Bats always seem utterly vital and as they explode onto the stage with the hammer blow of 'We Are The Undead' it seems there's a couple of hundred people who are more than pleased they're here again. Scott Middleton's guitar tone just seems to get heavier with each visit and the whole band are on prime form, which shouldn't be a surprise considering the amount of time they spend on the road. They take heaviness to a new dimension with 'Sorceress' and by the time they roll out the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' mid-set, Liam Cormier has the crowd wrapped around his finger.  They still give a fair few older songs an airing and 'Pneumonia Hawk', 'Shillelagh' and 'French Immersion' sound so much heavier these days, it's scary. Finishing as always with "That Riff", sorry I mean 'Hail Destroyer' they leave another sold out Cardiff crowd broken, exhausted and very happy.


Earlier on Vera Cruz managed to quash the "Who are these?" comments in the space of three songs, as they showed that Paris has as much to offer the world in the shape of hardcore punk as it does rip-off prices, shit traffic and anally fixated prostitutes. Coming across as a hybrid of Every Time I Die, Sepultura and Accept (well maybe not musically, but their synchronised poses and guitar swinging can't go unmentioned) they provide a great start to the evening.




Main support came from Trash Talk, who have been (un)steadily gaining a reputation as a hell of a live band, mainly due to the band, and in particular frontman Lee, interacting with the crowd.... so to speak. They certainly enhance that reputation tonight with an incendiary performance complete with crowd-baiting, circle-pits, swinging from the ceiling and some seriously nasty songs in the form of 'Envy', 'Rabbit Holes', 'Explode' et al providing the perfect soundtrack to 25 minutes of absolute mayhem.