Soil Ft: Fozzy and Breed 77
@ The Electric Ballroom
5th December 2012
Review by Wolf Shankland
Photography by Michelle Murphy
I love the Electric ballroom! It has to be one of London’s best metal and tonight they hold host to the legendary Soil!
It’s great, this time last year Soil toured on their Scars album anniversary which saw original frontman Ryan McCombs take the microphone back from Cavalier, and he was welcomed back with open arms!
But opening the night were Villians, sadly not much to write as I didn’t stay to watch these guys as I went onwards to interview Ryan and Adam from Soil, but from I saw I found them to be a bit too punk-rock for my liking and didn’t feel fitted in with the rest of the line-up. Anyway, with beer in hand and a fistful of questions I’m off to do my interview.
So finishing up my interview I run back to the floor to just catch the beginning of Breed 77! Last time I saw these guys was around 2004/5 when they supported Ill Nino, and it’s good to see the London guys back home.
Opening with Calling Out from the album Cultura the crowd begin bouncing around like crazy!
The band really gets the crowd going and they join in with the chorus’ from the next few epics such as The Battle of Hatin and Drown before they surprise the crowd with a sensational cover of Alice Coopers Poison! EPIC!
Following that is Cultura epic The River. Lighters, phones and fists wave around the crowd join in with the chorus, and why not, this being one of Breed’s most melodic, heart-warming song to date.
What better to follow that than there famous cover of the legendary Cranberries song ZOMBIE and they crowd go mental! After Calling out (Reprise) and ending on fan favourite La Utima Hora the crowd cheer as Breed 77 leave the stage.
The Battle Of Hatin
Poison (Alice Cooper cover)
ZOMBIE (Cranberries cover)
Calling out (Reprise)
La Ultima Hora
So the crowd disperses momentarily to the bar but quickly return as Y2J fronted band Fozzy take the stage!
I say Y2J I of course mean the hard as nails Chris Jericho!!
After retiring from WWE Chris Jericho decided he’d work on Fozzy more, after their latest release Sin and Bones as well as being added to the BOA line up Fozzy took the stage tonight by storm. Opening the set with the incredibly eerie opening to Spider in my Mouth and already the crowd is feeding off Jericho’s energy as he bounces around the stage, lifting the mic stand high above his head. Following this is Sandpaper the second track off their new album Sin and Bones (originally with M. Shadows assisting on vocals with Chris on the album) and the crowd decides to lend him a helping hand in doing the vocals.
Following this is their cover of Krokus song Eat the Rich which only a handful of Krokus fans decided to join along with this before the belted in with old and new hits Pray for Blood and the epic Inside my Head. The crowd are loving it, and you could tell that behind his cool ass sun glasses he was really enjoying it too!
Next up is glam metal style Shes My Addiction an excellent song that reminds you of early Motley Cru, the crowd jumping up into the air along to the beat,onlyto followed shortly after by God Pounds His Nails. The instrumental Whitechapel plays over the amp as the lights go down and ready the crowd for the heavy To Kill a Stranger.
So we come to the final three songs and they are some tracks to end on!! From the new album is the title track Sin and Bones to which becomes a definite fan favourite. Next up is Enemy before a definite fan favourite Blood Happens!
The drummer goes crazy behind his kit to the opening to this epic fan favourite, with The Duke lending his harsh vocal styles along with Jericho! Awesome set!!
Spider in my mouth
Eat the Rich
Pray for blood
Inside my Head
She’s My Addiction
God pounds his nails
To Kill A Stranger
Sin and Bones
The crowd move forward…They pack together to make their way closer to the stage.
Soil has entered the building! And what an entrance as they jump on with Breaking me Down. You can tell a lot of the fans have come to see these guys tonight, and for most of them (including myself) it’s the first time they’ve seen them since frontman Ryan returned from Drowning Pool to take back the reigns of Soil.
The opening set and the songs being played are just amazing! It’s no wonder these guys have inspired so many young metalheads, new and old!!
Following that belter of an opener are Pride and the crowd roars as Need to Feel taken from their biggest album to date Scars.
Next up is a definite fan favourite Redefine taken from their RE*DE*FINE album. Now as most of us know, AJ Cavalier left Soil due to artistic views, same reason as why Ryan left Drowning Pool, but it was great news to the metal community, Ryan is time times better than Cavalier so it’s no huge loss. No because of the difference in vocals Ryan refused to sing any material Cavalier was involved in, so to show some respect, the next song is Drowning Pools 37 Stitches and though not a SOil song, the crowd still goes mental for this!!
Now this was funny, Ryan recounts a story from one of his older gigs. Apparently he asked the crowd to give his something cool so he could drink jager out of, and the only thing to fly out of the crowd was somebodies prosthetic leg, in which he shrugged his shoulders and drink jager from the fake leg! Fantastic!
Now here is a treat, this let set of songs are all from the Scars album, fuck yeah!! My Own, The One, My Time and Inside mark the path to the final two songs of the night, and this is where the heat picks up as the penultimate song Unreal rings through the room, pits galore! The crowd using most of their energy as they fly at each other with pure power, but they find their reserves as smash hit Halo fills the room, and every fucker knows this song.
You don’t even need to listen to metal to know this track!! People jump around and go fucking mental at this finale!
Epic!…But it’s not over.
Coming back on stage to the crowd shouting for more, they announce their next song, a famous Ram Jam song, Black Betty. And the crowd love it, I personally think this cover is epic!
All In all tonight was amazing, and can’t wait to hear the new material Breed 77 and Soil have for us in the new year!!
Breaking Me Down
Need To Feel