02 ABC Glasgow
25th May 2015
Review and photography by Ritchie Birnie
Its been a long time since Coal Chamber have trod the boards or released any material so as they reach these shores with a brilliant set of supporting bands how did they do? Rusty or kick ass? Read on people.
Unfortunately due to administration problems( it happens more than you think) I missed Dope and The Defiled but made it front and centre for Soil( 4/5), there was no way I was missing this. They kicked the doors down with “Loaded Gun”, the dirty, gritty sound oozes from the PA, the heads start banging and the release of daily life and drudgery is gone.
Before we get to “Breaking me Down” we have Ryan taking a moment to thank all of us for giving the band a reason to get out of bed in the morning and with cheers still ringing round the venue and the opening “let it Go” does exactly that. The pit bursts into a frenzy which does not let up until they leave the stage.
Soil were on fire tonight. They came, they saw, they ripped our heads from our shoulders and drop kicked them into metal Heaven and to top it off we had the trademark “Black Betty” to finish on. Now this is just about the best version live you will ever see. The band have this tied down so tight it could be a duck taped kidnap victim in the boot(trunk) of a car. Soil fan or not you will be screaming this at the top of your voice, a brilliant finisher, a brilliant set even if it is far too short and as short as it was I could not wipe the smile from my face…this is what live music is about.
Breaking Me Down
The Hate Song
I am surprised at the age group in the crowd tonight, it is very varied and there are kids younger than the 13 years that has passed since Coal Chamber(4/5) had released any new material. The place was pretty much sold out tonight, I think very few of us would ever see this band again and it shows in the turnout.
It was good to reconnect with the band in the weeks prior to the show, with all the CDs getting a good airing and with this and as “Loco” kicks the whole thing off that you realise what an impact this band had and continues to have with their influence in much younger bands. This was on Dee Snider’s movie “Strangeland” which, Like the band has a massive cult following and is also being redone so another comeback of sorts.
I will be honest there was a bit of ring rustiness but no one gave two hoots. Some bands cannot pull that off but with the visual stimulus and the fact that they are actually in front of you after all this time who the hell cares? The whole band are on top form, with Nadja constantly catching my eye, that girl can play and she must also have a very supple neck as that head is battered all night long.
The whole Nadja thing got me thinking, now you need to bare with me here as this may be a mixture of drink and testosterone but just hear me out. We have had numerous supergroups over the years and I think it is time for an all female supergroup. Joining Nadja we will have Maria Brink on Vocals, the amazingly talented Jen Ledger( Skillet) on drums and because I want a five piece, dual guitarists of Lizzy hale and Orianthi. OMG, what a band, some amazing song writing ability, some to die for talent and 3 singers. Who is with me on this one? This has to happen!
Now, leaving my personal fantasies behind and focusing on the show and what a show it was. It was basically a jukebox, greatest hits with some new tracks from “Rivals” thrown in for good measure. The new tracks were not amiss in the set and many people were very happy with the new offerings. The band looked very happy to be back on stage and the crowd were ruckus from start to finish.
The Glasgow crowd welcomed the band like long lost family, family they had thought were lost forever and the feeling of relief and sheer joy was written on every person’s face as they walked out the venue. I hope the band noticed the feeling of love and admiration and keep coming back as this is a show not to be missed.