With One Last Breath might have stormed through their set whilst a proportion of us punters were still queuing, but Americans Chelsea Grin who followed certainly made enough noise for the both of them.
Indeed, the deathcore dudes chugged their way through what proved to be a belligerent and ear-bashing performance, acquiring approving head nods from the predominantly adolescent audience.
It took fellow Statesiders Blessthefall however to truly whip the crowd into a rather female-fuelled frenzy. Armed with post-hardcore hits including ‘Promised Ones’, ‘What’s Left Of Me’ and ‘Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted’, the quintet wreaked havoc, with frontman Beau Bokan promising kisses and free tshirts to the ladies who dared to crowdsurf to the stage.
Whilst the sudden scramble that inevitably followed was amusing to say the least, the band needn’t have turned on the charm, as their boisterous breakdowns and bruising vocals were testament enough that they can hold their own live.
Yet the rowdy response that BTF received proved to be nothing in comparison to the piercing screams and applause that greeted Asking Alexandria. Launching into the aptly-titled ‘Welcome’, the Yorkshire lads instantaneously ignited insanity amongst the crammed to capacity venue. Following up with scream-laden scorchers such as ‘Not The American Average’ and ‘I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King’, the quintet bulldozed through their headline slot with an abundance of assurance, albeit not always note or word perfect.
But a few minor slip-ups along the way didn’t dampen spirits for punter or performer, with the metalcore mob and their minions making the absolute most of their debut in Wales.
Living up to its name, The Still Reckless Tour and its loud line-up caused complete chaos in Cardiff. Our ears might be ringing for days on end, but it was definitely worth it.
Words: Kate Rees
Photos: Daniel Mackie