(PCM) The British Invasion Tour featuring Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria made a recent stop at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA and provided us with an evening of blistering metal and absolute mayhem. The bands have been playing to near sell-out crowds for majority of dates on this run and the Fillmore was no different as fans packed in to see these masterful metallers in action. Both Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria have been through quite a bit over the years, however they have triumphantly overcome this obstacles and have emerged stronger than ever! In all seriousness, both band’s sounded the best we have heard them in years!
Asking Alexandria blasted on to the stage opening with “I Won’t Give In” and blazed through their set which included “Run Free”, “The Death Of Me”, “The Black” and “Not The American Average” to name a few. New vocalist Denis Stoff is a perfect fit and we absolutely can’t wait to get our hands on the band’s upcoming album (the first to feature Stoff on vocals) “The Black” set for release this March. The band appeared to have a completely renewed spark while performing and if the new singles “The Black” and “I Won’t Give In” are any indication, they have discovered a new found maturity in their sound as well.
We had a chance to catch up with Asking Alexandria vocalist Denis Stoff prior to the band’s performance, check it out below:
Bullet For My Valentine took to the stage in epic fashion with flashing lights, pounding drums and searing guitar riffs, we can’t decide which was louder, the band entrance or the roar of the crowd who were amped to rock out to the evenings headliners. Opening with “No Way Out” Bullet For My Valentine blew through their set list which included songs such as “Skin”, “Your Betrayal”, “Raising Hell”, “Scream Aim Fire”, “The Poison”, “Alone” and “Waking The Demon” at frenzied pace. The venue was a whirlwind of raw adrenaline as the crowd broke into a sea of both mosh pits and crowd surfers.
Bullet For My Valentine took complete control of the stage and vocalist Matt Tuck held the audience captive throughout the entire set. We always feel that Bullet For My Valentine are grossly overlooked when it comes to superior musicianship with the metal genre, as they never shy away from a little experimentation and play with an amazing level of technical prowess.
Such a wonderful evening of music featuring some truly talented bands! Definitely a major bang for your buck!