BVB and Friends @ Norwich UEA
As Black Veil Brides have been our best-selling band on Grindstore throughout 2014, we thought we would pop down to see them perform to their army of fans in Norwich. Before we saw the guys, we had three support acts to check out from the ‘Black Mass’ UK tour. Up first were the eccentric duo ‘Drama Club’ who brought head banging, heavy dubstep and an impressive visual screen display to the UEA.
Technically the closest venue to their home town of Beccles – ‘Fearless Vampire Killers’ appeared to a good reception as they proclaimed it was “good to be home”. Initially there were some sound issues but as the singers traded places, things picked up and they played through their crowd favourites, signing off on a triumphant high with ‘At War With the Thirst’.
With an audience of mostly teens and their parents, it was interesting to see how Chris from Attila would go down with the Norwich crowd as he dropped the F-Bombs and middle fingers but the Atlanta natives smashed through some huge riffs in ‘Shots for the Boys’ and ‘Party With The Devil’. Thankfully it seemed his tongue was firmly in his cheek, grinning from ear to ear as he took in the awesome response from the crowd. Frontman Chris must also be admired for his ridiculously fast rapping skills and his questionable dress sense (leggings and leather shorts).
As the crowd waited patiently, everything and everyone was getting a nervously excited cheer from the crowd – the sound technician, the lighting being tested, the screen being turned on, even the guy placing water bottles around the stage – any movement was mistaken for the boys in black appearing on stage. When Black Veil Brides did finally appear, the deafening sound of screams drowned out the opening riff to brand new single ‘Heart of Fire.’ The band in comparison to when we saw them back in 2013 have definitely upped their game and are a real force to be reckoned with! An impressive stage set, smoke cannons, screens and an atmospheric light show added to the catchy hooks of every song on the set list. Before a single song encore, Andy recalled a memory of their last appearance in Norwich when the fans managed to break the door off their tour bus! Chaos was controlled on the floor as they smashed through a mostly fan-sung rendition of ‘In the End’ before disappearing.
Black Veil Brides are growing to dizzy heights and the next time we see them could potentially be in an arena if the packed out Norwich show was anything to go by!
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