SOiL Take Over Bristol With Help From Sons Of Texas
For those of who grew up at a certain time, there will always be songs that stay with us. As a twelve year old, it was impossible to escape "Here To Stay" by Korn, "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit, "Last Resort" by Papa Roach and of my personal favourites "Halo" by SOiL. Even if the young rockers of the time didn't stay fans of these bands, the idea of seeing such anthems live was a very exciting prospect and one we couldn't wait to experience. However, I did remain a SOiL fan from then until the present day and knowing that their catalogue goes well beyond one "classic" song made tonight's show so much more exciting for me.
After being unable to witness local openers Roads To Nowhere and watching an unremarkable set from another group whose name I couldn't find, it was the turn of the main support act Sons of Texas to take to the stage, performing a longer set after original special guests Saliva were forced to pull out of the tour. As one might expect from their name, Sons of Texas possess a distinctively southern American quality to them, both in terms of their music and in attitude. There's a strong blues presence in their music, which is still heavy and aggressive in places. Though not to everyone's taste, Sons of Texas won plenty of new fans on the night and displayed a confidence and aura that will ensure they have a bright future.
Shortly before ten o clock, it was time for headliners SOiL to take to the stage. Having been reunited with vocalist Ryan McCombs for five years now following his departure and subsequent recruitment to Drowning Pool, the band display a youthful energy and sense of fun that even groups only just starting out would kill for. McCombs is the all American frontman, showing off impressive vocal abilities and a showmanship which couldn't be made anywhere else, with a great sense of humour carrying him through the show and being able to engage in banter with the crowd perfectly.
The group opened with "Wide Open" from their breakthrough album, "Scars," which is celebrating it's fifteenth year of release in 2016, before launching into "The Hate Song" from their latest full length, "Whole." Practically every song was familiar to those in the audience who sang along to nearly every one of them. This show and the tour they've embarked on was particularly memorable for being the first trek in which the band has performed material from the "True Self" and "Picture Perfect" albums with McCombs, whose place on those records was filled by AJ Cavalier, namely the songs "The Lesser Man" and "Give It Up." "Redefine" was well represented at the show too, with the title track, "Cross My Heart" and "Pride" being brought out, before the group finished off with older material, including of course, the much anticipated "Halo." Though SOiL may not suit everybody's taste, they are without question a powerful and exciting live act that can and will win over any doubters in attendance.
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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