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Hang on to your eardrums, because the new gods of Metalcore have arrived. Having built a cult following in their native Australia, the Sydney rock monsters are ready to shake the foundations of Europe. Be sure to grab yourself some Northlane tickets if you get a chance.
The band have done a circuit of the big metal festivals in Europe, with the highlight being a performance in front of 80,000 people at metal's biggest event, the Download Festival in Donnington. They're no stranger to UK shores, having toured as support for their countrymen, Parkway Drive, in a series of shows that took in London Roundhouse, Newcastle O2 Academy, Glasgow Barrowlands, Nottingham Rock City, Bristol O2 Academy, and Manchester Academy.
The band's name comes from a track by fellow metalcore band Architects. However, the band says that they have some surprisingly diverse influences, including DJ Tiesto, Deadmau5, Bruno Mars, and Michael Jackson. Their new singer, Marcus, says that his favourite band used to be Fall-out Boy, who are a bit more rock, but still not quite metalcore.
Formed in 2009, the band have looked to push boundaries since they started, leaning a little towards the genre of progressive metal. After a few years of playing live, they got to release their debut album Discoveries on the small Melbourne-based label UNFD. It was a small release that was only picked up on by dedicated metal fans, but enough to earn them respect of other bands, and they were invited on tour in Canada with Counterpart and Stray From The Path.
It's hard to recover from the loss of any band member, but when the lead singer quits, that's often the end of the band. That wasn't the case for Northlane, however, who decided to soldier on when Adrian Fitipaldes walked out on them. Their search for a new singer would have put Simon Cowell to shame, as they scoured Australia for exactly the right person to front the band. When Marcus Bridge sent in his audition tape, they knew they'd found their man. Bridge hit the ground running, appearing in a music video for their new single just two days later. He's led the band on their new tour and laid down the vocals on their new album, which is looking set to be the band's biggest hit yet.
The upcoming album, Node, has an awful lot to live up to. It has already been profiled in metal bible Kerrang! and the lead single "Rot" has already been a success. Plus, their sophomore album Singularity was a surprise hit, reaching number 3 in the Australian charts and becoming the biggest release in the history of UNFD. Northlane are looking like the band most likely to take metalcore mainstream. Can they rise to the challenge?
If you don't like it loud, you better stand back. Northlane are absolute crushers, grinding out insane riffs that'll rattle your teeth and make your knees go wobbly. True metalcore fans will know the score and be ready to come out of the mosh pit with sore ribs, but they might also be surprised at how intelligent the music is, harking back to innovative bands like Incubus. Be prepared for some aching eardrums the next day, because this band rocks.
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