One of the UK’s most promising rising stars in metal, Caskets, played Tufnell Park’s The Dome on Tuesday March 28 as part of their UK tour in support of their debut album Lost Souls.
The Leeds based band are joined on their tour by metal bands, Lastelle and TheCityIsOurs, both of which gave their all to their respective support sets. TheCityIsOurs did an especially good job at hyping up the crowd with a high energy performance delivered with great confidence.
Now it’s time for Caskets. The drummer, James Lazenby, leaves his post at the merch table to enter the stage, shortly followed by guitarists, Benji Wilson, Craig Robinson and bassist Chris McIntosh, the latter of which aided James on the merch stand.
Vocalist Matt Flood enters the stage, dressed all in black and donning a Bring Me The Horizon snapback, and the set begins with a bang with new single “Guiding Light”. With the crowd well and truly hyped, Caskets blast through 4 songs off Lost Souls with “Hold Me Now”, “Drowned In Emotion”, “The Only Ones” and “Nothing To Hide”.
I was surprised to observe the crowd singing and screaming the loudest to “The Only Ones” when I had expected “Hold Me Now” or “Drowned In Emotion” to draw a greater reaction due to what I’ve come to know of the band through word of mouth.
The band’s newest single “By The Sound” is played next, followed by “Signs” off the bands Ghost of You EP. The crowd went crazy again for the Lost Souls track “Lost In Echoes”, surprising me yet again.
The band finally closed their short 10 song set with Ghost Of You single “Falling Apart” and the Grammy shortlisted “Glass Heart” before thanking the crowd for their support and leaving the stage.
Short, but sweet, Caskets proved their worth as one of metal’s most exciting up-and-comers. Keep an eye and an ear out for Caskets as they are certain to take the alternative scene by storm sometime soon.
Words by Dan Harden // Photography by Martina Liberini