When: 13 September, 2013
Where: O2 Academy, Islington, London
Beer: £4 for a pint of Tuborg
Average age: 21
Cost of a t-shirt: £15
Best bit: The bassist losing his shit constantly.
Worst bit: The early finishing time. 9:30pm?!
OK, before we go any further let’s get one thing straight – nu-metal was wicked. You might be looking back on it now like it was a bunch of baggy jean wearing teenie boppers losing their minds to some angsty American swearing a lot – but it was fucking fun. Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, (ahem) Spineshank… we all had the hoodies and we thought the music was never going away no matter what our mum said. But, like everything, it gradually died and faded into the collective memory as something to be smirked at and a guilty pleasure when everyone is off their tits at a house party. But guess what – it’s fucking coming back.
Atlanta’s Issues are playing London for the first time tonight on a co-headline tour with Crown The Empire. For a band that have never played this country before it’s pretty fucking nuts that they’re packing out the O2 Academy but these guys have found themselves at the forefront of a revival that no-one saw coming.
I first heard about these guys in a review that described them as r ‘n’ b metal – possibly the worst name in the world. No two worlds are at such juxtaposition and the die-hards in each aren’t likely to suddenly develop a taste for the other, but it turns out there’s loads of fans in the middle ground.
Imagine if dubstep was a thing when nu-metal broke – that’s what you’re in for with Issues. As well as the DJ Lethal scratching and chuggathon guitars, there’s Skrillex-esque bass drops heavy enough to pull shit out of your arse. But it’s not all 21st century electro gizmos making all the noise, there’s some straight-up hardcore beatdowns the size of Godzilla’s dick to keep the pit happy and metallers’ horns firmly in the air.
Yeah, sure they only played seven songs but for a band that are yet to release a full-length record the reaction to all seven is unbelievable. From Hooligans to Love Sex Riot to Black Diamonds it’s a mix of two-stepping and arm-flailing as this hybrid of nu-metal, dubstep and metalcore drowns the Academy. Is this the future of metal? I don’t know, but it’s not going away without a fight.
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