Live Review: Black Veil Brides/Asking Alexandria @ Manchester Academy

Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria's co-headline tour swept through Manchester on Wednesday evening, as the near full capacity at the Manchester Academy were treated to two explosive sets.

After the opening To the Rats and Wolves, who played to a rather small crowd due to the doors opening late and a rather humungous crowd taking their time to filter in, Brit heroes Asking Alexandria took to the stage.

Led by the returning Danny Worsnop on vocals, the quintet ripped straight into their first single 'Into the Fire' from the latest self-titled album, and the crowd were into it from the very first moment.

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with a stunning visual backdrop which included previous music videos as well as other animations, the band tore through fan favourites such as 'Killing You', 'To the Stage' and 'The Final Episode', as well as newer songs from the December-released album like 'Eve' and 'Alone in a Room'.

The most impressive bit was Worsnop, whose vocals sound incredible in the live environment. A stunning vocal range sounded even more spectacular on the acoustic rendition of 'Someone, Somewhere', and the band returned for a pulsating encore of 'Moving On' and 'The Death of Me'- both taken from the 2013 album 'From Death to Destiny'.

 Asking Alexandria owning the stage.

Asking Alexandria owning the stage.

Andy Biersack and his Black Veil Brides had a tough act to follow, but they thrilled the audience (and a lot of the ladies) with the early rockers 'Faithless' and 'Coffin', before things really got going with the hugely popular 'Rebel Love Song'.

Biersack is another vocalist who sounds better in the live setting, showcasing his talents with some deathly screams that made the band's debut album 'We Stitch These Wounds' such a hit.

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Again with a visual montage behind them, the Brides cruised through songs from their latest album 'Vale' ('Wake Up' and 'When They Call My Name'), but their set largely consisted of material from previous releases.

The highlights came in the encore, where the brilliant performances of 'Perfect Weapon', 'Fallen Angels' and the closing 'In the End' left the crowd feeling happy with the evening's entertainment as the lights came back on.

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The fact the doors didn't open till past 7:30pm seemed strange, and it was a shame that more people (including me) didn't get to see what To the Rats and Wolves were about, but Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides made up for it with two great performances.

On this night though, AA stole the show, with a sensational performance from a band, and lead singer, that are ready to take their music to the next level. One of the best live bands Britain has to offer- without a shadow of a doubt.

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