When I was 17 the ‘metalcore’ genre was only just beginning. In a few short years, bands like Killswitch Engage, Shadow’s Fall and God Forbid were giving me musical performances and experiences I’d likely never see on such scale again. At the time, one publication dubbed it the New Wave of American Heavy Metal (a play on NWOBHM), and you really felt as if you part of something tangible – a change in the direction of heavy metal forever.
Still Remains, reunited in 2013, are one of the defining bands of that time. Their 2005 album, ‘Of Love and Lunacy’, was their major label debut with – you’ve guessed it – Roadrunner Records and cemented their fate in meeting my younger self when they toured alongside Trivium and 3 Inches of Blood.
When Still Remains announced their split in 2008 I might be forgiven for thinking there was no chance of a comeback. The financial considerations of touring globally without major label support were a serious consideration. But the band reunited, first briefly for the final show of Haste the Day (who themselves reunited in 2014), then later with the intention of capitalising once again on modern trends and using Kickstarter to fund their latest album. The resulting project was called ‘Ceasing to Breathe’ and was released in 2013.
Still Remains return to the UK now, their first tour in this region in almost a decade, and gives them the chance to reconnect with the fans they left behind as well as making a whole load of new ones in the process.
Still Remains play the 02 Academy, Newcastle on Tuesday 10th October. Tickets, priced at £11.25 in advance (plus booking fee), are available from ticketmaster.co.uk.