Cove – Cellar, Oxford – LIVE REVIEW

Cove, Cellar – Oxford, 25.04.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

Two years of obstinate hard work finally amounted to the release of Cove’s Sophomore record, A Conscious Motion, earlier this year. Armed with their new release the Kent hardcore-outfit embarked on their very first UK headline tour to show everyone just what they’re made of.

First up at Oxford’s The Cellar, Manchester’s Parting Gift – who might just be the world’s most aesthetically loyal band.

From skulking on to tonight’s stage with their backs to the audience, to a vocalist who hides underneath a think curtain of hair, and an Instagram filled with black and white photos – Parting Gift have a style that they’re sticking with.

Whilst this somewhat melodramatic approach would be wearisome for some, Parting Gift make it work. Their music is ruthless enough to carry that kind of performance.

Once Parting Gift had abandoned the stage immediately after their very last night – the way was paved for Kent’s finest and heaviest, Cove.

Cove have been doing the rounds since 2016 – the same year they released their debut album We Were Once Lost.

Since then they’ve toured the country with the likes of Sikth and Feed The Rhino before knuckling down to work on their latest EP, A Conscious Motion, which they released earlier this year.

Tonight the setlist is short at just seven songs, only two of which are from that first album.

Cove, Cellar – Oxford, 25.04.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

This older material paints a picture of a band who knew who they were from day one. Relentlessly fast and brutal as all hell, it’s no wonder that the mosh pits were fighting fit tonight.

The majority of the setlist mirrors A Conscious Motion, creeping open to Coincide:Collide. It serves as the perfect intro to both the EP and the set as well as proving that the record was written with their live performance in mind.

Whilst Cove are certainly faultless in their delivery and style, to date there’s not too much to set them apart from the metal and hardcore scene – but it’s early days, and busy days at that.

What Cove does have is vocalist Ben Shorten who conducted tonight’s crowd with ease. Leaning out of the stage to loom over the carnage – he commanded much insanity and got it.

It’s been an impressive start for Cove and with two solid records under their belts big things are sure to come.

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Cove, Cellar – Oxford, 25.04.2018 Photo Credit: Hayley Smith

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