Unleashing a mayhem of metal.
THE mighty juggernaut of The Black Procession tour arrived in Birmingham on Sunday crushing all who dared to stand in its path.
Lead by undeniably the metal kings of the modern era, Machine Head, the California giants, were preceded onto the Academy stage by kindred spirits Bleeding Through and Hatebreed.
Machine Head's The Blackening album has just been voted the album of the decade by the readers of Metal Hammer magazine and the Rob Flynn-lead fourpiece have been diligently delivering this devastating work around the globe for the past few years.
With Flynn breathing fire centre stage, and legendary guitarist Phil Demmel showing the nimble-fingered dexterity of a Saville Row tailor, Machine Head served up an evening of mindblowing blistering intensity that turned the floor into a sweltering mass of fist-pumping mayhem.
From the pounding opening of Clenching The Fists of Dissent, Machine Head set a pace that few could match, let alone sustain for an entire set.
This though they did with some older tracks like The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears, still every bit as invigorating as Blackening favourites such as Aesthetics of Hate.
With the anthemic Davidian signalling the end of the night's work, Flynn assured the faithful that they will return after taking a couple of years out to work on the next album.
It can't come soon enough.
VERDICT: PAUL CASTLES