Devilskin and Sumo Cyco arrive in the North East of England for a co-headline tour of epic proportions.

Tonight the pair are greeted by the Tyneside rock fraternity at Think Tank in Newcastle. This is Devilskin’s much anticipated first appearance in the city, on the other hand, Sumo Cyco is already acquainted with the locals having performed in this room last year with The Butcher Babies, and Fozzy prior to that. The pair will be sharing headlining duties this evening and throughout the rest of the tour.

Kiwi rockers Devilskin are touring the UK following on from their hugely successful arena run with both Halestorm and The Disturbed down under. However, tonight’s show is a much more intimate affair.  

Devilskin is getting set to give their sophomore album Be Like the River an official UK release this month. Much like the band’s debut record, the album reached Number 1 in the domestic chart in New Zealand. A testament to the quality of this band is that their first album We Rise is still inside the top 20 back home after 135 weeks.

Tonight Devilskin delivers a set jam packed full of hard rocking anthems from their first two albums. With the likes of “Voices”, “Never See The Light” and the thunderous “In Black” really standing out in the set. The band also performs a crowd-pleasing rendition of Heart’s “Barracuda”.

Jennie Skulander has an incredibly powerful vocal range, and within a heartbeat, she switches between hitting the high notes to devastating growls, particularly during the likes of “Limbs”. Jennie is the quintessential female metal vocalist.

Skulander is joined on stage by Nail (guitar), Paul Martin (bass) and Nic Martin (drums) who deliver crunchy guitar riffs and a pounding rhythm throughout. This four-piece are not only band mates but have close family ties, collectively they are as tight as a coil spring.

Devilskin brings their hour-long set to a close with a mind-blowing rendition of “Little Pills” from the band’s debut album, which leaves the crowd wanting more. Devilskin will be back in the UK and Ireland later this summer for appearances at Download Festival and Airbourne already on the cards. On the strength of their performance this evening it’s highly unlikely that they will be playing club venues of this size for much longer.

After a successful Pledge campaign, Canadian quartet Sumo Cyco will release their second album Opus Mar next month. The band have been touring relentlessly over the last 18 months with the likes of Fozzy, Alien Ant Farm, Hed P.E, Butcher Babies and Mushroomhead, to name but a few.

Tonight it’s Sumo Cyco’s turn to close out the evening and many of the band’s fans the “Cycos” are here tonight to welcome their return. As the band takes to the stage they kick off their high-energy set with “Interceptor”.

Sumo Cyco choose to premiere several songs from their new album, with the likes of the excellent “Sleep Tight”, “Anti Anthem” and the band’s latest single “Move Mountains” (which features Benji Webbe from Skindred on the studio version), all included in the set. During the latter of which the band’s lead vocalist Skye “Sever” Sweetnam joins the fans in the pit, encouraging them to get down on the ground before having the whole room leap to their feet in unison.

What is immediately apparent is that the band’s new material most certainly packs a punch, and is somewhat heavier than Sumo Cyco’s debut record Lost In Cyco City. Of course, as the fans would want and expect, many of the band’s big hits from their first album are included in the set such as the energetic “Go, Go, Go”, “Crowd Control” and “My Name Is Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

During the course of the show Skye constantly engages the audience, and at least several times during the show she gets up close and personal with the crowd, and even at one point climbs up on the bar at the back of the room whilst knocking back a shot of whisky.

Sumo Cyco closes out their set with “Fighter”, which lights the blue touch paper in the room. With each visit to the UK, Sumo Cyco seems to be gaining more and more momentum. The band’s new album will inevitably propel them to the dizzy heights they so deserve.

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Event Date: 15-MAR-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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