Defenders of the Faith at Southampton Guildhall

REVIEW: Paul Weller, Brighton

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The annual Defenders of the Faith tour, this year headlined by Trivium, lumbers to the Southampton Guildhall for its first stop in the UK – but the venue has seen busier days.

Acting as heavy metal gatekeepers this year are Insense, Rise to Remain, Ghost and In Flames, all providing a heavy slab of metal goodness before the headliners.

A double salvo of Capsized the Sea and In Waves, the latter being the name of their latest record, open Trivium’s set and provide a good indicator of what tonight is about – keeping heavy metal well and truly alive.

New songs like Built to Fall, Dusk Dismantled and, this reviewer’s personal favourite, Black, get an airing while old school tunes like From Ember To Inferno and Departure keep the long-time Trivium faithful happy.

It’s a stripped down stage show, especially compared to previous trips Trivium have made to our shores, so it’s a little disappointing in that respect.

Trivium get a lot of stick from supposed ‘true’ metal fans but in terms of attracting newcomers to the genre, there is no better place to start.

Horns in the air!