Joining Bring Me The Horizon at The 02 Arena in London on the first of two nights at the venue were Static Dress, Cassyette and Bad Omens. While the headline band would provide one of the best live shows I’ve seen, these three bands made a very significant contribution to the night.
Bad Omens – Cassyette – Static Dress
The O2 Arena, London – 20 January 2024
Words: Razorrhead Productions
Photography: Aggie Anthimidou
The last support act we have tonight is Bad Omens, the only non-UK band to feature tonight. Formed in 2015 in Virginia, US, they rose to fame, releasing their self-titled critically acclaimed release in 2016 and have built a big name for themselves ever since.
The band arrives on stage and kicks things into gear with a diverse set of musical styles mainly aimed towards metal/metalcore but with surprising elements of RnB, hip-hop, trap, and pop that worked very well with the overall sound.
They sound similar to Bring Me The Horizon but with their own unique twist of vocal styles and atmospheric elements. When combined with the heavy guitars and drums, it creates an overall surprising and pleasing sound to the audience.
Songs such as Artificial Suicide, Like A Villian, The Grey, Nowhere To Go, Limits and Dethrone were standouts, to name a few. The set was a healthy dose of their original debut tracks and their more recent songs.
The visuals are just as pleasing as their music. Big displays show different scenes of violence, despair, and chaos. This is at its strongest towards the end of their set when vocalist Noah Sebastian gets to have the audience shout Concrete over and over in sync with the visuals to end their set on a very big high note.
Another fantastic set from young guys that are full of energy, and I think they will be around for a very long time to come.
Cassyette, also known as Oliva Cassy Brooking, is an English musician who originates from Chelmsford in Essex. She started her career as a DJ and a songwriter and built her way up, supporting special acts such as Sum 41 and My Chemical Romance.
Her performance was filled with dim lighting and provided a darker electronic vibe than the previous band. Her reason for being here tonight was to promote her upcoming debut album, This World Fucking Sucks. The overall sound of her set was quite unique, a healthy dose of bassy beats, crunchy guitars, dark sequenced synths, atmospheric pads, and a mix of screams, cries, and bellows from Cassyette herself.
I was a big fan of the guitar tone, too. It mainly consisted of a heavy chorus effect that really reminded me of the guitar tone used for Fear Factory’s Digimortal album. This tone allowed them to stand out a fair bit more compared to the other acts in terms of guitar tone.
Not all is good with this act tonight, though. I was really enjoying Cassyette’s vocals till I noticed a couple of times she would sing and then hold the mic down. However, I could still hear her vocals, which technically should not be possible. The only answer to this is that it was evident that vocal backing tracks were used.
I am personally not a fan of backing tracks being used in this way, as it is hard to tell what parts she is singing and what parts are backing tracks. She was singing, of course, as you could hear her talk to her fans on the mic. But honestly, it felt a shame that all the singing wasn’t just Cassyette live.
However, when writing this review, I found out that Cassyette had to pull out of the following evening’s show due to illness. This could be related to that matter. We wish her the very best of health and get well soon.
Other than that one issue, the show was pretty decent. I feel that anyone who enjoys the dark industrial side of this style of music will get a good kick out of Cassyette’s music.
There are plenty of powerful vocalists with great voices out there, but Cassyette’s is a lot more full of raw emotion compared to many.
Doors opened at 5:30, with the first act, Static Dress, arriving to play their slot at 6:30 pm. Static Dress are a pretty fresh band. Originating from Yorkshire, they only started in 2018, releasing their debut single, Clean, in August 2019. Being signed to Roadrunner Records, this band has been on a mission to make a name for themselves.
When it comes to starting their show, the lights go off, and the stage is filled with static screams as their vocalist, Oli Appleyard, jumps on stage to kick things into motion. Their sound is somewhat similar to early Bring Me The Horizon with chunky down-tuned riffs, blasts of hard-hitting drums, and high-pitched 2000s-style Metalcore screaming.
Oli paces quickly from left to right on the stage like he is trying to disperse all his energy as soon as possible. He catches the eye as being the most energetic one in the band.
The following members, although being more subtle on stage, keep the momentum building by keeping their tracks in time and making sure each beat is as hence as the previous one. While the other bands during the night had moments between heavy, calmer songs, Static Dress was relentless in heaviness throughout their whole 40-minute set.
A six-song set and tracks such as Disposable Car, Sober Exit(s), Push Rope, and Clean were standouts.