Live review: Hundred Reasons with Hell is For Heroes – O2 Academy Bristol, 2nd March 2023.

Celebrating the release of their new album Glorious Sunset, the UK’s own Hundred Reasons brought their show to Bristol’s O2 Academy, for a show that was originally supposed to happen nearly 2 years ago.

Being 15 years since the last new album, this show was already set to be a big one, and the sold out crowd had arrived early to avoid disappointment.

Also on the line up was Hell Is For Heroes, and with the set they played last night they could have equally held that stage as a headline act. Frontman Justin took to that stage as if it was his own, bouncing and dancing around, and at one point even stage diving into the waiting arms of the crowd. Favourites I Can Climb Mountains and Night vision really got the crowd moving and the mosh pits soon opened up.

And then it was onto the main act of the night. After being on hiatus as a full band for quite some time, when these guys came back you knew it was going to be big. The five of them came out to thunderous applause, before getting straight into the title track of the new album.

With Glorious Sunset having been out for just over a week, fans haven’t had much time to learn the words to sing along yet, but I’m sure that given time, they’ll be belting them out just like they were for the second song of the night, What You Get, followed by another loud one, Answers.

Throughout the night we were treated to a mix of the old and the new, with their most streamed song on spotify, I’ll Find You getting the crowd dancing and jumping all over. I swear I could feel the balcony shaking from where I was stood!

It Suits You had it’s live debut, and although the crowd was a lot quieter for it, everyone was drawn in and enjoying it. Not quite as jumpy as other songs, but still a hit nonetheless. Following on with Silver got the crowd going once more, and soon followed by The Old School Way really kept them on their toes.

Kill Your Own was the first big finish of the night, with a wall of noise erupting to from the stage and audience alike, before the darkness descended and the walk-off-walk-on commenced. Playing 16 songs before an encore is pretty good going, especially when it is hit after hit.

The five came back for Replicate, No Way Back and finally If I Could to bring the show to a final close. With a final cheers and a thank you from the band that was it. After waiting for 2 years for this show it was good to see it lived up to the wait.

Tickets for the last two shows can be found here.

The new album from Hundred Reasons, Glorious Sunset can be found here

Words and Photos by Ted Stargatt (no use without permission)

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