Live Review: Cove with Parting Gift/Greyhaven at Thousand Island, London (30/04/18)

Having trekked up and down the UK, Cove make their return to London almost as conquering heroes. With a well received new EP (A Conscious Motion) in the bag and a lively bunch of fans, this date promises to be a a spectacular finale!

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Thousand Island is a small 150-person capacity club that is perfect for your up and coming bands. Roomy and with great sound, no band struggle with being heard as the walls are literally vibrating. If you like your metal with a slice of deafness, you got it here.

Up first is Greyhaven who do everything possible to get a crowd, seemingly only interested in the headliners, moving. Energetic as hell, their efforts don’t go unnoticed and you have to admire just how hard they go on such a tiny stage. By time their 30 minutes are up you can see a fair few people nodding in agreement that they were impressed.

A long wait for Parting Gift sees the venue fill out a bit more but it is annoying to have wait about an hour between bands. Especially as from doors opening to Greyhaven taking the stage was about an hour too. Massive gaps between bands on a dreary and cold Monday evening could be a crowd killer but Parting Gift pull in quite a few watchers, even if it’s just out of curiosity.

With more of a alternative rock/metal sound, they lack the energy that comes with the two bands either side of them but certainly aren’t lacking in power. Heavy and sounding mightily pissed off, they deliver body blows of heaviness that get most of the room head-banging along.

Less crowd interaction, less chatter but plenty to take note of.

After a little less of a wait time (about 30 minutes) it’s finally time for the band everyone has been saving their energy for to do their thing. From the moment the very first Cove breakdown hits to the moment the last breath is exhaled, the five-piece prove why they are becoming such a force in metalcore. It’s fast, it’s heavy, it’s is loud and it is very energetic. The constant circle pitting going on at the front of the stage is testament to that.

It’s over far to quick but it’s immense and the new tracks from the EP sound so strong. Coincide: Collide in particular is such a killer tune and sounds amazing live.

It has been a hell of a tour for Cove and they capped it off in style. Job well and truly done.

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Read our review of the new EP here and read the band’s track guide here. You can stream the EP now via Spotify and Apple Music below. You can also pick up merchandise via BigCartel. Find out more/keep up to date with Cove news via their websiteFacebook PageTwitterInstagram and watch some of their videos on YouTube.


  • Carl Fisher

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Cove with Parting Gift/Greyhaven at Thousand Island, London (30/04/18)
  • Cove - 8.5/10
  • Parting Gift - 7/10
  • Greyhaven - 8/10
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