It’s time to enter a sea of black clothing, a ruffling of push pits and an all around enjoyable night, we got the chance to have a fun party with The Amity Affliction and all of their friends.
Starting off the night with some very strong blend of modern hardcore and metalcore, the five piece knew how to hit the right amount of heaviness with touches of melody seeping through. Tracks like ‘The River’ and ‘Alive’ showed off the bands versatility with the sound of the guitars and drums coming through just as violent as they do on the record. Both Briton and Cody’s vocals have such emotion ringing out that on their closer ‘Twenty One’, everything came together for the groups final few minutes of bringing some strong heat and giving them their second stint in the UK an even better one.
STRAY FROM THE PATH
Firing on all cylinders and showing they’re not here to mess around, the Long Island hardcore group tore the roof off the building immediately with their powerful and gritty style of powerful and outspoken music. Smashing through songs new and old, ‘Negative And Violent’ sounded just as destructive and mosh-heavy as ‘D.I.E.P.I.G’ and with the band being as unfiltered as they are, it makes them that so much more enjoyable to know they wont be quiet about certain issues. Flowing through such a powerful set and closing on ‘First World Problem Child’ cemented themselves as a band that could handle academy sized venues by themselves with great ease.
Then on another scale level, Northlane brought something different from the first two acts that played and that was an undeniable shift in musical capability. Whilst the first two bands were on their own levels, this shattered the glass ceiling and brought something full of theatrics and crushing sound. Whilst the lights got a bit blinding, the colour schemes within them for tracks like ‘Aspire’ and ‘Dispossession’ during their tracks helped add a nice vibrance to them all and have you know which songs stand out. It took a small while for Marcus Bridge’s vocals to flow within the sounds of the PA, but by the end of it, there where a lot of satisfied fans and more newer ones to add to their collection.
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
Whilst the headliners brought everything to the table and then some, it seemed apparent that their set didn’t have as much grip as it should have done. Maybe it’s because people were tired from the first three acts, but the atmosphere had changed quite a bit and whilst it worked on some levels it fell flat in others. The screams from Joel Birch came through as somewhat unintelligible and the flow of the set felt more like an alternative rock show than it did for their genre. The rest of the band nailed every single note and hearing tracks like ‘Open Letter’ and ‘Death’s Hand’ smash through the crowd and maintain some sort of energy was a sight to behold. A great band who brought a hell of a stage presence with them, just tonight didn’t feel like the best of nights for them.