Although it started quite early, there were some people waiting outside before the venue opened. The first act that would perform was The Darkest Red. They have opened before Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan and many others. The band managed to get some heads banging today, but it was way too early for some more movement. Nevertheless, the band got more applause after every next song and gave everything they had. Meanwhile, the crowd became bigger and bigger. When the lead vocalists microphone broke down, he simply took the one from the guitarist, including the stand, and a short struggle followed. Quite a good start of this day.
It became very clear that the music by Hand of Mercy was closer to the genre of this tour than the previous band’s when this band started playing. Although there still wasn't any movement, these Australians played with much energy. As people were still coming in, the band tried to wake everybody up and bounced all over the stage. A lot more heads were banging and some people even stood fairly close to the stage. The sound was mixed much better compared it to the opening act as well, although the drums were quite loud. It was also very clear that these guys have played together many times before. The breakdowns were awesome and it was a pity that there was such little movement.
The lack of movement changed from the very first song by This or the Apocalypse. The first hardcore dancers showed off their moves, including the lead vocalist of the band, who exited the stage to start some movement. They already broke down some equipment during the first song, so there was a little changeover with a lot of small lame jokes, which were received quite well. They proved to be a good last support band, because they tried to involve the crowd a lot. And it worked pretty well: some people were singing along, some were moving and many people were standing very close to the stage. It was a very decent performance that involved a lot of energy and some nice breakdowns. But it still wasn’t enough for the lead singer, because he jumped off the stage again to start some more movement and showed a little more energy. They earned a lot of respect by today’s performance.
Now it was time for some more emotion, because Bleeding Through entered a stage in The Netherlands for the very last time. They showed again that they are a very good live band by all the energy they gave and how tightly they played. They played songs from every album because this is their farewell tour, which made a lot of people very happy. The crowd, although not very large, massively sang along and of course there was a lot of movement. The only original member was Brandan on vocals, and today he showed that he loves making music and performing. When someone in the crowd gave a very long “roar”, I really couldn’t call it a scream or grunt, he was asked on stage to do the same in the microphone. He kept on going for about 20-30 seconds, it was something completely different and quite amazing. But the Brandan’s words right after this roar showed what kind of show it was: “That was awesome! But now get the fuck off the stage”. I expected a lot more interaction with the crowd and also a much bigger crowd. This is quite a small venue, but it was just over half-filled. After little over an hour and a one-song encore, they already left.
The conclusion today is a small one with a big meaning: Bleeding Through went out with a bang, but not as big of a bang as many people had hoped for! Great show, but sadly their last one.