Sometimes it’s refreshing to discover something out of your comfort zone. The Browning is totally something different that I listen to normally. They make a mixture of Hardstyle, Dubstep, Breakdowns and Deathcore. Not a fanatic of those genres, the band from Texas takes this hybrid to a maximum output of energy. Combining the catchiness of both genres and turning them into smooth songs with enough aggression and party is the recipe to start your Friday night.
When I step into the Baroeg the band is pumping up the crowd with their first song. Directly the party is on and the young crowd is jumping and moshing together. The youth doesn’t care about borders between Metal and Dance music as it used to be when Gabber music was a complete different world from the Hardcore and Metal scene. The Browning proves you can combine both genres flawlessly without losing the brutality and aggression of Metal and Hardstyle.
The only downside of the show is that the electronic elements are on a softer volume as the metal parts. If they were balanced this would’ve been the perfect party show to start the weekend. The young crowd doesn’t care and is having fun for 35 minutes the band is playing. Ending the set with the hit machine ‘Standing on the Edge’ is leaving the crowd hungry for more.
As the base of Gabber Music and roots in Metal Rotterdam is truly the best spot in the Netherlands to catch The Browning. The four musicians are driving their energy to the crowd and receiving the full amount back. The party feels like a nineties dance night mashed up with a nineties metal show. Next time the band truly deserves the headline spot that’s for sure!