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Comeback Kid, Shai Hulud, Your Demise, All For Nothing - Monday night hardcore

After a great show in Amsterdam one-and-a-half year ago, I was very thrilled to hear Comeback Kid was going to play very close to my hometown. After hearing about the supports I became more and more excited towards this show, but unfortunately Crime In Stereo had to cancel. Their replacements were the guys from U.K.'s Your Demise. Other support acts were Shai Hulud and All For Nothing.

When I entered the venue, All For Nothing just started off with their first track. This female-fronted band from Rotterdam tried to give it all, but unfortunately the crowd didn’t react at all. The hardcore they played was brought with much enthusiasm and a high level of energy, but it wasn’t really convincing. Furthermore the continuous side-to-side walking of vocalist Cindy resulted in a “tennis-audience”, while the encouraging of the guitarist to mosh was more annoying than helping. Maybe it’s a different story on CD, but live they couldn’t convince me.

Next band that entered the stage was Your Demise. In contrary to Crime In Stereo I didn’t have the honor to review one of their releases, so without prejudices I was watching them, but man… The vocalist acted like a typical drunk British redhead on vacation and he spoiled the whole show. It was just the fourth day of the tour and he already looked fucked up. He did have enough energy to jump around the whole show, but he was constantly out of breath and he just acted like a fool. The music was okay though and especially the breakdowns were nice, but with a singer like that I can’t take them seriously.

Shai Hulud on the other hand acted way more professional and they managed to get some more action on the floor. These guys recently released a new album through Metal Blade Records and during their set, different songs from this record were played. It all sounded very promising, but due to a way too loud sound and an annoying peep it was hard to objectively judge these songs. The melodic parts didn’t come through that well and therefore I will give them a chance to convince me on CD. Their show furthermore was very energetic and agreeable to watch. With a better sound and a slightly different audience, which means not only people that were waiting to see CBK, this could have been a great show.

Around 22:30 all hell broke loose, when Comeback Kid started their set. During the support there were no more than 10 people moving, but right from the start of CBK’s set, the floor turned into a huge moshpit and there were more stagedives than people using a swimming pool’s diving board during a hot summer day. During the show especially many songs from the Wake The Dead record were played, 7 in total, but the other albums and their demo were not forgotten. The vibe during the show was amazing and the audience truly got a show worth their money. Everything went perfect, except for one minor incident just before the encore. After CBK left the stage the lights in the venue went on and the DJ played some music. The visitors were a bit surprised, but the DJ even more when CBK shortly after its departure came back. With ‘Our Distance’ and ‘Final Goodbye’ the show truly came to an end, but unfortunately it only lasted for 45 minutes.

Details Written on Tuesday Jun 24th, 2008
Writer @Gilles

Tags: #Comeback Kid #Shai Hulud #Your Demise #All For Nothing
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