Agnostic Front, Last Mile, Outlive - Impressed by old and newIn a very short period, De Kelder is trying to become a big name in the punk/hardcore-scene. With concerts of Comeback Kid, Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Bad Boys For Life Tour (US Bombs, Deadline a.o.) in the near past and gigs from Sworn Enemy and Bloodclot! coming up, they definitely are going in the right direction. Also tonight’s entertainment is admirable, ‘cause they managed to welcome the hardcore giants of Agnostic Front in their humble venue in Amersfoort.
The first support act of the night was the local band Outlive. With a decent performance the band managed to leave a good impression, except for the singer. This guy was just too busy making his own party. After the first song he jumped off the stage and continued the rest of the show between the audience, but where other bands try to connect to their listeners, in this way it worked out contrarily tonight. It was more distracting than entertaining.
The contrast with the second support act was also huge. It’s true that Last Mile consists of (ex-)members of Hatesphere and Barcode (Jacob Bredahl and Michael Sorensen) amongst others and although they can’t (and may not) be compared, Last Mile was a band that did came to entertain. Without taking the music in comparison, Last Mile was way more interesting to watch, even if you didn’t like their style of hardcore. When looking to the band Last Mile alone, you must have respect for these guys. They played very tight and their music was just brutal, aggressive hardcore the way it should be. They started back in November ’07 and this was just their twelfth show together. This month they will release their first album and judging at their show, it will be a must-have!
Also Agnostic Front did a great job tonight. With a mix between older and new songs they managed to get a big part of the audience moving. The start of the show was a bit on the auto-pilot, but after a couple of tracks the band seemed to have found their passion for hardcore back again and they impressed. Especially when they played ‘Gotta Go’ halfway their set the audience went nuts. The vocals could have been a little bit louder and Stigma’s guitar sound also wasn’t that overwhelming, but all in all they played a way better gig than half a year ago at the Persistance Tour ‘07. During that show they played for about 30 minutes and that was way too long, while a little hour now was too short…