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The Amity Affliction @ Roundhouse, London

December 7th, 2016

The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak EU/UK Tour

Roundhouse, London – December 6, 2016

Photography and Review: Billy Edmonds

Even though winter is definitely arriving in London, the queue that day was huge, for those who know the venue. Stretching well and truly beyond the Morrisons an hour before the doors opened, it was a good indication of the popularity of that night’s show. The line-up was a rather strange one featuring a huge mix of post-melodic metalcore, and ‘proper’ hardcore. I was quite interested to see just how this one played out, and as the doors opened, people were very keen to get away from the freezing cold outside.

Wage War
These guys are another new band on the metal scene, having stormed into the world of metal after releasing their debut album Blueprints last year, featuring the hit “Twenty One”. The room stays half empty during their show, which is a shame as they delivered a strong performance. Nevertheless, the singer’s call for a  moshpit in the first few seconds of the set doesn’t stay unanswered which makes a great kick off to the evening.

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It was really easy to see that many of the people in the venue were unfamiliar with Wage War, as there wasn’t too much movement in the room but that isn’t to say that these guys don’t deserve this spot.

They played an incredibly progressive set this evening. Within this line-up, I still strongly feel that Wage War should have been second or third on the lineup as they really fit the sound of Amity. Albeit they aren’t well known at the moment, by the looks on people’s faces they are going to gain a lot of attention from now on.  You can definately expect big things from Wage War.

Stray From The Path
These guys seemed a little strange when I saw them added to the bill for this tour, as I really felt they did not fit well in the line up. Unfortunately this was reflected in the crowd’s engagement with the show. For anyone who doesn’t know SFTP, their music is strongly anti-government and they don’t shy back from saying what they feel. As they come onto the stage, it’s really evident exactly what they stand for. Straight away they call for more movement, which they don’t get, but being from a HC background  this doesn’t put them off. The energy SFTP have is something to be really admired but there just didn’t seem to be that many fans of them in the crowd. I have seen these guys support many different bands and every time they have a  great following, but sadly not tonight.

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As the set continues the energy in the room slowly picks up, but not by an incredible amount. Something which really didn’t help the mood in the room was the fact that you could barely hear the singer, and the bass was far too loud. On the upper levels though, the sound was perfect.

Overall if you enjoy hardcore and have never seen SFTP, go and see this band; If you enjoy metalcore and not so much the anti-government vibe, stick to The Amity Affliction.

Its been a little while since Northlane graced the UK’s stages. I was expecting them to be really excited to play this immense venue, but unfortunatly the energy from the band wasn’t too great, even though they appeared to have a lot of fans in the crowd. It seemed to me that a lot of people were still standing still and not really enjoying it. Again this could be down to the sound tonight, as it really wasn’t too great on the standing level of the show.

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Throughout the entire show, only one continual circle pit opens. I feel this is the case because it seemed to be the same people inside the pit the whole time. It’s a real shame, as Northlane are normally one of the best metalcore live bands on the scene, but they really let their name and reputation down at the Roundhouse. The only song everyone seemed to know was their main hit “Quantum Flux”, also being the only song that appears to be really outstanding this evening as they put all of their effort into this. I hope for the boys in Northlane to bring more energy next time we see them embrace our stages.

The Amity Affliction
Finally, the band everyone was waiting for. This could well be the largest tour Amity have ever done, covering the entire UK and EU in one big tour as well as an upcoming American tour – the guys really have their work cut out for them. This immense project doesn’t seem to phase them down as from the second thee guys appeared on the stage, nearly everyone seemed to know their lyrics,  which was quite amazing. When playing their second song “Open Letter”,  they fired loads off lametta looking like fireworks, which hung down from the ceiling for the rest of the show.

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The lighting tonight really added to their rather emotional melodies. As the night continues, not one person seems to be giving it a rest with nearly every single person in the room screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs. The Amity Affliction have come a long way since their first studio album in 2004, and really deserve credits for how good they sound live. As I walk up the stairs after finishing the first 3 songs for the photoshoot, I notice that the sound is immediately much better. This could be put down to the architectural layout of the Roundhouse, but the sound tech should have realised this and adjusted the sound downstairs as I could barely hear any of the bands there.

Bassist Ahren Stringe is a great example of pure talent. His live vocal skills are really something to be admired, as he sounds exactly as he does on CD, proving that his voice doesn’t need auto tune. Overall, Amity completely smashed the Roundhouse that night. If you manage to see them on any of their upcoming tour dates, definitely do so. This tour is not to be missed!


Upcoming tour Dates:
Dec 08 – ABC, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Dec 09 – O2 Institute, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dec 10 – Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom

Dec 11 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dec 13 – Fryshuset/Lubben, Stockholm, Sweden

Dec 14 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen West, Denmark

Dec 15 – Astra, Berlin, Germany

Dec 16 – Backstage, Munchen, Germany

Dec 17 – Arena, Vienna, Austria

Dec 18 – Knockdown Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany

Dec 19 – Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland

Dec 20 – CCO, Lyon, France

Dec 21 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain

Dec 22 – Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain

Dec 31 – Red Hill Auditorium, Red Hill, Australia

Jan 02 – HQ, Adelaide, Australia

Jan 18 – The Jack, Cairns, Australia

Jan 19 – Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt, Australia

Jan 20 – Civic Centre, Gympie, Australia

Jan 21 – Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Jan 22 – Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia

Jan 25 – C.ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Jan 26 – Bar on the Hill, Callaghan Nsw, Australia

Jan 27 – Waves, Fairy Meadow, Australia

Jan 28 – Anu Bar, Canberra, Australia

Feb 02 – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Frankston, Australia

Feb 03 – The Arena, Geelong Vic, Australia

Feb 04 – Hobart Uni, Hobart, Australia

May 05 – Carolina Rebellion, Kannapolis, NC

May 19 – Rock On The Range, Columbus, OH

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AGNOSTIC FRONT live at The Underworld, London

October 12th, 2015


Live at The Underworld Camden, London

3rd October 2015

Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant


Tonight BROOKLYN finest Agnostic Front have travelled overseas to shake the souls of London. Outside Metal fans are queuing, drinking, smoking and hustling with the guy on the door to try to get ticket to The Underworld sold-out show.

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CONFRONTO – Felipe Chehuan

February 28th, 2015

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Brazil is home to many amazing bands, whether you are into death or thrash or punk or hardcore or power metal, a fan will always find something interesting coming from Brazil. One great example from this influential scene, is the band Confronto from Rio de Janeiro. Taking influences from different genres of heavy metal and adding hardcore to their sound, the band has been gathering fans worldwide for the past 15 years. Their latest album, ”Imortal”, was released in South America a bit over 1 year ago, and had legendaries guests like João Gordo [Ratos de Porão], Carlos Lopes [Dorsal Atlântica] and many others, and now in March the album is getting its’ European release, where the band will be coming in September for a tour to promote this terrific album. I sat down with the very friendly lead singer Felipe Chehuan to talk about the band’s history, the Brazilian scene, tours, their plans and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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LPRHC FEST – Lappeenranta, Finland

August 29th, 2014




     Huhtiniemen Pallokentä, Lappeenranta, Finland

  August 1 – 2, 2014

Review by Petri da Costa

Pics by Jetro Staven & Timo Koponen

 Although Finland is mainly known outside for its heavy metal bands and for the heavy and rock summer festivals, there’s a great hardcore scene with many bands and gigs around the year. This year it was the sixth time the LPRHC Fest was organized, a fest which started back in 2006 very small and grew over the years. This time around there was a new location for the festival, more bands than the previous edition, a lot of expectations and some bumps along the weekend.


The first day of the fest started sort of early, around 16.30, and since I was only able to leave to festival in the afternoon, from Helsinki, I wasn’t able to catch the first acts of the day, which included a good combination of hardcore and punk bands like Become a Threat, Ydinperhe, No Shame, Kaupungin Valot, One Hidden Frame, Foreseen and Kivesveto Go-Go

Once inside the festival area the mood was great and although it seemed far from being full, there was a good number of fans and I was able to watch the end of Räjäyttäjät, a punk band in the second stage. Next up was supposed to be Misery Index’s turn (which substituted Ringworm after they canceled their gig in the fest), but the organizers changed the schedule and left Notkea Rotta Allstars to take on the main stage. During their near 60min. set they certainly pleased the crowd and kept the good vibe of the festival going.


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The last band of the second stage was Laineen Kasperi ja Palava Kaupunki, the second hip hop act of the day, which continued the good “party” vibe from Notkea Rotta Allstars. At the same time, in the bar area, singer Joey Luumäki was doing a short “acoustic” set, but it didn’t seem to get that much attention. It seemed a bit odd to have at the same time two different performances, and not so far away from each other, so the sound wasn’t that great throughout both perfomances, this was a problem that was even more noticable on the next day.

So it was finally Misery Index’s turn to close the first day of the festival. Promoting their lastest release, The Killing Gods, the band was as usual on top form with songs like “Conjuring the Cull”, “Manufacturing Greed” and “Traitors”, which closed their set, displaying their powerful death and grindcore sound. It was however a bit strange to notice that towards the mid of their set some people leaving the festival area. Well, those who witnessed them during the entire 60min. set left extremely satisfied and wanting for more.



The second day of the festival seemed promising, after all H2O was finally going to play for the first time in Finland and many people were coming to the festival just to see them. Unfortunately around 14o’clock word came out that the band had missed their flight to Finland and wouldn’t be able to come to the festival. This sent a shockwave of disappointment and frustration for most, especially those who were coming from far just to seem them. The organizers then had to come with a substitute for them, which would be Pää Kii, a “new” punk band who has been getting a lot of fans over the last two years. There was nothing else to do but try to enjoy the festival, even though during the whole day there was still a certain bitterness over the very late cancellation of H2O.

On the previous day there was a good combination of hardcore and punk bands, plus the hip hop bands, but Saturday seemed like it was the “punk day”. From Relentless to Rejected to The Heartburns to Anal Thunder to Terveet Kädet and many more, the punk overtook the festival and many were wondering why there weren’t more hardcore bands on the schedule.

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 Regardeless of that, the music was good and the fans were enjoying the last day of the festival. It was noticeable to see that there were less people than Friday, but the bands gave their best and kept the crowd entertained and if there’s one band that fits that description well is Ratface. Their hardcore/thrash/punk short set on the main stage got everybody moving in the circle pit and moshing. One problem that occurred was that when they were still playing, the band who would follow them on the second stage, Bloodlands, started to do a bit of sound check and since both stages were very near, you’d hear a sound mixture from both stages.

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One of the most famous punk bands from Finland, Terveet Kädet, showed that they still got a lot of energy unlenshing their old school punk and the fans kept that pit moving. Right after came Hammertime and was also one of the bands that had more fans in the pit. From beginning to end they showed that the Finnish hardcore is strong and alive. The day was coming to an end and Anal Thunder was the one which closed LPRHC Fest 2014 in a very humorous way pleasing the fans.


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It wasn’t a perfect weekend, as mentioned there were some problems regarding the location and sound of the three different stages in the festival area. It’d have been also better to have more hardcore bands since after all the festival is called Lappeenranta Hardcore Fest, but I’m sure in the forthcoming editions of the festival these little bumps will be solved and the fans will come in greater numbers.

Full Friday and Saturday picture gallery:

Pic Gallery I

Pic Gallery II



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Music Diablo РGuitarists Andr̩ NM

December 31st, 2010




Music Diablo – Guitarists André NM


Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Jan Rosenberg at CMM Marketing for setting up the interview.

Thanks to Tommy Morriello at Crash Bang Management for all the help.

Thanks to CMM Marketing for providing promo pictures of the band.


The Brazilian thrash act Music Diablo released their brilliant debut album MUSIC DIABLO in Europe in May of 2010. When I heard the band’s music I got really interested  and thought that an interview was in order. I hooked up with guitarist André NM so he could cast light over the band and their music. Even though the band’s lead singer is Derrick Green the music doesn’t have a lot in common with Sepultura. If you’re into Brazilian heavy music make sure to check out André’s other band Nitrominds.

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