On 6 December 2016 The Amity Affliction were bringing their “This Could Be Heartbreak” Tour to London. With 6 dates set for the UK, London was their third stop. For their London show the post-hardcore heavyweights have teamed up with four quite different but similar genius bands – Northlane, Stray From The Path as well as Wage War. With the rather promising Lineup it wasn’t too suprising we were welcomed by hundreds of fans queuing up along Camden High Street.
Once we made it inside the hardcore opener Wage War just kicked off. Their energetic metalcore was just a perfect fit to start of the night. With such an heavy start it didn’t take long for the first moshpits and wall of death of the night to pop up. They deliver a great performance of their rather great album “Subliminal Criminals”. As the band’s set draws to a close it is clear the first stones were laid for a big night of music.
They were followed by Stray From The Path who set of where Wage War finished. The energy level kept rising song after song and the crowd surfers couldn’t be stopped anymore whilst at the same time the venue started to fill up. SFTP are known to be a political band who combine political slants with heavy hardcore music. You could see the excitement of the audience increase every minute but the latest when they surprised the crowd by a guest appearance of Architects vocalist Sam Carter the crowd reaction reached new heights.
Next set to play was the main support Northlane – one of my personal favourites of the night. They came on stage like a big explosion. Vocalist Marcus Bridge just knows how to control the crowd. Within the short time he has been with the band, he has become a big driving force behind the band’s impressive stage presence. Even though their set is less energetic than the previous two they still won over the audience by the time they reached a euphoric rendition of “Quantum Flux”.
Last but not least were the headliners The Amity Affliction set to go on stage. They know how to kick off a show and impressed everyone with CO2 canons and confetti rain. From the first minute onwards their fans were singing every single line of their lyrics an screaming feverishly. Unfortunately the band seems to be a bit off their game with the absence of their drummer however their performance was still powerful and their signature sound made them stick out of the line up. Surprisingly Joel Birch’s vocals even sounded better than ever on record. Even though the band wasn’t complete they still delivered an excellent show which was also a great tribute to their drummer.