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Live Review: A Day To Remember – KOKO, London

It has been almost two years since A Day To Remember last played in the UK and tonight they make their return playing the KOKO in Camden. After such a long time away some were starting to doubt whether people still cared about A Day To Remember. But after tonight’s show sold out in an hour i’ts clear that A Day To Remember are more popular than ever.

First up though was Your Demise, playing one of their final London shows as a band tonight was always going to be a special show for them. Launching into “Push Me Under” pits opened immediately and the entire room was bouncing. Your Demise have always been an incredibly fun band to see live and tonight was no different. Front-man Ed McRae constantly calls for crowd surfers throughout the set and the crowd respond with swarms of fans flying over the barrier and the band play with an incredible amount of energy and passion.  Despite being a late addition to the line up there was still a large amount of Your Demise fans here, which shows that they were a fantastic choice to open. Ending with regular set closer “The Kids We Used To Be” always ends things on a high as Ed joins the fans in the crowd during the songs final chorus. (9)

Despite the great reaction for Your Demise, it was nothing compared to the moment A Day To Remember stepped onstage. Opening with new song “Violence (Enough Is Enough)” resulted in absolute chaos and following this with “2nd Sucks” kept the intensity up with every fan screaming the words and constantly moving. From here on ADTR continued to fire out fan favourite’s and didn’t let up, when they can play a song as good as “I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?” four songs into a set and still top it later shows how many great songs ADTR have. They are also a band who know how to have fun, with beach balls being thrown into the crowd on “All Signs Point To Lauderdale” and t-shirts thrown during “Better Off This Way”. The energy from the band and the crowd just doesn’t stop, even on softer songs like “Have Faith In Me”, it all results in what is probably one of the sweatiest shows ever at the KOKO. A Day To Remember even play “Another Song About The Weekend” for the first time anywhere in Europe and this gets an incredible reaction. It’s clear that after being away so long, ADTR are happy to be back playing a show in the UK. Front-man Jeremy McKinnon even gets quite emotional at points due to the reaction they receive. A Day To Remember offer another taste of the upcoming album Common Courtesy with “Right Back At It Again” before “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle” brings their main set to a close. Finally everyone is given a break during the first part of A Day To Remember’s encore as they play a short acoustic set, with an acoustic version of  “It’s Complicated” being a nice surprise for fans before “If It Means A Lot To You” results in the biggest singalong of the night. “All I Want” and “The Downfall Of Us All” see one last burst of energy from the band and the crowd with the final pits opening up and fans crowd surfing again before the fans are showered in confetti at the very end. (10)

It is great to have A Day To Remember back after such a long time. It’s clear that when they do play a full UK tour they will play venue’s much bigger than the KOKO and they really deserve to. During the set Jeremy states that A Day To Remember might not be the best band but they care and its clear he really means it. Most fans tonight would disagree with the first part of that statement as A Day To Remember have proved themselves to be on of the best bands in both the Pop-Punk and Metalcore scenes. Mark my words, A Day To Remember are taking over the world. (10)


Live Review: Slam Dunk Festival, Hatfield, Part 1

The 2013 Slam Dunk line was easily the biggest yet. With a great mix of loads of genres and some of the biggest names in Rock, Pop-Punk, Metalcore, Hardcore and Post-Hardcore appearing over the festivals five stages. With such a huge line up it was difficult to pick which bands to see and lead to some inevitable clashes so here’s my review of all the bands I saw over the course of the day.

Opening up a stage is always a difficult task. Luckily Melodic Hardcore band Heart In Hand were well up to the task. Kicking things off on the Monster Energy stage the band played an energetic and emotional set with plenty of early pits opening up. Front-man Charlie Holmes even throw himself into the crowd during set closer “Only Memories”. (8)

Unfortunately Our Last Night just cannot match this. Despite pulling a large crowd to the Monster Energy stage the band just play such mediocre Post-Hardcore music that its almost impossible to stay interested. It doesn’t help that the vocals are so inconsistent either. However the band do manage to pull out a cover of Adele’s “Skyfall” which doesn’t completely suck. (5)

Over on the main stage, Pierce The Veil were playing to a ridiculously large audience. Its crazy to think about how many people would have been turned away if these had still been playing on the Monster stage. Its impressive how far Pierce The Veil have come on in the past few years. They look and sound incredibly slick live. They still need a few more killer songs but the likes of “Caraphernelia” and “Hell Above” sound great. Unfortunately a guest appearance from Sleeping With Sirens front-man Kellin Quinn almost ruins everything. The audience might love it but Kellin’s vocals sound absolutely awful live during “King For A Day” and it just ends the set on a low point. (7)

Back on the Monster stage The Word Alive are playing to smaller audience than they really should be, perhaps this is due to Sleeping With Sirens playing on the main-stage at the same time. This doesn’t stop them from putting everything they’ve got into their performance. Things just get better as the set progresses and “Life Cycles” ends things with a large pit opening and the majority of the audience jumping around and singing. (7)

Starting 10 minutes late due to technical difficulties during their sound-check, it seems that the odds were stacked against Bury Tomorrow, with the packed out Monster Energy stage getting impatient. However, the moment Bury Tomorrow launch “Lionheart” all of those problems are forgotten, what follows is 35 minutes of sheer chaos. Dani Winter-Bates proves himself to be one of the best Metalcore front-men around, commanding the crowd with ease getting a huge circle pit going for “An Honourable Reign” and fans to get on their friends shoulders during “Redeemer”. Bury Tomorrow continue to prove that they could be the next big thing in the British Metalcore scene. (9)

Playing one of his final shows with Devil Sold His Soul front-man Ed Gibbs is incredibly emotional tonight, even coming close to tears on more than one occasion. This emotion only adds to the impact of Devil Sold His Souls Progressive Metalcore. Its a shame the band are playing on the Tiger stage as it really limits the amount of people who can see them. They have such a dynamic sound with songs varying from heavy, poundings riffs and screams to almost hauntingly beautiful moments. Its an emotional send off for Ed Gibbs and brings this chapter of Devil Sold His Soul’s career to a close in a perfect way. (9)

Back on the Monster stage Memphis May Fire were busy getting their crowd jumping with their fairly standard Metalcore. Its not that they are bad, but after seeing bands like Bury Tomorrow destroy this stage earlier in the day Memphis May Fire just seem dull. It doesn’t help that Matty Mullin’s stage banter just seems very arrogant, referring to himself as “the voice of a generation”. They are easily one of the most forgettable bands of the day. (6)

Finally its up to Your Demise to bring things to a close on the Monster stage. Being a late addition to the line up probably didn’t help them as their crowd was considerably smaller than Memphis May Fire’s, but this didn’t stop them from ending the day on the best way possible. Your Demise are known for getting lots of stage divers during their gigs but with a huge security pit this seemed unlikely. That was until Ed McRae invites fans to fill up that area and begin stage diving. “Born A Snake” see’s the fans lucky enough to get into the security pit flying from the stage and this seriously annoys security but is a great spectacle. With the news that Your Demise are playing their final year as a band its clear that they are going to be missed within the hardcore scene. “The Kids We Used To Be” is just the perfect way to end things with the entire crowd singing along as well as moshing and crowd-surfing. Before the song Ed reminds the fans that having fun is the most important thing at shows and no one in the audience could disagree tonight. When Your Demise play their final show next year it will be a real shame. But until then Your Demise will continue to remind people why they are one of the best UK Hardcore bands around. (9)