Friday 6 August 2010

Life Of Agony Make Night On Their Own

The bill promised a lot when it was announced: Ill Niño, Life of Agony and Papa Roach in the Melkweg. Although I don't like Papa Roach the rest of the night promised to be good and heavy. Too bad Ill Niño had to pull out because of frontman Cristian Machado's injury. They were replaced with Jettblack a hair metal band from the UK. This didn't look good.

Life of Agony at Melkweg Amsterdam, August 2 2010 (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
When we arrived at the venue Jettblack was just closing up with their last few songs. If you're into Bon Jovi kind of rock this may be your band, but I certainly didn't mind missing most of their set. Fortunately it didn't take long for Life of Agony to take the stage. Unlike their gig earlier this year where they played an integral set of their hit album "River Runs Red" this time their set consisted of a variety of their songs.

The sound was pretty good although I saw a member of the crew walking on stage many times. Singer Keith Caputo gave another strong performance prooving again how good a rock singer he is. His vocals were clear and powerful. Combined with the tight band it all sounded great. Since most people were there to see Papa Roach they really had to work hard to get the crowd going. But in the end there was a decent pit forming and I think they won over quite some people. We can only hope that they will start working on new material in the future.

When Papa Roach entered the stage they were welcomed with loud cheers. It didn't take long for us to leave though. Their superficial metal songs and overdone stage performance just doesn't do it for me. Hopefully they learned from the superiour performance by Life of Agony.

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