Sick Of It All Spreads The Hardcore Reality In Bristol
New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All are about to begin a short tour of the United Kingdom supporting AFI to promote their forthcoming new studio album, "Based On A True Story." Luckily for the English folk who are not too keen on AFI, Sick Of It All announced a couple of headlining shows before the main tour kicked off and very luckily for myself, one of these shows was at The Croft in Bristol.
First things first, The Croft is an excellent venue. It appears to be brilliantly run along with having some really friendly staff and a great lounge area. Apparantly, Sick Of It All specifically requested this venue and it's not hard to see why, especially when one enters the stage area, which while not huge, packs plenty of people in and is the perfect setting for a hardcore show.
The support band for the night was local band No Warning Shot. I had never heard them before but they were easily the best British hardcore band I had seen for a long time. They had a great stage presence and interacted excellently with the audience, drawing many away from the bar to check them out, and rightfully so. I hope to see them again soon because they are an absolutely outstanding band and I advise any fans of hardcore to check them out immediately.
Of course, the band that everyone wanted to see were not going to disappoint and Sick Of It All opened the show brilliantly with "Take The Night Off," the first track from their latest studio album, "Death To Tyrants." Everyone in the place was enjoying it in their own way, whether they were singing along, jumping around, headbanging or simply bobbing their head and smiling, Sick Of It All know how to kick off a concert. They followed this with "Good Lookin' Out" from 1997s "Built To Last" album and kept the crowd enthusiastic throughout. They performed a further four songs from the "Death To Tyrants" album, all of which happened to be the best from the album in my personal opinion, namely, "Uprising Nation," "Machete," "Die Alone" (which featured great use crowd sing alongs) and "Maria White Trash." Of course, the bands classics weren't ignored either. Sick Of It All tore through their staple tracks like "Step Down" and "Injustice System" with great passion. They also proved how much they enjoy taking the stage by cracking jokes, inviting a fan on stage to sing "Rat Pack" (you were awesome by the way Phil!) and performing a cover of the Sham 69 classic "Borstal Breakout." All good things must come to an end though, and the band brought the show to an adrenaline fueled close with two of their biggest crowd pleasers, "Scratch The Surface" and the ultimate sing along, "Us Vs Them." If you are able to witness a Sick Of It All show at any point, I highly recommend you do so because they have to be one of the best and most energetic live bands going today, which is really saying alot for a band nearly 25 years old.
Sick Of It All's new album, "Based On A True Story" will be released in Europe on April 19th and April 20th in North America.
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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