If you want to see the diversity of the hardcore scene today, then look no further from this current Stick To Your Guns tour. Besides a few festivals, where else can you see acts like First Blood and Silent Planet playing back to back? Still, this is the show you don't want to miss, and if you get the chance to see it - do it. It's a no-brainer.
First Blood came first and got a pretty heavy task of warming up the crowd. It did take them some time, but by the end of the show, they got things going. By far the most aggressive and the most traditional band on the bill, First Blood brought the heavy artillery from the very beginning. With the new record 'Rules' still being fresh, the band showed they are in great shape, and ready to kill it on stage.
Silent Planet came next, bringing drastically different style. Metalcore riffs and spoken word-screamo vocal combination loosely reminded me of a La Dispute or Touché Amoré, but with much less of an impact. They had their crowd, mainly the younger one, and delivered a solid set.
Being As An Ocean were next, raising the bar with their set. The band is in the top shape, ready to destroy any stage given. Strengthening their catalogue with the new record 'Waiting For Morning To Come' they quickly got the crowd going, making them screaming every word. The post-hardcore they play brings so much emotion, so much honesty, that it's impossible to ignore it. With the specially designed light show, their set was a whole new dimension. Everything was so perfect, and yet so organic. With around thousand fans in front of them, it couldn't get much better.
And yet, it did. Stick To Your Guns came in next, and delivered the set just out of this world, although, to be honest, it wouldn't be that good if it wasn't for the crowd. Singer Jesse Barnett suffers from the throat infection, causing the show to be a few songs shorter, but the effort he makes on the stage made it all OK. The band did strike with the full force, delivering both, older stuff and the songs from the newly released record 'True View.' The real star of the show, however, was the crowd.
With the first riff from the stage, the crowd went wild. Without barriers, the band and the crowd quickly became one, with crowd surfing and stage diving being a constant. Huge sing-alongs were part of every single song, while massive circle pits made it all even crazier. Even the band looked surprised with the reaction from the fans, with everything culminating at the very end, during 'Against Them All' when the stage god flooded with people, singing together with the band. I firmly believe this was the night band will remember as much as the crowd.