By Claire Hodgkins
Australian metalcore titans The Amity Affliction made their long awaited return to the UK to play a string of headline shows in celebration of their 2020 release, ‘Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them’. Joining them on this run, Gideon, SeeYouSpaceCowboy and Fit For A King – all of whom bought the heat to Bristol’s independent venue SWX.
First to take to the stage were American hardcore icons, SeeYouSpaceCowboy who wasted no time in kicking the night off. Their 30 minute set was crammed with riffs, high-jumps and spine tingling screams from lead vocalist Connie Sgarbossa who commanded the stage like no other.
- Life as a Soap Opera Plot, 26 Years Running
- The End to a Brief Moment of Lasting Intimacy
- Armed With Their Teeth
- With High Hopes and Clipped Wings
- …And My Faded Reflection in Your Eyes
- Misinterpreting Constellations
- With Arms That Bind and Lips That Lock
- Self Help Specialist Ends Own Life
Alabama based metalcore gods Gideon followed suit, with their 30 minute offering containing bass that ricocheted through the walls of the intimate club venue. Lead vocalist Dan McWhorter delivered faultless vocals, all whilst sporting a signature cowboy hat. A sea of bodies whirled around in circles, with the mosh pits already in full swing – confirming one hell of a night ahead for the metal heads in Bristol.
- Bite Down
- More Power More Pain
- Too Much Is Never Enough
- Take Me
- Take Off
- No Love/No One
Main support for this tour came from Fit For A King, who arguably could be headlining venues of this calibre on their own. Their 10 song set perfectly encapsulated the very best of their expansive discography, suitable for both those familiar, and unfamiliar with the band. Synchronised jumps and choreographed head-bangs were just some of the scenes witnessed on stage. Highlights of their set included opening number, ‘The Hell We Create’, ‘The Price of Agony’ and 2018 hit single ‘When Everything Means Nothing’.
- The Hell We Create
- Breaking the Mirror
- End (The Other Side’
- The Price of Agony
- Locked (in my head)
- The Path
- Times Like This
- When Everything Means Nothing
- God of Fire
Ahead of the main event, you could feel the excitement in the air as The Amity Affliction were about to take to the stage in Bristol for the first time in over three years. Opening with their mammoth hit, ‘Pittsburgh’, the room was crammed with metal heads passionately screaming along in unison.
Despite the tour being named after the bands most recent release, only two tracks played from the album made it onto the setlist. However, the band achieved a setlist that was the perfect mix of tracks from the last decade, with ‘Chasing Ghosts’ and ‘Death’s Hand’ being clear fan favourites. The band are notoriously known for their raw lyrics, with ‘All Fucked Up’, gaining a well deserved spot within the fourteen song set. After a brief acoustic sing-along, the band ramped things back up launching into ‘Ivy (Doomsday)’ from their 2018 release, ‘Misery’ followed by one of their more recent singles ‘Show Me Your God’.
All in all, The Amity Affliction put on a solid show and it’s been good to have them back in the UK at what could possibly be the tightest they’ve sounded live. It goes without saying, fans left the iconic club venue wanting more and more.
- All My Friends Are Dead
- Like Love
- Drag The Lake
- Shine On
- Death Is All Around
- All Fucked Up
- Ivy (Doomsday)
- Show Me Your God
- Don’t Lean On Me
- Chasing Ghosts
- I Bring The Weather With Me
- Death’s Hand
- Soak Me In Bleach