Heavy Metal Reviews

A Day To Remember
Location: Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen

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A Day To Remember with

Every Time I Die and The Story So Far

A Day To Remember with Every Time I Die and The Story So Far

(5th Feb 2014) For sure: A DAY TO REMEMBER are on top of their game and among this scene‘s finest and biggest bands. Their blend of pop punk and metalcore is quite unique, for no other band can deliver this music as good as this five-piece. Their new record “Common Courtesy“ will prove that A DAY TO REMEMBER deserve their spot on top of the scene. It‘s really no surprise that today‘s show in Oberhausen is packed with more than 3000 fans.
First band of the evening is THE STORY SO FAR. The outfit‘s most recent record “What You Don‘t See“ is a great example of grown-up pop punk tunes. To be honest: I expected a lot of these dude‘s performance, but these expectations were far too much, obviously. There is no energy on stage, no real performance, just five guys standing on the same spot for about half an hour. It looks like the band is lost on such a big stage with so many kids right in front of them. Due to the lack of stage-presence it doesn‘t look like these pop punkers gained any new fans. It‘s unfortunate because THE STORY SO FAR could have done so much better and could have reached so many new people.
But even EVERY TIME I DIE seem to have a hard time. The metalcore-godfathers may sound far too heavy and too chaotic for some kids. There are not many breakdowns, but there are a lot of rock-riffs in the band‘s unique sound. ‘Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow‘ and ‘We‘rewolf‘ are great opening tracks for the group‘s gig. The band is rockig across the stage and putting on a great and energetic show. Singer Keith Buckley is one hell of a good frontman, but still the kids don‘t seem to connect to this band. One reason probably is that EVERY TIME I DIE got famous in a time where most of tonight‘s audience was still in primary school. At least ‘The New Black‘ gets rewarded by a small but nice circle pit. It‘s a shame, because the band‘s setlist is superb and features a lot of great songs like ‘Floater‘, ,Ebolorama‘, ‘Kill The Music‘ and even a track from the group‘s forthcoming record. Nevertheless, this was a great 40 minute show that most people just didn‘t get. Their loss!
The crowd seems to wake up during the following break when nu metal-hits by the likes of SLIPKNOT and SYSTEM OF A DOWN roar through the venue‘s soundsystem. But the moment when A DAY TO REMEMBER enter the stage without any kind of intro or show elements there is no holding back. ‘All I Want‘ kicks in and people get wild. Almost 3000 kids are jumping up and down to this anthemic pop punk bulldozer. And there is no slowing down - nor on stage or before - for the next 90 minutes.
The band‘s setlist is a great mix of all five records. With ‘You Had Me At Hello‘ A DAY TO REMEMBER even play a track taken from their debut “And Their Name Was Treason“ (also known under the reissue title “Old Record“). Even though this ballad is catchy as hell, the group‘s female fans seem to wait for the following ballad ‘If It Means A Lot To You‘. Other tracks included are ‘Right Back At It Again‘, ‘Violence (Enough Is Enough)‘, ‘2nd Sucks‘, ‘Homesick‘, ‘Have Faith In Me‘ or ‘The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle‘. During ‘It‘s Complicated‘, which is sung by guitar player Kevin, singer Jeremy enters a huge ball and runs through the venue on top of people‘s heads.
After a three song strong encore ‘The Downfall Of us All‘ ends this great show. Honestly, I didn‘t expect too much of this show, but it was mind blowing! By far the best show I have ever seen by these guys.

Text © by Sebastian Berning