Gav Lloyd watched The Amity Affliction play at Slam Dunk earlier today. This is what he thought.
WHAT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE DAY'S WILDEST SETS SEEMS BORING There are undoubtedly a lot of arms in the air down the front lapping up the anthemic metalcore fare of The Amity Affliction, but it takes a fair while for mosh pits to kick off and this feels like a rather tame break for Slam Dunk's "mosh" stage.
IT'S METALCORE BY THE NUMBERS Although the Australian five-piece are solid enough at what they do, there's very little today to distinguish them from any other metalcore band in the world. Songs blend into one another in the wind at times, too.
THE BAND LOOK LIFELESS It's a problem that extends to the band's presence on stage as well, with this whole set feeling rather by-the-numbers. The band pull out the tried and tested poses, while frontman Joel Birch limply plods around the stage.
THERE ARE SOME AWESOME STAND-OUT MOMENTS, THOUGH There's no denying that towards the end of their set 'Pittsburgh' sounds massive, and appropriately it's greeted with one of the biggest responses the band see, complete with hectic circle pit. Ultimately though, it feels like a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing set.