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Afi Live 2013

A bit late, moved and hadn't gotten the internet installed.
1Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

The venue was pretty small, with a designated "pit" area and rails/seating beyond it. A local group called Coming opened, and while the instrumentation was solid (simple yet older style horror punk mixed with some emotional hardcore) the lead singer's voice just really grated; imagine Pg. 99 mixed with The Gothiscles tone. Touche Amore was next, and not really having heard them before was pretty pleased by their older material. The lyrics were a blast, and the band had a small knot of fans that they'd constantly sing to/let sing into the mic. Only real complaint was that their new work was bland and lacking emotion, and that the vocalist sung facing the floor or the drummer too often. Touche Amore knew that the main draw was AFI, and even though I felt bad for them I was glad that the realized how overshadowed they were and were graceful about it.
Sing The Sorrow

Davey Havok. Holy fuck. The level of energy and showmanship was insane, all it took were the first opening cords and the entire cord just bursts forward. His stage presence was INSANE, so much so that it was hard to give Hunter or Jade a glance. Right from the beginning he seemed to be looking at each and every one of us in the crowd, and this was just the start. Not a lot of songs were played from this album, surprised me.

I understand that a lot of people got into the band with this album, and that the tour for it was badass, so I wasn't surprised to see the Decemberunderground emphasis. I've never been to a concert where I knew almost the entire bands catalog, let alone been in a room where everyone else did as well. The crowd response to these songs was massive, though the now popular hardcore style of dancing (friendly moshing is so hard to find) was annoying. Luckily a couple of older, bearded and tatted fans put a stop to the young bro's aggression and everything was cool after that; would have been really annoying otherwise, there were a lot of girls in the crowd.

While "17 Crimes" sounds like a Blaqk Audio cross over it was pretty fun live and mixed well with the themes and tracks from Decemberunderground... but the real star here was "I Hope You Suffer". While I hadn't really listened to the track more than a few times before hearing it live (Hunters bass is so damn prominent, loved it) with Davey being right there was something else entirely. While I touched on his stage presence earlier he really made this song for me, it's a favorite now. There was so much emotion on his face during this track, almost more than any other, it seemed supremely personal or resonating for him. I teared up again during this track, we've all had that experience with an ex or family and it was pretty easy to get caught up in the emotion that was pulsing from the stage. I'm pretty excited about the new album now.
Crash Love

Sadly my favorite AFI album only received one track, but sparked two pits in the process. My only real complaint form the show (other than the venues imposed curfew and the lack of AFI hoodies) was that this album didn't get a bit more love. Either way it was great to hear "Medicate" live; love this fucking album to death.
The Art of Drowning

The band was giving Davey looks, he was pushing his voice pretty hard that night. Most of the songs were from their older material (this album especially) and were really taxing him; Jade would shoot him looks while playing, and Adam kept shaking his head at him while smiling; though the group definitely has changed with each album Havok is still a hardcore lover/singer at heart, and wasn't about to let down fans or not put on a great show (the water breaks increased as the night went on, both in length and frequency). And holy shit, did he deliver. You know that crowd walking thing he does? Yeah, it happened twice. "Ever And A Day" was the most powerful track of the night for me, and while the crowd did the gang chants Havok just steps over the rail and up into the crowd. Ended up with two people between myself and he, held up my girlfriend so she could get a better view. The crowd was singing and crying, it was fucking magical. By this point I wasn't able to tell if Davey was singing or if it was the crowd, and it didn't matter. While this album had never been anything special before it definitely is now, thinking about it still gives me chills. It's pretty hard to describe what it was like, but seeing all this live was like a dream. It was the best show I've ever attended, and I don't think anything could top this on an emotional level.
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