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The first band of the night was local favorites, Will To Live. Their approach to the show was refreshing to me. Rather than stand up on the stage, lead vocalist Robert Galdamez was in the crowd with everyone singing along. It was awesome to see so many people singing along and getting into the set. Will To Live's sound that night was dead on. The band really had it together for the show.
The next band was One King Down. I was totally impressed with these guys. The guitarist was great. He used a lot of effects and actually used some precision guitar work in a type of music known mostly for repetitive chords. The lead vocalist was hyped for the show and was frequently into the crowd to let people sing along and to get everyone stirred up. They played a fast and furious set and had everyone into it from start to finish. This band left a very positive impression on me.
The final band of the night was Shutdown. You knew these kids were straight out of NYC as soon as you heard them speak. I was amazed at how such young guys had been around for so long and were able to harness the energy of a scene that is mostly left behind. You could see a bright future in them. They had a strong footing in the past, and even performed a cover of Warzone's "Don't Forget The Struggle, Don't Forget The Streets", which was on their new album. The set they played was fast, and aggressive. They played a rather lengthy set which was nice to see. They were high energy from the opening. They spent a great deal of time jumping around, and the singer climbed up on the crowd quite a few times. They covered music from all their releases. The highlight of the night for me was "Few And Far Between" which they stated was about their travels on tour. It was fun night that showed a shining future for the hardcore scene.
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