The bill today was packed with no less than 5 bands, all of which can be placed in the Nu-metal genre. While not all of them are as well-known as the headliners, it was still a nice deal, especially since the Effenaar managed to do this for only â‚¬16.
I arrived at the venue just before the first band started. Since it was a Wednesday evening around 19:00, the venue wasn't really full yet. The youngsters from the southern Netherlands came on stage and it appeared to me that they didn't have much experience playing for larger crowds. The whole set seemed tense. The screaming music they call “screamo music” wasn't that well received. The crowd hardly reacted to pleads of the singer to jump around more.
The second band on stage was Cadaveres from Hungary. They managed to do something the opening act was unable to: get the crowd moving, with a warm and solid sound. All musicians in this band were quite good, and it seems they are very popular in their home country.
Next up were Total Riot from Greece. Besides the “usual” musicians, this band had a Bongo player on stage, who also acted as the second singer of the band. For some reason, the songs didn't sound as well as they do on their album. I couldn't really tell if it was the timing of one or more members, but something definitely wasn't right. The venue was getting rather packed by this time, and most people that were there were getting in the mood and started dancing or otherwise moving.
The last opening band was Breed77. Although the band is based in London nowadays, they are originally from Gibraltar, and this really shows in their music. On a lot of songs one or both guitar players had acoustic guitars in front of them for some Flamenco pieces. The first part of the set was a bit rusty, but about halfway in the set they started their cover of the Cranberries song Zombie. It's always strange to see what music can do to people when they suddenly realise they know a song. The people that were watching rather bored in the beginning started singing along to the song. From this point on, the mood in the venue was very good, and the music of the band sounded much better.
Around 22:00 it was finally time for the main act, Ill NiÃ±o. It was already the 4th time the band played the Effenaar in 5 years, each visit being a huge success. This evening was shaping up great as well: at this point, it was getting impossible to get close to the stage; although it wasn't sold out (about 90% of the tickets were sold), most visitors tried to get as close to the stage as possible, and the front half of the venue was one big pit of jumping people. The Latin-Americans played a very tight mix from all of their albums, and kept thanking the audience and the city. About halfway through the set, the song Bleed Like You from the new album Dead New World was dedicated to all the victims of the earthquake in Japan. The encore started with a drum… duet, since both of the drummers took part in it. This provided a nice change of tune before the band ended the set with What Comes Around, How Can I Live and Liar.
by Frank Wijers