at The Think Tank, Newcastle, U.K., August 14, 2014

It’s been quite a week for followers of New York Hardcore in Newcastle with Brooklyn’s finest, Biohazard whipping up a veritable storm in Trillians on Tuesday and on Thursday, veterans of the scene Agnostic Front made a rare visit to the region at the Think Tank.

Fronted by the imposing bandana sporting Roger Miret, Agnostic Front dispensed with any niceties by launching headlong into “Eliminator” igniting an immediate storm in the moshpit. It was clear that the edge of the stage was not the best of places to be to take photographs.

Agnostic Front

“Death To You” and “Friend or Foe” pretty much set the tone for a relatively short but exceptionally volatile set as Agnostic Front’s brutal blend of Thrash Metal and edgy street Punk along with hard hitting social commentary kept the temperature at boiling point. Yet in songs like “Gotta Go” there is such an infectious chant along chorus that it wouldn’t beyond reason for this to receive radio play and “For My Family” combines a frantic Thrash section before an iron clad groove hammers home the message of brotherhood and solidarity.

Agnostic Front

Hardcore is characterised by a strong bond between band and crowd and this was no different especially when a random punter seized the microphone for a full run through “All Is Not Forgotten” complete with a beaming Miret’s full approval and active encouragement from the side of the stage.

There was no messing about, no unnecessary solos just straight in your face Hardcore and after a breathless hour it was all over as the band headed straight into the crowd to meet the fans.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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