I'd never seen After Forever live, so I was very happy to hear that they
were going to play in my hometown Veenendaal. The Escape is a small venue,
but some big names like Withtin Temptation had already played there. After
Forever's debut album Prison of Desire already impressed me quit a bit, but
since they released their magnificent second album Decipher, my wish to see them play live got bigger and bigger. So, the day finally arrived. We (me
and a girlfriend) arrived around 21.00. Some ten minutes later, the support
band Cerberus started playing. I didn't like the performance at all. Some of
the guitarwork was nice, but it sounded all very cliched. The singer was bad
and the keyboard player was even worse. She even started playing the wrong
music on two occasions. After some 30 minutes they left. The Cerberus
stagecrew removed all of the gear and the After Forever crew took over with
a short soundcheck. The venue was packed and there was a very good
Around ten o'clock the ouverture from Decipher, Ex Cathedra, sounded through
the venue and the band smashed directly after that in the fast Monolith Of
Doubt. It was clear immediately that the band was in topshape. The singer
Floor Jansen apologized for the fact that she had a cold and that her voice
was not that good. Not that good? Is she kidding? Her voice was fantastic!
The next song was My Pledge Of Allegiance part 1. One of the best tracks
from Decipher in my opinion. It was played flawless and both the band and
the crowd were having a good time.
The band played most of the songs from both albums, which resulted in a very
balanced performance. The crowd was really having a party which inspired the
band greatly. Fast pieces like Estranged and Yield To Temptation (which was
welcomed by a big roar from the crowd) resulted in a lot of crowdsurfing and
jumping around :-)
Forlorn Hope was played which ended the main set in a majestic way. (I still
find the sample of Rabin speaking and the lyrics of that piece very moving).
The band left the stage only to return within a minute to play the encore
Follow In The Cry, which really rocked.
A bloody marvellous performance. I surely will go to another concert.
Setlist (I hope I got it right):
Monolith Of Doubt
My Pledge Of Allegiance Part 1
Semblance Of Confusion
The Embrace That Smothers, Part 1: Leaden Legacy
The Embrace That Smothers, Part 3: Yield To Temptation
My Pledge Of Allegiance Part 2
The Embrace That Smothers, Part 2: Follow In The Cry