Agnostic Front

Copenhell - 2022

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

The day was going pretty well so far. We’d had a good punk show with Bad Religion, and Alestorm had brought the party home.
Now it was time for a hardcore punk party in the hands of Agnostic Front!

“Welcome to the hardcore show!”
- Vincent ‘Vinnie Stigma’ Capuccio (guitar)

The show kicked off with the theme from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, which took me by surprise, but a positive one. I love the film, and Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack is one of the best and most recognisable soundtracks out there. The fact that Metallica has been using another track from it for their entrances since time immemorial (or 1983, the web tells me), should tell you something of its impact.
But we’re not here to discuss Morricone, we are here to talk about Agnostic Front, and that’s a whole other ballpark.

Agnostic Front came on with exactly the insane amount of energy that one would expect, and especially Vinnie Stigma was on fire! That they were about to raise some shit in the audience was clearly anticipated, as more guards had been called in to keep an eye on the show.
Surprisingly, there weren’t all that many crowdsurfers for the show, especially given what a popular activity this had been for the festival in general up to this point. What the fans might have lacked in full contact sailing, they made up for in spades with ground level action however. A wild moshpit got moving directly, stirring up a cloud of dust around the participants, and this quickly evolved into a huge circle pit. Later in the show, when the band reached For My Family, we saw one of the festival’s wildest walls of death, and it was magical!

Audibly, the band didn’t have the best of luck, as there was something wrong with the mic, or the levels of it; either way, the vocals were completely drowned out in the beginning of the show, which was quite sad. The problem came under control rather quickly, thankfully, but it was still a regrettable start of the show.
In the end, the wild abandon the band members showed up with made all the difference. Agnostic Front was a breath of fresh air, and they kept us going the rest of the day - the old hardcore boys still have it!

Setlist (incomplete):

Il Buono Il Brutto Il Cattivo (Titoli) (Ennio Morricone song)
Old New York
For My Family
Spray Painted Walls
Crucified (Iron Cross cover)
Gotta Go
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)

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