REVIEWS AND NEWS
Unfortunately, due to the earlier issue of the building being evacuated, lagerstein were unable to perform their full set, which is a site to behold, but they did not leave the audience with nothing. They played loud and hard through their remaining songs: Dig, Bury, Drink, The Shooey Song, and they closed their set with a cover of an Australian classic Land Down Under. We were sad to see them leave but we know they will be back to entertain us with their full show, which is a must see!
Next up was Happy Mondays, as they walked on stage their smiles were contagious and their songs came to life. As Happy Mondays played 'Kinky Afro, God's Cop, Donovan and Dennis and Lois' the songs were catchy and punchy, and they brought rock and roll rhythms that made you want to dance the night away. The band shared their love of funk and rhythm and the crowd sang their hearts out.
The Descendents kicked off the set with 'Everything Sucks, Hope, Silly Girl, Food, On Paper, Bear Clean Sheets, Nightage, Victim of Me, Nothin For You I'm not a Punk, Rotting Out, Punk and Van' This was an energetic set from the word go and the crowd got up and danced and sung along to all the hits. As Milo's vocals filled the venue, they remained strong and he worked the crowd like the rock n roll veteran he is. The bass line was fast and super killer and the crushing and drilling drums brought a raw and emotional sound.
As Archspire played Bleed the Future, Abandon the Linear and A Dark Horizontal it buried us under an avalanche of blast beats and technical extremity that flew at the fans at warp speed. As they continued to play Remote Tumour Seeker, Golden Mouth of Ruin and Human Murmuration it showcased the band's dynamic songs and they proved they could play fast tempos and heavy intense riffs.
ANDERS COLSEFNI REVIEW
As Anders Colsefni came onto the stage the crowd roared in anticipation, the original Slipknot vocalist played "Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat" record from start to finish and we were psyched to see it live. As the set kicked off the songs were relentlessly brutal on the nervous system. The unique and groundbreaking tracks brought the fans to the barrier and the headbanging commenced. The riffs were hyper aggressive and the drums and monster screams filled the room. As the Heavy hitting crowd pleaser continued, the mosh pit rager continued, the tracks were explosive and you could feel the tracks igniting throughout the playlist.
PUNK ROCK FACTORY REVIEW
Punk Rock Factory walked off stage with their instruments and the crowd cheered for more. Punk Rock Factory walked back on stage and played 'Down Under' They wanted to make sure we all got a Vegemite sandwich and add another epic Australian classic to the set. Punk Rock Factory played their last song 'How Far I'll Go' to finish off a night. It was a night full of hits and we were sad to see them leave the stage. You definitely missed out if you didn't see this show live.
CATTLE DECAPITATION REVIEW
Next up was the act we had been waiting for Cattle Decapitation. As they walked on stage the crowd's horns went up in the air and everyone was ready to mosh. The first song of the night was Terrasitic Adaptation, and the mosh pit turned into a circle pit almost immediately.
NAPALM DEATH REVIEW
Death metal savages Napalm Death from the UK were up next and they sent an electrical energy of blasting metal through the venue. As they kicked off the set with 'Narcissus', 'Backlash Just Because' and 'Fuck the Factoid' their double kicks and crystal clear pummelling drums were bouncing off the walls. We got to watch Barney Greenway, one of the most ruthless and brutal metal vocalists, fill the room with grittiness, power, and aggression. He has super-dynamic vocals with a massive range.
Last up was Saosin from Orange County, California and it was their first time back in Sydney, after thirteen years. As the crowd waited in anticipation, they moved to the front of the barrier. They opened up with 'Lost Symphonies', Anthony Green performed with stellar vocals and the fans sang along with him.
Sacred Reich continued to charge the stage, Executing a memorable set with lightning speed thrash rhythms. As we watched Sacred Reich play 'Independent’, ‘Free’, ‘Who's To Blame’ and ‘Ignorance' their instrumentals were tight and their guitar solos were on point. The riffs drove the song and the circle pit was in full swing.
The next set of songs got the crowd up and moving She's White and I Invented the Night, created impromtue dancing in the room. As Gay Bar was played there were loads sexual innuendos that were blended with wicked catchy riff and impressive solo. There's nothing not to love about Electric 6, their music is funny and well crafted, and their songs are executed perfectly. Their music always brings so much fun to the venue.
As Stryper continued their set they played ‘Revelation’, ‘More Than a Man’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Calling on You’. They had blazing metal solos and uplifting lyrics that had you gripped on a euphoric high. The drums sounded thunderous as Robert played his powerful drum beats. Michael Sweet and Oz Fox are a dynamic duo on stage as they played face melting riffs that triggered metal horns to fly into the air.
As Crashdiet kicked off their set with 'Together Whatever' we got to listen to classic rock anthems that compelled everyone to sing along. Next up was 'Shine On', 'Down With The Dust' and 'Reptile' these songs brought heavy bass lines and sharp chords and it supercharged the fans for what was coming next.
Arch Enemy played more hits 'War Eternal' and 'In the Eye of the Storm' which was a calling card to the crowd that brought them closer to the stage. As Arch Enemy played 'House of Mirrors' the drums were heavy and super powerful. It made the crowd pulse forward towards Arch Enemies aura. They were full of life on that stage as they continued with 'The Watcher'.
Darkest Hour came on stage and opened up with 'Doomsayer' as they sang this track they brought high energy to the stage and they proved what they could deliver from the word go. They continued the show with 'Convalescence' and it showed the Killer dynamics between the band and how the guitar lines, bass lines, lyrics and drum beats worked so well together.
As (hed) p.e continued with Crazy and Raise Hell you could see they knew how to have fun with the fans, and it showed as the audience were in the palm of their hand. They kept things going with the sheer amount of energy they exuded on stage and on the barrier as Jared Gomes sang with his fans. The band came armed with a collection of songs with catchy riffs to sing-a-long choruses that feel inspired, they definitely played favourites and their songs had everyone singing and dancing along to the tunes.
Geoff continued with more hits like 'Gonna Get Close to You' and the Heavy bass lines, 2 guitars, drum beats and clean vocals bounced off the walls in the venue. As we continued to watch the set there were epic guitar solos and the band stepped off the stage to let Danny do a mad drum solo and the crowd threw their metal horns in the air.
Switchfoot walked off stage and the crowd started chanting one more song, Switchfoot walked back out on stage and played two more songs the whole night Tim Forman was on fire. The way he plucked the guitar and seamlessly switched up his riffs was amazing to watch. You could hear both his and Drew Shirley’s skill on 'Only one' and 'Dare.' What a Great end to a fantastic show, and it will be etched in our minds for the rest of our lives.
As the rock glam, hair bands touched down in Sydney for their last Australian show we were excited to have such an epic lineup on our shores. We got to watch three local and six international acts rock the stage at the Factory Theatre. We watched Starcrazy, Crosson, Sisters Doll, Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, Enuff Z'Nuff, Eclipse, Wednesday 13 and Faster Pussycat playing 80's glam metal sleaze, shock rock, and hard rock all from the Sunset Strip.
As London Calling played the song London Calling, Rock the Casbah, Should I Stay or Should I Go, and White Riot. The charging, relentless rhythms, and the fantastic sound quality gave the fans the energy to jump around and sing the addictive chorus. Everyone lapped it up as if it were the real thing.
Mayhem silenced the crowds chants temporarily but nothing could put out the fire that had been lit beneath them. They continued to play 'My Death', 'Symbols' and 'Voces Ab Alts'. Mayhem treated each song as an evil spectacle, pushing it to its most absurd and dissonant limits. As they played 'Freezing Moon' the heavy beats of the drums paired with the icy guitars were the black beating heart of their.
NASHVILLE PUSSY REVIEW
The lead singer Blaine introduced the band to the audience, “We are Nashville Pussy baby, we have a song that's an old-fashioned sing along” he then commanded the audience. “I'm going to say come on, come on and your going to say Fuck Yeah!” and the crowd responded accordingly.
Max: "Soulfly has been coming here since 1999, Soulfly was created in 1998 but was born in 1999 in Australia that is the first time we played this song this is the first single off soulfly one everybody say bleed!" and the crowd yelled bleed back which made Australia want to rock to their metal.
Good Things Festival has been rocking the East Coast of Australia this week, we had the privilege of attending the festival in Sydney and had the best time! The lineup of bands was stacked, and the grounds also had more to offer: For the hungry metal heads they had many food trucks perfect for a lunch or dessert filled with delicious cuisines, there were also a lot of market stalls and merch stands to peruse for those needing a break from moshing, or if you needed to up the adrenaline there was even some carnival rides. Despite the good food and familiar faces in the crowd the bands were where the fun really was.
Next up was Jinjer, as the band walked on stage their was a mist of smoke covering the room in a cloud. Tatiana, the lead singer walked on stage and the crowd errupted, their screams echoed through the room and we knew it was going to be a set to blow the roof of the joint. First up was 'Sit, Stay, Rollover', one of the bands instant classics. The balance of growling and clean vocals was impeccable. They also belted out hits including 'Teacher', 'Copycat' and 'Home Back' and left the crowd cheering for more.
Evergreen Terrace a band named after a street in the Simpsons hit the stage and everyone got in their moshing positions ready for every song. Evergreen Terrace opened with "Enemy Sex". The crowd started kicking their legs in the air as the heavy bass lines and drums beats washed over them. The energy in the room was electric and the head banging and moshing got more and more intense as the guitarist kept striking the cords.
Next up Alestorm storm sang Shit boat (no fans) and then walked off stage, the crowd started yelling one more song and they walked back on stage for an encore! Christopher introduced everyone on the the stage one by one and played three more songs to finish off the show Drink, Pirate Metal Drinking Crew and Fucked with An Anchor, the crowd was singing along every word!
Next up was H.E.A.T , Don Crash ran onto the stage followed by Jona, Dave and Jimmy before they played their biggest track ‘One By One’. Kenny ran on stage halfway through the song and started singing, then asked everyone to raise their hands and everyone started clapping to welcome their next hit ‘Rock your Body’.
With their boar tusks hanging from their neck‘s and their afros standing proud they truly proved that they too are legends when they rocked the audience with their hit song ‘Legend’ showcasing more of their stunning vocals and electrifying instruments playing the audience into an adrenaline ridden euphoric high which smoothly lead into their next song ‘Ala Mai’
Genevieves powerhouse vocals filled the bar and everyone in the mosh was singing and throwing metal horns up in the air. We also got to listen to hits including "Run" and "Forever". As we got to the last song, we didn't want the night to end. Genevieve asked the crowd if they wanted one more song and the crowd cheered, To finish off the night Temtris played "I want out". I can't wait to watch Temtris live again, they always put on a fantastic show!
What a awesome gig, people were standing, the drinks were flowing and the bands on stage were rocking! Last night we got to watch some of the greatest Aussie Rock bands play at the crowbar in Sydney Thanks to Silverback touring. The four band line up was Avalanche, Fox Company, The Black Cardinals and The Poor.
A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BON JOVI
Next up was A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BON JOVI, with powerhouse vocalists Virgina Lillye & Mark Furze, who you all may know as semi finalists on The Voice Australia last year! The backing band from Melbourne were The Headhunters, an accomplished group of Australian musicians led by Brazilian guitar maestro, Marcelo Machad. The Bon Jovi Tribute band belted out every single hit, we got to rock out to songs including: Lay Your Hands On Me, Runaway, It's my life, Bed of Roses and Livin' on a prayer. Make sure you get in for their final show in Melbourne on Friday night, for an awesome night of fun and rock!