Live Reviews

Live Review: Bigsound Live – Night 1 Rundown

Bigsound Live: Night 1 A few days ago, I had the absolute pleasure of covering the Bigsound Live Showcases. Not only was it an incredibly fun time, but it also provided a great opportunity to get some networking and, more importantly, some serious shit-talking done. Over the course of the two days of the Live Showcases, I spent around 8 hours either at The New Globe Theatre or Crowbar, and watched a multitude of bands. I was already familiar with some, good mates with others, and completely unaware of a few more. What follows is a brief rundown of my thoughts on the bands that I was present for. Enjoy! I know I did. Jack The Stripper My first port of call was Crowbar at 8pm for Melbourne’s Jack The Stripper. I am, of course, very familiar with them, having reviewed their brilliant debut album Raw Nerve a while back, and since having become fairly well acquainted with vocalist Luke Frizon. I was already pretty clued into what I was in for, considering around half of the pictures on Jack The Stripper‘s Facebook page are Luke with self-inflicted head wounds of varying severity, the worst of which stemmed from him attempting to effectively scalp himself with a broken glass during a support slot for Whoretopsy. The man doesn’t tend to take kindly to people not paying attention, so he decided to take matters into his own hands (quite literally). I’m going to assume that his bloodied and crazed “come hither” was pretty effective. It’d work on me. Fuck, I’d probably shit myself if I’m honest. Over six feet tall,...

Live: Ocean Grove w/ Void of Vision, Devastator + guests

Lineup: Ocean Grove, Void of Vision, Devastator, Absolution + Life’s Ill Location: Hermann’s Bar – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Date: 25th July 2015 Genre: Metal and Hardcore Reviewer: Thall I embarked on a journey all the way from the western side of this great nation for this show. Perth to Sydney. Nearly 4000 kilometres. You can fit Pluto within that distance, and I can safely say that for this night I was not disappointed a single bit. With the local Sydney acts being represented through Life’s Ill, Absolution and Devastator, the flavour of the show was enhanced by the Melbourne cruiser-weights Ocean Grove and Void of Vision. This was my first ever interstate show which I did NOT perform at, so it felt great not having to worry about playing a set and simply enjoying the vibes instead, meeting new people and appreciating something totally refreshing to all of my senses. Thanks to everyone for letting me have an epic experience … let’s get onto the live review! Band: Life’s Ill I first started with a Captain Morgan mixed with Coke, and seeing the front-rower fellas from Life’s Ill made me realise that without question, no amount of alcohol would be enough to dare pick a scrap with them. The thing that is great about seeing the local hardcore act is that they don’t try to ‘staunch’ the show by looking tough. Overall there was a great vibe, and this show provided a perfect warm-up for what was to come. The drummer was grooving, the crowd was moving and interestingly, the vocalist had some passionate, emotional passages between...

Live: She Cries Wolf @ The Lab 9/5/15

Live Review: She Cries Wolf, Pridelands, Alpha Wolf, Blind Oracle, Exile, Apate, and Casket Rhythm Venue: The Lab, Woolloongabba Date: 9th May, 2015 Reviewer: Erised APATE SHOULD HAVE HEADLINED Welcome back everyone! I hope you’re nice and comfortable on your couch/chair/toilet/improvised-bike-seat-with-dildo-attachment because it’s time for another episode of “Erised Janks His Way Around Brisbane”, this time featuring my dear friend/chauffeur/arm-candy for the evening, Chris. As I’m sure you will all appreciate, many an oh-so-hilarious joke was made about us sharing the same name. Boy, does that ever not get old at all. Classic. Casket Rhythm First up on this fine Brisbane evening was self-confessed joke band, Casket Rhythm. The members had begged me not to take them seriously prior to the gig, so I resolved to be extra critical because I’m a real cunt like that. They struck up the opening few bars of their set and I was actually impressed from the get go. The riffs were dirty and southern, the vocals were decent and the drums were pretty groovy. They looked to be having quite a lot of fun, and I was pleasantly surprised at how infectious the riffs were. There was a bit of sketchiness about the drumming at times, and Nic’s vocals noticeably waned towards the end of the set, but really who gives a shit? It was good ol’ fashioned dumb fun and I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what they are going for, so good job there. I had an inkling they wouldn’t be the worst band on the lineup anyway. Boy, was I ever right… Blind Oracle Casket Rhythm dismounted the stage gracefully...

SoulDoubt’s Brisbane Soundwave 2015 Wrap Up.

Today I bring you my report on Soundwave 2015, which was both enlightening and disappointing. I’m going to touch on quite a few topics, ranging from the biggest dilemma of the weekend Slipknot Vs The Smashing Pumpkins, “The Bennies” and why you should be paying attention to them, the new discoveries like “He Is Legend”, and those regulars who never disappoint. Alright i’ll start at the top, I saw Slipknot on their last Soundwave tour, and I have been a fan for a lot of years, so do not misconstrue this as some long seeded dislike for the band. Their performance was atrocious in Brisbane, may your wounds be infected, and contaminated with maggots if you do not agree, the music was played accurately but their performance was choreographed, lacking in passion, venom, chaos and aggression; the most important parts of a Slipknot show. The furious 9 headed beast that WAS Slipknot has become a bloated arena rock outfit, with all the spontaneity of a bowl movement the morning after intoxication, similarly their “act” also left a bad taste in my mouth, like that sour burn in your throat, after passing out in a cheap whiskey haze. I was willing to roll the dice on 5: The Gray Chapter, a couple of decent tracks but largely a pale representation of their former glory, a cheap imitation of who they were. I now believe, I know what it felt like to be a Metallica fan in the tail end of 1991, trying to tell yourself maybe its just one album, just one bad tour, but no, unfortunately this is it,...

Live Review: Ouroboris Goes To Soundwave 2015

INTRODUCTION: About 12 months ago, I heard from a friend on Facebook, that Godflesh were coming to Australia to be a part of Soundwave. There had been rumours that they were to come out in previous years. But now it appeared it was legit. Now. You’ve probably been attending Soundwave for years and have happy memories of seeing Slayer 6 times, watching Marilyn Manson abuse his hapless band which might as well wear badges that say “staff” and rocking out to bands like Blink 182. Me? I haven’t. I have never been to Soundwave. I grew up in the 90s, which means I’ve been to Big Day Out 8 times and attended a few of the mini festivals that used to pop up from time to time, whether it be watching a young, unknown Karnivool at Gozzy Rock in Perth or being insulted by Powderfinger at Solar Stomp in Mandurah WA. I used to go to festivals from about age 16 to 24 because this was when I was still young, had my finger on the pulse of what bands were cool. Generally liked most of those bands and a festival lineup had usually 1 or 2 bands I didn’t want to see and that was it. Soundwave has had a few lineups that looked good, but not enough to warrant me buying a ticket. Considering I usually paid around $40 for festivals, at $100+ I’m expecting a bit of money’s worth. But the sad truth is that I’m 37 now and my days of festivals appealing to my interests are over. This is something I am happy to...

Live Review: I See Stars, Razihel, and locals at RADIANT on 9 December 2014

Live Review: I See Stars | Razihel | That of a Lion | The Blessing of this Curse | Bad Case of Big Mouth at RADIANT on 9 December 2014 Reviewer: The Astr0naut Something basic to keep in mind: Radiant is a fucking church, so going to this venue and seeing a band like I See Stars was actually pretty interesting. Although the night started a little late for myself and my group of friends who went to the show, we were able to catch the second half of the second local, The Blessing of this Curse. I was actually a little upset we missed the first local mainly because they always put on a great show, but the others made up for it. The next local definitely was not my favorite part of the show, but they were cool for a local. This band called That of a Lion came on right before the first touring band, and they kind of set the scale. In most cases, there’s a huge difference between the touring bands and the locals, one that you can physically tell, and they were this band. I don’t even know what the fuck kind of set Razihel was, mainly because it’s a dubstep “band” that was apparently one person but there were three people on stage. This shit went on for way longer than their set time, and said “This is our last song” for at least four fucking songs. Like no, play your right set time and stop making fake ass rave kids jump to your bullshit. I See Stars went on almost an...

Live Review: Pierce the Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Beartooth, and This Wild Life at Pine Belt Arena – 20 November 2014

Live Review: Pierce the Veil | Sleeping With Sirens | Beartooth | This Wild Life at Pine Belt Arena on 20 November 2014 Reviewer: The Astr0naut inb4 Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens fucking suck; what are you, 12? Just as a little pre=show synopsis, the doors open at 7pm, okay. The people I’m with decide to leave at 6pm for a two hour trip plus traffic to get to this fucking place. We arrive late and miss This Wild Life, and as we walk in, Beartooth is just going on. The venue in itself is a high school gymnasium, so playing live music in there is kind of like playing into an aluminum can. Beartooth in itself is a really cool band, and I’m not going to lie, I don’t really like them, but it’s kind of because they’re so angsty all the time through their music. Now don’t interpret that as me not liking them because they’re a “mad band”, more because its too in-your-face for me. I understand the type of music Caleb Shomo is trying to make, however it isn’t really up my alley. They did however really get the crowd moving for the next band. Caleb Shomo always has a very great stage presence so that’s good. Even though Pierce the Veil was said to headline this show, they fucking didn’t and ended up playing nine songs, which royally pissed everyone off because let’s be honest; no one was really there for Sleeping With Sirens other than fangirls and Kellinwhores [the whores of Kellin Quinn]. Now for all the PTV fans, their setlist...

Live Review: NOFX, The Bennies, Army Of Champions

Live Review: NOFX, The Bennies, Army Of Champions. Location: The Tivoli, Brisbane Date: Tuesday, 11:11:14 I don’t know what it is, but there is something unique… yet completely done before about Army of Champions. Completely done before in the fact that Against Me have done it. However, despite the vocalist looking exactly like Laura Jane Grace (Thomas James Gabel), known for being the vocalist of a rather well known band called Against Me; Army Of Champions were still entertaining. They are definitely a punk band that are well worth the money, just be prepared to look at the stage and find yourself confused as to whether Laura has moved to Brisbane and started this underground band, just purely to play the same music but at it’s roots again. Or fuck with people and just say fuck it. I would like to comment on the guitarist beard however; he was thrashing around and that thing was just a solid thick chunk of facial hair. I commend you sir! But yeah, if you are into bands like Against Me, do yourself a favour and check out Army Of Champions. So The Bennies came out with all their vocal effects raging and a stage show to prove they were meant to be there. I dunno… their set was good, but it seemed only to prolong the wait for NOFX to come on; and I think that was the collective feel from everyone there, as well. It has to be a hard job being the band to play just before the one everyone paid to see. The openers are a local band with...

Live Review: The Nite Owls at Dublin Pub in Morristown, NJ, 8 November 2014

Live Review: The Nite Owls at Dublin Pub Reviewer: The Astr0naut Throughout all of the local scene we like to call our home, we have bands that just plain go out and go about their performance shittily, and those who go over and beyond the performance level of what we’re used to. At the point that most locally known bands are, the crowd doesn’t move too much, or even at all, so getting a good amount people up out of their chairs can be a huge accomplishment. Many of these bands can’t even get five people to move, nevermind something more than that. This is an extremely easy fate for The Nite Owls to accomplish. The majority of people involved with what we know as the scene may look over this band because they stay in the bar life playing cover shows out of the fun of playing music instead of creating a primary output of original music. Upon hearing that, a large group of people like to argue that it isn’t playing real music when in fact learning an actual song is a lot more than most bands do today whilst strumming open notes and calling it hardcore. Comprising of five members [vocalist, keys, bass, lead, drums] the band seems to get a lot done. Over the course of the night, The Nite Owls played three sets, each one ranging between 35 and 50 minutes each. The sets, which didn’t seem to have a specific theme, all held songs that the general musical public would know. For example the second set held classic goodies such as Come Together,...