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Live Gallery and Review – Red Fang @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – May 11, 2018


30 May

Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

Red Fang + Drunk Mums + Black Rheno @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Friday, May 11, 2018
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Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.Newcastle has always played host to international bands. It’s just that it has never been with the same kind of frequency of our neighbours south to Sydney. In fact, my very first proper concert experience was Pantera when they played the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on their Far Beyond Driven tour.

Still, it’s always exciting when a good international band gets booked into one of our remaining live venues. So when Red Fang announced a show at the Cambridge Hotel, you can bet this scribe had his hand up waving wildly like an excited kid at the front of the classroom with the answer to a geography question.

There is, however, always some level of trepidation when said international act is below the tier of, say, a band used to playing the big sheds and arenas. I’ve personally seen some amazing bands play to less than half full rooms and so it was that opening act Black Rheno performed to a handful of eager punters soon after the doors opened.Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

That’s a shame, too. Because the Sydney three piece (with the guitarist running a split rig that also acted as a bass, a-la White Stripes and Local H) rocked out hard with a manic set of high energy rock that was tight, but loose in all the right ways. Apparently the band has just started recording an album, so that’s definitely something to look forward to.

Next, the Drunk Mums looked like they’d stepped off a plane direct from the 1960s, complete with requisite ’60s axes and well-worn chord progressions. Despite the familiarity, the band brought a certain raucous sense of humour to the sound that helped make it unique. Loose, noisy and plenty of amusing between-song banter.

After a short intermission, no doubt thanks to their stripped down rigs not requiring too much setup, Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang took to the stage in front of a half-full, but very appreciative room of fans. They launched into a sweet rendition of Blood Like Cream and didn’t say too much for about three songs, when they’d clearly started to warm up a bit.

The mix tonight was nice and clear, with plenty of definition in the low end where singer/bassist Aaron Beam’s chord work could really shine. He really wields that thing like a baritone guitar and it works perfectly for Red Fang’s Sabbathian, stoner vibe.

Over what would be a 14-song set with no encore, the band wowed the enthusiastic crowd with tunes from all its previous releases, including latest disc, 2016’s Only Ghosts. They were super tight, despite the inherent fuzziness and ageless scunge that lies between all the grooves in their riffs. Oh, and how sweet their grooves and riffs are! They were certainly inspiration for all the middle-aged rockers in the audience and the DIYers out there.

Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018. Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

 

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Live Gallery: Devildriver + Whitechapel @ HiFI Sydney – Sept 6, 2014


08 Oct

Devildriver + Whitechapel @ HiFi Sydney - Sept 6, 2014     Devildriver + Whitechapel @ HiFi Sydney - Sept 6, 2014

Devildriver + Whitechapel @ HiFi Sydney - Sept 6, 2014     Devildriver + Whitechapel @ HiFi Sydney - Sept 6, 2014

Oops! We forgot to post out photos and live review of Devildriver‘s headlining gig at the HiFi in Sydney on September 6, 2014. D’oh! Originally published on lifemusicmedia.com, you’ll find a full gallery of images by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails above. Enjoy our full review below:

With a line waiting out front that stretched around the corner and up the street, there was no question tonight’s show with US metal bands Whitechapel and Devildriver was going to be a brutal show. White it’s unfortunate that most of those people would miss the opening act due to the HiFi’s super slow entry process (to the extent that the tour manager would have to delay Whitechapel’s start time until everyone was allowed in well past 9pm), Whitechapel and Devildriver no doubt made every single punter in the full room forget about any annoying delays.

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Live Gallery: Anathema @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – 22 August, 2014


03 Sep

Anathema - Metro Theatre, Sydney - Aug 22, 2014     Anathema - Metro Theatre, Sydney - Aug 22, 2014

Anathema - Metro Theatre, Sydney - Aug 22, 2014     Anathema - Metro Theatre, Sydney - Aug 22, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photo gallery and live review of UK band Anathema‘s recent Sydney show at the Metro Theatre on August 22, 2014. It was the band’s first tour to our shores in their 25-year history. You can now see both here! CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to see the gallery.

Spiritual. Transcendental. Spellbinding. Miraculous. That’s the best way to describe Anathema‘s first Sydney concert in their 25-year history. There’s electricity in the air and from the first bars of Untouchable Part 1, everyone can feel it – including the band themselves who are visibly stoked at the reception. (more…)

Live Gallery: Carcass + Tortured @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – June 14, 2014


24 Jun

Carcass + Tortured @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - June 14, 2014     Carcass + Tortured @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - June 14, 2014

Carcass + Tortured @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - June 14, 2014     Carcass + Tortured @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - June 14, 2014

UK death metal legends Carcass returned to Australian shores in June to lay waste to Aussie audiences. Supported by Canberra’s Tortured, Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our full review and photo gallery from the show, which we can bring you here now. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to view the entire gallery and read the review below:

Since their formation in the mid 1980s, the UK’s Carcass has been at the forefront of the death metal movement. Even during the years of their break up in the mid-’90s through to their reformation in 2007, no other bands in the genre came close to matching the forward thinking, cutting edge metal they created on classic albums like Heartwork and Swansong.

So, it was no surprise that Sydney’s Metro Theatre should be near capacity for the band’s first tour here in over five years. Even Canberra’s Tortured played a punishing barrage of brutal death riffs to a significant crowd – although many were waiting patiently in the line up for the merch stand, with the line stretching out past the bar!

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Live Gallery: Korn + Rob Zombie + Mushroomhead @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney – Feb. 24, 2014


13 Mar

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com published our image gallery and live review of the Korn and Rob Zombie double-header at Luna Park’s Big Top in Sydney on Feb 24, 2014 – supported by Mushroomhead. The show was a side show to the annual Soundwave Festival. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to check out our gallery of 38 images and read our review below:

What a freakin’ line up! Tonight’s Soundwave sideshow has sold out Luna Park’s Big Top and had punters lining up around the venue since 9am. It’s hardly surprising when you have Nu Metal legends Korn and comic super villain Rob Zombie headlining the same bill.

Opening tonight’s festivities are the masked crazies Mushroomhead. While their sound may not completely live up to their evil image, they offer an interesting three vocal assault, combining rap, screams and melodic vocals over a thickened bed of crushing riffs and soaring choruses. Tonight’s performance quickly whips up the early crowd, with all three singers launching into the crowd at one point.

This reviewer was on hand at the Hordern Pavilion many, many moons ago when Korn first toured this country. They band was a total revelation at the time, leading the way for an army of rip-off nu metal bands. The last time we saw them was on the ‘Life is Peachy’ tour, possibly also before some readers were out of nappies. So, it was with some excitement that we watched them stride onto the spacious Big Top stage to deafening applause and kick right into a career-spanning set that opened with an electric rendition of ‘Falling Away From Me’.

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Live Gallery: Clutch + Don Fernando @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Feb. 20, 2014


02 Mar

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photo gallery and review of the Clutch sideshow at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, as part of the annual Soundwave cavalcade. Check out our 30-image gallery and read the review below. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to jump to the gallery:

It begins… The first Soundwave Sidewave shows hit Sydney’s venues in earnest, with Maryland, USA nitro-charged rockers Clutch getting into the swing of things early at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. Supported by Melbourne four-piece Don Fernando, it’s the first time the rock royalty have visited our shores since 2010 and as vocalist/preacher Neil Fallon and his beard proclaim, “Let’s make up for lost time!”

Having not heard of Melbourne’s Don Fernando previously, it was a nice surprise to find that they more than lived up to their self-proclaimed status as being “tight as fuck, no bullshit”. The band’s taught, driving rock and roll grabbed the early crowd’s attention as they pummeled through a decent 45-minute set of four-to-the-floor tracks. Even their slower, more Kyuss-like moments lost none of the crushing energy of the faster numbers. Be sure to catch them at the Cherry Rock festival in Sydney in May.

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Live Gallery: Between the Buried and Me @ The Metro, Sydney – Nov 16, 2013


03 Dec

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Hosking Industries got to witness the sonic gumbo that is Between the Buried and Me at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Saturday November 16, 2013. Not existing fans of the band, it was a surprising and impressive show of dexterity and songwriting. Indeed, all three bands (including Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris and Indiana’s The Contortionist) were unique, complex and entertaining in their own unique ways. Please take the time to read our full report below which was originally published via lifemusicmedia.com:

Tonight’s line up at Sydney’s Metro Theatre was nothing if not unique. Each of the three bands possess highly distinct sonic aesthetics that set them apart not only from one another, but the rest of the current metal scene. It promised to be an interesting night of heavy metal and we’re sure no one left disappointed.

Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris brought their own enthusiastic crowd to open the night’s festivities. Not only did the six-piece (including a singing violinist in the form of Tim Charles) receive plenty of applause when they announced they were working on their second album, but the band wasted no time whipping the early crowd into a healthy mosh. Indeed, when Tim put down his violin and launched into the crowd for a mid-set crowd surf, the punters were only too eager to oblige. No doubt their mix of extreme progressive metal (complete with some black metal overtones and lush, extended instrumental sections) won them a number of new fans tonight as well.

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Live Gallery: Karnivool + Northlane @ Big Top, Sydney – August 4, 2013


13 Aug

Karnivool returned to Sydney this August to promote the release of their new album, ‘Asymmetry’. Hosking Industries was there to shoot and review the gig for lifemusicmedia.com and you can find a gallery of images and a full live review below:

Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013     Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013

Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013     Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013

Sydney only recently enjoyed a year-ending gig from Perth’s mighty Karnivool – comfortably selling out the Metro and captivating all in attendance. But, with new album ‘Asymmetry’ fresh on the shelves, we’ve been blessed with another breathtaking performance by the prog-rock/metal wunderkinds and we don’t see anyone complaining.

First up on tonight’s short bill is Sydney five-piece Northlane. Bristling with confidence off the back of the attention their recently released second album, ‘Singularity’, has been enjoying, the band quickly take control of the growing audience with their own brand of metal. With hints of djent and metalcore combining with singer Adrian’s hardcore-style vocal, Northlane waste no time in whipping the crowd into a frenzy – generating rabid enthusiasm from what is a short set.

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Live Review: Periphery & TesseracT @ Annandale Hotel – 30.07.11


12 Aug

With the Annandale Hotel sold out ahead of the big night, there was more than a little anticipation for this most ‘djenty’ of gigs. Headlined by two of the current forerunners of this new style people are calling ‘djent’, USA’s Periphery and the UK’s TesseracT (no, that’s not a typo) are both hot ticket items amongst the technical/progressive metal crowds. You can tell just by looking at the crowd streaming in through the doors that there’s something different going on.

For the uninitiated, djent (you pronounce it like you would the word gent, as in gentleman) combines the chugging down tuned riffage and technicality of Sweden’s Meshuggah with other elements like atmospheric interludes, clean vocals and other ingredients to create something entirely new. A slew of great new bands have popped up around the genre/scene since its inception and tonight’s show will showcase two of the best.

Sydney’s own As Silence Breaks opens up proceedings tonight, although sadly (or happily, depending on how you look at it) their style is a little more straight forward modern metal than the two bands following them. They play an admirable set of tunes to a decent response, although they’re not as tight as some of their riffs demand. Strong performances by both the singer and bassist prove an enjoyable watch.
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