Posts Tagged ‘tour’

Live Gallery: Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney – April 12, 2014


24 Apr

Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney - April 12, 2104     Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney - April 12, 2104

Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney - April 12, 2104     Killswitch Engage + Kill Devil Hill @ UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney - April 12, 2104

Lifemusicmedia.com got us into Killswitch Engage‘s headlining show at Sydney’s UNSW Roundhouse on Aparil 21, supported by Kill Devil Hill. We can now bring you our gallery of 24 images from the gig, as well as our review of the performance. CLICK HERE or on the images above to jump to the gallery:

Last time this reviewer was lucky enough to see Killswitch Engage was at what was then called the Forum at Moore Park (now the HiFi). It was a sideshow to another festival and the bill included Divine Heresy and Shadows Fall. It was a remarkable show housed within a diminutive venue when the band was fronted by the mighty Howard Jones – who, at one point in the show climbed the speaker stack and proceeded to fall into the crowd below. The anticipation level was high for tonight’s show.

Opening things up was Kill Devil Hill. The not-really-supergroup (featuring Rex Brown from Pantera and Down on bass, Johnny Kelly from Type o Negative on drums and ex-Pissing Razors singer Dewey Bragg) have some fine pedigree behind them, but veer away from their collective reference points with a driving rock and roll style dissimilar to anything from any of those three bands.

Sadly – and despite some excellent stage craft – the songs largely lack the magnetism and dynamic movement found in their former brands’ song writing. Bragg’s repeated reference to Pantera seemed a little unnecessary as well, with the band going so far as to covering ‘Mouth for War’ to close out what was an entertaining set, but one that left us wanting.

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Live Review: Slash @ Hordern Pavilion for Reverb


02 Sep

SlashReverb street press have published my recent review of the Slash concert at the Hordern Pavilion on August 16, 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the review in Reverb, or follow on below to read the longer, unedited version:

“A loud, rumbling bass note shakes the foundations of the iconic Hordern Pavilion, making the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The darkened stage is adorned with little more than a cloth backdrop, painted with the artwork from Slash’s new eponymous solo album.

Originally booked for the Enmore Theatre, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ moved the night’s proceedings to the larger venue; ultimately selling that out too. All the surrounding pubs and cafes were choked with black-clad rockers of all ages and persuasions trying to sink a few before the gig.

Taking to the stage in his trademark top hat and muscle tee, Slash and co. Ripped straight into the opening number, ‘Ghost’ from his new album. Originally sung by Ian Astbury from the Cult, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy handled the vocal duties admirably. Indeed, he handled the entire two hour set’s worth of tracks – that included Guns and Roses hits like ‘Nightrain’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Rocket Queen’ and ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ – incredibly well.

From afar, Slash doesn’t seem to have aged much in the last 20 years as he bops, sways and stalks across the stage from left to right. It isn’t until the sixth song that he finally addresses the full house with a simple, “How you doin’?”

It’s a diverse set that runs the gamut of Slash’s career to date and keeps the huge audience entertained from start to finish as each solo rings out loud across thousands of fists and devil’s horns thrust high into the air. A number of tracks from his new album are covered including ‘Back from Cali’, ‘Nothing to Say’, ‘By the Sword’ and ‘Starlight’. Despite none of the other guest vocalists from the album versions being present on the night, Kennedy does an excellent job of the material without once trying to parody the other singers. In fact, Kennedy’s stage manner seemed suitably restrained; ensuring all eyes were on Slash on his big night – one that Slash himself later admitted was being recorded for later release.

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Interview: Dillinger Escape Plan for LifeMusicMedia


07 Apr

The guys at LifeMusicMedia have just uploaded the audio from my interview with Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan. Check it out!

The transcribed version will probably be online next week once I’ve finished copying it out.

Be sure to see the band live then they tour here in May: CLICK HERE