CRADLE OF FILTH are a monstrous tour-de-force of utterly distinctive but reassuringly destructive heavy metal.
Currently enjoying a collective creative renaissance that is driving them to new heights of elegant fury, the band are more potent and devastating than ever before as they approach the release of their latest and perhaps greatest studio effort, ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Even Kerrang! Magazine recently exclaimed that they “have created a gothic horror that makes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein look like The Emoji Movie.”
As they prepare to introduce these stunning new songs to their dedicated global fan base, CRADLE OF FILTH have never been more powerful or their excellence so undeniable. It’s been a long 5 years between tours, but Australia fans finally get their chance in 2018.
Tickets for CRADLE OF FILTH go on sale Thursday 5 October, 9am local.
Wednesday 9 May – The Basement, Canberra – 18+ *new venue, all tickets remain valid*
Thursday 10 May – The Triffid, Brisbane – 18+
Friday 11 May – 170 Russell, Melbourne – 18+
Saturday 12 May – Metro Theatre, Sydney – 18+
Monday 14 May – Capitol, Perth – 18+
Those familiar with The Forum Theatre in Melbourne will have no difficulty picturing the scenery prior to a sold-out show. A beautiful warm Melbourne night with jostling, excitement and smiles as far as the eye can see along Flinders Street until the snake disappears up Hosier Lane and into the dark. Simple Plan have a long and beloved history with Australia and our fair city in particular, so no prizes for guessing that the fans are out in force to return the favour with unrestrained adoration.
As the crowd swells within this august chamber our openers in Brisbane based band Stateside begin a dynamic performance bursting with energy, appeal and fantastic music. Erin Reus is at home in front of the big audiences and the whole band have the capability to feed off every ounce of audience enthusiasm and return it ten-fold in performance. Hamish Maguire is captivating at the kit and despite the stiff competition of his band mates, you eyes insist on returning back to his sensational drum work. Ethan Laenen and Brendan Heidke provide the fantastic guitar work and Jackson Lehane keeps the rhythm tight via the bass. Must be the cape that helps the four-stringed boy wonder blast us with the superb bass sound. The group provided a brilliant set and warmed up the crowd in a perfect manner for a crowd expecting huge things from Simple Plan. A cover of Heathens provided a welcome familiar sound, but the last track of the performance stole the show. For more information about Stateside visit their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
The short wait between openers is over and thanks to Stateside we are already enjoying a sensation evening, but the dimming of the lights for a second time heralds the arrival of Eat Your Heart Out, and that’s exactly what we do. With a brilliant blend of pop-punk and emo afforded a hearty helping of rock and grunge, the band treat us with their truly magnificent sound couple with stunning stage presence. The kit doesn’t hold together long and Jake Cronin due to a powerful pummeling worthy of the crowd assembled. A sneaky snare change and we are back on track but with all providing such a killer show the bewildering bass skills of Dom Cant remain a central point of reference throughout the performance. Caitlin Henry is captivating both in stage presence and voice while Will Moore and Andrew Anderson maintain their status as a formidable guitar force. Each providing a solid performance and together keeping each song vibrant and alive. For more about this fantastic group visit Twitter or Facebook
Following sufficient opportunity soak up these two fantastic bands and refresher the eager Simple Plan fan within, the time to celebrate has arrived. The venue now stuffed to capacity and a heaving mass waiting to celebrate Simple Plan sold out style, the red search lights scan a screaming crowd and a fog veiled stage reveals nothing more than cloaked moving figures, impossible to distinguish from one another, but then a guitar strum and a “What’s Up Melbourne” caused the crowd to erupt and the band to launch into I’d Do Anything. The entire building seems to jump, thump, stomp and mosh in emoesque celebration of this phenomenally tremendous band. The Worst Day Ever, You Don’t Mean Anything, I’m Just A Kid and When I’m With You make me wonder why I’m regurgitating the album track list considering the tour name and celebration, so instead I will add that the light spectacle accompanying each track enhanced this experience magnificently and is a credit to all the crew involved. With the whole band playing to such an phenomenally impressive standard, and Pierre having visited the front row within the first three songs, a distinct feeling of personal investment envelopes me like seldom before. The doors might as well be padlocked because this show is just for us. This show feels like a private thanks from Simple Plan just to we Melbourne representatives assembled and anything is possible. Perhaps more than a few stared toward the ground in guilty reflection as passing puns of ‘superfans’ using band posters to ‘pleasure themselves’ sends laughter through the room.
From David swapping roles with Pierre and both doing a great job of each, to massive inflatable balls bouncing around the room, advice on not telling your mom to shut the f&^k up and a massive encore of Shut Up, Jump, Boom!, Your Love Is A Lie, Summer Paradise, Crazy and Welcome To My Life, to a brilliant duet with the lovely Erin Reus of Stateside, this was an absolutely astounding show.
Jeff Stinco, Sébastien Lefebvre, David Desrosiers, Chuck Comeau and Pierre Bouvier have been utterly sensational at past shows in Melbourne from Rod Laver Arena to the Prince Bandroom, but tonight was something extra special for fans and passing music aficionados alike. To hear the bands breakout debut album being celebrated in such a dynamic fashion and enhanced with the inclusion of other hits from their expansive catalogue was magnificent indeed.
Sometimes the right venue, the perfect hosts, the perfect light show, brilliant performances and a crowd determined on a great time bring everything together for a benchmark live show that will go with you to the grave as one that brought goose bumps to the flesh and drew the breath from your chest. This was one of those shows. Thank you, thank you, thank you Simple Plan. One cannot imagine what you could possibly muster to make this show any more superlative. Utterly superb.
Review and Photo Contributed by Casper
ESCAPE THE FATE are headed back to Australia to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their highly praised ‘This War Is Ours’. With ‘This War Is Ours’ ESCAPE THE FATE came into their own exuding a spirit of chaotic mischief with each song firing like a cannon of pure rock genius. For the first time ever Australian fans will be treated to hearing the album in its entirety. But that’s not all! Fans will also be treated to Greatest Hits set to top it all off.
Hailing from the world’s most outlandish city, Las Vegas ESCAPE THE FATE are also about to release their 6th Album ‘I Am Human’ and the upcoming chapters not only look brighter than those Vegas lights but are set to resolutely be their best yet.
And so, what we witness is a re-incarnated, reborn, rejuvenated ESCAPE THE FATE firing on all cylinders once more. The message from the ESCAPE THE FATE camp is louder and clearer than it has even been in the past: “We’re coming for everyone and we aren’t taking any prisoners,” concludes Craig Mabbitt. Brace Yourselves!
Also on board are Brisbane’s AWAKEN I AM. Anxiety and pain are not uncommon as a catalyst for great art, and AWAKEN I AM injected this uneasy mindset to create their recent album, Blind Love.
The sonically infectious and groundbreaking album captures a lush sound, painted in front of dual guitars complemented by frequent piano, strings, and airtight vocals with soaring harmonies. Is it possible to create art that is risky and eclectic, yet cohesive, intelligent and fluid at the same time? The answer is evident in AWAKEN I AM’s gorgeous, layered landscape of musical precision entitled Blind Love. AWAKEN I AM’s live show is impressive as well, erupting with energy, which was witnessed around the world on tours with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rufio, with headlining dates in Japan and an appearance at So What Festival in Dallas.
Also joining ESCAPE THE FATE and AWAKEN I AM are Brisbane based post-alternative rock outfit BETWEEN KINGS. BETWEEN KINGS play with an immediacy that has been missing from most modern rock. The band has developed a palette of songs that pour out of the speakers with emotional intensity and vitality.
Playing with a heartfelt resonance one minute, then mixing it with arena-rock balladry the next, the band triumphantly uses melodic elements making it irresistible for rock enthusiasts to throw up the horns, or even hit the dance floor. With the group quickly developing a bond over their desire to create infectious rhythms and powerful hooks they bring together the sound that is BETWEEN KINGS!
ESCAPE THE FATE TOUR DATES:
Monday 28th May – PERTH Amplifier Bar 18+
Tuesday 29th May – ADELAIDE Fowlers Live Lic/AA
Wednesday 30th May MELBOURNE Corner Hotel 18+
Friday June 1st SYDNEY Manning Bar 18+
Saturday 2nd June NEWCASTLE Cambridge Hotel 18+
Sunday 3rd June BRISBANE The Triffid Lic/AA
Monday 4th June WELLINGTON Valhalla 18+
Tickets: On Sale Friday 23rd March at 10:00am Local
For the two thousand people who battled the sweat and packed conditions at Melbourne’s Forum last night, they got to watch something very special. I guess you could call it a battle of the bulls, the old and the new. On one side Darius Rucker returning to Australia after a 20 year hiatus and on the other Luke Combs barely in his twenties enjoying his first plane ride ever arriving on our shores late last week.
Combs has been making an impression from the moment he touched down in Brisbane to play CMC Rocks Queensland over the weekend. A native of North Carolina Combs is the real deal writing and singing a hat trick of number one country hits over the last 2 years. Combs love of people and one big sweaty party was evident the moment he moved his large imposing frame onto the forum stage. Singing songs about beer, boot scootin and relationship break ups may all sound cliché to some, Combs puts a fresh coat of paint on all the topics. I am sure with Sydney still to come Australia has not seen the last of this man.
As the lights dim on this sweaty Melbourne evening, it’s time for Darius Rucker and his six piece to take to the stage. Cramped in and ready, armed with voices that at times over shadow the man himself, for one night welcome to Australia’s home of country music. Rucker has successfully reinvented himself since his last tour of Australia. As the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish he is no stranger to fame, armed with a Grammy Award and several number 1 singles this musical veteran promptly makes himself very comfortable with the sell-out audience. Rucker is living proof he has successfully transitioned from soft rock to the world of country music.
Opening with “This” from the 2010 album Charleston SC 1966, Rucker promptly moves into “Radio” from the 2013 smash True Believers. Dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans Rucker moved and grooved to each song backed by the full house choir. Rucker paused briefly before introducing the fourth song of his set and would you believe it was a cover of the 80’s Men at Work hit “Overkill”. Rucker couldn’t do a show without introducing a few hits he wrote along the way with his Blowfish, “Hold My Hand” went over a treat as did “Let Her Cry” but the biggest reaction came with the worldwide smash “Only Wanna Be With You” which had everybody jumping. It’s hard to believe this trio of hits all came from the 94 album Cracked Rear View, so long ago. The set consisted of a lot of covers from the Garth Brooks classic “Friends in Low Places” to of all things Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” the audience sang along to all of them. Rucker’s band appear more like friends than members all six play an integral role in the show and are acknowledged (be it very humbly) by Rucker.
Holding the audience in the palm of his hand Rucker closed the first encore with his country smash “Wagon Wheel” which had the audience jumping and dancing, their vocal almost drowned out the band as they sing along, Returning to the stage Rucker finished the night with his version of Prince’s “Purple Rain”.
I think it is fair to say country music is alive and growing. With sell out shows in three different states including the very successful CMC Rocks Queensland expect Rucker to return and Combs also next time as a headliner.
Review Contributed by Natasha Wyborn
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED DAVID JACKSON
Recently announced, STORY OF THE YEAR tour created ALOT of excitement. STM recently chatted to drummer, Josh Wills about what to expect from this invasion!!!
Known for their spectacular live shows and rapacious anthemic songs, STORY OF THE YEAR have emerged from their self-imposed hiatus and the bands devoted Australian fans couldn’t be happier!
It’s been 7 years since the last STORY OF THE YEAR record. They’re stepping out of the shadows with more passion and energy than any time in the last decade. They are re-vitalized and absolutely intent on delivering the best record of their lives. Alternative Press couldn’t agree more exclaiming ‘Wolves, is nothing but a complete success…this record sees STORY OF THE YEAR rising to the occasion and surmounting past challenges with determination and confidence.’
If you have seen a STORY OF THE YEAR live show before then expect more than you could imagine, and if you haven’t then it has to be seen to be believed.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday 6 February, 9am local
Tuesday 1 May – Capitol, Perth – 18+
Thursday 3 May – The Triffid, Brisbane – 18+
Saturday 5 May – Metro Theatre, Sydney – 18+
Sunday 6 May – 170 Russell, Melbourne – 18+
The Heavy Entertainment Show rocketed into Melbourne last night for the first of two sold out shows. It’s no surprise that tickets sold like hot cakes, Melbourne loves Robbie and he loves us back ten fold. The support for the evening was Melbourne based funk unit The Bamboos, they treated us to a 40 minutes funk/soul set that had everyone shimmying in their seats. Their sound was big and their voices bigger, definitely one to watch for on the live music circuit.
Robbie’s wicked sense of humour apparent before we even got a glimpse of the man himself, as we all stood for the National Anthem of Robbie, a hilarious ode to himself that had everyone in stitches. Then it was gloves off as Robbie took to the stage draped in a boxing robe that Liberace would be proud of! His trademark ‘man skirt’ hiding underneath giving him much needed ventilation. He was accompanied by six dancers also kit out in red and green fighting regalia, looking sleek, sexy and ready for anything. Opening with The Heavy Entertainment Show it was time to show the world just how good Robbie ‘Fu*king’ Williams is, with a stage that ran nearly the whole length of the floor everyone had prime position and didn’t miss a thing. His fans always being put to the forefront to ensure they get the best possible experience.
The fan favourite Let Me Entertain You had everyone jumping as the fighting attire was lost and the show moved into full party mode. Monsoon had hands swaying side to side and a most beautiful tribute to his idol George Michael with Freedom! 90. The back screen showed the famous black and white ‘Faith’ picture of George Michael as the stage between the crowd turned into a runway. The dancers in full catwalk mode as they strutted to Freedom! 90. Robbie did mention that if there was one person he would ‘turn’ for it would have been George!
With a hit-list as long as Robbie Williams has, you can’t expect to get everything but the mix of songs was perfect with enough old, new, and swing to keep even the fussiest punter happy. Love My Life saw Robbie take to a giant boxing glove that appeared from the depths of the runway, the riser lifted him to circle over the crowd while he sang, giving everyone that up close experience. Crowd participation is always paramount at any Robbie Williams show, last night was no exception, with one lucky fan pulled up to be serenaded during Somethin’ Stupid. Did it matter that it was a male, no way! It is what makes Robbie so lovable, and definitely a night that the pink polo shirted fan will never forget. His cheekiness undying all night, with kilt lifts part of the norm, happily flashing his butt and even his tiger embossed front on several occasions. Jokes aplenty and more than happy to have a laugh at himself and make others laugh in the process, Robbie Williams is the ultimate entertainer, there will never be another quite like him.
This show had everything and more with 80’s sing-a-longs, dance spectaculars, laser lights, big screens, amazing band, superb support singers, to name just a few of the things you can expect if you are going along, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun. It really is a show you must see to believe. We saw the real Mr Williams aka Robbie’s dad make an appearance as the two sang a duet of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline on a couch that just ‘appeared’ at the end of the runway. She’s The One and Feel gave everyone a chance to catch their breath as we were treated to a spectacular laser show that left the audience spellbound. Rock DJ had everyone bouncing again, the dancers having yet another fabulous costume change. Everyone on their feet dancing and singing enjoying every last minute. After a very brief break and plenty of chanting from the crowd he was back to finish out the night, no one wanting it to end but we all knew it was inevitable. Better Man and Angels both as beautiful as the other, phone torches held aloft to make the stunning laser show even more enchanting as the crowd sang back the words with love, their adoration of this amazing musician ever present.
Robbie thrilled us with his cover of Down Under it was a fabulous edition, and really is testament to how much overseas musicians love coming to Australia. We sang strong and loud, proud to hear ‘our’ national anthem sung so perfectly. The night came to a close with My Way, fans definitely as loud as Robbie himself. Another sing-a-long ensued as we finished the lyrics that Robbie started, the audience singing Angels in unison to his departure.
If you can get your hands on a ticket, DO IT! Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this extravaganza in the flesh, this show delivers so much more than music, it really is The Heavy ENTERTAINMENT Show!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale