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I am in constant awe of what the Cavalera brothers produce music wise but this reaches another level when one is witness to the enthusiasm and determination to keep some of their finest creations alive and breathing. Despite having long stepped from the band under whose banner the ‘Beneath The Remains’ and ‘Arise’ appear, I firmly believe that many musicians should take a leaf from the Calavera metal manuscript in continuing the celebration of genuinely great albums and ensuring their ongoing reign. In Melbourne this evening I am thrilled and delighted that so many others are evidently of the same belief as the sold-out show begins to take shape.
I must admit that I have been busting to see Melbourne lads Primitive ever since the Black Blood official music video saw me falling off my chair in enthusiasm and as it turns out they were the perfect choice to open this sold out experience. A few sound issues, which would be minor to mast, proved a little frustrating for me personally because the band were on fire, but there were some difficulties in showing their full capability in being represented as ferociously as the group performed. Primitive were on fire and with the Cavalera legends listening in from back stage, what possible prompt could a metal group need to convey their very finest. But watch out world because this mighty metal outfit is only just getting started. For now, get hold of their self-titled EP and crank it to eleven. You wont be disappointed.
Onward to the main event and I freely confess that a unique feeling of genuine excitement fills my soul every single time Max Cavalera takes to that stage, so if you read on in hope of a balanced and objective review, please don’t risk disappointment by continuing. Recollections of the first Killer Be Killed performances in this same august chamber fill me with enthusiasm and the excitement doubled with Iggor at the kit is sure to result in an unapologetic, one eyed account of nothing but metal magnificence. After all, that’s what you always receive on stage from any of the Cavalera clan but the addition of, and excellent contributions from the supremely talent Marco Rizzo and Mike Leon sent that enthusiasm into the stratosphere. With the Brazilian metal patriarch strung and ‘Skullcrusher’ posed to pound us into oblivion, we are bombarded with Beneath The Remains to open a thrilling night of legendary ferocity.
Innerself, Stronger than Hate and Mass Hypnosis in order, provide something of dreamscape as the true heights of this shows significance reach their lofty heights. One truly realises the rich appeal of this performance to see these brothers performing tracks of such malevolent metal brilliance with all the passion and prowess as when they were penned either side of 1990 (Beneath the Remains in 1989 and Arise in 1991) is something astonishingly magnificent to behold.
To be perfectly honest I thought that the last performances from the pair performing the Roots anniversary shows eighteen months ago had prepared me for tonight’s ripping show but the truth is that this is an entirely different experience. With Roots released a full five years following Arise the lads were in a different space musically and the angst of the time, particularly with the Roots as Max’s last work with Sepultura, is evident when hearing the celebration of these works live. Perhaps I am alone in this but I cant help but hear the powerful metal place that Max and Iggor were in circa 1990. No creative issues, powerfully progressive and taking nothing from Roots, the enthusiasm of the era comes flooding back for me with this killer setlist. Mass Hypnosis and Dead Embryonic Cells live and in person? Good god almighty. Bucket list stuff. Some utterly superb Orgasmatron and Ace of Spades to celebrate lemmy and the legacy of motorhead is always appreciated and Troops of Doom was a most welcome follow up.
This show by Max & Iggor Cavalera is the epitome of an intimate and personal celebration of past albums and their ongoing excellence. Breathing air into a corpse or flogging a dead horse? Neeeeighhhh. This is a reminder of how brilliant music should be relived regularly and with the original master to deliver the goods, it simply doesn’t get any better. Absolutley brilliant and many thanks Max and Iggor.
Review Contributed by Casper
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Melbourne was alive with music on a mild Friday night as a mix of music fans made their way to the Melbourne Park precinct.
With Slash at Rod Laver Arena and Phil Collins across the road at AAMI Stadium, the ravers heading to Melbourne Arena to party with The Prodigy stood out.
But such is the longevity of The Prodigy that middle-aged fans you’d expect to cross the road were instead mingling with young dance fans.
Some had brought their kids along to share an experience many had last enjoyed when The Prodigy kicked arse on the Big Day Out circuit in 1997.
The British electro punks were back in Australia touring their seventh album No Tourists. A planned tour in 2016 was put on ice when the festival they were to appear on was canceled.
Enschway and ShockOne started the party early as the rave set warmed up for the main course. Free hugs were given out from loved-up strangers as the stadium filled with eager fans.
After almost 30 years together and pushing 50 years of age, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect The Prodigy to have slowed down. Wrong. Opening with Breathe the energy exploded. The floor was bouncing with sweaty bodies as Keith Flint and Maxim danced up a storm on stage and lights and lasers shook the senses.
An 85-minute set lit up Melbourne Arena as The Prodigy pumped out hits from three decades of dance-punk tunes as the heaving mass threatened to break through the floor.
Heading back to the early days from Music From the Jilted Generation the crowd shook the ground to Voodoo People, but the album that really put them on the map Fat of the Land always had the biggest responses. Firestarter is as great now as when it was released 23 years ago.
Omen and Warriors Dance off 2009’s Invaders Must Die and Light Up The Sky and Timebomb Zone off No Tourists reinforced Prodigy’s energy.
No Prodigy concert is complete without the crowd’s dance circle and We Live Forever saw a whirlpool of bodies in the middle of the audience that threatened to sweep up all around it.
There were times through the show where the lull between songs lost momentum when sliding into the next hit would keep the party going, but it only took a moment before the place was again pumping.
The best was indeed saved for last. Maxim called it the anthem and there was no doubt what was coming. “Here’s some bass!” and with that Smack My Bitch Up punched a hole through the audience to take home ringing ears and sore feet.
The Prodigy celebrates 30 years next year. Based on their live show there’s plenty more ahead of them.
Review Contributed by Daron Jacks
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