Review by Cassandra Hale
It has been a long time coming, we have been waiting patiently, and now the inaugural Knotfest was upon us. The Maggots were festering and ready to burst, the excitement was palpable, the hoards were bouncing on the balls of their feet waiting for those magical gates to swing open and let them the hell in. The colour of the day was black, it came in every possible version with only the odd orange boiler suit thrown in for good measure. Masks were plentiful strapped on with precision in various arrays which were laboriously removed for the id checks on arrival. I bet the owners weren’t quite expecting that! Eager to go hunting for all the hidden gems and scope the lay of the land before Malevolence kicked off the proceedings I set off, and man oh man what a huge area to explore. The trek to the Slipknot Museum and other offerings such as flash tattoos and a cheeky haircut felt like walking between suburbs, the area was vast but did not take long to fill. With plenty to keep you entertained and a massive amount of food options it was a great place to come and chill for those seeking some down time. There was even a tent complete with a wrestling ring which held some pretty feisty matches over the course of the day if you were that way inclined. But for now it was time to get the party started.
Hailing from South Yorkshire, Malevolence hit the stage running, wowing the masses from the first song. I was blown away by these guys. They were super tight and extremely entertaining to watch, and I did not seem to be alone as they amassed people as far as the eye could see. The circle pit made its first appearance and it was rabid, punters so happy to get amongst it. From the outside it looked to be moving at warp speed with people riding on shoulders while making the crazy annulus. A few that caught my attention were Still Waters Run Deep and Self Supremacy, and I will be looking into their back catalogue pronto, these guys were worthy of a spot much higher up the order and set the bar very, very high for the rest of the day.
Melbourne’s Void Of Vision took their place on Stage 2 and I could not believe the early turn out of people, no one wanting to miss one band. They had thousands in front of them as they blasted out their thirty minute set with, singer Jack Bergin pulling out all the stops. With blackened eyes and studded collar, he led the boys as they opened with Into The Dark and I pondered how far they had come since I last saw them. They crammed a lot into their set including HELL HELL HELL and DOMINATRIX and closing out with THE LONELY PEOPLE.
The weather remained favourable after a brief shower early on, but it did not deter a single person as they flowed back to stage one for Melbourne based superstars Alpha Wolf. Opening the pit up instantaneously the boys flew through their set with Hotel Underground being a standout. I could see how overcome they were with the turn out and they seemed humbled on many occasions during their time on stage. Sabian Lynch even taking to the speaker tower to get a bird’s eye view of the crowd. Nearing the end of their stage time they punched orange and white Alpha Wolf beach balls into the pit which were happily pounded around for the duration of the set. I was left well impressed by these guys and if you are yet to check them out get on it stat!
Making a dash to try and find a shortened line at any of the four merch counters proved impossible, they were one hundred deep at every one, disheartened I vowed to try again later and headed back to catch the end of Knocked Loose. This Kentucky based five-piece had a huge crowd in front of them as they ploughed through their set including Dead Ringer and Counting Worms. After being around for ten years they have certainly earned their spot and were eager to entertain, singer Bryan Garris bringing his energy to the forefront. One that definitely took me by surprise was Spiritbox, this Canadian outfit instantly grabbed your attention and held it for the duration of their set. Singer and founding member Courtney LePlante engaging with fans as they powered through with a set of eight including Yellowjacket, Rule of Nines and Hysteria. I can see why their sideshows sold out in minutes; these guys kicked serious arse.
Story Of The Year were earning their spot on stage 2 as the sets grew slightly longer and they threw in a quickfire 9 songs. The mosh was piping up and fans were surfing across the top with vigour. Hailing from Missouri these guys have been around a while and knew how to entertain the swelling masses treating us to We Don’t Care Anymore, Tear Me To Pieces and In The Shadows to name a few. Closing out he set with Until The Day I Die leaving the fans fully satisfied and ready to mix it up with InFlames. Hot off their sideshow with Megadeth these Swedish megastars had the punters in a frenzy, the mosh circling like their life depended on it. With a terrific span of songs on their setlist the fans were awash with happiness and had their heads banging in approval as Cloud Connected, Only For The Weak and State of Slow Decay were among the treats provided. The punters more like the walking wounded as they slammed over the barrier, many hobbling for help as they were dragged and dumped. But that is the nature of the beast and if you can’t handle the heat get out of the damn kitchen. It was at this point that a wheelchair was raised in the crowd much to singer Anders surprise, but hell, this is Knotfest so anything goes! It would be a sin not to mention Chris Broderick who was shredding up a storm, it was so awesome to see him having so much fun onstage and engaging with the fans, and while I may have been distracted briefly by his bulging biceps I tried to stay focused as they closed out with Take This Life.
Viking heavyweights Amon Amarth have a following like no other and it would be a sin to miss their set for the spectacle alone. It takes you on a historical journey, their songs forged in time, flying Thor’s flag as they navigated through passages of history with vigour and conviction. Guardians Of Asgaard, Deceiver Of The Gods and The Pursuit Of Vikings turning up the heat. As expected, Put You Back Into The Oar saw the heathen army take a seat and ‘row, row, row’ if you are yet to see this in action please add it to your bucket list it is quite the spectacle. The masses raised cardboard swords and shields which did not go unnoticed by singer Johan Hegg, their dedication unwavering. I did see one man in full Viking regalia complete with fur and I was impressed by his enthusiasm.
Northlane really did bring the heat as they turned it up to 11, our own Aussie bands stacking up with the international superstars with ease. The mania had well and truly descended as they opened with Clarity and Plenty. The stage set with LED screens from which the drum riser nestled in between, creating a terrific stage dynamic. The hoards not messing around as a wall of death was quickly established, leaving the weak to fend for themselves as the craziness arrived. Cypher, Clockwork and Bloodline all worthy additions as these boys from Blacktown were overwhelmed by the scene in front of them. Closing out with Talking Heads the boys were well spent and had earned a cold refreshment, but there was none of that for the punters who were back to it with the mighty Trivium. Anyone who has seen these guys in action knows exactly what is in store, these guys play hard and instantly turned the heat metre to 100. Matt Heafy had a smile for miles, his face ever expressive as they worked through an impressive set including Rain, Feast of Fire and Down From The Sky. The pits were intensifying which each band and they took on a pulse of their own as Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr rang out, it was Trivium’s fourteenth trip to Australia and gauging the crowd response it definitely won’t be the last.
Stalwarts of thrash metal and members of The Big Four, the highly anticipated Megadeth’s time had come. The chants of ‘Megadeth’ started long before they hit the stage, the thrash army pumped and ready to mosh. The intro to Prince Of Darkness got the juices flowing as the band unleashed with Hangar 18, Dread And The Fugitive Mind and Angry Again. Dave Mustaine in peak form and smashing out all the hits with ease. Kiko Loureiro working the stage with ease his guitar shredding exemplary, it was such a joy to watch him at work, he owned the stage and boy can he play a guitar! Their stage also came complete with LED screens and an elevated drum riser giving a terrific view of Dirk Verbeuren as he smashed the skins to within an inch of his life. James LoMenzo is the god of bass and so much fun to watch on stage, his crowd engagement is undying giving every fan an up-close experience. Symphony Of Destruction with its signature intro set fans into a frenzy and made them hungry for more. But would any Megadeth show be complete without a quick appearance from Vic Rattlehead, of course not. Peace Sells was the song when he staggered out and the punters went crazy, taking the mosh up a level and saluting this iconic mascot. There was only one song the fans wanted to finish out the set and it had to be Holy Wars, a Megadeth classic and one that left an air of contentment across the smiling faces of the pit.
Parkway Drive is a household name worldwide these days, the boys have worked ridiculously hard to forge their place in the music industry and it is now paying off in spades. Their show is a spectacle to behold and I can not begin to describe the size of the crowd that had amassed, there was literally thousands upon thousands as far as the eye could see. A sea of people moving as one so eager to regain their lost years of music and soak up every minute on offer. They don’t get much bigger in Australia than Parkway Drive and they delivered a show with every bell and whistle and then some. It had flames, it had pryo, it had smoke, it even had a drone taking in all the action. Winston McCall a born entertainer, had the crowd eating out of his hand as the band worked through their hour and a quarter set, including Glitch, Carrion and Vice Grip to name a few, his graciousness was unending to the fans and his face showed his happiness all night. The addition of strings lifted the show to new heights, the violin and cello setting a sunning scene as the sun set over Flemington Racecourse. Winston returned shirtless to start a few hearts racing as they finished out with Crushed and Wild Eyes, flames blasting off every place possible and warming up the quickly cooling venue.
The time had come to honour the name’s sake of the festival itself, Slipknot. The build-up had been one of gargantuan proportions, selling out every show in Australia, the fans voting with their hard earned desperate to see their musical heroes. It has been a long wait six years in fact, the maggot family reunited and ready to raise hell. Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 played briefly before the AC/DC classic For Those About To Rock stilled the fans, tension was palpable the giant Slipknot banner waving in the wind across the stage, as it dropped Flemington Racecourse exploded. Disasterpiece, Wait And Bleed, and All Out Life got pulses racing and the collective mosh bouncing. Corey Taylor demanded your attention and every eye was on him as fan fave, Sulfur rang out, the stage a mass of impressive screens and lighting, flame throwers rocking the night sky. The show briefly halted while one bozo tried his luck climbing a speaker tower, but the problem was quickly rectified, and the show went on without a hitch. The stage having the trademark Slipknot drum set up on either side raised high to give everyone a perfect viewing platform while the main kit took pride of place. Psychosocial left the hoards panting along with Duality and Custer which just formed a small part of the blistering setlist. Spit It Out took the show to new levels as we all got ready to get low and hold until our preacher Corey ‘mother fucking’ Taylor told us to ‘jump the fuck up’ it was surreal moment and one that always brings the chills with it. The hold he had over the thousands was masterful to watch, the power he held in his hands mind blowing. After a quick trip off stage the night was complete with People = Shit and Surfacing what a way to finish of the most amazing day, Corey constantly thanking the fans for their unwavering support, his appreciation paramount all night.
As the war-wounded and weary made their way from the stage, their faces tired, their bodies feeling every bit their age I know with all certainty they would jump back in the pit to do it all again without a moment’s hesitation. The sound, the lighting and effects made the festival what it was, kudos to all involved your dedication and attention to detail made for a wonderful experience and it did not go unnoticed.
Knotfest Australia 2023 was a resounding success, congratulations to each and every person involved, you brought so much joy to the fans and gave them memories to cherish for a lifetime. Now we wait with bated breath until next time……
Amon Amarth, Trivium & Malevolence will be back on stage at the very first KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA kicking off today in Melbourne!
KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA 2023
Slipknot | Parkway Drive | Megadeth | Trivium | Northlane | Amon Amarth
In Flames Knocked Loose | Spiritbox | Story Of The Year | Alpha Wolf
Void Of Vision | Bad Omens | Malevolence
DATES AND VENUES:
Friday 24 March 2023 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Centennial Park, Sydney SOLD OUT
Sunday 26 March 2023 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane SOLD OUT
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March 24th, 2023 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Centennial Park, Sydney
Sunday 26 March 2023 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
KNOTFEST, the destination festival brand curated by SLIPKNOT, is continuing its ever-expanding global domination with the announcement of its next location – KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA in 2023.
The music and counterculture experience created by the multi-platinum sonic phenomenon SLIPKNOT, will hit the East coast of Australia starting on Friday, March 24th at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, before making its way to Sydney on Saturday, March 25th at Centennial Park and wrapping up in Brisbane on Sunday, March 26th at RNA Showgrounds.
Headlined by SLIPKNOT, the hugely stacked festival line-up includes PARKWAY DRIVE, MEGADETH, TRIVIUM, NORTHLANE, AMON AMARTH, IN FLAMES, KNOCKED LOOSE, SPIRITBOX, STORY OF THE YEAR, ALPHA WOLF, VOID OF VISION, BAD OMENS and MALEVOLENCE.
A staple at KNOTFESTs all over the world, the KNOTFEST Museum will also be making its way to Australia for the very first time. The KNOTFEST Museum features a jaw-dropping collection of items from the band’s history and a fan-favorite attraction at the other KNOTFESTs around the globe. Tickets are strictly limited in each city.
Early bird pre-sale tickets are on sale at 9am local time on Thursday 3rd November here and general public tickets go on sale at 9am local time on Monday 7th November here.
KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA 2023
DATES AND VENUES:
Friday 24 March 2023 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Centennial Park, Sydney
Sunday 26 March 2023 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
SLIPKNOT’s latest album, ‘The End, So Far’ landed yet another #1 Official Album Chart position in Australia, their fourth straight #1 in a row, as the album racked up a string of global chart accolades, including #1 Album positions in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Top 10 in Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, France and the Netherlands.
About SLIPKNOT: There was never a band like Slipknot, and there will never be another. Like a spore out of the Midwest, they’ve quietly bloomed into the most uncompromising, undeniable, and unique presence on the planet whose influence transcends genres and generations. Since sowing the seeds for revolution in Iowa during 1999, these musical outliers have captured a GRAMMY Award alongside 10 nominations, scored 12 Platinum / 41 Gold album certifications around the world, and logged over 8.5 billion global streams and 3.5 billion video views to date – unprecedented for a rock act in this generation or any other. Rolling Stone cited the seminal platinum-selling 2001 album Iowa among “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,” while The Ringer attested, “They’re the most important heavy band of their era.” In addition to marking the group’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, their sixth full-length album, WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND, bowed at #1 in twelve countries worldwide in 2019. Selling out shows on multiple continents, they deliver an irreplicable multi-sensory experience on tour and through their own festival Knotfest. With their seventh studio album, THE END, SO FAR, Slipknot are back, and nothing will be the same again.
About KNOTFEST: Knotfest is Slipknot’s own self-curated, destination festival brand, currently held in eight international locations; the US, Japan, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. Designed as an immersive, unforgettable, ‘dark carnival experience’, the event invites you into Slipknot’s apocalyptic underworld where stunning visuals, fire breathers and nightmarish creatures on stilts set the stage for an intoxicating and memorable weekend of live music.
Stay up to date on all things KNOTFEST over at https://knotfest.com/australia/ and by following on socials.
Australian heavy trailblazers Northlane are taking their #1 album, Obsidian, on tour through regional Australia in November and December. Kicking off in Wagga Wagga and winding up in Hobart, the run also includes a stop in Western Sydney – their first hometown show in a decade!
The regional tour is set to cap off a stellar 2022 for Northlane. Earlier this year, the band released their acclaimed new album, Obsidian, which topped the ARIA Chart and has been streamed over 22 million times and climbing on Spotify. Self-recorded, self-produced (with the help of their longtime collaborator Chris Blancato), and self-released, album number six is a stunning feat that has truly transformed the heavy music landscape across the globe.
A bleak and anxiety-riddled album reflecting the state of the world it was written in, Obsidian stands at the apex of the Northlane sound with their signature heavy groove sitting in perfect harmony with techno, drum & bass, intriguing synths, perplexing time signatures and widescreen choruses. This fusion of metal and electronic music lent itself to some of the most mind-blowingly spectacular shows Australian venues have seen in recent times.
Supporting Northlane when they hit the regions will be Melbourne’s very own Windwaker – another top-tier live act who have already cultivated one hell of an exhilarating show that can’t be missed.
Just like Northlane’s last Australian tour, tickets are expected to sell out so snap ’em up quickly to avoid disappointment. Grab tickets at northlaneband.com
After four false starts, Full Tilt Brisbane's leg beat the pandemic, finally hitting the ground at Eatons Hill Hotel last Saturday.
Still the current trend, with festivals of any form, come last-minute changes. With a sad blow for fans of The Bennies, the events Facebook page announced the band had pulled out last minute. Event openers, Closure moving up into their place.
The dual-stage event had an ‘Outdoor’ and indoor ‘Ballroom’ stage set up ready for the bands to entertain the eager masses. A light rain played tag with the sunshine throughout the morning with sunshine winning round one as Sydneysiders Reliqa, opened up the outdoor space.
The band took over the stage, bursting with energy from the get-go. The dynamic frontwoman Monique Pym led the eagerly awaiting music fans into the festival vibe. Their versatile frontwoman worked the crowd from the front of the stage and from behind the keys. They played through popular tracks including Hangman, Déjà vu, and the new single Bearer of Bad News.
Dominant bass combined with Pyms keyboard skills creates a metal soundscape opening up a whole new experience leaving the gathered crowd enthralled. Add in massive riffs, and belting drums from new addition Ben Knox, Reliqa saw that the festival was off to an impressive start.
Inside Brisbane locals, Stepson opened up the Ballroom stage with ferocity to a near-packed room. The intensity pushed out across the crowd injecting their high-octane brand of hardcore into the packed space. Playing through tracks old and new the band kept fans on their toes. The crowd clutching the barrier hanging off every guttural lyric. Dual vocals from Brock Alan Conry and bassist Nick Bennett created the perfect balance for their sound. Singing along, it was obviously a large portion of their home crowd were there to see Stepson. They wrapped up the set with the track Deeper Sleep. The Ballroom stage was in fact, now wide awake.
Back outdoors, one of the country's most admired punk/alt rock acts Luca Brasi do what they do best hitting the stage to an eager fanbase. The punk favourites played through as many of their popular tracks as they had time for, from Never The Right Time to Tangled: Content. Possibly one of the most underrated rock bands in the country, their fans connects fully with the magic and passion the band obviously channels through their music. No strangers to the festival circuit their live show creates the perfect vibe for fans to carry throughout the day. How this band has never risen higher into the mainstream is beyond me.
As Luca Brasi had fans joyfully jumping just meters away, Justice For The Damned called for chaos hyping up the crowd on the Ballroom stage. The popular deathcore outfit opened up at a rapid pace, Vocalist Bobak Raffiee demanded the crowd “open this pit up” as bodies unleash a frenzied force of pent-up energy. The crowd was ready for the pandemonium. Days of the pandemic induced sitting down at shows a distant memory with the sweaty chaos of the pit a welcomed return for hardcore music fans. This release was needed for both band and fans.
It’s evident the focus is a metalcore crowd with punters outside already lining up ready for the next Ballroom act Void of Vision.
As a light rain settled in, Sydney pop-punk/emo band Slowly Slowly took over the outdoor stage.
The crowd engulfed the outdoor space, gathering in mass for this popular alt-rock/punk outfit. The vibe is at a peak with girls on shoulders, crowd jumping along to the music as the band opens with Blueprint. The festival spirit is in force.
Slowly Slowly define the modern music sound with so many aspects to their sound, indie/punk/alt/rock all in there. They have created their own genre-diverse brand, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. Vocalist Ben Stewart strikes a certain emotive chord in the crowd with his ability to inject a wavering force of emotion into his melodic vocal.
They play through as many songs as possible including Creature of Habit Pt 2 and popular track 19 bringing out the pipes in the crowd. Only at an Aussie outdoor festival will you see all the colours of the Power Rangers crowd surfing. This defines the atmosphere at the outdoor stage.
An intensely penetrating bass opens Void Of Visions set to a capacity crowd in the Ballroom. Vocalist Jack Bergin makes a rock star entrance. The intensity of what is about to unfold is not lost on one single person in the room. Void of Vision capture a level of intensity many bands aims for. They open with Into The Dark and play through popular tracks including massive hit Ghost In The Machine sending the already hyped-up room into a frenzy. The crowd is swept away in the moment. The Lonely People took the set out. The crowd left wanting more.
The clouds had set in and light rain continued to fall across the outdoor stage. Mother nature was setting the scene as a silence set in across the crowd. The mic stand was donned with an ethereal-looking mascot watching over the crowd like a demonic guardian as Sydney deathcore legends Thy Art Is Murder took to the stage. An ominous mood filled the space around them. Guttural vocals from CJ McMahon invoked an ‘other worldly’ feel with the crowd channeling energy unique to a deathcore show. The band performed with a theatrical display. The crowd was fully invested in the whole experience. The music was the connecting force bringing the band and the fans together as one mammoth beast.
The band played through their set announcing bassist Brad replacing Kevvie B (Kevin Butler), off in Melbourne for a strongman competition. The Aussie music community has a strong camaraderie especially evident since the pandemic’s onset. Band members fill in for each other when someone is out (commonly) with the 'spicy cough'. They belted out tracks including Make America Hate Again and Holy War. A ‘Wall of Death’ stopped the entire venue, with the mass collision of bodies, a highlight of the day for everyone within sight of the chaos. Reign of Darkness completing their intense set.
Sydney pop-punk/emo band Closure took over the Ballroom taking some chaos out of the pace of the day. The band was meant to open the event but moved into The Bennies' place later in the day. For a newer band, their stage presence was felt across the room. The band played hits including Bedroom, Sink, and Laundry Day and brought a breath of fresh air to a day of music intensity.
Festivals in Australia never feel complete if Frenzal Rhomb isn’t on the list. As Starship classic We Built This City blasted out through the speakers, the very much adored Aussie punks appeared in their orange safety vests ready to do what they do best. The punk rock stalwarts drew a crowd of all ages playing through their short, sharp, loud, and fast set with precision and stamina. They dedicate Mummy Doesn’t Know You’re a Nazi to Peter Dutton. Flew straight into Bird Attack, progressing through a plethora of classic punk tracks. Frenzal have been hitting the tour circuit since the early ‘90s and the band (and their fans) have aged in body but not in musical spirit. The band gave the crowd classics like Uncle Ben, 5000 Cigarettes, School Reunion, Never Had So Much Fun and Punch In The Face. The last track had Luca Brasi frontman Tyler Richardson joining in before jumping in for a crowd surf. The perfect Aussie festival vibe.
Meanwhile back in Ballroom Alpha Wolf attracted a furious pack, with the band working on crowd control moving the hectic pit back from the crushing barrier. The band spoke about being on tour but were glad to be home as they played through tracks like Black Mamba, No Name, and Bleed For You. The room transformed into a massive circle pit. The dual vocals from frontman Lochie Keogh and bassist John Arnold brought a standout element to their brand of metalcore. Akudama finished off the set, the crowd was pumped ready for the next performance.
And what a performance. In Hearts Wake walked on stage masked up ready to electrify the crowd in the best possible way. You know you’re at a metalcore show when security and paramedics are on standby in the pit. The crowd was intense. The mass gathering proving the Australian metal scene is not just alive but thriving post-pandemic. The popular metal outfit from Byron Bay has built a strong following over their 15+ years on the circuit and the crowd reaction to vocalist Jake Taylor joining the band on stage said it all. After congratulations went out to guitarist Kyle Erich on the birth of his baby boy earlier in the week the band took the hungry fans into opener Crisis. The crowd surfing started from the first number putting the security to work and the paramedics on watch. New track Dogma hyped up the crowd, hands up, feet pounding the ground beneath, moving as one. The band blends metalcore, hardcore, and nu-metal genres into an explosive force giving them an edge in what can sometimes become a generic metalcore sound. Thy Art Is Murder’s ‘wall of death’ seemed a practice run as the band called for a wall of death. The crowd knew what to do and opened up ready. Security safely extracted crowd surfers; punters leaving the inner barrier with smiles a mile wide.
They work through their set giving the crowd what they came for with popular tracks Refuge and Earthwalker, then ending their set with the latest releases Son of A Witch and Hellbringer. In Hearts Wake takes melodic hardcore and gives it an ethereal infusion, producing something unique within the metalcore genre.
Moving back into the Ballroom stage is like stepping into a parallel universe. High energy is still the core element, but the contrast is stark. Melbourne pop-punks Between You And Me is full of catchy riffs and upbeat melodic punk taking charge of the Ballroom crowd. Their brand of music may be completely different, but the energy of the band is like watching a power surge take over the stage. Frontman Jake Wilson runs like a hyperactive child on Red Bull bouncing around the stage. Old fans were charging up to Supervillain, with new fans wondering why they’d never seen this band before. They had taken the intensity out of the day and transformed it into a massive party energy. With a four-year gap in-between album releases Between You and Me have just dropped their sophomore album Armageddon, the band playing a big serving of their new music. The aggression of previous bands is transformed into the same level of passion through their set. This passion flowed out across the room as the crowd grew and started jumping along with the band. They were humbled to be playing amongst such epic bands but well and truly earned their late-in-the-day billing. They saved their biggest tracks until last with Dakota having Wilson taking a massive flip off the stage into the crowd. Finishing off with Jake and bassist James “Bassy” Karagiozis, joining in the pit.
Headliners, popular Sydney metalcore powerhouse Northlane, brought the pyrotechnics to the stage taking the night to the level a closing act should. The show started with intensity before the band even took to the stage. The heat from flames bursting from cannons on stage was felt across the massive crowd. The fans seemed almost spent but as soon as the band opened the crowd drew on their final energy stores to take the night out. Crowd surfing, hands in the air, ponding the grass beneath their feet, it was their final burst from a day of intensity. The band released their latest album Obsidian just the day before taking the opportunity to introduce the crowd to their new music. They opened the night with smash single Clockworks the crowd showing their approval. Some newer tracks included the latest singles Carbonised and Plenty and were more than embraced by the crowd. Vocalist Marcus Bridge shows versatility, easily flowing from melodic to hardcore vocals.
They kept long-time fans happy with more popular tracks like Jinn, Echo Chamber and Quantum Flux finishing off the night with fan favourite Bloodline. After an intense and massive day, you would think fans would be ready to hightail it home but the demand for one more song was too great. Northlane returned to the stage with one final track, Talking Heads.
Full Tilt may have been off to a few false starts but if there was anything plainly evident from the day it was that Australian metalcore and punk fans are patient and dedicated. The turnout at Eatons Hill Hotel was in the thousands and the crowd, although at its peak at the end was still at an impressive number from the opening act.
No one went home disappointed.
BRING ON JULY!!!!!
FULL TILT FESTIVAL LINE-UP:
THE GHOST INSIDE
ICE NINE KILLS
MAKE THEM SUFFER
THE WONDER YEARS
TO THE GRAVE
*Sydney + Brisbane only
DATES AND VENUES:
SATURDAY 16 JULY – EATONS HILL OUTDOOR AND BALLROOM, BRISBANE
SUNDAY 17 JULY – BELLA VISTA FARM, SYDNEY
SATURDAY 23 JULY – PICA (PORT MELBOURNE INDUSTRIAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS), MELBOURNE
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Between You And Me
In Hearts Wake
Thy Art Is Murder
Void of Vision
Justice For The Damned
Australia’s heavy trailblazers Northlane have released their acclaimed new album, Obsidian, out now via Believe.
The band have also debuted their latest track, “Abomination”. The apex of classic and future Northlane, “Abomination” detonates with Marcus Bridge growling over a bed of heavy drum & bass. As Bridge grapples with the facade of happiness, grinding guitars, wild synths and pulverizing electronics synchronize, making you feel like your head is spinning out of control.
“This song is about my inability to keep pretending everything is okay in my life,” offers frontman Marcus Bridge. “I want to be able to spread a positive message with the lyrics I write but as personal and external problems continue to pile up, I feel numb and unable to pretend that I’m happy. I feel like an abomination of what I should be, what I want to be.”
Self-recorded, self-produced (with the help of their longtime collaborator Chris Blancato) and self-released, the sound Northlane have been working towards over the span of their career has been fully realised on Obsidian. Album number six is a behemoth effort that sonically spans the gamut of their entire discography, with Northane’s trademark heavy groove sitting in perfect harmony with techno, drum & bass, intriguing synths, perplexing time signatures and widescreen choruses. The creative freedom heard throughout songs like “Abomination”, “Clarity”, “Is This a Test” and “Nova” demonstrate a fearless evolution that has not only shifted the tectonic plates of heavy music, but also ensures Northlane remain lightyears ahead of the genre.
Northlane gave us a preview of the album via singles “Clockwork”, “Echo Chamber”, “Plenty” and “Carbonized”. Streamed over 11.5 million times and climbing, the tracks laid the foundation of Obsidian, with vocalist Marcus Bridge expressing his despair at the state of the world whilst also trying to pick up the pieces and move forward with his own life after sharing his harrowing life story on Alien. It’s bleak and full of anxiety, but that’s the point.
Northlane will debut Obsidian live in June. Their first Australian headline tour in close to three years will take in metro cities around the country with special guests Plini, Sleep Token and ALT. With sold out signs slapped up immediately in Sydney and Melbourne, new shows have been added in both cities to meet demand and come with a warning that tickets for all other shows are selling fast.
This weekend Northlane will headline Full Tilt Festival in Brisbane. Expect plenty of pyro.NORTHLANE
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2022
With Special Guests Plini, Sleep Token and ALT.
BUY TICKETS AT NORTHLANEBAND.COM
Thursday June 16
Friday June 17th
Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide
Saturday June 18
The Forum, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Sunday June 19
The Forum, Melbourne – NEW SHOW
Friday June 24
2 shows to replace June 23 and 24th (all tickets remain valid)
Enmore Theatre, Sydney – NEW VENUE
Saturday June 25
The Tivoli, Brisbane
NORTHLANE – OBSIDIAN
Out Now via Believe