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[Review] Devilskin @ Manning Bar, Sydney – 29/04/2022

Arriving at the Manning Bar early I wasn’t too sure what to expect, it had been two years since I had seen any international live bands perform, as was the case for so many but it was apparent early on that I was going to be in for a great night. All three bands playing on tonight’s bill were greeted with a great and very loud crowd which was awesome to see, many who had arrived before doors had even opened, no doubt in anticipation of a killer show.

Not only the bands; but the entire crowd were in great spirits, with plenty of smiles and laughs on stage and amongst the faces in the crowd which was so cool to see from the moment doors opened until the last sweaty bodies walked outside the venue!

Kicking off proceedings tonight was These Four Walls. Originally from New Zealand, the band that is now based on the Gold Coast came out swinging and swinging fucking hard! The crowd was treated to a killer balls-out hard-rockin’ set and the band certainly rocked! Having released new material during the pandemic fans in Sydney were treated to hearing some of those songs played live finally for the very first time and they were amazing! This was my first time seeing this band live and it will not be my last, they left a great impression on me well before their set came to an end!  

Next up was Shepherds Reign and these guys I was extremely excited to see perform. A friend had introduced me to these bangers from Auckland just before covid really hit and I became a fan the moment I first heard them; so finding out they were on this bill was incredible. The guys took to the stage and did not disappoint. From the moment the lights went out and the intro music started the crowd became more vocal, and the energy in the room was electric! The band kicked off their set with one of my favorite tracks ‘Aiga’ and this gem set the tone for just how amazing the next hour of metal was going to be. It was awesome to see the band perform live finally, visually they are amazing to watch, high energy, plenty of headbanging, plenty of hair! The setlist was killer too, smashing through tracks such as ‘Legend’, ‘The World Bleeds’, and most certainly a crowd favorite ‘Le Manu’. There is no doubt that heavy music fans at the venue who didn’t know too much about this band certainly left highly impressed with the set that Shepherds Reign delivered! Considering this was the band’s first-ever Australian tour, I have no doubt in my mind that it will not be the last time we see them on our shores!

Closing the show was our killer headliners and ever so energetic Kiwi’s Devilskin! It had been too long between shows for me with these guys having seen them perform at the Download Festival, then again supporting Slash, I was overdue to see these guys kick out yet another amazing set! It was also nice to finally see the guys doing a headline show giving us the full Devilskin experience. I’m not too sure there’s a lot I can say about this band that I haven’t said in the past…. What I do love about these guys is that they all hold their own on stage, no one member stands out for me. All four members are so enjoyable to watch perform and at any given time one of them is doing something that has you constantly shifting your focus…. Musically… I love this band live; they are tight, loud, and put together a setlist that simply kicks your ass!

For me tonight’s show had plenty of killer standout tracks including ‘Start a Revolution, ‘Pray’ and ‘Until you Bleed’. From start to finish the crowd was going crazy for Devilskin and whether this was the first time you were seeing them live or you had seen them countless times it was easy to see why this crowd was singing, chanting, and headbanging their way through the bands set. Altogether, the band smashed out a killer sixteen-song setlist which also included ‘Covet’, ‘Never See the Light’, and ‘All Fall down’. There is no doubt in my mind that loud and heavy music is alive and well and after starving for it for the best part of two years it’s clear the fans are thrilled to be back in the venues and the bands are equally as happy to be back on stage performing. If you are wondering if you should get along to any of the shows these guys are currently doing around the country…. Stop thinking about it and go buy tickets, you will not be disappointed, this is one kick-ass bill that’s not to be missed! 

You still have a chance to catch these guys at the venues below:

Adelaide – May 5 @ The Gov

Perth – May 6 @ Amplifier

Melbourne – May 7 @ Max Watts

Tickets still available at Silverback Touring

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Interview with Paul Martin (DEVILSKIN)

In what seems like an eternal rollercoaster of close calls and postponements, Silverback Touring are pleased to announce that after several attempts, the long-awaited DEVILSKIN RED Australian Tour is finally happening. The hard-hitting Kiwi bandreleased their critically acclaimed third studio album RED in April 2020 and have been trying to make it to Australia to celebrate. Now, with borders finally opening and plenty of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, Australia finally get their chance to witness DEVILSKIN on their first ever headline run down under in April/May.

On the tour, DEVILSKINs Nic Martin says, We are so grateful for our overseas supporters, who have proven their patience and loyalty as we have tried to bring this show to their shores. Now that it appears safe to do so, we are frothing to be connecting with our friends in Australia again. Were incredibly excited to finally showcase our latest album, especially in a few cities weve never previously performed. Its going to be a massive reunion, so we hope youre ready for a Kiwi-style party, Aussie!

Having stunned Australian crowds on tours with HALESTORM and SLASH Ft. Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and appearing on Download Australia in 2019, DEVILSKIN are one act not to be missed.

DEVILSKIN have garnered a formidable reputation and a solid fanbase worldwide from their relentless touring schedule. A swathe of brilliant live reviews from Europe to USA to Australia are testament to the groundswell of support for this hard-working and focused New Zealand act.

The title of their latest album RED is significant: it is the universal colour of passion, vitality, blood, danger, romance, anger, horror and love; everything evocative. Of all the colours, RED is a warning and a statement.

RED starts with a sonic throat punch titled Do You See Birds and promises to enthrall the listener with a tour-de-force of emotions and moods. From the de-tuned anthem Corrode and the caged rage of Same Life, to the poignant beauty of Sweet Release, the swagger of Be Like The River, and the manic fury of Everybodys High But Me. DEVILSKIN have long been noted for their emotive songwriting and ability to touch peoples hearts, and on RED they have bared their soul with their finest performance yet.

Joining DEVILSKIN are fellow Kiwis SHEPHERDS REIGN on their first ever Australian visit. SHEPHERDS REIGN are a Polynesian Metal band and seem to be a world first. The band is made up of 5 brothers: Pacific, Mori and Asian, who are united in their passion for writing and performing hard hitting music that expresses where they are from and shares their life experiences. Its metal with thick textures and big melodies, delivered with attitude and conviction. Their recent release Le Manu has received close to two million views on YouTube.

SHEPHERDS REIGN is best experienced live, where each band member gives it their all and aims to smack the audience in the face with their performance. The live show is a culmination of years of playing together and developing their natural chemistry and on stage is where they are most powerful.

This is a show of some pure Kiwi metal power, and one that is not to be missed.

Tickets are on sale now from: https://www.silverbacktouring.com.au/devilskin/

Touring April / May 2022

Friday 29 April – Sydney – Manning Bar

Saturday 30 April – Brisbane Mansfield Tavern

Sunday 1 May – Gold Coast – Coolangatta Hotel

Thursday 5 May – Adelaide -The Gov

Friday 6 May – Perth – Amplifier

Saturday 7 May – Melbourne – Max Watts

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