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[Review] Sleep Token @ Northcote Theatre, Melbourne 30/04/2023

Review By Kynan Arden

The metal scene in recent years has evolved into many diverse sub genres and in themselves take their own unique styles, with some groups taking this on such as Bad Omens, Thornhill, Spiritbox, and Sleep Token. I had the incredible opportunity to see the latter of this bunch at Northcote Theatre, and if anybody said that you could not mix the filthiest of breakdowns with ethereal electronics that is a lie (try telling that to Pertubator. I dare you) 

After fans packed together like tuna and bartenders delivered drinks into mosh pits as if we just invented in-house hospo DoorDash, a thick smog of smoke shielded the stage and within it, Sleep Token’s mysterious, identity-ridden front man Vessel, with his tremendous vocal dynamic, opened the night with Chokehold before the remaining mask-clad members joined him as they quickly flowed into an early fan favourite, The Summoning, to which both myself and half the venue collectively lost our voices to this baby-making anthem, and salivated at the unstoppable drum solo halfway through.

With a thunderous stick-wielded behind the kit, an engaging guitarist and bassist, the highly energetic Vessel and his enthusiastic moves, and the three statue-like, robed backing vocalists, Sleep Token set the scene of a real dark and gothic tone, infused with modern day pop and electronic influences, and the whole design of the entire being clad with villainous outfits and being devoid of any form of identity really adds the theme, in some way being comparable to a melancholic performance rather than your stock metal gig. The fans were enchanted by this phenomenal performance from beginning to end, head banging, moshing, and raving alike to the group’s discography of powerful numbers. 

Sleep Token wasted no time for the entire hour and a half they performed, perfecting a flawless performance that kept you engaged every second.  From the sultry, seductive undertones of Hypnosis, to the ever so energetic yet angst teeth gritting Granite, carrying over to the oh so behemoth-like Alkaline, every first note or beat of each track sent roars and applause thundering through the theatre, and every lyric was sung loudly as long as there were any, and no amount of makeup of masks could hide the pure energy surging through the members of Sleep Token and clear enjoyment behind the anonymity. It was an experience experiencing such a diversity between heavy, dancey, and mellow/slow songs, an experience which I admire.

Additionally, the band did not spare a cheeky nature as they teased us fans multiple times exiting the stage in short minute long intervals, and truly milked the opportunity to playfully keep us waiting before the conclusive encore, constructing not one but three mosh pits during the finale, The Offering, before the group blessed us with their gratitude upon departing. However, the classic local chant, “One More Song!”, quickly erupted from within the crowd, pleading a final hoorah. To my surprise, this worked, as Vessel took position behind the keys, accompanied by the stunning backing harmonies from the three backing vocalists, and excitingly presented a live debut of their newest single, DYWTYLM

It’s safe to say that for their first headline tour of Australia, the underground entity that is Sleep Token certainly delivered an unforgettable live experience after shaking the metal industry worldwide with their hits. I have a sneaking suspicion this is only really still the beginning of this powerhouse of a band’s journey, and I’m beyond excited to see what’s next. 

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Sleep Token Upgrade Brisbane & Melbourne Venues. Sydney & Perth Shows Sold Out. Touring in April & May

TSleep Token, the UK underground entity woke up the Australian fans with the announcement of their first Australian headline tour in April and May sending everyone in a frenzy. We have some great news for the fans who slept on tickets to the sold out Brisbane and Melbourne shows.

Due to overwhelming demand, we have upgraded the Brisbane show on Friday 28 April to The Tivoli and the Northcote Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 30 April. All tickets remain valid with additional tickets on sale now.

Sydney and Perth shows are both sold out with final tickets on sale in Adelaide. Get in quick to avoid disappointment, you don’t want to snooze on this one.
 
Renowned for their immersive and intimate live performances, the anonymous collective that is Sleep Token, fronted by the masked Vessel, have previously wowed crowds onstage at a huge variety of festivals over the years, as well as shows alongside the likes of Architects, Nothing More, Polyphia and countless others, with 2022 also previously offering Australian fans a chance to catch the group alongside Northlane and Plini for some heart-stopping shows.

Armed with two mesmerising albums, 2019’s Sundowning and 2021’s This Place Will Become Your Tomb, Sleep Token pushed their own fluid boundaries farther than ever with their sophomore release last year, blurring genres alongside oscillating moments of visceral melodics, thunderous drums, hooks and an enigmatic darkness that burrows you deep into the Sleep Token world.

As anyone who has previously attended a live Sleep Token experience can attest to, the irresistible might of Sleep Token grows with each passing year, and a live Sleep Token performances is truly akin to an otherworldly ritual, worshiping cryptic lyricism, a jaw-dropping blend of alt metal, progressive flourishes and post metal, and utterly stunning technicality.

Tickets are on sale now at destroyalllines.com.au

Destroy All Lines Presents

SLEEP TOKEN
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
TOUR DATES:

 
FRIDAY 28 APRIL – THE TiVOLI, BRISBANE VENUE UPGRADED
SATURDAY 29 APRIL – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 30 APRIL – NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE VENUE UPGRADED
TUESDAY 2 MAY – THE GOV, ADELAIDE FINAL TICKETS
THURSDAY 4 MAY – MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH SOLD OUT

Tickets are on sale now at www.destroyalllines.com

 

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Sleep Token Announce 2023 Australian Headline Tour

If ever a tour was not to be slept on, it’s the exciting announcement today that the UK underground entity known only as Sleep Token will return down under in 2023, with five Australian headline shows locked and loaded next April and May.

Renowned for their immersive and intimate live performances, the anonymous collective that is Sleep Token, fronted by the masked Vessel, have previously wowed crowds onstage at a huge variety of festivals over the years, as well as shows alongside the likes of Architects, Nothing More, Polyphia and countless others, with 2022 also previously offering Australian fans a chance to catch the group alongside Northlane and Plini for some heart-stopping shows.

Armed with two mesmerising albums, 2019’s Sundowning and 2021’s This Place Will Become Your Tomb, Sleep Token pushed their own fluid boundaries farther than ever with their sophomore release last year, blurring genres alongside oscillating moments of visceral melodics, thunderous drums, hooks and an enigmatic darkness that burrows you deep into the Sleep Token world.

As anyone who has previously attended a live Sleep Token experience can attest to, the irresistible might of Sleep Token grows with each passing year, and a live Sleep Token performances is truly akin to an otherworldly ritual, worshiping cryptic lyricism, a jaw-dropping blend of alt metal, progressive flourishes and post metal, and utterly stunning technicality.

Don’t lose sleep over missing out next year, be sure to catch Sleep Token headlining in Australia in 2023, kicking off in late April at The Triffid in Brisbane, and closing out on Thursday 4 May at Magnet House in Perth.Early bird pre-sale tickets on sale: Monday 28 November @ 12pm local time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://bit.ly/23STAUS

General tickets on sale Wednesday 30 November @ 10am local time
Tickets from destroyalllines.com.au

DESTROY ALL LINES PRESENTS

SLEEP TOKEN
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
 
FRIDAY 28 APRIL, 2023 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 29 APRIL, 2023 – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 30 APRIL, 2023 – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
TUESDAY 2 MAY, 2023 – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY 4 MAY – MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH


General tickets on sale Wednesday 30 November @ 10am local time
Tickets from www.destroyalllines.com


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FeaturedNews

Sleep Token Announce 2023 Australian Headline Tour

If ever a tour was not to be slept on, it’s the exciting announcement today that the UK underground entity known only as Sleep Token will return down under in 2023, with five Australian headline shows locked and loaded next April and May.

Renowned for their immersive and intimate live performances, the anonymous collective that is Sleep Token, fronted by the masked Vessel, have previously wowed crowds onstage at a huge variety of festivals over the years, as well as shows alongside the likes of Architects, Nothing More, Polyphia and countless others, with 2022 also previously offering Australian fans a chance to catch the group alongside Northlane and Plini for some heart-stopping shows.

Armed with two mesmerising albums, 2019’s Sundowning and 2021’s This Place Will Become Your Tomb, Sleep Token pushed their own fluid boundaries farther than ever with their sophomore release last year, blurring genres alongside oscillating moments of visceral melodics, thunderous drums, hooks and an enigmatic darkness that burrows you deep into the Sleep Token world.

As anyone who has previously attended a live Sleep Token experience can attest to, the irresistible might of Sleep Token grows with each passing year, and a live Sleep Token performances is truly akin to an otherworldly ritual, worshiping cryptic lyricism, a jaw-dropping blend of alt metal, progressive flourishes and post metal, and utterly stunning technicality.

Don’t lose sleep over missing out next year, be sure to catch Sleep Token headlining in Australia in 2023, kicking off in late April at The Triffid in Brisbane, and closing out on Thursday 4 May at Magnet House in Perth.

Early bird pre-sale tickets on sale: Monday 28 November @ 12pm local time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://bit.ly/23STAUS

General tickets on sale Wednesday 30 November @ 10am local time
Tickets from destroyalllines.com.au

DESTROY ALL LINES PRESENTS

SLEEP TOKEN
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
 
FRIDAY 28 APRIL, 2023 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 29 APRIL, 2023 – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 30 APRIL, 2023 – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
TUESDAY 2 MAY, 2023 – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY 4 MAY – MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH

General tickets on sale Wednesday 30 November @ 10am local time
Tickets from www.destroyalllines.com

 

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