15-Jul-2012 Sandringham Hotel, Newtown (Sydney)
July 6, 2012
Supports: Impiety, Ruins, Anno Domini
Review and Pix by Brendan Delavere
Descending on Sydney like the winter chill, the Underground Legions seized the Sando Hotel in Newtown for a night of blackened death metal. Opening proceedings were locals Anno Domini with their distinct brand of operatic death metal. The driving bass lines, pounding drums and deathly growls of Kieran Helmore readied the slowly building crowd for a night of hellish onslaught.
Hailing from the frostbitten forests of the south, Tasmania’s Ruins took the stage and pummelled the audience into submission. "Suicidal Pulse" showcased the brutal powerhouse drumming of Dave Haley, whilst "Place of No Pity" was a blackened thrash number born from the frozen wastes. Vocalist and founder Alex Pope came close to invoking the devil with his downright destructive vocals.
Taking the floor for their first tour Down Under since their inception 26 years ago, Singapore’s Impiety beat down a crushing display of power and riffs. Adorned in leather and spikes, bassist and frontman Shyaithan towered above all, ripping out crushing riffs and hellish growls, whilst newly acquired guitarist Naziz Aziz stared down the rabid crowd. After twenty six years, the band haven’t changed the formula for writing a crushing riff. Whilst this is far from a bad thing, the set did tend to meander into repetitiveness. This didn’t mean a thing to the audience, with one incredibly enthused punter fist pumping the air and running himself rampant. "Atomic Angel Assault" and the crushing groove of "Ravage and Conquer" rounded out their set.
Pushing my way to the front of the now quite packed Sando, I awaited the assault that was Goatwhore. Opening with the brutal "Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word", the crowd collectively lost their shit as Louis Benjamin Falgoust II commanded the stage with an iron claw. "Carving Out the Eyes of God", "Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult" and "An End to Nothing" all showed why this band is widely hailed as one of the most destructive forces in death metal. Sammy Duet shredded his guitar whilst Zack Simmons and James Harvey held down the rhythm section. All eyes were on Falgoust though as his cold eyes pierced the room from behind his mess of hair. Closing with "Death to the Architects of Heaven" and the face melting "Apocalyptic Havoc", the audience was left aurally fucked.
Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word
Collapse in Eternal Worth
In Deathless Tradition
Carving Out the Eyes of God
Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
To Mourn and Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways
When Steel and Bone Meet
Graveyards and Dead Angels
An End to Nothing
Invert the Virgin
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