29-Apr-2012 Venom @ the Agincourt Hotel, Sydney
April 28, 2012
Supports: In Element, Engage the Fall, Ennui Breathes Malice
Reviewed by Brian Giffin
Tonight Sydney's premier metal nightclub Venom hosted the launch party for the latest issue of Heavy magazine, and fresh from doing the Melbourne launch last week, Segression were up to the task with some help from a couple of rising local bands and some tourists from South America.
First up tonight was Ennui Breathes Malice whom I missed, so opening honours for this review go instead to In Element, who are out here on from Argentina on an extremely low-key tour. Apparently tonight's show was the biggest crowd they'd played to in Australia so far, which is a shame because Venom's band room doesn't fit very many and it was barely full, but they were obviously enjoying the chance to do some shows in an foreign country. Their take on the melodic death metal/metalcore style is nothing out of the ordinary but they have catchy riffs and Santiago Cánepa switched between a thrashy scream and death growl pretty flawlessly. Drummer Pablo Bueno was the stand out for me. He was tight and inventive and so effortless he actually looked bored.
Segression followed without much ado or ceremony, kicking off with "5th of the 5th" and going on to deliver a powerhouse, no-nonsense set. Despite the rather smallish crowd, the band as usual gave it their all, an energetic and punishing performance from all involved. With original guitarist Sven Sellin back in the live line-up in place of Shane Partridge there seemed to be slightly less emphasis on soloing than the last time I saw them almost exactly a year ago, but other than that Segression were their usual, passionate selves and their 12-song show went by much too quickly.
Western Sydney's Engage the Fall are shamelessly metalcore, but getting damn good at it. These young blokes have worked and played hard recently and really stepped up a few notches since I saw them at a gig in the Blue Mountains last March. They haven't lost any of their youthful energy or enthusiasm for simply being in stage, but they've tightened up greatly. Both vocalist BJ and guitarist Mark Dadic know how to work the steadily growing crowd they are attracting too. Engage the Fall pulled off a pretty decent, solid set to finish off the night; a band to watch from the Sydney scene for sure.
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