There are few bands in extreme music these days that I would consider having a distinct sound, it has become a genre heavy on the agro but light on the originality. Tonight Brisbane gets 2 of the very few bands that are bringing something truly new to (technical) death metal. Tasmania's Psycroptic and Vancouver band Archspire are both true originals in the genre, tonight supported by local up and coming deathsters Kaerulean and Melburnians Hadal Maw.
Kicking things off tonight (to a very sizable and receptive crowd) were Kaerulean who set about the formidable task of getting all those gathered early suitably excited, and I can safely say, JOB DONE! Kaerulean have been kicking about the scene for the past few years, honing their chops and steadily gaining a good following, tonight it's easy to see where all that work has gone, stay tuned for more from these guys!
Hadal Maw have been peddling their brand of progressive death for the best part of 8 years now and never fail to impress. Extremely tight musicianship, great stage presence and the ability to write memorable songs mean that these guys will continue to go from strength to strength.
Archspire are a bit of a curiosity for me, I've come across their stuff online and was quite keen to see how they would be able to pull it off live given they are so musically complex, Drummer Spencer Prewett is an absolute machine and yep absolutely nails it live, from start to finish Archsipire are a sight to behold, although with the crowd packed tight into the crowbar it wasn't the easiest gig to see (and I'm over 6 foot tall).
Vocalist Oliver Rae Aleron has one of the more unique styles in the scene at the moment, it's more akin to a machine gun than it is a voice, He spits the vocals at the audience rather than "sings" and encourages all gathered to "stay tech" throughout the set.
Finally Tasmanian metal heroes Psycroptic take the stage. Having been around for close to 20 years at this point these guys REALLY know how to bring their A game. from the start Psycroptic are head and shoulders above everyone else of the bill for sheer violence, musical variety and overall power. Musically they are extremely tight and focused each song isn't overloaded with pointless noodling (in fact they avoid solos altogether) and despite the sheer density of the songs, each instrument is able to breath and have its own space. There is something very Australian about Psycroptic's sound, (for mine vocally they remind me of Jamie era Damaged, which leaves the cookie monster delivery out and takes it's cues from hardcore more so than metal).
From start to finish Psycroptic pound the crowd with choice cuts from throughout their career never letting up for a second and never letting the energy dip, Then as quickly as it started, they were gone and we were left to stumble home and nurse our wounds and tend to our ringing ears .... great night all round really!