Lachlan McLeod

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Dream Theater Live At The Palais

November 20th 2014 15:42



I am a sucker for punishment. I have been a long time fan of Dream Theater and they truly are a favourite yet they are a cause of pure frustration. This is mostly due to the fact that I have never seen them play Metropolis a song, which has a special place in my heart. I thought this time I would have the best chance as I thought their 3 hour set would be a greatest hits show.

Dream Theater began with The Enemy Inside from there recent self titled album which was great. Following up with The Shattered Fortress I was pretty pleased. From there though it was a mixed affair The Looking Glass being the standout of the early going

After a brief interval that saw a video package that included comical advertisements for action figures of the bands (which had me wishing they existed) they returned and played 5 songs from Awake. This was incredible and much more to my liking. Lie being the best of them. Certainly made me want to revisit the album.

What really got me though was the encore, which was 4 songs from Scenes From A Memory, getting the combination of Overture 1928 and Strange Dťjŗ Vu was something I will never forget.

Sadly though it all came to an end without Metropolis, not even As I Am. Again like every other time Iíve seen them I left flat not exhilarated the way I leave most gigs

The torture of being a Dream Theater a fan continues. Iíll see them again with trepidation. It would be nice to be excited to go, maybe one day.

Set list

The Enemy Inside
The Shattered Fortress
On the Backs of Angels
The Looking Glass
Enigma Machine
Trial of Tears
Along for the Ride
Breaking All Illusions

Act 2

The Mirror
Lie
Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
Scarred
Space-Dye Vest
Illumination Theory

Encore

Overture 1928
Strange Dťjŗ Vu
The Dance of Eternity
Finally Free
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Vanishing Point Live At Evelyn Hotel

September 25th 2014 09:25
I have many fond and strange memories from the countless times Iíve seen Vanishing Point. A favourite being when they supported Iron Maiden and I nearly had a panic attack on arrival because I thought I would miss them. To this day I remember the feeling of relief when I got to my spot to find Lauren Harris finishing her set. Yes they are very special to me.

It was like deja vu when I recently saw Vanishing Point launch their new album Distant Is The Sun. Only this time there was no relief just complete frustrated as I missed Damnations Day because the taxi didnít turn up on time.

In fact I was barely inside when Vanishing Point kicked into Two Minds and One Soul. They ripped through their set leaving me wanting more. As expected plenty of new songs, the title track, When Truth Lies and the ultra catchy Denied Deliverance were spectacular. None of them sounding out of place. My personal favourite though was I Within I, which gets me every time. My only complaint was that Vanishing Point didnít play long enough. They are at a point where an hour just doesnít do them justice.

Cruelly Crimsonfire came on next after many had left. They began with the Nightwish classic Dark Chest Of Wonders, which was a nice touch. They are continually improving but again their set was way too short. Without question Silent Rain was the standout. Sadly this was the last performance with their longtime drummer Dom, he will be missed.

Anytime I see either Vanishing Point or Crimsonfire I feel privileged. To see both on the same night was amazing. Lineups like this donít happen nearly enough. Oh and definitely get Vanishing Pointís Distant Is The Sun, itís a must have.
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Voyager = V

July 31st 2014 12:08



Without doubt one of the best live bands in the world is Australiaís own Voyager. Anyone who has witnessed one of the shows knows what Iím talking about. Their energy is something most bands would kill for.

So far though they have been unable to transform their live prowess into a memorable studio album. With their recent release V (a rather unimaginative title) they do come mighty close. It combines everything that make Voyager such a unique band.

And this is possibly why they are difficult to review. While there is enough heaviness, to the point that the music seems to have been influenced by Soilwork, there are undeniable pop elements to the songs, which could leave people divided.

I happen to like Voyager and while there are some flat spots in the middle V is their best album to date. The standout track is A Beautiful Mistake, which contains female backing vocals that adds a new dimension to the sound. The other song worth mentioning is The Morning Light. An instant classic that you will be singing along to from the first listen.

Voyager will probably forever be a band that will not be to everybodyís liking. That is the world of progressive metal and how fans will react is anyoneís guess. I however am impressed with V and if you have never heard anything by Voyager before this wouldnít be the worst place to start.

8 / 10
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Kreator Live at 170 Russell

June 5th 2014 09:16
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Crimsonfire Ė Arise To Chaos

April 7th 2014 09:50
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Metal Reflections 2013

February 6th 2014 09:57
I planned to do this earlier because 2013 will become a distant memory. I ended up taking my time to properly listen to all the CDs I considered to be the best of the year. This definitely stalled the process given that I felt 2013 was stacked with great albums making it difficult to choose the top 10, which is not usually the case. It was also a memorable year for gigs, with many being in that unique class where I will cherish them for the rest of my life. Sadly 2013 will forever be remembered as the year Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away. This was an absolute tragedy. Hanneman is responsible for some of the best music I have ever heard and I still find it difficult to comprehend that I will never see him play live again.

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Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night

January 13th 2014 11:48
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Vanishing Point Live At The Central Club

November 17th 2013 12:06
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Soilwork Live At Billboards

October 17th 2013 11:29
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Black Sabbath - 13

September 5th 2013 10:37
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