Lachlan McLeod

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Kreator Live at 170 Russell

June 5th 2014 09:16



Thrash metal is too focused on the Big 4. Being a huge fan of the genre this is frustrating because so many other bands play this style as well if not better.

This was evident when recently the United Thrash Nation Tour came to Melbourne. This saw the technically brilliant but sadly overlooked Death Angel tour with German thrash legends Kreator. A dream bill for anyone that is a true fan of thrash.

Death Angel began proceedings beautifully. They may be an acquired taste to some, personally I find their style appealing and it is certainly unique. Their set primarily came from their last few releases, which suited me. Hearing songs like Relentless Revolution, Sonic Beatdown and Succubus was rewarding. Tipping me over the edge though was them playing Thrown to the Wolves to close their set. This is the song that got me into the band and has one of the most distinctive riffs I have ever heard.

Somehow I managed to conserve enough energy for Kreator. Having seen them a couple of times, I did go in thinking I might feel like Iím going through the motions. I must have had a brain fade because while they werenít as good as the first time I saw them, they are genuinely one of my favourite bands and from now on I will see them as much as possible.

As much as this is to do with how charismatic frontman Mille Petrozza is, Kreator have a legacy that most bands donít. It also helps that they are still an outstanding live band. It was wonderful to hear old classics like Endless Pain and Pleasure to Kill and it would have been nice to hear a couple more. Having said that what does put Kreator ahead of most bands is that songs from more recent albums are already considered classics too. This was apparent with tracks like Hordes of Chaos and Violent Revolution being as well received by the crowd. Kreator actually donít rely on too many standards, which for fans is unbelievably encouraging as it means youíll hear different songs from tour to tour.

Of course they do have a predictable ending to their shows but I wouldnít want it any other way. Words canít do it justice, Iíll just say that Milleís interactions with the crowd before Flag of Hate is something I could never tire of.

To see either of these bands would have satisfied me, to see both on the same night was exceptional. Hopefully this will lead to more bills like this coming our way. Most importantly though I recommend Death Angel and Kreator to all fans of thrash. You wonít be disappointed.

Death Angel Setlist

Left for Dead
Son of the Morning
Evil Priest
Claws in So Deep
Relentless Revolution
Fallen
Seemingly Endless Time
The Dream Calls for Blood
Caster of Shame
Sonic Beatdown
Succubus
Execution - Don't Save Me
Bored
Thrown to the Wolves

Kreator Setlist

Phantom Antichrist
From Flood into Fire
Warcurse
Endless Pain
Pleasure to Kill
Hordes of Chaos
Riot of Violence
Enemy of God
Phobia
The Patriarch
Violent Revolution
United in Hate
Civilization Collapse
People of the Lie
Flag of Hate
Tormentor
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Crimsonfire Ė Arise To Chaos

April 7th 2014 09:50



Many Australian metal bands hold a significant place in my heart. It is actually difficult to say who is my actual favourite because of the loyalty I have to them. Itís virtually impossible to write anything unbiased and this is certainly the case with Crimsonfireís latest release the EP Arise To Chaos.

Broadly I would say that of all the power metal bands in this country they remain the most underrated. In my world though they are probably the opposite because Crimsonfire are the ones that I rank higher than the rest. And while that statement doesnít come easy, it also kind of does because their style has always been something I appreciate.

While itís been ages since Crimsonfireís self titled debut I would still rate it as one of the finest albums to come out of this country. For years though they have teased crowds with several new songs but sadly no album. I was actually worried that I may never see them release any new music. Mercifully at last Arise To Chaos is here.

With this release Crimsonfire deliver 4 classic songs. The opening track Lies Within is one of the best songs they have ever done. This is the most commercially appealing song they have recorded, which probably hasnít been a strength of theirs in the past. For me though the standout is Oceans Collide. In parts it sounds like something you would expect from a symphonic metal band before transitioning into something you would expect from Deep Purple. While this seems like too many changes in the one song it works beautifully. Give it a few months and Iíll be saying itís my favourite Crimsonfire song.

Unfortunately Arise To Chaos is all over way too quickly. I truly hope it isnít too long until they release a full album because I know they have some killer material floating around. Still one of my mottos is focus on what is not what it isnít. So therefore every power metal fan should have it.

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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.

Top 10 Albums

Soilwork The Living Infinite
Motorhead Aftershock
James Labrie Impermanent Resonance
ReVamp Wild Card
Lord Digital Lies
Ministry From Beer To Eternity
Leaves' Eyes Symphonies Of The Night
Soulfly Savages
Stryper No More Hell To Pay
Saxon Sacrifice

Letís get what didnít quite make it and what was not even considered out of the way first. Mercenary was without doubt the hardest one to leave out. Most years it would have been an automatic inclusion. While a step down the same goes for releases from Death Angel, Megadeth and UDO. The bizarre releases came from Queensryche who managed 2 albums from different lineups. I wonít go into detail about that but it didnít help their cause in my opinion. I think Geoff Tateís version of the band produced an album that was what you would expect that was quite enjoyable. The others were far too hyped and released what I thought was the most overrated album of the year. Something similar to Chinese Democracy. The other bands to release less than spectacular albums were Dream Theater and Sepultura, who both might be incapable of of producing another quality album.

It was one of the first albums I bought for the year, still I couldnít go past Soilworkís The Living Infinite for the album of the year. A double CD that was enjoyable throughout. Motorhead come in second even though I havenít listened to it as much as any of the other albums in the list. I am such a fan of theirs that they donít require many listens to know where it stands. Easily the best thing they have done since Inferno. Totally got into ReVamp on this album to the point I am devastated that their singer Floor Jansen became a permanent member of Nightwish. It was great to be able to slot in local band Lord at number 5 who released possibly their finest album to date. All in all a fantastic year for metal releases.

Best Live Performances

Anthrax
Firewind
Sabaton
Soilwork
KISS
Black Sabbath
Crimsonfire
Vanishing Point
Journey

To be able to witness Firewind, Sabaton, Soilwork, Black Sabbath, Journey and even Nightwish for the first time was a real thrill. There is something special about seeing your favourite bands for the first time. Locally Crimsonfire and Vanishing Point again reinforced that we donít have to go far to see quality metal bands. Itís a shame they donít play more often.

For 2013 there was no way I could go past Anthrax for the performance of the year. Even without John Bush they were the band I wanted to see the most. I had been fortunate enough to see the other 3 of the big 4 but Anthrax had always alluded me. The opportunity to see them literally came out of nowhere and I had a nervous wait frequently looking at my Scott Ian action figure, which stands proudly in my bedroom. After getting word from my mate that he had got us tickets I told him I would kiss him the next time I saw him to thank him. This would come back to haunt me as this would have to take place in an Anglican church after our friends wedding ceremony. Anyway seeing Anthrax for the first time even without them playing any Bush songs was amazing. To yell war dance in unison with Scott Ian as I have so many times at home was an unforgettable experience. I was absolutely exhausted by the end, which is always a sign that I have enjoyed myself way too much.

Best Nights

Firewind/Crimsonfire/Bane Of Winterstorm
Sabaton/Black Majesty/Eyefear
KISS/Motley Crue
Vanishing Point/Damnationís Day/Knightmare

Being the dedicated metalhead I am, I always find it important to focus on the experience of being at a gig. The adrenaline rush that certain bands or songs bring can be so exhilarating that it will keep you going for days. This year Firewind was the standout for this. Aside from the music I will always remember before they started having a serious conversation with my mate about where we were going to position ourselves as we werenít on the side Gus G would be on. Feeling secure where we were we decided not to move but I was disappointed. After the gig almost in tears I said to my mate thank God we didnít move because Bob Katsionis was awesome. The atmosphere of their encore was superb. Throw in Crimsonfire who supported them and you have pretty much a perfect night of metal.

I thought after seeing Sabaton, that this night would have been the best of the year. For a start Black Majesty along with members of Sabaton and Eyefear did a killer version of Dream Evilís The Book Of Heavy Metal. People who werenít there definitely missed out. When it came to Sabaton I was far more impressed than I anticipated. I was so caught up in the moment that during Primo Victoria I actually tried to jump along with the crowd. It is this kind of ridiculousness like this that goes along way to making the best nights of metal for the year obvious.

And if there was one moment at a gig that exemplified this it was at KISS. After they kicked in to Crazy Crazy Nights I kissed my mate with the same excitement after seeing him for the first time after he purchased Anthrax tickets for us. To sum up the stupidity I considered this the weakest song they played but my favourite part of the concert, which still makes sense to me.

Not sure what 2014 has in store for the the world of metal. I know that it will be difficult to be better than 2013.
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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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Megadeth - Super Collider

July 25th 2013 10:32
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UDO - Steelhammer

June 27th 2013 10:20


Before reviewing the music on UDOís latest album letís take a moment to reflect on the title. Steelhammer. Arguably one of the best names for a metal album even if itís so obvious that it should have been used before. Saxon and Manowar will be filthy they didnít come up with it first


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