Photos by Damien Crocker (@damien_crocker)
It’s Wednesday, August 28th and it’s time for some heavy metal. Dez Fefara has brought his band Devildriver down to Austalia for a tour and has brought along All That Remains with them. This should be a very loud, very hectic show.
Lycanthrope opened the night with a set that made me believe they were out of their mind, as if they thought they were actually headlining. What a set. These Metalcore New South Welshmen absolutely tore the stage up. They made me believe that the headliners would have a hard time following them. Their lead singer Daniel Greig reminded me of a young Eddie Vedder with how he dressed and the passion and charisma he showed, vocals of course sounding much different, but he could do it all – clean and hard. They were one of the most impressive opening acts ive seen since I started reviewing shows, they were balls to the wall! Reminded me very much of Killswitch Engage, but with even more energy. They had 3 guitarists which was interesting, and they all brought such energy to the set, they were tight like a tiger. Good job boys.
Next up was All That Remains. They weren’t messing around either. This double headline show was certainly a match made in heaven. From start to finish this band were relentless, they were a shade below Devildriver but damn were they close to taking the gold on this night. Each band were just upping the ante so much. This reviewer learned his lesson not bringing earplugs because.. damn, this was a LOUD show. ‘Fuck Love’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’ and ‘Two Weeks’ were highlights of this set. Their drummer Jason Costa is a monster, I was particularly impressed with his prowess throughout the set.
Capitol is a good music venue because the sound is great but I for one hope one day they move the bar to the other side of the venue because getting to the toilet is horrible once it’s a full house. To be honest, it’s a nightmare getting a drink too. When Capitol is full, it’s a fairly uncomfortable experience because it’s just hard to get anywhere inside comfortably. Great staff though.
Devildriver is the reason everyone is here tonight. This venue is packed to the damn rafters to see this band do their thing. Its crazy how absolutely electric this audience was on the night, it’s the beauty of heavy metal. The energy in the room is one to behold, because this kind of relentless craziness from a band is few and far between, right? Props to the lighting guy for his work on this show too, it adds so much to the chaotic atmosphere. Devildriver opened with ‘Ruthless’ which was the single from their 2013 album Winter Kills, followed by ‘Grinfucked’ from their 2005 album ‘The Fury of Our Makers Hand’. Cry for Me Sky (Eulogy of the Scorned) was another early highlight from their 2003 debut album. ‘Hold Back the Day’, ‘I Could Care Less’, ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’ – all from the first 3 albums filled out the middle of the set as Devildriver started to steal the show.
‘My Night Sky’ from their 2016 effort ‘Trust No one’ was next followed by a cover of AWOLNATION’s ‘Sail’ which tore the roof off. Before the Hangman’s Noose was next, another early track. They were focusing mainly on earlier material on the evening so it seemed before going even further back to bring out 2 covers from Dez’s old band Coal Chamber ‘Loco’ and ‘Fiend’ which I think, to be perfectly honest with you, these were the 2 highlight songs of the night. I knew ahead of time it would happen but I think many in attendance didn’t see it coming so it got a pretty good pop from the audience.
‘Clouds Over California’ from their 2007 album ‘The Last Kind Words’ finished off the night in style. But again, much focus on earlier material, and nothing from their covers album from last year ‘Outlaws ’til the End, Vol. 1′. That’s not to matter though, it really was an epic evening! Dez Fafara should be proud of where he’s at and where Devildriver are headed, and I think it’s great he throws some Coal Chamber in there to show respect to the past and where he’s been as a treat for the fans. Devildriver are as good as they have ever been!