So much has gone into this year’s MUDU and the excitement levels seems to be rising - with the talent on show for this awesome night is set to explode. The build-up is done and tonight it kicks off. I’m in Adelaide about to witness a very special show. Unfortunately, there is a late change to the bill tonight with Seminal Embalment having to pull out but I’m still excited for many reasons. All the bands on the bill I have not seen before. Included in that list are tonight’s headliners In:Extremis. I have listened to their music for 20 years but never seen the madness live.
Kicking off the festivities is Dirty Pagans, a new band but with very recognisable members, each of them known from different respective bands. Dirty Pagans have a sludgy, stoner rock groove. Very catchy tunes reminiscent of the 1970’s styling of Sabbath and the like. A very entertaining beginning to the night.
Skyhammer follow up next with high intensity power metal. The vocals from Steve Labadi are awesome and the intricate guitar melodies are a bit Maiden-like. Unfortunately, part way into their set there were some sound issues. Surprising me they banged out their version of Highway to the Danger zone, bouncing around the venue I was channelling in my inner Maverick.
The Enigma Bar crowd is gradually building up still when Icarus Lives rumble to life. Featuring dual female attack, hauntingly beautiful vocals to the destructive punishment behind the drum kit. This is when I had a fanboy moment, a young band hailing from Perth with a massive future ahead of them, being a relatively unknown band in SA I was unaware of what was to come. The feeling of awe swept over me once they began, such power and potency. The vocals were complimented with a death metal inspired growl. The precision of the guitar work was a sight to behold, but the biggest highlight was witnessing the absolute crushing drumming, this young lady has the chops to give any one a run for their money. A bruising show and I’m feeling very happy right now to have seen the future of heavy music.
Metalcore is on the agenda now with the fearsome Arcadia, local lads that are building a strong following. Intense from the outset these local lads make short work of the set a Metal United Down under. Bruising riff and solid technical breakdowns, Arcadia have the crowd pumping and my neck becoming sore.
Paying homage to the Big 4 of Thrash, Wartooth explode in a fury of breakneck speed and flying hair. The boys who travelled from Brisbane to join us tonight in the magnificent night of metal craziness and are putting on one hell of a display of precision. Not having seen Wartooth before I’m unfamiliar with their material but an enjoying the energy that’s being transferred and I’m sure this is being received back to them too.
Leviatation Hex are somewhat akin to metal super group, made up from current and past member of bands like Alchemist, Alarum and Aeon of Horus. I recognised a few members of the band from other bands. When the band started I was very excited to hear the voice of Adam Agius, ex-vocalist of Alchemist, he has a very unique and very distinctive singing style that gave me chill, loved it. The band has a space prog psychedelia theme which is a fantastic change up in pace. A little slower but packing a solid punch in their own right, Levitation Hex are all so proficient in each of the instruments it was hard not to stand and gaze in admiration whilst they were playing.
Now attention has shifted to the main stage for the last time tonight as headliners. In:Extremis step forward and begin their aural assault, quick lesson to those who don’t know. The band first formed to destroy eardrums in the early 90’s produced a few albums than faded slowly away for whatever reasons. They reformed a year or so ago, began recording new material and are here tonight to reclaim their title as heavyweights in the Adelaide metal scene with a few new members but still crushingly heavy and ripping hard as always.
The front of the stage is a mess of flaying hair as they eradicate the opposition - Extinct Eradicate to be more precise. I have waited a long time to hear songs off Skin Thick Vision and the wait was rewarded with versions of Flesh Test and Blindfold which kicked my ass. The ferocity of In:Extremis is going ballistic as the crowd has hit fever pitch. All I can say is thank you…the madness truly has begun and will be here to stay.
All up tonight has been extremely enjoyable. Those who travelled to be here tonight, thank you and safe travels back to home….until Metal United Down Under 5….good night.