Darkcell Brisbane May 2019 (Brisbane, QLD)

18 May 2019 at Crowbar

The final show of the tour to celebrate the release of Darkcell’s self titled album was kicked off with Brisbane locals Torizon. The heavy rock group warmed up the crowd nicely with Mish on vocals & looking ever the Vamp Glamour, Ash and Nick on Guitars, Julio on Bass and Adrian on Drums. They are having a release party for their debut single on 27 July at the Brightside, partnering up with the next band that hit the stage For The Wolves.

I have been following For The Wolves for a couple of years now, with their heavy alternative rock highlighted with Alex Thompsons Synth it is always a pleasure to listen to their sets. They are regulars on the Brisbane live circuit and I always look forward to seeing them. Coming together with their love for Tool – you can hear the inspiration within their sound. They released their first EP Karma last year – give them a listen & check them out live in July at the gig link above: www.forthewolves.com

Goldy Gents Sarah Joh took the baton next with their more heavy rock style. I was impressed particularly with the guitar hooks and style of Shane Hook. With moments of grunge the 4 piece have an interesting song structure. I feel a few more live gigs together will solidify their cohesion and have their songs ending with a shuddering blast. Their enthusiasm is impressive. sarahjoh.bandcamp.com/releases

Brisbane Metalcore kids Virtues screeched their way into the last support slot for the evening. Most certainly core and very popular with a lot of the crowd they are only a fairly new band on the scene beginning in 2018. The 5 piece 2 guitar, bass, vocals and drums got the crowd thrashing and moving like a wonky washing machine on the spin cycle. You can catch them at MoonDoll Metal Fest on the 22 June 2019. They have a new single out called White Willow which you can access here: virtuesau.bandcamp.com/track/white-willow

The crescendo of the night was next. Gold Coast Ghouls Darkcell hit the stage with their theatrical makeup and stage act. Always enjoyable and crowd rousing – I quite enjoy the first single from their latest album Reign of the Monsters. You can definitely hear the Manson, Rob Zombie and NIN influences in their tracks but the heaviness has increased over the past few years, much to my happiness and the double kick of Jay Macabre especially in Hail to the Freaks matches Jesse Dracmans growl which increases to Dani Filth screams at times. Backed up by Rit Derelict on Bass and Postmortem Matt on Guitar they have definitely made their mark in the Gothic Alternative Metal scene. As this was the last show on their Aussie tour they now head off to Camden to support Christian Death and THAT my friends is supporting Goth Royalty! They play a few more shows in the UK and then they head to the biggest worldwide Gothic Festival at Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2019. So I raise my chalice to you my QLD Swampy brothers and wish you all the best on your European onslaught!  Keep up with all Darkcell exploits www.darkc3ll.com/

Line-up: Darkcell, Virtues, Sarah Joh, For The Wolves, Torizon

Reviewer: Tina Summers