23 August 2019 at The Basement
It’s a Friday night in Canberra and the crowds are building at The Basement. I arrive and there is a fair line up waiting to get inside. Tonight the place is set to go off with LA metal icons Devildriver, supported ably by Novocastrians Lycanthrope and Massachusetts metallers, All That Remains.
Talking to the staff inside, they are expecting a busy night with over 500 presales, close to capacity. The venue just keeps getting better and better everytime I attend, with several bars to buy from, a great food option (Chompy’s) and a great sound for all patrons.
First up is Newcastle’s own Lycanthrope who proceed to work up the good number of early arrivers into a frenzy. Front man Daniel Greig often taking to the barrier to get up close and personal with the crowd. I hadn’t heard these guys before tonight and I’m impressed by their sound and presence on stage. They should have a good future in front of them and this tour has been an opportunity to crack into a whole new market.
Next up the crowd has built to very close to capacity to see the All That Remains, which I must admit was my main reason for wanting to see this gig. Bounding on stage to their breakthrough hit This Calling, these guys brought a massive amount of intensity to the venue. Powering through an eight-track set that really show them at their powerful best they had the crowd bouncing, clapping and having a great time. They left the crowd wanting more.
That more was the LA metal icons Devildriver. The place was completely packed by now and moving back out of the pit proved a more difficult time as everyone had pushed up front. Devildriver hit the stage to the delight of the crowd and proceeded to rip through a powerful set incorporating favourites like I Could Care Less, Hold Back The Day and Sail as well as a couple of Coal Chambercovers. Front man Dez Fafara cajoling the crowd to open up many times to get the circle pits going. The crowd obliged happily.
All in all a great night and awesome to see the Canberra crowds getting out and packing the place full. If we want more international bands to make Canberra a stop on their tour, keep getting out there and supporting not only these gigs, but all live music.
Line-up: DevilDriver, All That Remains, Lycanthrope
Reviewer: Paul Kerr
Photocredits: Hold Still Photography