Reverence Australian Tour (Canberra, ACT)

25 October 2018 at UC Refectory

Canberra melted before the brutal triple assault of Thy Art Is Murder, Killswitch Engage and proud Aussie boys, Parkway Drive, last night with the kick off of the Reverence Australian Tour.

A line that stretched for almost 600m was what I was faced with when arriving at UC Refectory last night with hundreds of punters, wearing their metal colours proudly.  The line moved quite quickly for its size and I was inside just as the opening act was kicking off.

Thy Art Is Murder were first up and played a tight set to the crowd that was already in.  It was loud, it was heavy and the crowd sang along as they warmed them up nicely.

Next, as the fog machine really cranked up was Killswitch Engage. Jesse Leach and the boys pounded the stage playing favourites such as This Is My Curse.  Jesse went down in the pit area trying to hang with the front rows of the crowd while singing away. At one point he asked who was seeing Killswitch for the first time and most of the crowd were breaking their duck. You could see it meant a lot to him and the band, the support they were getting.  Killswitch left the crowd wanting more and more than suitably warmed up for Parkway.

During stage setup, the PA played a multitude of Aussie bands like Goanna, Divinyls, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite. The crowd, feeling particularly patriotic, sang along in fine voice until they saw the boys from Parkway take the walkway above the crowd to come down to the stage. Then it was all about Parkway.

Parkway Drive hit the stage and immediately the crowd erupted, the mosh pit went mad and the energy in the place soared tenfold.  They were loud, there was an amazing light display, lots of fog and flames. Did I mention the pyro… The band played a number of their hits and songs from the new album, with hearty crowd participation all throughout.  Whether it was singing along, moshing, circle pitting or just hanging up the back and taking it all in, the boys from Byron Bay put on a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes of music for the crowd.  Winston McCall was very appreciative of the sold out UC Refectory for kicking off their Australian tour in style. He worked them up into such a frenzy that there was a massive circle pit that kicked off running around the pylons within the venue.  I don’t think there would be a single person who left the venue feeling disappointed last night.

Line-up: Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Thy Art Is Murder

Reviewer: Paul Kerr
Photocredits: Hold Still Photography