Bring Me The Horizon are touring the Australian east coast in support of their hugely successful ARIA #1 album amo. If that wasn’t exciting enough along for this wild ride are fellow country men You Me At Six and Frank Carter And The Rattle Snakes plus our very own countrymen Trophy Eyes.
Trophy Eyes waste no bring the raucous to the stage opening with the gang vocal sing along You Can Count On Me. The short but sweet set ended with their latest single Friday Forever, A absolute charging anthem getting us pumped for the night ahead.
When Frank Crater and The Rattle Snakes take to the stage you know this is a band that came to ROCK n ROLL . This has to be one of the biggest stages I have seen them play and I know from seeing them on previous tours Frank likes to be up amongst the fans. He wastes no time getting amongst the arena floor crowd by taking a walk amongst the people being raised high by those in the front row, doing a hand stand on some punters head before getting back on stage. The commanding and mesmerising front man really getting the crowd amped up changes up the set list and on the track Jackals he jumps on to the floor and leads the crowd in one big circle pit that goes all the way up the back and around the sound desk and that Franks says ” is how you become the best support band.” He ain’t wrong, they close out their explosive, jaw-dropping and energetic set with Devil Inside Me and I Hate You.
You Me At Six hit the stage and decide to get things done right starting off with circle pits opening all over the floor to stadium rock sounding Fast Forward. They back that track up with a new one called 3AM, taken from their current album VI the song is an instant crowd favourite. What happens later in the set would be the highlight for sure as they welcome on stage the man of the hour Olly Sykes to scream on his part in Bite My Tongue we are all now off the edge of our seats standing in applause as we scream along. With their relentless melodies and frenetic guitar work, You Me At Six really had left us with a taste for wanting more.
Bring Me The Horizon erupt on to the stage with a lights and stage show that is bigger then anything I have ever seen from this band. The opening track is the powerful single Mantra off latest album amo. The crowd was more than ecstatic as they sang along to every lyric.
The band is very much aware that their fans think they have gone soft and frontman Olly Sykes calls them out saying “that it makes him laugh to hear that and the only thing that look soft to him is the mosh pit in front of him and tells us to stop embarrassing our selves“. And with that speech spurring us on, circle pits begin to open up all over the arena floor fans going their hardest and creating chaos for tracks such as House Of Wolves and Shadow Moses.
In what can only be described as a bit of a Bohemian Rhapsody moment the crowd begin stomping their feet and clapping their hands and chant S, P, I, R, I, T, let’s hear it !!! The crowd just couldn’t let the show go on with out chanting for a shoey, the frontman citing we are fucking disgusting, but obliges the roaring crowd with some support from band mate Jordan Fish. Now the show could go on and finish with the only acoustic moment of the night the beautifully haunting Drown in what was an amazingly special live music moment, the crowd led chorus easily drowning out the singer himself (much to the genuine delight on his face).
For the encore they come out and hit us with three more tracks and with every single one of them Olly just delivered an even more powerful and raw performance, it was like he just channelled every aspect of emotion that had inspired him to write them. Doomed, Medicine and the set finale of Throne, in which he threw himself into the crowd who caught him with waiting arms.
Bring Me The Horizon are a band that knows what they’re doing when it comes to their live shows. Specifically playing tight as fuck musicianship amidst a metalcore sound that is more experimental, more varied and filled with skyscraper-sized singalong choruses that had every fan in the arena bouncing and moshing along. Proving without a doubt, they are one of the most exciting and successful rock bands of their time.
Review – Chad Heard
Photo Gallery – Christian Ross