Brisbane born five piece Chronolyth are our only support for the nights show. Greeted with a roaring crowd, the boys don’t hold back for one second throwing the crowd into a fit of pure brutality. This is my first time seeing and even hearing Chronolyth and man are these guys tight. Vocalist Hamish is a fantastic frontman with his dark and sinister stage presence, he leads some of the best musicians our local scene has to offer.
After only a short wait, DragonForce make their way on stage sending the crowd into raging applause as fans show their love for Britain’s tightest power metal act.
DragonForce have always been on my bucket list of bands to see live, hearing so many things about their incredible live performances and tonight they prove the rumour mill true. The energy they bounce around the room is something to be admired. Each member uses up the stage to its max, moving about, playing off of each other’s momentum and playing with the crowds interactions. Vocalist Marc Hudson speaks of learning how to speak some local languages while on tour, saying he’s trying to learn some Australian. Asking the crowd if he has this right, in his best Aussie accent he asks the crowd “How ya going c***s?” Sending the crowd into fits of laughter and in my own opinion he nails it in every way. They even taking a moment between songs to make mention of Brisbanes very own Viking icon Odin, breaking the crowd into the local cry of repeatedly chanting “YES!” over and over.
They don’t slow down from the moment they hit the stage with ‘Ashes of the Dawn’, the opening track from their most recent release ‘Reaching Into Infinity’, right up until their final moments on stage, keeping the crowd on their toes for the entirety of the show. The set covers their whole career, even encoring with ‘Valley of The Damned’ from their debut 2003 release of the same name. We see them blast through tracks such as ‘Three Hammers’, ‘Edge of The World’ and heavy hitting newby ‘Judgement Day’. Bringing the show to a close with none other than their 2006 epic hit ‘Through Fire And Flames’, the song that brought them to the worlds attention over a decade ago.
As a first timer at a DragonForce show, I’m not underwhelmed at the slightest. Exactly the opposite. I’ve been introduced to a whole new world of onstage fun and professionalism. I want every band to be that fun to watch. I’ll be sure not to make this my last DragonForce experience and definitely catch them at their next tour.