Even for a Sunday night there is a buzz in the air at the Triffid for one of the most anticipated gigs of the year. It has been a few years since we have seen Ill Nino and Terror Universal and to have both bands touring together down under is something pretty special. Plus, Ill Nino are playing their debut album ‘Revolution Revolución’ from start to finish to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release.
Regardless of there being no local opener, the punters have turned out early for one of the most talked about bands on the scene, Terror Universal, as they tear into a vicious set opening with ‘Welcome To Hell’ from their ‘Reign of Terror EP’. The crowd is instantly moving and, with no barrier between the fans and the stage, what ensues is nothing short of controlled chaos. After seeing the band in their first tour a few years ago, how far they have come since then is undeniable. Even without the masks and imagery they are a powerful band to witness live and frontman Plague’s vocals and stage persona draws your attention and holds it for the duration of their show.
New track ‘Passage of Pain’, which is slated for release in October, sends the pit into a frenzy and if it’s any indication of what’s to come from the rest of the album it is going to be heavy as hell. Terror Universal close their set with a cover of Rob Zombie’s ‘Dragula’ which is a highlight for many fans but for me personally I would have rather have heard another new track from the upcoming album, in saying that their overall set was one of the best I have seen from a band for a long time and no doubt next time they return to our shores will be their own headline run.
As both bands share some of the same members change over is pretty quick and it isn’t long before Ill Nino hit the stage and hold nothing back as they rip into the opening track of the ‘Revolution Revolución’ album ‘God save us’, which by this point has the already warmed up fans bouncing off the walls and singing along.
I still remember when the album was released way back in 2001 and almost everyone I knew had a copy. Hearing and seeing some of the classic tracks such as ‘What Comes Around’ and ‘If You Still Hate Me’ is pretty amazing and shows that these timeless songs still hold a lot of weight when seeing them live.
Even though they have probably played these songs countless times over the years they are tight as hell and they still seem to enjoy performing them and you can see even the band members themselves enthusiastically singing along with frontman Christian Machado throughout the night adding to the hundreds of other voices feeding the positive vibes in the room.
It’s also awesome to see a band that has been around as long as they have been be so humble when it comes to interacting with their fans on and off stage.
This may seem like a bit of a trend of late to see bands play their classic albums in full but it really is an unforgettable experience and a reminder for some of the good times of their youth and an introduction to the younger generation of fans.
As the crowd filtered out all I could see were happy faces, stoked with what they just witnessed and I only feel sorry for anyone who missed such a memorable gig.