It was one of the most anticipated gigs of the year and, as you’d expect, I hadn’t seen the Hifi this packed in a long time. And rightly so. It’s rare to see a line up like this in Brisbane.The night kicks off with Queensland band Aversions Crown who have been making waves of their own and have recently signed to Nuclear Blast to stand from some of the big names on the scene. Their tour support slot is well deserved and they aren’t letting it go to waste as they hit the stage with confidence and hold their own against the headliners to follow. Aversions Crown is one band to keep an eye on and it won’t be long before they are headlining themselves.The fans erupt as Whitechapel storm the stage and launch into their set with precision and fury. The further the band make their way through their performance, the crazier and more energetic the punters become. Keeping a safe distance, I watched carnage unfold from the mezzanine, where I witnessed one of the most insane pits I’ve seen in a long time. Whitechapel know how to put on a crushing set and leave their hard core fans wanting more.
Tonight truly belongs to Devildriver. The crowd are climbing the walls with excitement and when the band finally hit the stage you can feel it in the floor as the fans move to their heavy grooves. Devildriver are one of the tightest bands you will ever see live and once they start there is no stopping them. Playing songs from their latest album Winter Kills and and other highlights from their career such as the classic tracks ‘I Could Care Less’ and ‘Clouds Over California’ the band know how to keep the punters happy.
Frontman Dez Fafara is in top form and one of the most humble personalities onstage as he is off giving a shout out mid set to Aversions Crown and tour mates Whitechapel. Devildriver are on fire tonight and when the gig wraps up and the room empties the energy left behind still lingers. I feel sorry for anyone who missed the show as it was definitely one of the highlights of the year so far.