This show was like no other, marrying the concept of concert and theatre whilst performing experimental rock to a seated audience.
With a boxing ring set as the central focus on stage, the characters of Luchafer launched into a wrestling match while a trippy remix of Queen B chanted in the background.
There was a five minute break, and the concert was on as Carina Round and Maynard James Keenan took to the ring drawing the crowd in with their reputable harmonies. The band were dynamic with renowned drummer Jeff Friedl placed front of stage, and it was hard to take your eyes off the multitalented Mahsa Zargaran.
Not being one for the spotlight, Keenan was in darkness most of the time much to the fan’s (and photographer’s) disappointment. But described as Keenan’s “creative subconscious” the music was more than enough.
Promoting the new album Money $hot, songs such as The Remedy and The Arsonist were performed with great intensity. But it was the old favourites Toma and Conditions Of My Parole that brought the crowd to their feet. The show ebbed and flowed, with some of the more enchanting songs like Grand Canyon and Horizons taking you to an ethereal place.
It was a feast for the senses as amazing graphics splashed across the screen while the haunting vocals of Round, Maynard and Zargaran delighted our aural faculties.The acting and provocation between the Luchafer characters continued throughout the performance, which at times felt misplaced and distracting. But it was quirky none the less, and the powerfully alluring sounds of Puscifer stood their own.
As the show and the Australian Tour drew to a close, Puscifer closed out with a song from their 2009 EP, The Humbling River, making a humble end to an otherwise grand performance.
Images courtesy of Leisen Standen | Lamp Photography