Brisbane fans get to witness one of the highlights of 2014
When the double headliner tour with In Flames and Trivium was announced earlier this year it was clear that this was going to be one of the touring highlights of 2014. Very rarely do Australian metal fans get the chance to see two world-class acts on the same stage on the same night. The show in Melbourne was sold out in a flash and the sales for the opening show in Brisbane couldn’t be far behind that. The Tivoli was close to capacity on Wednesday night. The fans eagerly awaited their heroes. A large crowd was already waiting in front the club way ahead of the opening.
Right on time In Flames hit the stage and opened the night. Much has been written about In Flames and the changes of their musical direction in the past. The whole discussion about In Flames has reached a point that will never be resolved. Either you are a fan of their old style or you are a fan of their new style; there doesn’t seem to be another option. But there is. You could just be a fan of good metal shows like the few hundred headbangers that made their way to The Tivoli.
Whether you like it or not: In Flames live on stage is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Their show is intense and brought the Tivoli to boiling temperature from the first minute. In Flames opened the show with ‘Quite Place’ followed by ‘Everything Is Gone’ and ‘Fear Is The Weakness’. These songs set the tone for the rest of the night. In Flames focussed their song choice entirely on the second part of their career but all songs were played a lot heavier than on the studio albums. The crowd thanked the band in return with violent headbanging and the occasional circle pit. The longer the show went on the more crowdsurfers made their way to the front. After 75 minutes In Flames left the stage with the fans wanting more but there was another highlight to follow.
This highlight came in the form of Trivium. Even if you thought the crowd couldn’t get more excited and intense Trivium was there to prove you wrong. As soon the US-quartet stormed the stage the pit went absolutely crazy. Matt Heafy was talkative as always and animated the crowd between the songs. Corey Beaulieu convinced with his harsh vocals and precise solo work. New band member Mat Madiro on drums did fit right in with long-serving band member Paolo Gregoletto on bass, building the solid foundation of Trivium’s sound. Trivium set list covered all six albums of the band and included all the hits the fans came to see. 75 minutes later the crowd was still screaming for more.
Bottom line is that In Flames and Trivium are two world-class acts that kick ass on stage. With their intense live performance they showed the fans in Brisbane what a good metal night is. If you are still undecided hurry up and get your ticket for one of the remaining shows in Australia.
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER – SYDNEY, ROUNDHOUSE– Licensed All Ages
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER – MELBOURNE, 170 RUSSELL – 18+ – SOLD OUT!!
MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER – MELBOURNE, 170 RUSSELL – 18+
TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER – ADELAIDE, HQ – 18+
Tickets are still available at www.oztix.com.au