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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and KILL DEVIL HILL

THE MISFITS LIVE AT THE AMPLIFIER BAR JANUARY 19 2014

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and KILL DEVIL HILL

METRO CITY, PERTH WA AUSTRALIA

APRIL 16 2014

The last show on the Australian tour for metalcore heavyweights Killswitch Engage arrived in Perth and while it was business as usual at their end, opening band on the tour was heavy rock group Kill Devil Hill who were on their first tour of Australia since their formation only a few years ago. The most notable thing about this band aside from the fact that they are a superbly great band is that the bass player is none other than Rex Brown from legendary metal band Pantera. While Rex and co are insistent that this is not the same band as that nor should it be, it can't be helped by some fans who are quite clearly drawn to the show by this connection. But as we found out on Wednesday night, even those fans had to be impressed by what they saw and admit that this ain't no Pantera.

Surprisingly no opening act for the two bands for the night which served Kill Devil Hill as the openers. Straight into it, we saw the band come out and try to prove themselves to the complacent Perth crowd early on, singer Dewey Bragg reaching out to the crowd on numerous occasions to get things going. It took a while but midway through the show they finally won the crowd over. It should be noted that original drummer Vinny Appice who is known for his work with Dio and Black Sabbath is no longer in the band which may have surprised a few people at the show, but instead former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was behind the kit. Opening the show with "No Way Out", the opening track off their latest album "Revolution Rise" with it's intro tape and then into a steady groove of rocking riffs, it was a solid start to their Perth debut.

 

Several tracks off their new album continued the show including "Leave It All Behind" a nice blend of heavy and melody before launching into "War Machine" off their debut album which is probably the best track this band has put out. "Rise Of The Shadows" featured a nice bass solo from Mr Brown which was superceded by a rowsing introduction from Dewey about who Rex Brown is. As if noone in the crowd knew that already! But it did get the biggest noise of the night so far which really says a lot about the impact Pantera has had on the metal world. Finishing things off for the night with a rowdy rendition of Pantera's "Mouth For War" really cemented this band into everyone's mind as a band that people should be very aware of, that Kill Devil Hill is the real deal.

Headliners KillSwitch Engage hit the stage not long after and it was a brutal hour and a half of the heavy stuff. Their blend of melody and chugging riffage has made this band one of the leaders in the metalcore world and this night didn't change any of that. Coming onstage to a techno/hip hop beat which quickly turned into "A Bid Farewell", the band set out to pulverise the crowd which had by this stage turned into a heaving moshpit in front of the band. The set relied heavily on their latest album "Disarm The Descent" with tracks like "Beyond The Flames" and "You Don't Bleed For Me", all which fit perfectly with their back catalogue.

 

Not too many songs from the early albums made their way out but the crowd didn't seem to care as the band cherry picked some of the heavier songs from their later releases. It was good to see original vocalist Jesse Leach back in the band as I always thought he was a better singer, his range much more fluid switching from clean to monster vocal styles. Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz was his usual hilarious self, his stage antics and mic banter really one of the highlights of the show, even making others in the band smirk a bit.

As the band belted out the final song for the night, we were quickly reminded why this band is still one of the best in the metalcore business. Even if you aren't a fan of this style of music, respect has to be given to one of the pioneers of a difficult genre which can test people's ears a lot of times.

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe | Photos by Mark Diggins April 2014

 

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