Colossvs + To The Grave + Blind Oracle + Burning Season
Hermanns Bar, Sydney
18 December 2015
Review & Photos by Jessica Miller
Hermann’s Bar was pretty sparse at the beginning of the night, a line-up of 4 bands failed to draw in a decent crowd for the first act Burning Season. They played an immensely short, heavy set in almost complete darkness. Donating profits from the night to domestic abuse charity, Bonnie- seemingly out of place at a core show, but a truly wonderful gesture.
Newcastle lads, Blind Oracle, were next up. Straight out of 2006. Crab walks, massive breakdowns and the stench of filthy, cheesy, sweat-soaked Vans. Singer Brodie Paul decided to tug at the heart strings, and talk about his mental state over the past 6 months. A harrowing experience, which contributed significantly to their newer material. They appeared unnerved by the somewhat embarrassing, audible click track through the P.A and performed their staple prog/ deathcore to a growing audience.
To the Grave, deathcore from “just around the corner” took the stage. Relatively small front man, Dane Evans, had brought his very own platform to leer over the crowd – constantly encouraging crowd participation, in both vocals and the pit. Second song in, bassist Matt Clarke had the unfortunate experience of snapping his strap, but was quickly assisted by Blind Oracle’s Paul. An impressively huge sound for local kids.
By the time Colossvs reached their set, Hermann’s was now full of the ageing disaffected youth, whose prime was clearly at Blacktown’s PCYC ten years ago. This was the final leg of the 2014-15 Colossvs tour. The Melbournians would be playing their album Unholy in its entirety.
Venturing into skull crushing territory, the 4 piece utterly slaughtered the audience. Christburner was the definite favourite of the night. With each song, singer Lochlan Watt became increasingly more attractive and I, even with earplugs became increasingly deafened. There was a significant hype about them before their set, and the boys certainly didn’t disappoint. Colossvs were torturingly HEAVY.