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Gig Review: Thy Art Is Murder + supports, Sydney

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Thy Art Is Murder + Aversions Crown + Feed Her To The Sharks + Colossvs
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
17 October 2015
Review and photo by Steve Jenkins

Hometown heroes Thy Art Is Murder return after constant overseas touring in the States and Europe, and this time they’ve brought some friends along.

We kick off the evening with Melbourne band Colossvs who took to the stage with a dark and ominous presence as the crowd started to fill the venue. A heavy set with no mucking around as vocalist Lochlan Watt urged the fans on, which they seemed to react to. These guys are destined for success, and with a short but extremely pleasing set like this one it was clear that they belonged on this bill and hopefully many more to come.

As the evening rolled on, more and more people of all ages made their way into the venue as another Melbourne act Feed Her To The Sharks showed Sydney what they’re made of. You could tell these guys were seasoned veterans of the metalcore game with a very well executed set featuring massive production and breakdowns that sent shockwaves from the front to the back. The vocalist even summoned a wall of death which is always fun. The energy levels were high by this point and the crowd was definitely pleased with what they had just witnessed.

Nobody could prepare for what Aversions Crown were about to unleash. The Brisbane six-piece tore The Factory Theatre a new one with a bombardment of brutal tech-death loaded with breakdowns from another dimension. Opening with the crushing Vectors, their set was full of non-stop ferocity with The Glass Sentient being the highlight. Vocalist Mark Poida commanding the onlookers to move and go crazy at every opportunity. With heads crushed and minds blown, it’s quite clear that this AustrALIEN ensemble is one of the countries finest in their own right.

Last but certainly not least was crowd favourites Thy Art Is Murder who have turned their onstage presence into a fine craft. Emerging from the darkness and straight into Absolute Genocide, which sent fans into a frenzy of flying limbs and bodies. Crushingly heavy from start to finish, with crowd pleasers Whore To A Chainsaw, The Purest Strain Of Hate and Reign Of Darkness turning the venue upside down. Moshers made their way outside of the pit beaten and bruised, with some holding their bloody noses after the mayhem that ensued. Closing with Holy War before leaving an unholy imprint on those who attended. With countless shows and touring, it’s made Thy Art an unstoppable force that will not be reckoned with.


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