Suffocation, Amplifier Bar, Perth, 13th February 2007, Supported by Grotesque and Claim The Throne
Just a mini review to go with the photos. Unfortunately, by the time I got in there Claim The Throne were just finishing so excuse the lack of coverage and photos of them. By the time Grotesque took to the stage there was a fair number of people in the Amplifier Bar, and once they started delivering their style of brutal death metal everyone in the room had realised what an impressive example of this Grotesque are. Of course, those of us that had seen them before and were familiar with their work were well aware of this already – from their inception they've rapidly become one of the most respected metal bands currently active in Perth. Those impressed by the talent of Grotesque shall be pleased to hear they are currently recording and shall have a full length debut album released soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Crowd shots during Grotesque
Having seen Suffocation a few months back in Germany at the Up From The Ground metal festival I was interested to see them in a more intimate venue setting. It was great seeing them on a big stage surrounded by thousands of metalheads, but there is nothing quite like seeing an awesome band in your home town. Not to mention for the European tour they were minus guitarist Terrance Hobbs, as he had a problem with his passport (I heard it was stolen just before they were set to leave), and bassist Derek Boyer was suffering from a broken leg.
So here they were back in fine form and they put on a mind blowing performance. Playing a full complement of songs from their back catalogue such as Breeding The Spawn, Catatonia, Souls To Deny, Effigy Of The Forgotten, and as predicted by local aficionado of metal and huge Suffocation fan, AL – "They'll definitely play Pierced From Within, ay". Of course, there were plenty of tracks off their awesome latest self titled release as well, including Abomination Reborn, Bind Torture Kill, Entrails Of You and Translucent Patterns Of Delirium.
They are a crowd orientated band as well, giving them what they want and taking the opportunity to shake hands with the punters when they could, and vocalist Frank Mullen made apparent their appreciation of the fans and showing a genuine enjoyment of playing in Australia. Soundworks Touring deserving a huge thanks for once again bringing a fantastic international metal band down to Australia, and obviously knowing how to treat them while they're here.
All in all a fantastic show that did not disappoint.