We didn’t make it early enough to catch all of the sets today, however, we managed to watch a few minutes of Praetoria and we’re glad we did! This band performed some strong metal songs -sometimes very classically metal oritented, others closer to deathcore- that have nothing to envy to their elders. If you like deathcore, go check out their latest EP ‘The New Reign’ and get yourself to a show. Praetoria are brilliant performers and have a lot of fun on stage, which is rather refreshing to watch! The young french metal scene has definitely a lot to give, you just have to look at the right places.
Hands Like Houses aren’t necessarily the best fit for tonight’s line up at first glance, because they’re not really a metal band, to begin with. However, this is also probably what made their performance so pleasant and charming! They brought some fresh air into a good metal evening with their signature experimental rock and roll that emphasizes through lively songs such as Shapeshifters and its catchy chorus lines. The six band members on stage display a lot of energy and positivity, that is so characteristic to australian people and it’s absolutely delightful. By the time Hands Like Houses performed their cover for the song Torn, many people were conquered and rightly so, because their take on it is remarkable. We also noticed a good group of fans in the front rows with whom frontman Trenton Woodley shared the microphone a few times. Hands Like Houses have something different than just the average rock band and their performances always come off as a pleasant surprise. Consisting in a good balance between fast-paced songs and slower tracks such as No Parallels, Hands Like Houses delivered a good set of songs from both of their releases, rounding off their set with their successful single Introduced Species. Let’s not forget to mention the remarkable appearances of some their tourmates from Bury Tomorrow, mid-set, as a traditional end-of-the-tour-prank, which turned the atmosphere into something more friendly and entertaining!
Moments later, the headliners of the night Bury Tomorrow made their entrance into the stage. We couldn’t help but notice all the new faces that made it to this show (comparing to their older Paris gigs for instance). In fact, the band’s latest record ‘Runes’ has brought them many new fans and rightfully so. Taken from this album, the opening track, Man On Fire, set the tone for the rest of the night immediately. The band is as energetic and powerful as ever, displaying some heavy guitar riffs while the drums were building up really strong. As always, we were amazed by Dani Winter-Bates’ impressive screams, and Jason Cameron’s vocals that added the needed contrast and softer side for this performance. Everyone got caught up in the energy, while the moshes and circle pits kept going, and even the laziest ones around were at least ‘headbanging’. Despite the being obviously tired (this was the last show of a pretty long run), Bury Tomorrow remained faithful to themselves, giving their best on stage and connecting with the fans in the front rows, making faces smile. Switching between new and older songs, Bury Tomorrow obviously played more tracks from their last two records, such as Watcher or Royal Blood. To close up this delightful night, the band came back on stage for a one last song, Lionheart, getting the last drops of sweat out of the dedicated fans. Also, as what goes around comes around, the Hands Like Houses guys also crashed the party joining the pit, then taking over Jason’s microphone to sing some lyrics. In sum, it’s always a lot of fun to watch Bury Tomorrow perform and we’re glad this band is still around and is finally getting the recognition they deserve.