Void of Vision were first support for Chelsea Grin at the 02 Institute this evening. Interviewing band members Jack and James before the show, albiet in a venue quite audibly progessing through soundchecks, I noticed that these are just your everyday early twenties lads. Down to earth and chatty, the guys even offered to assist me carrying the lighting equipment from and back to my car.
Australian metalcore band Void of Vision released their debut album Children of the Chrome in September 2016, with their song ‘//’ featuring vocals from Drew York (Stray from the Path). Since then, the band embarked on their own headline tour of Australia and appeared in RockSound Magazine after a string of strong live performances in the outback.
Lead singer Jack, earlier stating his appreciation for fellow Aussie hardcore band Hellions, took very little time in showing his energetic vibe on stage; screaming with conviction and commanding early arrivers to open a pit very early on. Exciting stuff when paired with catchy hooks and meaningful lyrics.
The entire band had some nice additions to their set which visually worked; synchronised headbanging and spinning, which has also played a part in their music video to their song ‘Sunrise’; a Children of the Chrome gem.
Their set was a welcome addition to the night and if the band retain their down to earth attitute and passionate live performances they will be one to watch for the future.
Betraying the Martyrs arrived on stage to the guttoral chugging of a guitar accompanied by a symphonic hymn backing track; blasting their title song ‘Lost for Words’ from their new album The Resilient released last month. The strong start only picked up more velocity when they played ‘Man Made Disaster’ second.
Chelsea Grin took very little time setting up afterwards and were evidently keen to get on with things. Their setlist saw 7 songs from their 2016 ‘Self Inflicted’ album, relentless in it’s pace and brutality; very much resembling their older heavier style. ‘Skin Deep’ and ‘Clickbait’ being songs I enjoyed seeing performed live.
Singer Alex Koehler and Bassist Jake Harmond had smiles on their faces for a large portion of ‘Playing with Fire’ from their technical ‘Ashes to Ashes’ album; probably because the crowd loved every second of it and were very vocal about it. The other song played from this album ‘Angels Shall Sin, Demons Shall Pray’ went down equally well.
Violently throwing in two songs from their 2011 record ‘My Damnation’ towards the end of their set; the band kept things rolling with Alex’s highs getting increasingly demonic. The song ‘The Foolish One’ gave us all a breakdown to behold; with the piercing, djenting chugs we all know and love.
They kept us waiting up until the very end before unleashing ‘Recreant’; a song which energised everybody in the room and ensured everyone went home sweaty (and most likely aching).
Chelsea Grin took us through the bands history tonight, more or less starting with newer stuff and progressing back through time and it was worth every minute.
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