On Thursday the 1st of February one of Australia’s favourite metalcore band’s Northlane kicked off their Queensland tour at the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden. They’ve had a busy year touring globally since releasing their latest album ‘Mesmer’, so it was a pleasure to have them back in Queensland.
Before Northlane took the stage, Brisbane metal heads The Brave opened for their UNFD label mates. It was obvious they had fans in the front row, this gradually grew larger as more got amongst the local band the further they went into their set. Their performance was damn heavy and well prepared the Beer Garden crowd for the monstrous sound of Northlane.
Majority of the Gold Coast crowd were in Northlane merch so I knew this was going to be a tight show between the crowd and headline act. As the band walked on stage to a backing track they exploded into the brutally big ‘Colourwave’ from their latest album, then instantly followed up with the classic ‘Worldeater’. Although it was early into their set, vocalist Marcus already proved why he is one of Australia’s best metal frontmen. His vocal range and deep screams were well displayed when they played their first single as the new line-up ‘Rot’.
Majority of their set consisted of songs from ‘Mesmer’, which were all well accepted by the audience, however classic Northlane will never go unnoticed. ‘Quantum Flux’ will always be one of their classics; I wouldn’t be surprised if the crowds’ scream of “SET ME FREE!” is the craziest thing the Beer Garden has ever witnessed. The only thing capable of topping ‘Quantum Flux’ was the song that started it all for Northlane, the incredibly heavy ‘Dispossession’. The madness caused by that opening riff and breakdown had security worried the venue was about to collapse. Luckily for them, they were already at the end of their set finishing with ‘Intuition’ and ‘Paragon’ before the energy of the band got the best of the crowd.
This was an amazing performance by the Sydney metalcore legends; the technicality of each song was performed to perfection with zero signs of difficulty. It’s good to see their new music fit into their live set so comfortably, mixed in some classics from previous albums. Queenslanders, please attend your nearest Northlane show before they head back overseas, you won’t regret it.
Check out the remaining dates of their tour at: https://www.facebook.com/northlane/
Review by Christian Kafritsas