As the reports start rolling in from all the Soundwave shows the first one we can show you is from Brisbane. It’s was evident early on that stages 4 and 4a would steal the show. Without a doubt one of the best opening 3 hours or so of a festival I have ever seen. Check out some of the pics below. Amon Amarth, Mushroomhead, Five Finger Death Punch, The Black Dahlia Murder and Testament kicked off the day with probably the best opening 3 hours you will see at any festival worldwide. Of particular note Mushroomhead and FFDP proved that it does not matter what time slot, or set length you have. They proved this by owning their time slots and crushing those in attendance with just plain old brutal sets full of energy. To those in MELBOURE, ADELAIDE and PERTH this is your warning. Get there early enough to watch this. You won’t regret it.
Fiver Finger Death Punch
We managed to catch some of the set from Scottish Rockers Biffy Clyro and they busted their ass as well proving why the are one of the biggest rock names in Europe today. Front man Simon Neil baking in the Australian heat. Working through their plethora of hits they made sure those gathered on the main stage were happy. It was plain for all to see why they are such favorites on the European circuit.
The Living End set was perfectly positioned as the early afternoon chill out session as they rocked their way through familiar classics. It was singalong heaven for most of the punters as these well oiled Australian rock legends gave a taste of the quality we have on our very own shores. Quickly we left the Living End set to descend back the madness that is GWAR. Complete with blood bath, Dicks, decapitated politicians and and more blood this is an experience that everyone should be a part. Bring a poncho ….or NOT and get doused with the madness and sheer beauty that is GWAR!!!!!
As Gwar played on, we got to catch the mighty fine Norwegian Black Metallers Satyricon. Having interviewed Frost earlier in the week it was great to see these legends of Black Metal still doing what they do. Satyr still in his element at the helm with the custom driving sound that help define a generation of Black Metal bands.
As the afternoon started getting in it was time for a change of pace as we headed to catch Panic At The Disco as they rocked Stage 3. They are polished live and have a rather passionate fan base as my ear drums found out very early on in the set. If my ear drums copped a fan battering at Panic at the Disco it copped a further battering from fans on the main stage with A Day To Remember. This band never disappoints. From the opening bell they powered through a set that spanned their discography and it’s obvious why Soundwave invite them back. They play a kick ass show and considering some of their label issues over the last few years it’s great to see these guys back on the road doing what they do best. Jeremy up front is as good as ever and seems to be going to another level again with is energetic vocal delivery.
Panic at The Disco
A Day To Remember
As evening began to descend, we managed to take in sets from Pennywise, Alice in Chains, Suicide Silence, Down and of course the big 3 hour session from Green Day. Suicide Silence performed a special set that takes their journey to the next chapter. Moving on after the passing of their front man “Mitch Lucker” it was great to see them perform with new mic man Eddie Hermida. Of course it sounds different from a vocal perspective, but the brutality of the band at it’s core sounds as good as ever. A special set for those gathered in Brisbane as they paid tribute to the past and showed us what they have for the future. Greenday capped off a great day playing a massive 3 hour set that included some great covers from AC/DC and Queen. The set included all the classics from Dookie, Nimrod and American Idiot. A nice touch with some great fan interaction and appearances so on all levels, Bravo SW 2014. Melbourne, Ads and Perth. Get your shit together and get a ticket!!!
Alice In Chains