10 September at TSB Bank Arena - Wellington
Hard rocking and happy to see us all, Redline fed off the mosh’s energy to get this epic concert off to a roaring start. Playing only a short 20 minute set, they still managed to fire everyone up before Altarbridge hit the stage. They performed well and filled the opening stint like they were headlining the show and the sparse, early crowd responded to them well. Relatively unknown by the sweaty masses, however easily capable of stepping up to the same level of energy as the international acts that followed. It would have been fantastic to let them play a longer set. A strong local act and one to keep an eye on for the future.
After a number of weeks of thrashing their latest plastic I had the expectations set to high for Altar Bridge, a relatively under-promoted international act. Unfortunately the vocalists’ illness reduced their power, and most of the set seemed to disappear into an unremarkable hole - nothing more than a few drawn out ballads with a sprinkling of vocals. I would have loved to see them at full voice and full strength – if they fulfil their promise of returning they would be worth catching up with again just to see them shine.
I didn’t expect to enjoy P.O.D’s set, after their well-known songs being so thrashed by commercial radio, but I was pleasantly surprised by their intensity and skill. They gave exactly what was expected – nothing absolutely stunning however nothing bad either. A respectable international band that unfortunately is almost lost under the weight of their own persona and hype.
Few bands have the confidence to leave their headline track from the new album until after the encore. Disturbed is one of those bands and they still managed to extract as much energy and enthusiasm from the audience on that song as they did with their opening and better known tracks.
Disturbeds’ goal was for everyone to leave the gig feeling more powerful than when they arrived, and I think they achieved that. With almost no agro in the crowd and everyone uniting behind the lyrics of well-worn tunes with a passion that is rarely seen outside of the caketin in this reserved, buttoned down society of NZ, you’d be hard pressed not to be swept up in the excitement when after an hour of the final band of the night, the back rows of the crowd were still jumping and screaming their voices hoarse.
If you’re from the mainland, get on over to chch, this is one outstanding cranking concert.
Thanks to Maria Robinson @ Mushroom Group, Bev Sloane @ TSB, music.net.nz and to our guest contributor, MeatHorse.
I’m down with the sickness,
CEOMong & The Ninja-Hick Crew
Music fans rejoice – The Frontier Touring Company is thrilled to announce the return of Disturbed to Australia and New Zealand in September. Support for this tour will come from P.O.D. (excluding Perth and Adelaide), Alter Bridge, Behind Crimson Eyes (AUS only) and Redline (NZ only).
Over their 12 year lifespan in the music industry Disturbed have reached the highs most bands only dream of. Selling in excess of ten million albums worldwide, Disturbed’s renaissance has truly begun following the release of their fourth album Indestructible (out now through Warner Music).
Front man, David Draiman announced of Indestructible: “I don’t want to sound arrogant but I think we’ve made the kind of record the industry needs right now.” And the fans have agreed. Defying current trends, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard, ARIA and RIANZ charts. Indestructible is the group’s darkest and angriest output to date; a result of experimentation in the studio and the band taking control of production duties.
Renowned for their fierce live performances, Disturbed are sure to set the stage alight when they hit major cities across Australia and New Zealand this August / September.
P.O.D. will return to Australia and New Zealand in support of their latest release When Angels & Serpents Dance. With an impressive seven studio albums and over seven million album sales under their belt, not to mention hits like ‘Youth of the Nation’, ‘Alive’ and ‘Addicted’, P.O.D. (aka Payable On Death) will stun you with their sheer ferocity this September!
Alter Bridge rose from the ashes of the multiplatinum selling Creed when they disbanded in 2004. They found success following the release of debut album One Day Remains with ‘Metalingus’ chosen as the theme song for the Rated R Superstar, Edge. Release of their sophomore record Blackbird is a heavier affair and has drawn the band further success debuting at #4 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. Get ready to rock with Alter Bridge this year!
Australian fans will be treated to stylings of Behind Crimson Eyes. Building a reputation through solid touring around the country, Behind Crimson Eyes quickly established themselves as one of Australia’s premier metal acts. Having supported the likes of Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold, you can be sure Behind Crimson Eyes will match it with the world’s best this year.
Redline will kick off proceedings in New Zealand. Having previously opened for Disturbed, these boys will feel at home on the arena stages. The release of their debut record Trapped Inside saw Redline establish themselves as one of New Zealand’s most progressive rock bands. Having supported Evanescence, The Bleeders and performing at the inaugural Metal Day Out Festival, redline will bring it this year.