I got to Thebarton Theatre just before doors opened at 7pm, admiring the line of people streaming out and around both sides of the theatre, all itching to get inside. I took my place at the back of the line and started chatting to the kids in front of me. They were huge BMTH fans, but were more excited about Crossfaith. I had never seen them play, but according to my new mates, their live show would blow my mind.
The line started to move pretty quickly, but not quick enough as Crossfaith were already on stage by the time I got inside. I immediately made my way to the front to get the full experience, and holy shit! I was lucky enough to experience one of the very rare times that Thebarton Theatre was being rocked to its foundations!
Bass player Ikegawa Hiroki and guitarist Takemura Kazuki took advantage of the platforms on each side of vocalist Koie Kenta, and with all three elevated, it was too easy to see that these fellas LOVE what they do! Taking traditional guitarist poses, Ikegawa and Kazuki flung their heads about and jumped around without missing a single note of the brilliant riffs.
I took a moment to look around and admire the crowd, watching them as they screamed the lyrics to songs like We Are The Future, Countdown To Hell and Jagerbomb.
A little bit of direction from Koie saw the crowd squatting down, waiting for the right moment and instruction to jump up on command. When it came, the crowd rose in unison, arms in the air and feet hitting the floor so hard the walls were vibrating. It was such a thrill to feel.
They closed their set with Leviathan, a song that has now been added to my itunes collection! I never thought I would be impressed by an electronicore band, but these guys were fucking brilliant!
The contrast between the vocals of front man Austin Carlile and Bass player Aaron Pauley made for an interesting effect on the room, but made no difference to the efforts of the crowd to sing along to songs like Those In Glass Houses, Second and Sebring and The Flood. I noticed Austin Carlile swinging the mic so the cord wrapped around his neck before giving two middle fingers to the sky, and wondered if it was God he was ‘saluting’, or someone a little less mythical.
It has been two years since OM&M has visited our shores, last stopping by with Amity Affliction (who were fucking insane, btw!). But when Let Live started and a circle pit was in full spin, it was obvious to see how much they had grown as band and performers since their last visit, with Aaron Pauley even jumping down off stage to have a look himself.
They closed the set with The Depths, a fast paced, punch-in-the-face of a song! The crowd then took the opportunity to tidy themselves up a bit, wipe the sweat from their faces, lift their wet hair from their necks, lose an item of clothing or two, and, find their shoes. I took the opportunity to secure a better position for the guys I had been waiting to see…. Bring Me The Horizon.
The guys ploughed through songs like Shadow Moses, Diamonds Aren’t Forever, and Houses Of Wolves (a standout one for me) before slowing it down with And The Snake Starts To Sing, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath.
As it drew closer to the end of the night, people around me were starting to drop like flies, leaning and sitting against the wall, or simply sitting where they stood. It didn’t last long though as the band left the stage and everyone erupted into “ONE MORE SONG! OINE MORE SONG!”
The lads came out and treated us to not one, but three more. Antivist, Blessed With A Curse and Sleepwalking were the final three, topped off with a sea of foam coming down on the crowd, all ending the night on such a high!
I stood outside and watched the sweat soaked bodies and faces of smudged make up stumble their way out of the theatre, well spent and satisfied, proving that Adelaide really does give it all when we have talented international acts come through our little patch… If only there was more….