Now it is no mean feat to warm up a hardcore Fowlers’ crowd, but metalcore band Our Conquest managed to get heads bobbing. Despite a few of their songs being repetitive with drop after consecutive drop, their single ‘Ghosts’ was clearly a hit, getting everyone on their feet and swaying their heads.
Hailing from Melbourne, Thorns took a more laidback delivery, primarily allowing the music to speak for itself. However, what the band lacked in stage presence the crowd made up for in their boundless enthusiasm, certainly erupting the pit with flailing limbs and stomping feet.
Sydney hardcore group Hand Of Mercy were a surprising highlight of the night. After losing their lead vocalist, The Rampage Tour marks the first time Nick Bellringer took the reins. Playing a varied set including ‘Sick With It’, Nick proved he is a valuable addition by showcasing his killer vocals, engaging in playful banter with the crowd, getting amongst it, and sharing the microphone around. Sharing a new single can be daunting, however the crowd responded positively to theilatest off their upcoming album.
We haven’t seen Confession since their appearance at Vans Warped Tour in December last year, but since then they have recorded a new album and May marked the release of their latest single ‘Fuck Cancer’. The Rampage Tour has undeniably proven that despite multiple changes in the band’s lineup, Confession are still delivering first class metalcore. Front man Michael Crafter was donning his signature camouflage and got deep with the crowd, exchanging harrowing details of his personal life to great reciprocal exclaims of “FUCK CANCER!” from the crowd. Confession proved that metal with meaning is still well and alive.
As the winner of the nightly coin flip, Deez Nuts closed The Rampage Tour in Adelaide. The anticipation in the audience was palatable in the short wait before the headline act. As Deez Nuts took the stage the crowd surged forward and were greeted by the charismatic JJ Peters. They brought their unique infusion of hardcore rifts, unifying lyrics, party-worthy beats and a commendable ‘no-fucks-given’ attitude. Anthems such as ‘Stay True’ and ‘Your Mother Should Have Swallowed You’ rocked Fowlers Live. They finished their set with their latest single, ‘Band of Brothers’, to the most riotous and involved crowd who were screaming the chorus, headbanging and some even wrapping their arms around one another. A killer moment to wrap up a rager of a night.
Review by Isabella Carbone.
Photos by Eleanor Johnson-Firth.