Gig Review: Psycroptic, Goatwhore, Disentomb, Ouroboros & Daemon Pyre.

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Back in late March, a couple of mates and I journeyed into the big smoke, a.k.a Sydney, for an evening of metal at the Factory Theatre (which is approximately 70% factory, 30% bars and 0% theatre). The bands on the bill were: Psycroptic, Goatwhore, Disentomb, Ouroboros & Daemon Pyre. While we came primarily to see the awesome Psycroptic live show, the added bonus of getting to check out 4 more bands certainly made the $30 ticket price seem super cheap, and I am nothing if not super cheap.

Sadly, we arrived at the bar just as Daemon Pyre were finishing up their set, such are the shortcomings of being the opening band on a 5-set bill. Local tech-death masters Ouroboros played what seemed to be a 3 song set which somehow felt like 20+ minutes had passed. Starting and ending with a track from their debut album which gained the band some immediate notoriety upon release back in 2011, not just for it’s display of sheer technical prowess but because they received a $20,000 government arts grant usually given to ballet/opera to help record it. This polarised the community, with conservatives decrying the move to use their tax dollars to fund something other than what they considered art, as some kind of heinous crime akin to a teen being present on their manicured lawn. In between the known songs, Ouroboros (who were covered here in Archbaur’s TDT) gave us an entrée of what’s in store for their upcoming second album, which has been 4 years in the making. The mechanical syncopated rhythms were still present but found atop was a seductively melodic guitar layer which intertwined through the track, clearly pleasing the room.

Next up were Queensland’s Disentomb, who have been making some ripples across the Pacific amongst fans of the more brutal slamming side of DM. Beers had to be consumed so I did miss the start of their set but returned in time to catch the last few of tracks, which managed to hold my ever-declining attention quite well, no mean feat when you take into consideration that I’m not a huge enthusiast of the br00tal facets of the genre. I have it on good authority that there are some bowl-dwellers here who regard these guys quite highly taking into account their short career thus far. Disentomb are about to embark on a headlining tour through the USA, so if you’re into being pummeled by brutal cathartic slabs of vicious death metal (quadruple ‘bad review’ word-score?) check them out (dates here).

Being the only non-Australian band on the bill, it would seem logical that Louisiana’s Goatwhore could have easily passed as the headliners for this gig, as is the case over here more often than not. The band definitely treated their time on stage as though they were the drawcard of the night, which is exactly what the crowd desired. As Goatwhore ripped through a variety of tracks from their most recent albums, in particular 2014’s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless and 2012’s Blood For The Master, the droves of Goatwhorian’s heeded their call and proceeded to whip the pit up into a frenzy not yet seen on this night. The cuts were interspersed with some funny moments and which gave a welcomed intimate touch to the show. This is a rarity for the larger international acts, who are usually hitting our shores after a year or so of relentlessly touring Europe, the US and every-fucking-where else first and usually appear to be just going through the motions by the time they arrive down under, with their minds focused on going home.

Following Goatwhore would have been an issue for a lesser band but Psycroptic’s experience and homeland credibility kicked that notion right out of the door. From the moment they stepped on stage, it was clear that they are a band who have reached the point in their career where this sort of local affair is downright fun. Playing mostly tracks from their last 2 albums and 2015’s self-titled gem, Psycroptic managed to meet the expectations set by the crowd, the previous bands and almost certainly, their own. Displaying a crisp, acute sound, boundless energy (especially from the young fill-in bassist), canny use of crowd interaction and big smiles from frontman Jason Peppiatt, the band managed to muster enough reaction from the resilient but no doubt tiring blackened horde to get people stage-diving and crowd surfing their way into the night. Psycroptic are about to hit the USA, Europe and Japan for tours so stab here to check them out.

I managed to find those YouTube recordings from the awesome swanee69er who has filmed the majority of the gig in three parts. Swannee does this correctly, this is not one of those videos filmed with a tuberous vegetable either, so you can play spot the lizard while enjoying what I experienced but without the beer stains, the failed fat guy crowd surfing incident and sweat stench. At one point I tried to shunt one of my single mates close to the gorgeous girl who had taken residence next to me, only to see her jump up onstage and join in the crowd-surfing minutes later. While he may not have procured her phone number, he did garner some photos of Psycroptic in action which I will post below. Also, if you do go to Swannee’s channel, you’ll be pleased to find a plethora of great quality live metal recordings from bands such as: The Amenta, Gorguts, Daysend, Behemoth, Ruins, Soilwork, Ouroboros, Morbid Angel, The Leviathan Hex, Frankenbok, King Parrot, Rotting Christ, Aborted and many more.

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All video credits to Swannee and photo credits go to RZA.

Toilets ov Mel(bourne):

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    I am honestly at my wits end when a tour package has more than four bands touring. It’s too much. Four is a perfect number. Anything more than that it turns into a “fest”. The Sepultura tour has like 6 or 7 bands. Why?

    • The W.

      And you just know that the show is going to start late on a work night.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Oh god damn, I gave up on work night show ages ago. Age is a bitch.

        • The W.

          Lord Dying is playing here on a Monday night in June. I don’t know if I’m going to go. Haven’t been able to find out who else is on the bill because it’s an off-date from the Crowbar tour.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Maybe you’ll luck out and it will be only a couple local openers. Or not.

          • The W.

            I wouldn’t consider that luck. Our local openers are terribad.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Same with here. The local openers are usually cover bands in my area.

          • 🙁 but but mah local support

          • The W.

            Dude, they’re all nu metal or djent bands. srs.

          • Oh, kill them

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Slay them with steel.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            To be honest, it would be pretty funny having a Disturbed cover band open for a skronk band or something.

          • I’m spoiled rotten in that our local scene is strong/diverse enough that almost any band that tours through here has a few local openers that fit appropriately

          • Dagon

            NC has a “killer scene there, man”

          • isn’t it strange how many local bands are still milking the nu genre?!

          • Scrimm

            So many at the place we used to rehearse. All terrible.

          • it sorta makes sense in St. Louis tho (lots of meth heads 🙂

          • Scrimm

            Lot of that here too.

          • Lilo’s Penis Tornado (KJU)
          • I sometimes cash in a vacation day for the following day when I know its going to be a late night. Could’ve used one Friday after the Lincoln Tunnel debacle after FNM on Thursday.

          • The W.

            That’s actually a great idea!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I’ve done that a few times, always a good idea.

        • Tyree

          Man, I used to be able to do work night shows and then be able to go to work the next morning with no problem. I would drive 3 hours to Philly and back and go right to work with no sleep. Now, there is nothing more miserable than sitting at work hungover and tired. I just can’t do it anymore.

          • Scrimm

            It works out great when it’s opening bands that I want to see now. Home and asleep early!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Work is a bitch.

          • Lilo’s Penis Tornado (KJU)

            It’s a blessing if you don’t have a job and need money though!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Yeah, then it would be a blessing lol

    • Amen. more than that needs to either be a weekend local show where bands don’t play as long, or a fest

    • I went to see Antigama on Friday night and there were probably that many bands playing. Luckily every band was good and they were playing shorter sets so it all worked out. I definitely get what you are saying about tours with too many bands though.

    • Stanley

      3 >>>>> 4. (My maths teacher wouldn’t like this equation).

    • JamesGrimm

      I love festival style gigs. makes it worth my money. take a vacation day like the rest of us.

      • Lacertilian

        The problem for me is that I might only be interested in seeing 2 or 3 of the bands and they all seem to play shorter sets to accommodate the longer bill.
        When a band finally gets around to touring Australia, only to turn up and play a <20 minute set, it fucking sucks.

        • JamesGrimm

          Try to enjoy some of the other bands or just drink lots of beer.

          • Lacertilian

            The point is that I know I don’t enjoy the other bands and end up only getting 2 or 3 songs from the bands I am interested after waiting up to 5 or 6 years for them to tour here.
            I drink lots of beer regardless of who is playing or where I am.

  • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

    I’m seeing a concert tomorrow with my sister. It’s a shitty pop punk show up in Rochester. I’ll tell you all how it is when I get back from there. Because of that I will not be here tomorrow or Wednesday.

  • Great review! I’m looking forward to catching Psycroptic when they come to KC soon.

    • Lacertilian

      Cheers, who else is on that tour?
      I think they have a couple of different lineups whilst over in the states.

  • trill write-up, lizard! some live Psycroptic is exactly what i needed today

    • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

      I wish they would come near me.

      • Lacertilian

        Pretty sure they’ll be playing somewhere in NY man

        • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

          That is a good point. As long as it’s not at St Vitus I’d go. I can’t go there because I’m not 21.

    • Scrimm

      No it isn’t.

      • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

        What does he need if that isn’t the case?

  • I’m not a huge fan of Goatwhore but they absolutely bring it live.

    • Lacertilian

      Same, I never got into them just because of their name (<– superficial tool) but after catching their set here, I could see why they were so popular.

  • I want to go to Austrailia and try not to get bit by every lethal species that inhabits the continent. Nice write up Reptilian!

    • The W.

      I’ll go with you. I’m working on a documentary of bogans.

      • Would love to go at some point but probably not in the near future. Some day I will get out there.

      • Max

        Well, don’t interview Rebel Wilson. Turns out she’s not actually a bogan; she’s been making it all up!

      • Lacertilian

        That last video I posted should give you a decent insight into the trials and tribulations of an inner-city Melbourne bogan.

    • Lilo’s Penis Tornado (KJU)

      Oh, and you’ll be glad to know there’s a spot there where it’s raining spiders. Sweet dreams!

      http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/australian/Spidaus/Missulena_occatoria_F3822.jpg

  • Stanley

    Lizard – Do you know this swanee guy personally? How does he get approval to record these shows, especially in the manner that he does? He’s also got the sound from the desk which is nice. Awesome quality.

    • Max

      Yes, it’s great to see somebody taking advantage of the digital media era’s easier logistics to set up this sort of thing; but it’s still surprising that he gets such willing cooperation from the bands and venues.

    • Lacertilian

      I’ve said G’day at a gig but I didn’t know who he was then. I think he has a good rep with most local bands who would rather have a live video like this online than some shitty mobile phone job.
      I’m pretty sure he has worked sound boards and lighting in the past too, might actually still do that for some gigs. If you check out his channel you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the range and quality of his other recordings.

  • Oli Fucking Sykes, Son.

    Goatwhore!!!!!!!
    Oh fuck the hell yes.

  • The Beargod

    Is that Goatwhore video from this gig? Gotta love that meaty bass tone.

    • Lacertilian

      Sure is mate.
      The sound was great the whole night through, I was impressed.

  • Spear

    Well, I’m convinced. Gonna go see them in July.

  • RustyShackleford

    Dude tight videos! That Goatwhore track is literally impossible not to love in my opinion. Enjoying the Psycroptic also, only got into them cause of their latest. I thank thee, lizard from down under. Yep.

  • The W.

    Was it weird seeing Goatwhore at what seems a mostly tech death show?

    • Lacertilian

      Not really, over here a lot of bands get lumped into all sorts of weirdly diverse lineups. I guess it’s because at any one moment fewer bands are touring here that are genre appropriate.
      One of the bands I’m seeing this weekend with King Parrot are not what I would normally envision to be associated with grind but I think it will work regardless.
      Bands + Pubs >> caring.

  • Good stuff. That Psycroptic grew on me. Wish I worked a different shift so that I could hit up more concerts. Haven’t been to one since I saw Allegaeon Arsis and Exmortus last year

    • how’s Arsis live? two times i’ve been at a venue when they were scheduled to play, both times their van broke down 🙁

      • Honestly it sounded like a wall of sound, but that may have been because of the sound system. I could make out certain riffs I love but it was tough.

  • Dagon

    Great write up. I missed most of the discussion due to a fucked up sleep schedule.

    • Lacertilian

      What discussion?
      The one I just got into 13 hours later?

  • ME GROG

    GROG SEE GOATWHORE!!!!! GROG LIKE GOATWHORE!!!!! GROG SMASH GOATWHORE!!!!

  • INDUBITABEARD

    Fuck yeah Psycroptic is coming to Asheville

  • Lilo’s Penis Tornado (KJU)

    I loooooooooooooooooooooves me some Ouroboros!

  • Swell story, Lizard. I don’t much like any of these bands, but I still had fun reading your experience of them.

    • Lacertilian

      Thanks Richter, I think I may have had a little too much fun writing it out and remembering the parts of the night that I could.

  • Max

    A live review featuring actual (high quality) footage of the concert. That’s really pretty cool.

    • Lacertilian

      Yeah, it worked out well because I had forgotten all the setlists too.

      • Max

        I’m always quite good at remembering the setlist for about a day after I’ve seen the gig, and then I pretty much forget it. Which sucks, because quite often you might be seeing a set which is sort of significant historically. I remember when I watched Slayer at Soundwave years ago, I’m pretty sure they were playing songs from Seasons in the Abyss that they hadn’t played since Lombardo left the band in ’92. And yet I can barely recall which ones.

        • Lacertilian

          Same, although it depends on how familiar I am with the band in the first place as to how many tracks I can be sure of.
          Was it Lombardo on drums though?
          I’d love to see Hallowed Point and Born Of Fire live, although I’m not sure how they would do the call back/echo vocals on the former, Kerry & Jeff were not exactly known for their backup vocal skills.

          • Max

            It was Lombardo; this was circa ’11 or ’12; pretty soon after Jeff’s (ahem) hiatus.

            As for the “call back/echo vocals”, surely you’re referring to those on “Temptation”? Because I DO remember they DID play that; it’s one of my faves from the album and I was really surprised to hear it included. (They didn’t have any backing vocals in it, though.)

            I’m pretty sure they did “Spirit In Black” too – again, my memory frustrates me. Which is why I like the idea of every concert being recorded and filmed. It’s never been easier than it is now.

          • Lacertilian

            Damnit, I thought it sounded wrong. The story behind he call back vocals is pretty cool. I’m glad they couldn’t make up their mind which sounded better.
            Spirit In Black is super fun to play on guitar, those riffs are great.
            Hopefully there are more Swanee types out there who can muster up some good recordings for us to peruse.

  • CT-12

    Fuck yeah, glad you had a good time bud!

  • Daghole McGriff

    Dag attends factory theatre once again with Fharc Hoff and the 2 shredders from former Sydney band Intrepid this night for Black Dahlia,Psycroptic,Boris the Blade and Colossvs.
    Dag wants opinions on Boris and Colossvs