There aren’t too many bands that would drag me to the Hifi Bar for a shoot these days, but when I saw that Enslaved would be in town and for the first time in Australia, my Hifi Bar boycott, would have to be broken. I mean seriously, who’s gonna miss out on shooting these guys… shit venue or not?
Tonight’s shoot was made even more difficult due to the fact that there was no pit to work from. That’s twice in a week for me so if there was to be any photos tonight, like last week, I would have to improvise.
I thought I was running late and would miss most of Ne Obliviscaris’ set but I got there just in time as the band took their turn on the stage. I’ve been fortunate to see them several times now and they always impress. As per the norm, they are so technically proficient on their chosen instruments that you just kick back and marvel at their ability. No wonder they seem to be on the bill of all international Metal acts touring our shores. They make for an amazing opener and at the rate they are growing, they’ll be headlining shows of their own in due course.Ne Obliviscaris
Next on the bill were Sydney’s Rise Of Avernus who delivered an atmospheric, haunting and solid performance. They managed to hold their own in what was a predominantly extreme Metal crowd who were beginning to get incredibly antsy for headliners, Enslaved.Rise Of Avernus
Minutes before Enslaved were to kick into their set, as the band were doing various sound checks, you could just feel the atmosphere kick up a gear. Whilst lead crooner and bassist Grutle Kjellson was testing his gear, a bunch of likely lasses to my immediate right were already going ballistic.
I knew then it was going to be a wild one.
Enslaved kicked into gear with their brand of progressive, melodic Black Metal. Tinged with brutality and some superb melody touches scattered throughout, makes for a unique sound at what is mostly a one-dimensional sub-genre of Black Metal and the like.
The band were clearly having the time of their lives up on that stage and it permeated throughout their very dedicated Melbourne fan-base.
For your’s truly who isn’t completely familiar with their entire catalogue, I did enjoy the middle part of their set where they played a trio of my fave songs of theirs… ‘Thoughts Like Hammers’, ‘Ethica Odini’, and ‘Roots Of The Mountain’.Enslaved