The previous 4 to 5 days in Melbourne town were akin to being baked in Hell. A sure sign that the apocalypse was nigh and even if the incessant heat was beginning to dissipate, Rotting Christ were in town to headline HEAVYfest II so one more hot night was guaranteed for all.
HEAVYfest marked HEAVY Magazine’s second birthday. A magazine I am very proud to be associated with handling online design and development for them as well as taking a photo or two! The magazine is like no other in Australia and is now fully entrenched in its second year. I work with some of the most amazing and talented people at HEAVY and tonight was a great way to celebrate all that the magazine has achieved in this time.
On tonight’s bill were Rise Of Avernus, Denouncement Pyre, Terra Australis, The Amenta and Rotting Christ.
I got to the venue just as Terra Australis had hit the stage. I made my position into the photo pit but there was absolutely nothing I could capture of note as the band were bathed in darkness and four red lights only. Not going to even bother showing you the pictorial debacle that was so we’ll move on.
In between acts I hung out outside the venue with some colleagues and noticed Rotting Christ drummer Themis Tolis having a break as well. I politely asked him if he wouldn’t mind posing for a photo for me. He obliged immediately. We shook hands and I got my shot.
I have seen and photographed The Amenta on three occasions now, each and every time, they blow me away. The sheer professional approach of this band and the effort they put in to produce an amazing show is second to none. I have seen them blow away acts they have opened for such as Cradle Of Filth and Morbid Angel – and they do it with ease! Saddened to learn tho that these were some of the band’s final live performances. Baffling really as these guys are and always will be an amazing live experience.
Next on the bill were Rotting Christ. Hot off the heels of an amazing 2013 where they produced one of the year’s best albums ‘Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy’ this was the band’s second visit to Australia. I photographed them last time they were here in 2010 opening for Dark Funeral.
They put forth a blistering set of some of their classic songs as well as tunes of the latest album. Tight. Brutal. Relentless with a machine-like delivery.
Photographically, they weren’t as well lit as The Amenta so it proved a little difficult but we made do as best as possible.