Make Them Suffer
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
January 8th, 2015
Supported by Statues, Havoc & We Run With Wolves
What a way to bring in the new year than with a night of live local metal in the furnace of Perth. Since they couldn’t bring U.S. outfit The Plot in You, deathcore giants Make Them Suffer kicked off their ‘Requiem’ tour in Perth with a few mates, seemingly having a potentially better result with the level of support demonstrated. The band were also celebrating signing with Rise Records just days prior.
With a new line-up, in We Run With Wolves slipped right back into their groove. Sporting some of his very own clothing label – The Heartwork Company, Pauly Righini invigorated the electro-riffage sound that fans remembered. The band brought tight production and an energetic set that included a fresh version of ‘May Fourth’ and a punchy delivery of ‘Ferocious’ to the decent fifty punters or so when closing the set.
No time was spared before the next set of locals hit the stage with a rapid metalcore kick. Havoc had a house of supporters who brought a ruckus in the pit with their ‘hardcore dancing’ shenanigians, obviously a token of affection in this community. There was no slowing down with the band who swung through their set, filled with solid breakdowns and a unique technical rhythm.
Having made quite a name for themselves nationwide and particularly in Western Australia, Statues reaffirmed their position to directly support the headliners for the evening. Changing musical direction slightly, the self-described ‘chaotic hardcore’ band catalysed a lot of movement in the crowd. The spillage of beer pints left, right and centre was not enough to slow passionate show-goers down from crowd surfing band members and running amok. Playing tracks off their debut album ‘Together We’re Alone’, Statues engaged everyone with guitarists literally running around punters and inspiring as much energy as possible.
Alright, no more messing around; time for the big boys now. Make Them Suffer got their act together rapidly and owned their infamous presence with fans yelling to the sound of their instrumental album opener from Old Souls. The lights flickered on for ‘Requiem’ to see excitable bodies flying across the venue. After a few tracks to warm his vocal cords, front man Sean Harmanis started bellowing through verses, particularly in songs like ‘Fake’ and ‘Neverbloom’. Louisa Burton’s performance also stood-out for this show with her accentuated keys and harmonious clean vocal effort in ‘Let Me In’ chorus.
Fans were going berserk for each and every track, and even the glassy of the venue cheekily spun through the pit, head banging with his dozen or so stacked pints in hand. Making up for what perhaps seemed like a technical mishap in tracks like ‘Blood Moon’ and ‘Old Souls’ that delivered somewhat underwhelming breakdowns, the band nailed their sound for ‘Widower’ that thunderingly reverberated across the venue perfectly.
The gig was a decent pick-me-up for those who were looking for something to do after the devastating, yet understandable cancellation of the state’s Southbound festival set to kick off that very night. Make Them Suffer proved that they’re still going strong and have a lot more coming your way, so a message to the rest of the world – look out, they’re coming to blow you away!
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