Stay Gold, Melbourne VIC
June 1st, 2019
Supports: Daybreak, Mirrors and Starve
Alpha Wolf continue to win over the hearts of heavy music fans the world over with their powerfully high spirited live performances and world-class metalcore sound which separates them from other bands in the scene. As they tour their latest release Fault (our review here) around the country, selling out every show in the process, we caught them in their home town of Melbourne which happened to be the last show of the tour just to see what the rest of the country have been so blown away by.
Starve kicked things off with their short but sweet fifteen-minute set. They managed to get the half-filled band room moving from the get go with their fast-paced heavy sound. Even though they are in their early stages, having only released 6 songs, they show a lot of potential. Mirrors were up next and it seemed as if out of nowhere the venue became packed within minutes. With this tour being the band’s very first since the release of their second EP Cold Sanctuary (our review here), the crowd was visibly excited to hear the new material in a live setting. From their very first song, the punters produced plenty of moshing and singalongs. During the first track, vocalist Patrick Goodman faced technical difficulties as his microphone cord came out, although an unfortunate inconvenience Patrick fixed the issue quickly and professionally. Having played their latest EP in full as well as a few old favourites they definitely wowed the crowd and left the stage leaving us all satisfied.
Daybreak were next and I was blown away with this band’s professionalism and musicianship. These guys knew exactly how to interact with the crowd, who in turn produced a mosh pit from wall to wall. I was floored as each band member played their instrument so fast and perfectly on the mark with vocalist Shaun Cox delivering his strong and deep vocals over the top in a faultless manner. They played a mix of older and newer songs including ‘Acid Green’, ‘Death Dreams’, ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Repulse’. With a bunch of guest vocalists jumping on stage for different songs I almost forgot that Alpha Wolf were yet to play and that these guys weren’t headlining. Daybreak are definitely a band worth keeping tabs on.
Finally, it was time for local heavyweights Alpha Wolf to take to the stage, kicking their set of with fan favourite ‘Sub Zero’ which turned the venue into a dangerous place as an almost violent mosh pit broke out, with deafening sing alongs, crowd surfing and stage dives all happening at once. These guys well and truly proved why they deserve to be playing on some of the world’s biggest stages, their interactions with the crowd were second to none as they simultaneously played their most popular songs to date with the upmost competence and dedication. Vocalist Lochie Keogh’s stage moves entranced the crowd as his fast vocals fill the room without skipping a word or missing a note. Alpha wolf are showing no signs of slowing down as their popularity seemingly grows by the minute within Australia and overseas. Their live performances are always superior in their own right and this show was no different.
Having just wrapped up a European tour and and with an upcoming Asian tour in August, these guys are on their way to the top. Being one hundred percent dedicated to their music and fans, there is no stopping the incredible five piece that is Alpha Wolf.
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