Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
November 7th 2019
Supports: Genetics, I Built The Sky
Man where do I start? This was the first completely instrumental prog show I’ve attended and it was nothing short of amazing. All 3 bands blew me away with how well they played their respected instruments, lets just say I’ve never seen so many high register notes played in a short amount of time as on this night, not to mention how intricate and tight they all performed.
Genetics – The 4 piece progressive band were lucky enough to open the show as the local supports for Thursday nights show. Playing a mixture of heavy hitting riffs and ambience they really pulled the attention from the audience throughout the entire set. Both guitarists Shane & Samuel really stepped up in what sounded like a flawless performance.
I Built The Sky: Fresh off their new release “The Zenith Rise”, I Built The Sky lit up the room with the amount of energy they brought straight out of the gate. This band was seriously something else to watch, their song structures are extremely captivating, the way they pull it off live is a mad experience.
Galactic Empire: I’ve wanted to see this band for so long so this was an absolute time for me. Star Wars and metal music are my 2 favourite things so this show was a must. What blows me away is members Boba Sett (drums), Bass Commander (bass), Dark Vader (lead guitar), Kyle Ren (guitar), Red Guard (guitar) all play in full costume and play tighter than most bands I’ve seen live. Galactic Empire opened their set with ‘Main Theme’ and proceeded to play the classics like ‘Imperial March’ ‘The Force Theme’ and my personal favourites ‘Cantina Band’ and ‘Duel Of The Fates’ bringing back all the memories I had growing up watching all the Star Wars films. The original compositions by John Williams have always been mind blowing to me and this band and their live performance is just next level exciting and mega accurate in how they play all the pieces. If the show wasn’t crazy enough, between songs ‘Dark Vader’ had “been informed there is Rebel Scum amongst us”, wondering what was going on I look over to the side of stage and its none other than Ryan Siew from Polaris being dragged out and put forward in front of ‘Dark Vader’ and was then force choked to the ground.
Now THAT was unexpected, but, the rebel scum had been eliminated and the show had to go on. The entirety of Galactic Empire‘s set put a smile on my face, the only thing that would have made it better is having a better view of the drummer ‘Boba Sett’, there was just too much smoke from the smoke machine, which is a shame because his outfit is the most accurate and a favourite of mine.
All in all the show was a great success in which all bands were able to showcase their incredible abilities and put on a crowd pleasing performance. Until next time, may the force be with you, always.
I Built The Sky