The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
February 20, 2021
Supports: Diamond Construct, She Cries Wolf. Headwreck and DEADNERVE
It’s been a long time coming since I’ve ventured to a stacked lineup of Australian metalcore and upcoming heavy hitters, which is exactly what the night was all about. It’s not hard to see why this show saw a venue upgrade from the Brightside as Brissie locals Deadlights brought the cream of the crop in tow tonight, from Aussie legends Diamond Construct to some of Queensland’s best upcomers.
Arriving a little late to the Tivoli, I didn’t get even a minute to watch DEADNERVE, but shout out to Rowan for his visual review he managed to snap for you below. So I guess the night kicked off for me with upcoming local boys Headwreck. The Brisbane newcomers brought in a decent crowd into the moshpit (yeah, you read that right – a moshpit existed with no seats on the floor!) with their intriguing, heated blend of nu-metalcore. I’m keen to hear and see more from these lads as the year goes by. She Cries Wolf as always dominated the stage with their presence, sending shockwaves through those who were able to get inside early for them.
The return of the much loved moshpit certainly turned up the heat tonight, which called for a breather at the bar. This was much needed as Greyscale Records heavy hitters Diamond Construct dialed up the tone of the Tivoli to a 20. Bringing with them up from NSW some of the first live experiences of the band’s four track EP, DCX2, the definitive genre-bending outfit had every head in the venue turned to the four piece as they proved that they’re one of the most exciting metal acts to watch in Australia right now. Circle pits reignited which allowed those who’d been sitting at home for much of the last year to finally let ‘er rip to anthems like ‘Psychosis’.
By the time Deadlights took to the stage, there was an excited buzz in the air that you couldn’t help but feel extra energised from. Opening with their latest single release ‘Sugarcoated Psychosis’, the Brisbane boys lit up the Tivoli in all its glory. Playing a slew of tracks from 2017’s Mesma as a subtle reminder of what a smashing release this was, the lads even gave us all a sneak peek at new music they’ve been working on by premiering new track, ‘Born Of A Lie’ live. This sounded like a renewed start for Deadlights, featuring enchanting melodies that had the sold out crowd fucking stoked.
Farewelling the crowd with ‘Know Hope’ and vocalist Dylan Davidson proclaiming, “this is the last time you’ll probably ever hear this song live”, Deadlights left us in awe and excitement for what’s to come for Brisbane’s most prominent metal act.
Gig Review By Tamara May (@citylightstam)
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She Cries Wolf