VENUE: THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
DATE: AUGUST 27TH 2023
REVIEWER: MERT TYSON
PHOTOGRAPHER: ANDREW TREADWELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Ladies and gentlemen, your hero has returned again
Everything is going to be okay-ay-ay-ay!
And it was ok! Well more than ok Swedish band Avatar blew the fucking roof off the Triffid on their final night of a three-state whirlwind “Dance Devil Dance” tour of Australia. Let me tell you, it was mind-blowing! Their unique blend of unique pantomime live storytelling and destructive symphony or pure class had the crowd on their feet from start to finish.
But before we continue with this story local legends Krave!
This 3-piece band consists of Siana on bass and vocals, Ryan on guitars, and Lachy on drums. From the moment they stepped on stage, their dynamic presence was undeniable. The electricity in the air was palpable as they kicked off their set with a bang.
Siana’s vocals were nothing short of brilliant. Her voice had this incredible range that effortlessly conveyed both power and vulnerability. It was impossible not to get caught up in her expressive delivery, as she poured her heart and soul into every note. Made even harder by playing killer bass lines at the same time! Ryan’s guitar skills were out of this world. He effortlessly shredded his way through riffs that were both intricate and catchy. The energy he brought to the stage was infectious, as he moved around with such enthusiasm and passion, Ryan you make this look so easy. And let’s not forget about Lachy on drums. This guy was an absolute powerhouse! His precision and skill behind the drum kit were mind-blowing. Every beat he hit added an extra layer of excitement to the band’s sound.
Together, these three musicians created a whirlwind of sound that left everyone in the audience buzzing with adrenaline. They tore through their setlist with a ferocity that was truly awe-inspiring. From hard-hitting rock anthems to melodic ballads, they showcased their versatility and kept the crowd engaged from start to finish. Smashing out highlights “Puppet”, “Purgatory”, “Alchemy”, “Outta Control” and the killer track “Midnight” a clear crowd favourite and they even had time for some Zepp “Black Dog”.
But what truly set this band apart was their undeniable chemistry on stage. You could feel the genuine camaraderie between them as they played off each other’s energy and pushed each other to greater heights. Their passion for their craft was infectious, and it made for an unforgettable live experience.
If you ever get the chance to see this band live, don’t hesitate for a second. They bring a level of excitement and energy that is hard to come by. It’s a wild ride from start to finish, and you’ll leave the venue with a smile on your face and a newfound love for alternative music.
The curtains come down, hear them sing, dance and drink. I Give you Avatar!
Led by the charismatic frontman Johannes Eckerström, Avatar delivered a performance that oozed excitement and skill. From the moment they stepped on stage, it was clear that these guys are masters of their craft. Jonas “Kungen” Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström on guitars showcased their dual guitar skills, creating a unique and powerful sound that set them apart from the rest. With nine studio albums under their belt, including their latest release “Dance Devil Dance,” Avatar unleashed a setlist that left us craving for more. Each track was a display of heavy metal at its finest, with thunderous drums courtesy of John Alfredsson and a thundering bass from Henrik Sandelin that shook the venue to its core.
But let’s talk about Johannes Eckerström’s vocals for a moment. This man is an absolute beast! His range, power, and control are simply mind-blowing. He effortlessly transitioned from guttural growls to soaring melodies, leaving us in awe of his talent. Apparently exceptional ad Balloon animals, Trombone, and keyboard as well as many other hidden talents! What truly sets Avatar apart is their unique style. They’ve managed to carve out a niche for themselves in the heavy metal scene by blending elements of different genres while still staying true to their roots. It’s this fusion of styles that keeps their music fresh and exciting.
I remember my late introduction to this band with “The Eagle Has Landed” wow! The band smashed in along with many hits from over their 9 album career highlights being “Smells Like a Freakshow”, “On the Beach”, “Chimp Mosh Pit”, “Hail the Apocalypse”, “A Statue of the King” and “The Dirt I’m Buried In”.
In conclusion, Avatar’s live performance was an absolute blast. Their pure musicianship, exciting stage presence, and skillful execution proved why they are considered masters of heavy metal. If you’re a fan of mind-blowing vocals, dual guitars, and an unforgettable night of headbanging, don’t miss your chance to catch Avatar live. They will leave you craving for more!
Dance Devil Dance
The Eagle Has Landed
Valley of Disease
Chimp Mosh Pit
Paint Me Red
For the Swarm
When the Snow Lies Red
On the Beach
The Dirt I’m Buried In
A Statue of the King
Smells Like a Freakshow
Hail the Apocalypse