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BORN OF OSIRIS & CHELSEA GRIN w/ Diamond Construct & The Gloom In The Corner
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday 28th June, 2019
The cold Melbourne night went from a sprinkling of people to a river of black queueing around the block. Many sporting their favourite bands merch whilst others choosing to keep it neutral. The early turn out wasn’t a surprise given the heavy opening acts Australia had served up on this billing.
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The Gloom In The Corner kicked off the night with a string of heavy tunes such as Survivor’s Guilt and Peace. The fans in the pit made it perfectly clear that this is not a band to stand around too. And whilst the music was definitely something to throw a spin kick at, the vocals and instrumental seemed to clash at times. But that didn’t stop Mickey (vocalist) instructing the crowd to “demolish the low baring pole!” and end the set on an aggressive high.
The crowd began to push in as Diamond Construct took to the stage. The NSW visitors ensured that crowd involvement began at the very start with the second track of the set Paradox setting off a Wayne’s World headbanger moment. The Metalcore band kept the crowd moving with bangers such as Hypno, Night Terrors & Submerge entering the setlist. And if these guys aren’t headlining internationally by next year then we as fans have failed them.
Chelsea Grin are what I’d compare to getting punched in the face would feel like. The Utah natives started their heavy takeover with their track Dead Rose and it didn’t take long before a tall bearded man walked past with blood gushing from his nose. The band provided a mixed bag of heavy tunes such as Outliers, My Damnation and The Wolf. This was only the beginning of what would be a full-venue pit. It was like being in a movie theatre except all the Chelsea Grin fans were at the back and the newbies were at the front—an odd mosh strategy but damn everyone got involved. Then came the “shoey” chant … not one to give in, Tom threw back a shoe full of beer and then got the pit moving again. A heavy set full of air punches, spin kicks and all the spilt beer you did not ask for.
After inhaling as much street smoke as my body could take I made my way back in to a hot room full of people ready to throw down. The guys in Born Of Osiris had cracked open their set with The Accursed driving all the passionate fans to the front of the venue. It was only half way in to the set before Tom Barber (vocalist) stops the set to help a passed-out patron. He also addresses security advising them “you are fucking up right now. You got to catch the people at the fucking show.” The last song Abstract Art gained a venue wide clap-a-long before a full crowd mosh to end a high-sweat set from Born of Osiris.
As the smells of smoke, body odour and alcohol exit the venue—you know that Melbourne has given every ounce of body fluids to every band that played tonight. The tour hits Adelaide tonight and Perth tomorrow so if you’re around then we highly recommend getting involved!
Catch Born Of Osiris & Chelsea Grin with special guests Diamond Construct on the remaining dates:
ADELAIDE // Friday 28th June // Lion Arts Factory (All Ages)
PERTH // Saturday 29th June // Amplifier Bar (18+)