Following a couple of years on the down-low, Melbourne indie rockers Self Talk have returned …
ILLYRIA w/ Deadspace, Yomi Ship & Waste Not
Badlands Bar, Perth
Friday 3rd May, 2019
Unsurprisingly the stand out among the support acts was Deadspace, who have spent the last few years converting the masses (here and abroad) to their brand of sonic darkness. Vocalist and main-man Chris definitely knows how to reach into the depths of his own inner darkness to convey his musical and lyrical artistry in the live setting.
After a quick changeover and a visit to the bog and the bar, it was time for the band we all came to see: Illyria. The band kicked things off with Resurgence, the opening track from the new album The Carpathian Summit; which really set the tone for what was to come. Illyria are one of those acts that genre labels don’t fit, a trait that is always refreshing in the metal landscape. The band navigated through the bulk of the material from the new album and took the audience on a rollercoaster ride of progressive, post-black metal mastery. The show’s highlights had to be Kenopsia, the latest single from the record and their epic closer Winter’s Wedding.
It was a great night of metal all round, with a lineup that’s impossible to pigeon-hole. Illyria delivered, and proved why they’re on the rise in the Aussie metal/progressive/”who knows what to call it” space.