Angels & Demons Descend DownUnder

Tuesday 22 March
ANGRA, Dungeon, Jennifer Must Drown
Marquee, Camperdown, New South Wales

Originally, I planned to see the second NIGHTWISH show in Melbourne, but when the date for ANGRA in Sydney was on the same night, my plans changed.

As the crowd lined up in the pouring rain, waiting for the late-opening doors to let them in, the wind speed started picking up to the expected 120 kilometres (75 miles). Ignoring the line, my father and I walked straight in?I had a job to do and it helped we were right behind one of the promoters.

The first band JENNIFER MUST DROWN was already playing and warming up the very wet and cold crowd slowly entering the venue behind me. This fairly new band impressed me with great melodies and guitar-work, which demonstrated broad influences?perfect for this ANGRA support.

JENNIFER MUST DROWN, from the outback New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga, have the technical makings of a great band with progressive influences from across the globe ranging from Celtic to Russian folk to classical music. My only criticism at this stage is, the band failed to relate to the audience engrossed in their music, but as this band is quite young, this ability will grow with experience and confidence.


Next on the bill was Sydney?s favourite support band, DUNGEON, playing a set of their well-loved songs?old and new?including Resurrection, I am Death, Art of War, Tarranno del Mar and the title track to their current album One Step Beyond. This was another different looking DUNGEON with GLENN WILLIAMS from Brisbane band MOBSTAR on bass (who played in the band during the 2004 EDGUY tour) and spring chicken, TIM YATRAS (ex-NAZXUL and BATTALION) on drums.

The crowd took a while to warm to ANGRA. Sydney prog/power metalheads have a habit of giving an almost cold reception to touring bands, especially when they?re not completely familiar with the music and have come to see the show based on a band?s reputation. Eventually, there were plenty of cheers for ANGRA and a Brazillian flag waving in the front row to the unhappiness of those behind it whose views were blocked.

Of course, the performance from ANGRA was world-class and I enjoyed this intimate show far more than the first jaw-dropping time I saw them at Wacken Open Air in 2002. The only downside of this show was the stage at the Marquee is too low so all the tall people hogging the front row blocked most people?s view of singer EDU FALASCHI, who is member of the same club as Doro Pesch, Ronnie James Dio, Tobias Sammett and his predecessor, Andre Matos.

As this was the last leg of their Temple of Shadows World Tour, the album was featured heavily in their set. They started with the opening track of the new cd, Spread Your Fire, then followed with Waiting, Acid Rain and Nothing to Say.

As the introduction of Carolina IV started with the whole band on percussion drumming Brazillian beats, I thought we were being treated to Batacuda, oh well, but at least the Sydney crowd got to witness a small amount of Brazillian culture.

Next came Millenium, Angels and Demons, Never End, The Temple of Hate, Heroes of Sand, Rebirth, Shadow Hunter and Angel?s Cry without the great sing-along intro you hear on the Rebirth World Tour?Live in Sao Paulo cd. I know; I think I was expecting too much from the Sydney crowd.

The crowd was growing louder and louder as the set progressed so when ANGRA finished, loud cheers erupted to bring them back on stage for an encore of Carry On and Nova Era.

Overall ,the show went well considering most of the equipment wasn?t their own?nothing unusual for smaller bands touring Australia.




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