• Soundwave Festival 2011 @ RNA Showgrounds

    28 Feb 2011, 01:30 by NiteShok

    Sat 26 Feb – Soundwave 2011

    Click here to read the below review on The Vine, which includes better formatting and a photo gallery. It's better than reading it here. Promise.

    2011 marks Soundwave Festival's fifth year as a national touring entity; five years old, and already rivaling the Big Day Out in terms of sheer artistic firepower. The most recent BDO was headlined by Tool. This year's Soundwave features Iron Maiden - one of the biggest bands in the world - closing each night with a two-hour set. What a coup.

    Besides that classic British metal act, nearly 70 other acts - mostly internationals - fill out a line-up pregnant with talent. The bookers are clearly doing something right, as several Soundwaves have sold out, Brisbane included (though curiously, today they were still selling tickets at the gate, for $180). Judging by the maps being handed out inside, the festival grounds have nearly doubled compared to last year. For the first time, organisers have placed two stages outside of the RNA Showgrounds…
  • Soundwave 2011 @ RNA Showgrounds

    28 Feb 2011, 00:21 by MaxFactor81

    Sat 26 Feb – Soundwave 2011

    The bands I reviewed for Fasterlouder:

    The PA speakers suffer a malfunction as Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine kick off a typically high-energy set, the sound eventually coming midway through the opening Your Betrayal – to massed cheers. Buoyed by the adoring crowd, singer/guitarist Matt Tuck is having a great time, roaring and swearing in pissed-sailor fashion and at one point inciting a signature circle pit. Axeman Michael Paget, meanwhile, rips up rapid-fire, wah-drenched solos, later prompting an ovation with the solo rendition of Advance Australia Fair. More enthusiastic, synchronised headbanging and hair-whipping follow during staples Waking The Demon and Hand Of Blood; the bludgeoning Begging For Mercy is a frenetic, feet-on-monitors finish.

    Stone Sour do what they do best – polished post-grunge metal. Shorn of his trademark dreadlocks and sporting a plaid shirt, Corey Taylor’s everyman image couldn’t be more different from his evil mask-donning…