Back in 2004, Alexisonfire blew the roof off the local metal club, Enigma Bar. Well, not exactly the roof, but a fan did pull down the air conditioner, as guitarist and professional screamer, Wade MacNeill fondly recalled.
The intimate crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Friday night was transported back to a decade ago, as the Canadian group opened up with two songs from third studio album Crisis: ‘Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints’ and ‘This Could Be Anywhere in the World’.
Chris Steele, the bass playing bundle of energy, jumped around the stage like a boiled frog (pardon the terrible pun), while Wade MacNeill, despite his doctors orders, continued to belt out the backing vocals – after all, it is his job to scream for a living!
Dallas Green’s mesmerising vocals captivated the crowd, while George Pettit poured his heart (and his water bottles) out to Adelaide, literally ripping his shirt off by the end of the show and throwing it into the crowd.
To finish the main set, ‘Young Cardinals’ warmed the crowd up for the encore, including songs from 2004 album Watch Out, ‘Accidents’ and ‘Happiness by the Kilowatt’.
All fans, old and new in the crowd were blown away by the band’s unrelenting energy and passion on stage. It certainly was a night not to be missed!
Reviewed by Hollee Draven