Metalcore heavyweights Northlane brought their surprise new album Mesmer to Adelaide’s Enigma Bar on Wednesday, May 10 as part of their regional Intuition Tour.
Adelaide hardcore 4-piece Level opened the night to a large early crowd. Level have an old school punk hardcore sound mixed with contemporary sounding metal guitar leads and clunky bass progressions. Level were a welcomed support act to wake up a Wednesday night crowd.
UNFD’s Void Of Vision have been popping up everywhere at the moment and would be hard to miss, having just been announced as supports for the Bodycount tour alongside A.B. Original. Void Of Vision are taking it to the next level with a performance and stage presence of veteran bands. Playing songs from their 2016 release Children Of Chrome the band are showing promising signs with a similar sound to their label mates Ocean Grove. Luckily Void Of Vision will be back at Enigma Bar supporting Deez Nuts in August.
Hands Like Houses have become a whole new band in the past few years since their release of Dissonants. This showed through the size of the audience singing along and bouncing around in comparison to their previous show at Enigma Bar a few years ago. With a polished sound and a tight set considering their intricate sound, Hands Like Houses performed an insane set of highlights. Perhaps next album they will create ‘that’ song or sound that will take them to that next tier.
Although it was a weeknight, Enigma Bar was sold out and filled to the brim to see Northlane. It was odd seeing Northlane perform on such a small stage in comparison to their co-headlining tour this time last year with In Hearts Wake that saw them performing at Thebarton Theatre. The crowd welcomed the intimate setting and took full of advantage of having Northlane floor level as they stage dived, climbed on the rafters and filled the room with screams louder than vocalist, Marcus Bridge.
The sold-out crowd caused the floor to shake, literally not figuratively. This could be a testament to Northlane’s insane show and the passion of the crowd, however, it was probably just the old wear and tear of Enigma Bar. Regardless, for a Wednesday this was a Saturday night crowd.
Releasing Mesmer as a surprise album has done Northlane no harm with the new songs such as ‘Citizen’, ‘Colourwave’ and ‘Intuition’ being just as well received as their beloved classics. With only a fifty-minute set Northlane left everyone with a severely wanting more.
Seeing Northlane in such an intimate venue was a rare treat and will probably be the last time as the boys’ stock is set to rise worldwide with Mesmer.
The Intuition Tour has only just begun. Tickets available here: northlaneband.com
NORTHLANE – THE INTUITION TOUR – AUSTRALIA 2017
w/ HANDS LIKE HOUSES
Wednesday 10th May – Enigma Bar, Adelaide SA
Thursday 11th May – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
Friday 12th May – The Wool Exchange, Geelong VIC
Saturday 13th May – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights VIC
Wednesday 17th May – Academy, Canberra ACT
Thursday 18th May – Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga NSW
Friday 19th May – Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW
Saturday 20th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Wednesday 24th May – Coffs Hotel, Coffs Harbour NSW
Thursday 25th May – Miami Tavern, Miami QLD
Friday 26th May – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD