Sound: 4pm in the CBD of Melbourne, a 600+ (estimated! My mate was ticket number 625!) U18 crowd gather for one hell of a night. This has got to be the biggest crowd I've seen at The Billboard with the crowd going from the door to the end of street. After 4:15 the crowd has been packed into the venue and openers, San Diego's Pierce The Veil come out to many a cheer from the crowd, points for enthusiasm and fun but their songs are lost on half the crowd. Though some intense moshing on the closing 2 tracks: "Bulletproof Blood" and "Carilephenia" proves the highlights. Then they exit the stage and before you know it Las Vegas rockers Escape The Fate arrive to blow the roof off the venue! // 9
Perfomance: The band are as enthusiastic and crazy as ever with plenty of bass-guitar moves from bassist Max Green. And drummer Robert Oritz still holds a strong position even if he is behind the kit and can't move around like the other 3 members. The bands sound is strong and their set incredibly fun. Craig Mabbitt seems to always haves the time of his life, by jumping in the crowd or throwing himself around the stage and lead guitarist Bryan Monte still shreds as good live as he does on the ablums.
Their full set:
"Choose Your Fate/Massacre"
"10 Miles Wide"
"You Are So Beautiful"
"Ashely (Acoustic Version)"
They then lave the stage only to return moments later as the crowd chants "GUILLOTINE" over and over! And ETF are more than happy to oblige by ending with "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine Pt.2)" and "The Aftermath (The Guillotine Pt.3)". // 10
Overall Impression: 28th of April, Melbourne, Australia, The Billboard. For $60 it was well worth it and it was definitely one of the best gigs I've been too! The main highlight(s) was probably being in the wall of death for "This War Is Ours" and "The Aftermath". No matter what you might say about ETF, they are heading for the top so get out of their way! // 10