No AFL match nor the traffic chaos courtesy of the light-rail construction could stop metal heads hitting Sydney’s Horden Pavillion in full force, with a huge queue outside the venue before the doors even opened.
The night began with Australian headbangers Bare Bones; a solid-energetic band that we had the chance to see when they opened for Zakk Wylde at the Roundhouse last year. The locals did not disappoint with a short set that left the crowd ready for the main event.
9:15pm sharp, as scheduled, the house lights went off and the first track Taipei Person/Allah Tea from Stone Sour‘s latest album ‘Hydrograd’ unleashed the mosh-pit. Roy Mayorga hitting the drums hard and Josh Rand standing at the right of the stage giving a masterclass of guitar while Bass player Johny Chow and guitarist Christian Martucci delivered their usual energy. By the time Corey Taylor hit the stage wearing a Wu–Tang Clan shirt, the crowd was already going mad.
Taylor once again owned the stage with his usual charisma and crowd-engaging, acknowledging every Sydneysider at the show, telling jokes and even shooting confetti; an odd thing if you think that the guy doing that is the same masked man who fronts Slipknot, but clearly a clever way for him to distance both bands from each other.
Taylor, has an intensity like few other frontmen; his range changes from heavy songs to power ballads in no time, which is impressive considering he never stops moving. Moreover, he gave a kid a drum stick telling the audience how the young fan was singing non-stop.
The show kept a fast-pace with tracks from their debut LP, ‘Come What(ever) May’, ‘Audio Secrecy,’ ‘House of Gold & Bones’ Part 1 and 2, and of course their new killer release ‘Hydrograd’ with hits including Made of Scars, Take a Number and their iconic ballad Through Glass, with the latter being sung by every single soul at the venue.
The Encore wasn’t even necessary, as the band was barely a minute off stage, returning to treat fans with the powerful Gone Sovereign, a song that Taylor stopped half way through as he spotted a medical emergency in the mosh-pit…Respect!
The show continued with Absolute Zero and was ended with new track Fabuless, with the stage displaying inflatable “air dancers men” emulating each one of the band members until the end of the song.
Overall, a solid show putting Stone Sour once again in the spotlight as one of the best metal bands around and a must see live.
FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY AUGUST 25 HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
SATURDAY AUGUST 26
EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY AUGUST 29 – NEW SHOW
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30 – SOLD OUT!