Despite the sore feet, as a consequence of day one, and the again ridiculous 40 degrees, rock fans filled the Adelaide Bonython Park for a second round, in what could have been the “metal day” as rock gods from Judas Priest, guitar legend Slash and the mighty Slipknot were part of the monster line-up for the day.
Thanks to the perfect organisation of the festival, who provided fans with free water and sunscreen, Soundwave punters were able to survive the intense heat during the day, especially at the metal stage where the sun hit stronger than everywhere else. However, that did not stop metal-heads to arrive in full-force to see the first show ever in Adelaide (and a second in their entire career) by heavy metal super group sensation Killer be Killed, who definitely left a mark on Adelaide, and the festival in general, with a unique vibe and energy, including the mighty voice of Max Cavalera from Soulfly, the stunning skills of Troy Sanders from Mastodon and the iconic craziness of Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan, who, as usual, joined the moshpit, surf-crowding, and throwing his microphone to fans to sing along. They were definitely one of the best acts of the entire festival, and we hope to see them back Down Under really soon.
Australia’s own Tonight Alive took over stage 2, delivering a solid show with a very energetic front-girl Jenna McDougall who even sent some political messages right before treating audiences with a fantastic Rage Against The Machine medley. Tonight Alive are a great Aussie band that can’t be missed!
Back on the metal stage Godsmack finally hit Australian soil, performing new and old hits for nearly an hour in front of a huge crowd. Moreover, frontman Sully Erna even surprised everyone by taking over the drums unleashing a true drum battle with his drummer Shannon Larkin, performing some instrumental rock classic anthems including songs by AC/DC and Metallica. Godsmack must return!
Osaka’s Crossfaith were loud, really loud and truly epic, filling their stage quickly and making a name for themselves in the festival; all this taking place while Millencolin was bringing the party at the nearest stage, with their fans even climbing the trees to see them.
Meanwhile, at stage 2, Papa Roach made their return Down Under with a mix of old and new stuff, ending their set with their anthem “Last Resort.”
One of the most anticipated acts was no other than “The Pale Emperor” himself, as Marilyn Manson hit Adelaide in great form; and, like in the old days, featured a display of banners, microphones and makeup. Mr. Manson presented some new tracks and classics like “The Dope Show”, “Rock & Roll is dead”, “Personal Jesus”, “Mobscene”, just to name some, and ended his set on a high note with “Beautiful People.”
The time clash with Manson did not stop classic metal fans to make it to the metal stage to see the living legends that are Judas Priest make their long-awaited return Down Under, this time with guitar machine Richie Faulkner replacing former member K.K. Downing, in a role that he absolutely nailed, by bringing something fresh and respectful to the band.
“The Priest” looked amazing and in perfect shape, with a welcoming frontman Rob Halford whose voice is fully intact, while bass virtuoso, Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and axeman, Glenn Tipton, delivered true music masterclass.
Judas Priest have been making classic heavy metal music for almost 40 year. Their set was a trip across their most iconic albums, and also included tracks like the impressive “Valhalla”, from their masterful latest album “Redeemer of Souls”. If you miss them, make sure you catch them at their sidewave headline show!
Almost at the same time as Judas, The Butcher Babies made their Adelaide debut, showing Aussie crowds why they are one of the most bad-ass rock chicks around. What an energy and stage presence! These girls are not only beautiful, but also have heavy metal in their blood!
The man with the top hat, Slash, alongside Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators hit stage 2 hard, presenting material from their new album “World on Fire” and some good old Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver classics. For people who have never had the chance to see them live before, this was surely a memorable experience; while, for other fans, and despite the band’s greatness, it was simply way too similar to previous Australian performances. We feel medium-large venues are perfect for this kind of old-school rock & roll acts, like the one at the Qantas Union Arena, back in 2012. For us, that was Slash‘s best since his solo return.
Lights off, a huge demonic face started to illuminate the stage 1, and a well-known voice singing The Gray Chapter‘s intro song “XIX” unleashed the joy of all the metal fans, as Slipknot was finally back Down Under!
As usual, the band delivered a spectacular show, full of pyro, mechanical props and a monstrous devilish stage, with frontman Corey Taylor and his masked bandmates absolutely fuelled up.
The band acknowledged fans for their support despite the very “dark times” for the band, and treated the crowd with classics “People=Shit”, “Psychosocial” and “Duality” just to name some as well as some new instant-classics like “The Negative One”, “The Devil In I” and the killer, Custer”.
Slipknot truly know how to deliver. The band seems stronger and more united as a family; and, despite how much Joy Jordinson’s iconic drumming in 360 degrees during “Surfacing” was missed, these demons of metal exceeded everyone’s expectations. We will have Slipknot for many more years!
Overall, we enjoyed two amazing days in a city that, sadly might be missing the festival in the upcoming years. However, we are sure this won’t stop punters travelling to other states to enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the world’s best! Bring it on, Soundwave Sydney and Brisbane!
Enjoy some *pictures directly from the moshpit from day 2 below: