Surprise You’re Dead are notorious for putting on excellent line ups, with many huge names such as Thy Art Is Murder, Loathe, Bad Omens and many others across this year. The co-ordination behind Oceans Ate Alaska’s LP release show for their latest sophomore album Hikari was no different. Professional, fluid and full of energy. Ryan Cornall and his team constantly raising the bar and supplying where the demand is.
The show was a frenzy, with an approximate 125 people in attendance on a mid-week evening. The show started off with local act Failure is an Option, who recently played alongside Dreamshade at the Flapper (another SYD event held in June). The metalcore band played a cover in memory of Chester Bennington who passed 6 days earlier and were surprisingly good at performing a song that was out of their comfort zone.
However one of the main attractions for the night were Scotland’s finest, LOTUS EATER who played a crushing set. After seeing them before alongside From Sorrow to Serenity, the band continue to surpass expectation every time, refining and enhancing their live performances with every show. The northern boys putting on energetic and engaging set, soaring the energy levels high with each song in their arsenal.
Up next was Our Hollow Our Home who are undoubtedly the new wave of Metalcore. They have often been draw with comparatives to Bury Tomorrow and rightfully so, with an energy rich set that pushed the expectations of the night higher and higher with every riff and lyric. They played an extremely tight set, displaying cohesion and masterful playing despite being fatigued and tired from touring Europe. They arrived in the early afternoon from Belgium from a successful tour run and still gave it everything on their final night before return home.
And finally, the headline act – Oceans Ate Alaska. Who we recently caught at both Tech Fest and Slam Dunk. They constantly improve with every show, and know how to send the crowd’s berserk. They played songs, both old and new, receiving thunderous applause after each new track they unveiled from their latest album. The new addition of Jake Noakes on vocals has been more than well received. His prowess and stamina as well as vocal ability have pushed the band into new territory when it comes to live performances.
Overall it was one hell of an evening, and was one of the strongest Album release show’s within recent years. Again, a huge thank you to Surprise You’re Dead for putting this together, and we wish Oceans Ate Alaska the best upon the release of their album!
Oceans Ate Alaska destroy Mama Roux as they unveil their latest album "Hikari". An energetic, memorable evening that everyone enjoyed.