LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: OCTANIC’S 100TH SHOW AT ENIGMA BARby Ebony Story on Dec 12, 2016 • 10:00 am No Comments
One hundred shows. That’d be almost two years of playing a gig every weekend—of course Octanic has been together much longer than that but you get the picture. To celebrate this milestone, Octanic—alongside Drown This Fury, Massix and What Happens After Dark—put on a Metal At Enigma Christmas Edition show on Saturday.
What Happens After Dark got off to a good start; the band’s energy was high and they kicked the night into gear—until the bassist knocked over a bottle of beer and blew their electrics. There was a slight interlude while they got everything back up and running and there were shouts of: ‘this is why we can’t have nice things!’ But they were soon back in action with Santa hats on for Christmas cheer to lighten up their metalcore sound.
Massix took to the stage in a haze of smoke and dim red lights, and then just let it rip. Featuring rich, clear vocals that deepened to growls, Massix had a Metallica/Killswitch Engage vibe going on, and it was exciting. Songs progressed with technical drumming and insane riffage, not to mention an almost electrifying stage presence. Easy with the banter, frontman, Harrison Auger yelled at the crowd to, ‘mosh, you little bitches!’ To which, of course, they did.
Technical difficulties earlier in the night forgotten, alcohol flowing from taps and through veins—the crowd was loose. Drown This Fury stepped up and gave the crowd what they wanted: epic breakdowns around their progressive melodies and screamed vocals. Vocalist, Ian Darke leapt down into the crowd and proved that he could sing and mosh at the same time. This band was constantly moving and progressing, and they left the crowd wanting more.
It was deep into the night when the big guns walked on to the classic orchestral song ‘O Fortuna’ and the dramatic tension rose as Octanic lifted their hands skyward and began their 100th show. Everything about these musicians is tight and technical and heavy to the max; they’re damn entertaining. With vocals that explore different textures on top of their melodic death metal, each song is a stand out and you can hear a little bit of symphonic euro metal woven behind the intricate drum patterns.
Octanic opened with ‘Deadworld’ and the set escalated from there. ‘King For A Day’, ‘The Mask of Hypocrisy’ and ‘Neverafter’ had the crowd almost convulsing with each beat, and the space for moshing grew larger as more flailing arms and legs joined in. Vocalist, Jay Shephardson announced their last song, ‘Monochrome Lucidity’, mentioned something about a wall of death, and the fellas in the mosh made it happen.
Octanic ended the night on a major high, and this Christmas edition of Metal At Enigma is a present many will remember until they play again and shoot through our expectations once more.