Deftones close Australian tour with an absolute scorcher
Venue: Brisbane, Riverstage
Bands: Voyager, Karnivool, and Deftones
Reviewers: Brooke Bijl and Marc Stapelberg
As the hazy orange smoke drifted amongst the cooling Brisbane air, and the pine trees bristled in the wind, the hauntingly beautiful tones of Chino Moreno's vocals on Change 'in the house of flies' echoed over the grass amphitheatre at Riverstage in Brisbane.
Whether it was 'Bored', 'My Own Summer (Shove It)' or newer tracks like 'Gore' and 'Hearts/Wires'; there was no doubting the depth and emotional intensity of the setlist.
Opening with Diamond Eyes the band exploded on the stage and didn't miss a beat through the entire gig.
The stage lighting was jaw dropping with an array of lights working in conjunction with smoke and brutal beauty of Stephen Carpenters seven string tones.
Chino regularly receded to the back of the stage where he was silhouetted and encircled by rays of light, only then to explode forward again - his mournful tones switching between delicate intricacies and brutal ear drum splitting screams.
Knife Party and Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) were definitely highlights, but tracks like Rocket Skates, Digital Bath, and Prince were all equably enjoyable.
Deftones have such an enormous back catalogue they could have done the set three times over and it would have been just as strong.
But in reality it was wonderful to see the band deliver an inspired performance showing off a truly unique and beautiful genre of music that no one else manages to encapsulate like them.
The subtlety, empathy, emotion of their music translates extremely well live and it was just so easy to watch as the harmonies reach into the starlit sky, multi-coloured lights bathing silhouetted fans, and a sense of the unbridled rawness that exists in this band's songs.
There is just no other band in the world that does what Deftones do as well as Deftones.
They are the masters at very haunting beauty and brutal crushing riffs.
The ringing ambience of the bass guitar ending encore song 'Engine 9' signalled the fun was over but punters were left truly satisfied.
Before Deftones, Karnivool set the mood with a chunky and very progressive set that encapsulated their sound start to finish.
In reality, Deftones and Karnivool are extremely different bands which focus on very different aesthetics.
There is no point in trying to compare them.
Karnivool fans lapped up the performance and the dedicated fan base sported a myriad of Karnivool t-shirts round the ground.
The band in many ways is a musician's band focusing on odd signature timings and groovy interludes and licks.
It was a short set list finish on A New Day which was clearly a favourite and well known song.
Starting with a Simple Boy and moving onto Goliath the band kept things contained, with low lighting and a focused determination.
Deadman showed what the band really had as they let loose and dived into The Refusal with a perfection reflective of all their years touring.
It was clear how the music took over them and they found their groove, passion and stride.
It was obvious from their performance that they were very much enjoying the tour.
Fans were treated to a new song 'All It Takes' which fit nicely into the set and no doubt wet people's appetite for more.
Voyager were the opening act and did a fantastic job of getting the crowd going.
They had a sincere professionalism that was obvious.
They are all skilled players who have moulded a sound that resembles the Karnivool prog element more than Deftones.
It worked well as the sun set behind the Riverstage and it was great to watch Simone Dow relish every moment with her wild guitar antics.
With five full length albums behind them the Perth band really put their best foot forward and no doubt won over a good set of fans.
A fun interesting moment was when they played a Darude 'Sandstorm' cover which was surprisingly catchy and heavy and had obviously worked for them in the past.
Overall, it was a fantastic gig, at an amazing venue with incredible weather.