There’s been a fair bit going on in the local metal scene lately, and this past Saturday was no exception with the trusty Bendigo Hotel opening its doors once again to host up the goods. With many thanks to Shieldwall Productions, Brisbane’s own folk titans Valhalore banded together with comrades for a ferocious Viking take on Oktoberfest celebrations. The celebrations are set to continue in Brisbane and Sydney on the 20th and 21st of this month.

Punters were encouraged to dress the part with a Viking themed fancy dress including prizes for best costume. Other festivities were included throughout the night; with the break times between sets being broken up with games for those keen enough to get in on the action. This served nicely to smoothen the flow of the night’s events, as well as providing a treat of extra entertainment amidst the stellar line-up of local talent. A double pass to the upcoming Wintersun tour was also up for grabs for punters who purchased their tickets via presale. The merch table was of course flowing with gear from all bands, and punters could collect a Triple Kill loyalty stamp card for the string of shows they have in store across October; with a Triple Kill patch being redeemable to those who attend 2 or more shows (if you weren’t aware then we suggest you get on it!) Since the release of debut album ‘Cryogenesis’, Trigger are also storming across Victoria this month with shows (links below); including the recent Weekday Warriors event at The Bendigo Hotel, and in support of Witchgrinder’s They Walk Among Us Tour at The Musicman Megastore, Bendigo show.

Doors opened at 7:30 pm giving early-bird punters just enough time to settle in with a bevvy and scatter across the venue before the first game ‘Dragon Ships’ ( Pong Tournament) commenced. Before long it was time for the openers at 8:15 pm; Melbourne’s new groove heavy metal band, Primitive,  to get the stage going with their thrashy tunes. They sparked the attention of punters in the band room with people scattered in front of the stage and further out towards the bar area. They played tracks from their upcoming self-titled EP due for release on the 20th, including ‘A Thousand Faces’ which was being launched on the night as the first single. I hadn’t heard of these guys previously, but their stage presence was fiery, energetic, and their sound gritty in atmosphere and tonality. Piercing riff shreds glided through deep bass shudders. Keep an eye out; these folks are just getting started!

Another short game called ‘Pail of Ale’ (Strongman Challenge) was held at 8:45 pm before it was time for Trigger to claim the stage at 9:00 pm. The melodic metal legends from Melbourne pulled the punters to the stage front with ease; thrusting upon them resonating heavy melodics delivered with cheek and boisterousness, and making for a fine juxtaposition between light-hearted fun and emotive expression. Playing tracks from their debut EP ‘Machina’ and debut album ‘Cryogenesis’ the band captivated the crowd with soulful riffs and duality between guitarists Sean Solley and Luke Ashley. Vocalist Tim Leopold belted out the tunes with sincere delivery from start to finish, transitioning from soaring melodies into earthy screams which were texturized further by the supporting vocals of Ashley and Matt Ambrose. Ambrose delivered hard-hitting bass tones alongside new drummer Darcy Mulcahy who seemed to sink into those shoes with ease; keeping the overall sound frantic, hard and aggressive. This is a band whose stage presence holds a strong visible kinship between members as they have a lot of endearing stage interactions on a consistent basis throughout their sets, and this performance was no exception. Exchanges were seen particularly between Leopold, Ashley and Solley whom fully exercised their right to move around the stage during songs. At points they would stand back to back as they played, chucking in a hug, kiss on the cheek or pat on the back out of support and celebration. The set included tracks such as ‘Echoes of the Silenced’, ‘Tethered to the Tide’ (in appropriation with the Viking theme), ‘Ascension’ and ‘Dead Sun’; with ‘Ascension’ being a highlight garnering “HEY!” chants, claps and fists raised firmly in the air as the crowd eagerly head-banged along. The band also generously distributed pressies of free merch between songs, which seems to be somewhat of a tradition in the Trigger camp.

A further game ‘Pike Toss’ (Ring Toss Challenge) commenced at 9:30 pm, followed by none other than Melbourne’s fast up-and-coming power unit Triple Kill at 9:45 pm. I have been watching this bands progress and they never cease to impress as their stage presence and tight-knit performance continue to grow with every show they play. For a band so fresh on the scene, their showmanship gives little of that away. They raked in a crowd of followers which also seems to have grown in size and enthusiasm since they first rigged up to rock out for any fine local punter that rocked up to listen. Rodney Goolagong wasted no time to get the spirit of things underway, announcing “we are Triple Kill and we are here to make you drink, but first we’ve got to search for the Infinity Gate…check your pockets, it might be in there”, before performing the track ‘Infinity Gate’ from their recent debut release ‘The First Kill’. Rowdy fans were left only wanting more as they continued through tracks off the EP such as crowd favourites ‘Swarm’ uniting people with epic battle vibes against “a giant fucking worm”, and ‘Blades’ with its famed “RIP!” chant. Another highlight of the set included an impressive cover of Dio’s Holy Diver. Goolagong joked for the crowd to “sing along so if I fuck up you can take over”. Between the impressive soaring vocals of Goolagong (not to mention his charismatic theatrics), power shredding of Daniel Mackie and Anthony Commane, blasting beats of Connor O’Keane and booming bass of Ethan White they damn near blew the roof off with a swift, loud soar. The energy and enthusiasm they inject into their performance effortlessly commanded the crowd’s attention, and the exchange between the band and fans is a sight to behold for oneself. A quick scan of the room confirmed that a still body was a scarce sight; with people singing, chanting, fist-pumping, grooving and head-banging along throughout the set as well as the band’s first wall of death.

The groovy death/thrash fusion Cryptic Abyss took their place at 10:30pm with vocalist Calvin Cobby pouncing into shrieking growls at the crowd, belting and face melting through tracks such as ‘Blood on the Nature Strip, ‘Murder of Crows’, ‘Rusty Knife’, ‘Let’s Get Smashed’ and ‘Reduced to Bones’. Bassist Kurt Morley, alongside guitarists Damon Morley and Nathan Allen pumped out rich writhing riffs and shreds alongside James Catarinozzi’s erratic rhythmic drumming.  Cobby thrashed out the vocals with might and conviction as the masses have come to expect from his consistent performance quality.  Also known for stage banter, Cobby joked about the amount of sweat he had been working up in his efforts, and told the crowd that “one of you cunts better be half as sweaty as I am”, also joking at another point to “crack a tinny”. Circle pits and a wall of death broke out in a traditional fashion that I’ve witnessed each time I have seen these guys perform. The band was also filming their set for an upcoming music video (including a mosh-cam), so keep an eye out for that one, folks!

Last but not least, the folk Vikings Valhalore lit up the stage at 11:15 pm with their soothing melodics and victorious battle-esque attire including war paint. Vocalist Lachlan Neate  first announced that the final game ‘Finest Clad’ (Best Dressed Prize) was to take place as “we tried to do this earlier in the night but everyone fucked off for a smoke”. Initially it was set to take place before Cryptic Abyss went onstage. Their set included a selection of tracks from their debut album release ‘Voyage into Eternity’ which was released on the 14th of March this year. Neate took to the stage like a true warrior commanding the mosh as if preparing for war. Whimsical mandolin and cello injected contrast amidst the ferocity, with further depth noted of the mystical Sophie Christensen’s enchanting playing of the tin whistle, low whistle and a flute. The fluttery wind and string instrumental sections swept the crowd away with ease as the atmosphere ebbed and flowed between chipper foot-stomping folk melodies into an air of high voltage Viking raid. Their theatrical stage presence makes it effortless to feel more as though you’re being taken on a glorious journey of storytelling and less like attending a rock show, well, except for the abundance of head-banging and pit activity. If you haven’t seen these guys live before I urge you to do so as you simply don’t know what you’ve been missing.

Set List:

Voyage into Eternity

The Winterstone

Upon the Shores

Guardians of Time

Augury of Death

Malice of Illusion

By the Light of Funeral Pyres

Across the Frozen Ocean

Check out the relevant upcoming local gigs in the links below:-



BRISBANE, Club Greenslopes 20th October:

SYDNEY, The Metro 21st October:


TRIPLE KILL shows valid for the loyalty reward cards:

14th October- Metal To My Ears Charity Event, The Reverence Hotel Fitzroy (Cryptic Abyss also supporting)[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A1%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D

27th October- Heavy Metal Halloween, The Bendigo Hotel Collingwood[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A1%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D


Upcoming TRIGGER Shows:

20th October- HYBRID NIGHTMARES ‘Almagest’ Album Launch, The Eastern Ballarat[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A262690573767449%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

21st October- Direblaze, The Brunswick Hotel Brunswick[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A262690573767449%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

11th November- Anvil, Prince Bandroom Melbourne

17th November- Silent Knight Master & Commander Australian Tour, The Bendigo Hotel Collingwood (Triple Kill also supporting)[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A262690573767449%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

19th November- Silent Knight Master & Commander Australian Tour, The Record Crate Sydney[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A262690573767449%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

24th November Gods of Eden and Seraphic, The Reverence Hotel Footscray



21st October- The Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A933747713347035%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D