I paid $33 for this gig, I made a dumb mistake by not printing out my ticket at home. When I arrived at the Valve Bar I paid $40 at the door. So that’s why its always best to A) buy a ticket weeks before the gig and B) print it out
I had to rush through the newly built Central Park to get to my cousins flat in Chippendale. I was so grateful my wonderful New Zealand cousin Chas had a printer on had to print my ticket out. I was back at the valve bar as quick as you could play “Hellbringer” and I got a $40 refund.
The first band on the night was Convent Guilt. They have been around since 2011 and I was lucky to see them in April 2014 at the last Australian gig for “Backyard Mortuary”. The most famous face I know in that band is Brent on drums. I remember him back in the day with the Grindcore band “Beer Corpse” and he even offered me the position of Bassist. I decline as I have no talents for playing an instrument in my life.
Brent is also in a one man banded called “Sluggard” that has only released 2 demo tapes in 5 years. I was lucky to buy one of his demo tapes, but I never got around to playing it. “Sorry Brent”
Convent Guilt has 3 ex members of “Shackles” and they are fronted by Ian whom played bass for Australian cult legends “Trench Hell”.
I found it hard getting even close to the stage to watch “Convent Guilt” but they have a bit of a huge following and are doing bigger things than what Beer Corpse, Shackles and Sluggard ever did in their careers. I should get out more and see Convent Guilt like i have done in the last few years by supporting HELLBRINGER, RAMPAGE, DARKER HALF
They have a new album, released last year called “Gun for Hire” and I say everyone should go out to Utopia or online and buy this album.
What can I say. This was my 9th Bastardizer gig in 24 months and 2nd one of the year. Drummer Andrew Craig (Rise of Avernus & Requiem of the Dammed) sits pretty behind the kit while Rayzor Ray can’t stop himself buying new bass.
The band opens up with the usual P.A into before welcoming us in with “Bastards, Bullets, Bitch, Beer”. There is a giant Bastardizer backdrop, but one thing I do miss is the inverted crucifix on Chris Beesley Microphone
It always seems to be a similar setlist with Bastardizer. But if you’re a band with only 1 Demo, 1 full length LP and one SPLIT LP and your supporting an American band your only given 45 minutes on stage as well as a few cover songs to throw in.
There was hardly allot of people watching Bastardizer. So I made myself present by standing in the front row and just fucking headbanging. Nobody was pushing and shoving anyone else. I had been pushed over during a Bastardizer set, but I still live
The setlist for tonight was
Bastards Bullets. Bitches & Beer
Bathory and Lust
Enforcers of Evil
Pentagram of Pleasure
Up the Ante.
There was no cover songs but the new underground metal anthem “Up The Ante” has been given allot of praise at recent gigs as its been featured on that split EP with WhipStriker
Bill Morgan does a great job at being a guitarist in Bastardizer, but he is also a great spokesman with the occasional joke. He was telling us all on stage they cloned Rayzor Ray and they had a guy that looks like him behind the drums. But it was Andrew Craig.
In the middle of the set Andrew Craig threw and unmarked no name brand of drumstick with a plastic tip off the stage. I picked it up, it has been broken allot and even split down the top middle. I always have “The Castle” moments when I pick up drum sticks and guitar picks “I’m like, this is going straight to the pool room”
Bastardizer sounded better than before, but even with the changing of the drummer I did see allot of talent with Andrew Craig as he is now known as “New Mate” within the band
Razor Ray encouraged us all to buy some merch because he is broke as Ray has a bit of a bad habbit of buying bass guitars.
During “Pentagram of Pleasure” Chris put his arm around my neck as we started yelling out “HEY OR OI!” I have such an amazing friendship with that guy, we can talk about Andy Timmons being Olivia Newton-John’s guitarist, or how awesome Danger Danger is.
I don’t know when the next BASTRADIZER gig is on next, but I am sure that band will support any International act. Hell I will hopefuly go on tour with them in Asia this year (FINGERS CROSSED)
There was a really classic Intro over the PA when Luke, James and Josh took the stage before breaking into Deceivers Chamber off their first full length LP “Dominion of Darkness”. Its been 3 long years since that album came out and that band has moved on from its HELLBRINGER EP days.
Nobody tonight wanted to hear anything off the Hellbringer EP as this is all about moving the fuck forward in Thrash Metal.
“Sermon of Death” was next. I could hardly get a good viewing point as there were just so many people in the small venue. Luke was complaining a bit for someone to increase the volume of his Microphone but there was hardly anyone else on the mixer desk..
There was a new song called “COVEN” on the setlist. It sounds pretty good and I think its going to be a good track on the next LP.
“Horror from the Grave” is a recent song from the 7inch they released last year. This song has probably be played all over Europe and its pushing the band to new levels. Its got a bit of a Possessed EDGE to it
Bell of the Anti Christ was the final song of the night. I felt that Hellbringer has moved on from its "Hellbringer EP" days. As Julia Gillard would say it "Moving Forward"
I found it amusing to see a chick in redhead with an old fashion Microphone on stage. But the hard thing was she isnt a natural redhead.
I didn't really dig Bulletbelt and I didn't really have much of a care for Midnight. When i saw Midnight on stage i was like "Who the fuck do they think they are PORTAL" Portal has been around since 1994 but they didn't start doing gigs with executioner hoods and Wizard Hats until 2003.
I was tired at 12 midnight and i had to head over to my cousins house in Central to sleep for a few hours before going to the dawn service.
I dunno when my next gig is.