After too long an absence from the music scene, Segression have returned with a new album – and a tour. Given the low stocks of big metal bands in this country, it’s a welcome and well-timed return.
Dreadnaught were hard, fast, mighty, loud – which is what you’d expect when one of the heavyweights of Aussie metal fill the support bill for one of the giants of Aussie metal. Acts like Dreadnaught are the grass roots of local music, so it was very pleasing to see solid support from the Annandale crowd.
Segression dished out a massive 90 minute set of heavy metal goodness, leaving everyone well and truly satisfied. While a full house sign stood no chance of appearing at the door, the sizeable and boisterous crowd were appropriately vocal for the entire set. Not that anything less was expected – the crunchy riffage of fan favourite Cranial Patch II received a huge response and set the mini-mosh into a berserk frenzy. And the twisted metal blast of Ramrod made a deafening statement – this is how you play metal kids!
Segression rolled out a stack of new songs, the new single Hero Anthem was a highlight – also Gaspipe, its heavy laden groove was seriously impressive. New songs Never Dead and Let Me Be Me also shook the ceiling – when was the last time the Annandale had a metal gig this powerful? But the old-school songs still got the biggest cheers – Reality and The Thickening had everyone square dancing, but it was the pummelling and purely freaking awesome Dr A Hype that really had heads-a-bangin’.
A simply cracking performance from one of the greats of Aussie metal – and what do they do but wrap it up with the bone-jarring epic Fifth Of The Fifth. Damn, what a way to finish the night. Segression topped it off so well, and they were clearly thankful and appreciative for the support shown tonight – and after this performance they’re clearly back on the rise.