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Skillet w/Coridian @Powerstation (Shelly Te Haara)

Auckland locals Armed in Advance kicked off the night! Reforming to play this show at The Powerstation, the trio took the stage. The crowd had packed in quite a bit at this point. The sound was definitely there and the strong coloured lighting occasionally gave it a bit of flare, but the performance was definitely lacking. It almost seemed as though they didn’t want to be there. After a short set and a quick photo with the crowd, they were done. Next up were hard-hitting locals Coridian. Coridian have been all go lately, currently also touring with His Masters Voice. The intro played out and the band took the stage. As they got straight into the first track Nonetheless the energy was instant

Skillet w/ Coridian @Powerstation (Libel)

The Coridian set starts moody and ambient, full of reverb then suddenly plunges into full on high energy noise, with the lead singer, Dity Maharaj, jumping around the stage. This is clear cut heavy rock, optimistic and animated. They have the prowess and the vibe and make good use of the stage with Dity really giving it his all. In fact they’re all jumping around, save the drummer, Kris Raven, who clearly has a limited ability to move around while owning the percussion section. I like what he’s up to; he’s versatile and lightening quick when he wants to be. There are lots of large theatrical movements which make full use of the kit. In fact the whole band understands that performance is a pa

Skillet w/ Coridian @Powerstation (Ambient Light Blog)

With the sudden onslaught of temperatures reminiscent of winter and intermittent chilling rain nobody was sticking around outside Auckland’s Powerstation last night to wait for friends. As always, the door staff – who were braving the elements – made entry as easy as possible and more importantly quick! However, I was more impressed to see them picking up rubbish during their not so busy periods. It’s the small things like that, that make me appreciative of the staff and the effort that they make. While most venues won’t even open the doors before 8pm, this show was all ages and therefore had an earlier start time. It was only 7:30pm when the opening band made their way out onto the stage, b

Fozzy w/Coridian @Galatos (Radio 13)

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t particularly expecting to enjoy Fozzy. I’m not a huge metal fan, and a metal band fronted by a pro wrestler seemed like the kind of thing that would push my limits. Despite this, I maintained an open mind when I went to see them at Galatos, and I’m glad I did. Opening the show was NZ band Checaine, who wasted no time launching into their set with Down The Line. Despite a relatively unresponsive crowd and cramped stage space, Fraser Coombes (vocals) maintained strong energy and stage presence, and didn’t hit a wrong note once. In Symbols, a highlight of the set, Regan Aspden (guitar) looped a melodic line which the band played to smoothly, showcasing their solidarity

Fozzy w/ Coridian @Galatos (Ambient Light Blog)

Ask yourself; what does it take to make a good rock show? Venue, band and possibly a few drinks beforehand. But what does it take to make a great rock show? The answer is Fozzy. Rolling into town for their first ever New Zealand appearance, Fozzy – headed by the one and only Chris Jericho – delivered a show that their fans won’t soon forget. But every great rock show needs some local talent to get the fans salivating for more and tonight the walls of Auckland’s Galatos were shaken by not one but three impressive bands. Hailing from Hamilton and led by vocalist Fraser Coombes, Checaine began the night on a high with their unique brand of melodic/progressive hard rock. Beginning their set with

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