• Sarah Kidd @ Ambient Light blog

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 ‘Down The Line’ they quickly moved into the powerful ‘Symbols’ for which they released a music video last year. Tight and uncompromising, the four-piece set the tone for the evening before finishing on the chugging riffs of ‘Bring Me Down’.

Next up and currently in the middle of their national tour supporting the incomparable His Master’s Voice, Coridian are always a welcome addition to any line-up and tonight was no different. With lead vocalist Dity Maharaj leading the three Raven brothers into battle,

Coridian delivered a set that embraced both the past and the present – and even gave us a glimpse into their very bright future. ‘Nonetheless’ and ‘Dunes’ pulled the crowd in, before Coridian hit them with their latest track ‘Better Off’ which was only released last month as an official single.

Having featured in several of their live performances throughout the year the deeply emotive track once again proved what a powerhouse Maharaj can be vocally and how well Coridian works as a unit.

A sweet double header came in the form of ‘Seed’ and ‘Seed Pt 2’ with Coridian finishing on the popular ‘Reflections’. Having just announced that they have picked up the support slot for the American band Skillet and with their aforementioned tour with His Master’s Voice there is absolutely no excuse not to catch Coridian live over the next few weeks – It’s a decision that you won’t regret.


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