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Live Review : 36 CrazyFists + Superheist + From Crisis to Collapse + BLKLST + Take My Soul @ The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 7 April 2019

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Another Sunday gig at the Cambridge Hotel and another early start. Not a huge issue in and of itself, when the venue fails to list the correct start time on its own website until late into the afternoon of the show and you aren’t surprised when the bands on show tonight are playing to far fewer people than they would normally.
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Photo Gallery : HEISTFEST 2019 at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 7 April 2019

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Superheist at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 7 April 2019
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Superheist at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 7 April 2019
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Live Review : Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals + King Parrot + Palm at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 31 March 2019

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Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 31 March 2019
Photographer: Ben Hosking

It’s not every Sunday that you get to experience some of the crustiest, filthiest metal the scene has to offer while the sun is still shining (festivals being the exception). But here we are on a perfect Autumnal day, walking into the iconic Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle before 5pm to witness just that.
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Photo Gallery : Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals + King Parrot + Palm at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 31 March 2019

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Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 31 March 2019
Photographer: Ben Hosking

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Live Review: Dead Letter Circus + Circles at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – December 13, 2018

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Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking

It feels like only yesterday that I was lucky enough to see Melbourne’s Circles supporting Tesseract at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. OK, so it was mid-September. However, in that time the band have been touring non-stop, including a jaunt to Europe and all that road time has paid dividends.

Despite already being a tight, taut and polished modern metal outfit, Circles dominated the Cambridge Hotel stage tonight with an obvious growth in confidence – not only in themselves, but also in the tracks off their latest album that make up the bulk of tonight’s set list. In fact, there didn’t seem to be a single song off their first EP to be heard. What's even more impressive is that they pulled this off with a fill-in bassist while Drew Patton was sidelined by a new baby. Just phenomenal.

Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus has a long history of wowing audiences and listeners alike. Forming in 2004 (their debut album landing in 2010), singer Kim Benzie estimated that the band had played the Cambridge stage some six times over the years and tonight’s near-full house is testament not only to their memorable modern prog rock songs, but also a willingness to put in the long miles.

Tonight, they’re on fine form, with an extensive set list covering their entire catalogue. Some seventeen tracks have the Newcastle crowd wowed before a venue curfew sees them leave the stage without an encore. Frankly, if anyone is disappointed, they shouldn’t be. We were all treated to a night of some of this country’s best forward-thinking heavy music.

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Photo Gallery : Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018

Photo Gallery : Circles at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018

Photo Gallery : Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018

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Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
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Dead Letter Circus at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
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Photo Gallery : Circles at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018

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Circles at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
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Circles at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 13 December 2018
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Live Review : Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018

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Parkway Drive at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking – Hosking Industries

First a word of advice: It can really pay to check the opening times for a gig on more than one website! Thanks to an erroneous door time listing on one ticket website, this humbled reviewer ended up missing the brutal Thy Art is Murder.

Thankfully I didn’t miss the mighty Killswitch Engage, who tonight were playing the role of main support. For some, that might seem like an odd place for a renowned international act. However, when you look out across the sold out room at NEX in Newcastle (the old Worker’s Club), it seems like a pretty shrewd move and one that will no doubt win the Massachusetts band plenty of new fans off the back of a typically super strong performance.
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Photo Gallery : Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018

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Parkway Drive at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018
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Parkway Drive at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018
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Live Review : Make Them Suffer + Silent Planet + Oceans Ate Alaska + Thornhill at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Wed, August 15, 2018

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Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel has been playing host to a run of great metal shows of late. The latest gig to warm up the cold winter nights is Perth’s Make Them Suffer and despite being a mid-week show, Hunter punters turned out in their masses to witness a strong international line up of modern heaviness.
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Photo Gallery : Make Them Suffer + Silent Planet + Oceans Ate Alaska + Thornhill at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 15 August 2018

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Make Them Suffer at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 15 August 2018
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Live Review : Polaris + Justice for the Damned + Diamond Construct + Junkhead at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Polaris at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018
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I pity any metal head in the hunter region that missed out on tonight’s show at the Cambridge Hotel. Between the four acts on show, just about any genre-loyal fanatic would have been well catered to.
Continue reading Live Review : Polaris + Justice for the Damned + Diamond Construct + Junkhead at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Photo Gallery : Polaris + Justice for the Damned + Diamond Construct + Junkhead at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Polaris at Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Live Review : Escape the Fate + Awaken I Am + Between Kings at the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 2 June 2018

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It was a cold, wet night in Newcastle when Las Vegas band Escape the Fate rolled into town. But behind the storied walls of Newcastle's iconic Cambridge Hotel you'd have been forgiven for thinking it was a balmy summer evening – such were the conditions created by the teeming mass of bodies in attendance to watch the American rock band smash through its lauded 2008 album 'This War is Ours' in its entirety.
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Photo Gallery : Escape the Fate + Awaken I Am + Between Kings at the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 2 June 2018

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Escape the Fate at the Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 2 June 2018
Photographer: Ben Hosking

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