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Live Review : Cancer Bats at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019

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Cancer Bats at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019 Photographer: Ben Hosking

I was lucky enough to witness Canada’s Cancer Bats in action back sometime around 2013 and was struck by the band’s intensity and obvious enjoyment with what they were doing. That was a Sidewave at Sydney’s Hi-Fi Bar supporting Bullet for My Valentine – which in this reviewer’s mind was a bit of an odd pairing, but whatever…

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Photo Gallery : Cancer Bats + Totally Unicorn + Trashed Again at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019

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Cancer Bats at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019 Photographer: Ben Hosking
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Photo Gallery : Take My Soul supported by Father Deer Hands + Some Heard Trouble + PSTCRDS at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11 July 2019

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Take My Soul at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 11 July 2019
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Take My Soul at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 11 July 2019
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Live Review & Photo Gallery : The Tea Party + Linear at NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019

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The Tea Party at NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019
Photographer : Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

I'm ashamed to admit it, but this was actually the first time I'd seen The Tea Party live. I'd been into their music since the 1990s and had seen one of Jeff Martin's incredible solo shows way back in 2010 at Sydney's The Basement. But I'd never been able to see The Tea Party.

Tonight, I was in for a real treat.
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Live Review: Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin + Diamond Construct at Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle – June 23, 2019

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Born of Osiris at Newcastle Hotel – 23 June 2019
Photographer : Ben Hosking

It might have been a chilly, wet Sunday night outside, but within the cosy confines of the recently-rebranded Newcastle Hotel, piping hot modern metal was cooking up a storm. While we missed local opening act The Wandering, Taree progressive metal four-piece Diamond Construct continued their evolution from awkward teens to stage-pounding purveyors of dissonant chords and brutal breakdowns. Their latest release is garnering them some deserved attention and tonight’s almost-cruelly short 25-minute support slot shows they can impress even on a tight timeline.
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Photo Gallery : Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin + Diamond Construct at Newcastle Hotel – 23 June 2019

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Born of Osiris at Newcastle Hotel – 23 June 2019

Born of Osiris at Newcastle Hotel – 23 June 2019
Photographer : Ben Hosking

Tour Details – Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin – Co-headline Australian Tour – June 2019

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Live Review : Karnivool + Southeast Desert Metal at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 30 May 2019

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This reviewer hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing the mighty Karnivool live since 2012 and 2013 on the Asymmetry tour. Both of those gigs were held at Sydney’s Metro and the Big Top respectively – much larger venues than Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel.
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Photo Gallery : KARNIVOOL at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 30 May 2019

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KARNIVOOL at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 30 May 2019
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KARNIVOOL at The Cambridge, Newcastle – 30 May 2019

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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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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
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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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