Gig Reviews

Smeared in black war paint Perth locals Icarus Lives came to rock. The five-piece had the honour of opening the first ever PAIN tour of Australia. They didn’t disappoint. Heavy as fuck guitars with a pounding rhythm section lead on vocals by Sara Murray, Icarus Lives entertained the early punters. Kicking things off for a band like PAIN is a big ask. The Perth young guns were more than up to the task, tearing through an all too short set of heavy tunes off their debut album Vantablack. I wasn’t the only one left impressed.”

Gareth Williams

Pain Australian Tour Perth @ Badlands Bar

Pain Australian Tour Perth @ Badlands Bar

The Enigma Bar crowd is gradually building up still when Icarus Lives rumble to life. Featuring dual female attack, hauntingly beautiful vocals to the destructive punishment behind the drum kit. This is when I had a fanboy moment, a young band hailing from Perth with a massive future ahead of them, being a relatively unknown band in SA I was unaware of what was to come. The feeling of awe swept over me once they began, such power and potency. The vocals were complimented with a death metal inspired growl. The precision of the guitar work was a sight to behold, but the biggest highlight was witnessing the absolute crushing drumming, this young lady has the chops to give any one a run for their money. A bruising show and I’m feeling very happy right now to have seen the future of heavy music.”

Adrian 'Dren' Barham

Metal United Down Under Adelaide 2017

Metal United Down Under Adelaide 2017

Icarus Lives introduced themselves to the stage with an eerie instrumental track that could be straight out of a Halloween horror movie. From the opening note, all band members were windmilling in sync while delivering thrashy guitar riffs and melodies that encouraged sing-a-longs. It’s always great to see women who rock and vocalist Sara Murray is clearly inspiring young women; She was seen taking photos with young fans at the conclusion of the bands set.”

Amy Smith

Rising Force All Ages Heavy Metal Festival Perth 2017

Photo Credit: Linda Dunjey

Rising Force All Ages Heavy Metal Festival Perth 2017

Photo Credit: Linda Dunjey

After refilling my drink and chatting to the friendly bar staff, I was at last excited to hear that Icarus Lives were about to fire-up and I hurried to secure a spot amongst the swelling masses. The lighting dimmed and the band slowly emerged onto the sacred stage to take up their positions like some kind of appeasement ritual for the hungry crowd. The applause could be heard throughout the venue and all eyes were fixed on the stage as everyone cheerfully greeted the band. Our applauses were slowly drowned out by a soothing piano intro and suddenly the band kicked into gear with their first song “Disease”. Jumping around on stage comes naturally to Icarus Lives and the synchronised windmilling of each band member set a fine example to the crowd who were quick to respond with devil horns and relentless moshing. Icarus Lives are a real treat for the ears and you can also see just how much energy is behind these masters of Heavy Metal. By the time they played their next song “Memoirs”, we were bouncing around to the orgasmic shredding of thrashy guitar riffs topped with nicely structured solos and sweeps throughout their songs. The vocals were quite fitting for this style of Metal and I was truly impressed by Sara’s voice which seemed to shine during the melodic segment of their song “the haunting”. This band is big on hooky lyrics and when the song “Last one left” started playing, we found ourselves chanting along with the band while banging our heads relentlessly as a sign of approval. Kevin worked the lighting like a champ and at one point I was dazzled by the reflection of light on Cameron’s guitar as he jumped on the drum rise and lifted his axe above the cheering crowd. True to the song name, their set ended with their song “Never Enough” and I felt slightly disappointed that things had to finish so soon. Luckily, their new album was available at the merch desk and I noticed a few people heading there after the stunning performance. In summary, Icarus Lives has a little bit of everything to offer but you’d want to see them live to get the full experience.”

Hunz Fenrir

Icarus Lives Vantablack Album Launch Perth 2017

Photo Credit: darKSpiritPhotography

Icarus Lives Vantablack Album Launch Perth 2017

Photo Credit: darKSpiritPhotography

Veni, vidi, vici, (they came, they saw and they conquered). Icarus Lives was the highlight of the night, since the moment the intro played you could feel the tension and as soon as the music exploded all the punters were blown away. This band is going from strength to strength and I couldn’t see anything wrong tonight, what a set! It was totally mesmerising seeing this group giving it their all and the punters giving the energy in return, another band that will in my words be a great export for the Western Australia metal scene.”

Ricardo Rengifo

Stop The Violence Minifest 3, Bunbury 2017

Photo Credit: Elf Maiden Music

Stop The Violence Minifest 3, Bunbury 2017

Photo Credit: Elf Maiden Music