Heavy metal rhythms please crowd

Iowa’s finest, Slipknot was the second-last act to perform on the line-up for Soundwave Festival 2012 in Brisbane on February 25.
Iowa’s finest, Slipknot was the second-last act to perform on the line-up for Soundwave Festival 2012 in Brisbane on February 25. Amy Haydock

IT SEEMS ponchos, looming dark clouds and constant rain was the perfect recipe for an epic day and night of heavy metal head banging and messy mosh pits that was Brisbane's taste of Soundwave Festival 2012.

After wrapping up in Perth on Tuesday, the mammoth festival that toured the country over the last two weeks kicked off in Brisbane on February 25, setting the standard for the rest of the tour.

A sea of band T-shirts, long hair and beards were prevalent throughout the streets of Queensland's capital that Saturday, as thousands made their way to Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds to see some of the best acts metal has to offer.

Although it was barely 11am, bands were already rocking crowds, warming punters up for the huge day that was ahead of them.

And with this year's line-up featuring the likes of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit and System of a Down, the rain was certainly not going to put a damper on things.

As the rain fell almost like clockwork, with showers almost every hour, each band fronted the stage with as much aggression and force as the next, each with their own style of metal-pleasing audiences beyond their expectations.

Stages 4A and 4B was where I spent most of the afternoon, watching one great act after the other, including Hellyeah, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, Coal Chamber and In Flames, before making my way to the main stage.

Limp Bizkit made quite an impression on audiences, drawing a huge crowd, but Marilyn Manson's set seemed to disappoint many, with his "shambolic" performance.

As Slipknot appeared on stage, their presence magnetic, and although it was a sight I had seen before, it was just as brilliant if not better than the last time they graced Australian shores in 2008.

System of a Down ended the night with a bang, playing old and new tracks that rocked the entire grounds, from the mosh pit to the grandstands, leaving us waiting another 12 months to do it all over again.

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