The Hard Word: Soundwave Gets Hot and Heavy
As the monolith of Soundwave rolled into town, Queensland could be forgiven for thinking they were experiencing another cyclone.
Amongst the whiplashed necks, burst eardrums (metaphorically of course), and sunburnt tattoos there appeared a zombie-like shell shocked look across punters faces.
This is to be expected when experiencing 8 hours of thundering sky cracking music.
Soundwave is a complete marvel as it seems to get it right every year at the RNA Showgrounds.
And this year the festival once again secured the behemoth Slipknot.
A good headline act cannot be underestimated in a two day festival of such immense diversity. Slipknot delivered with all the fire, masks, and debauchery that their avid fans expected.
(8) Corey Taylor's voice seamlessly floated between guttural lows and eloquent melodies as the band belted out a set list that consisted of some new songs and some old favourites.
For many aussie fans this would be the first time they were seeing the '9' without the likes of former bass player Paul Grey and former drummer Joey Jordison.
But the band appear to have worked hard to move on and create a dynamic show regardless. It was a very traditional line-up on day one of Soundwave as Exodus, Judas Priest, Slash, and Marilyn Manson channelled the heyday of metal into the pit of screaming fans.
And as we have seen in years before both young and old alike enjoyed the high calibre of these seasoned acts.
Rob Halford's soaring highs were only matched by the epic finger wizardry of the mighty Slash.
And Apocalyptica provided an unusual extravaganza of classical instruments twisted into weapons of 'metal' - their cello's rumbling across the RNA showgrounds with crystal clarity.
Marilyn Manson cut an eerie figure across the stage in his pale makeup.
His new single, a slight departure from previous albums, has if anything heightened the keen interest from many of his fans.
His stage props and elaborate microphone handles all kept the audience entertained.
But no one divides a crowd like Manson.
And reaction to his performance was mixed.
Earlier Papa Roach gave a stunning performance of explosive energy, tight musical playing and good audience engagement, littering their set with old favourites to amp the crowd up.
Of Mice and Men, Crossfaith, Escape the Fate and Coldrain gave very little room to breathe as the beats per minute just kept on ratcheting up.
A little gem in the festival was Killer be Killed at Stage 4.
It is not often one sees a supergroup, with members of Mastadon, Soulfly and Dillinger Escape Plan, touring a festival with their inaugural album.
There was a palpable sense of expectation as they took the stage.
Troy Sanders and Max Calavera looked to be enjoying themselves immensely as they swapped vocal duties. But it was Greg Puciato who decimated the stage with sheer aggression and force.
The band took on a whole new level of meaning as they performed their songs with gusto and passion.
They were certainly one of the best acts of the day.
As always the festival was not without its difficult choices - in this case Slipknot or Smashing Pumpkins, or if you were inclined Fall Out Boy.
But in reality one couldn't really go wrong with either stage.
And a real coo for Brisbane was to get the 'Comfort Zones' that Adelaide and Melboune missed out on.
These islands of relaxation and rejuvenation are a fantastic addition to the festival.
They truly provide that touch of luxury for what is an epic festival.
The real question though - is what will tomorrow be like when coupled with sounds of today?