Brewtality Festival: Orpheus Omega

'The sheer eagerness of the Aussie crowds; that's surely something that can't be matched'

In short, Brewtality is an annual music festival that features 33 bands, held across 3 stages at The Tote and The Bendigo hotels in Melbourne, Australia. These are the fundamentals of Brewtality – however it is so much more. What needs to be addressed here is its muscle and that is Brewtality’s ability to ignite comradery within the heavy metal fan. The Australian heavy metal landscape is as rich as it is diverse. With all involved - from the musician to the journalist, the promoter to the punter; we all share in this multiplicity and amazing culture we created that is known as Australian Heavy Metal. Metal As Fuck are catching up with several bands featured on this year’s bill on the lead up to Brewtality and all share the same message; their admiration for Australian Heavy Metal..... Chris Themelco, vocalist of Melbourne’s Orpheus Omega weighs in. 

The annual Brewtality Festival is a celebration of beer and metal; name me something that goes together as well as a belly full of beer and a moshpit of metal “That is a hard ask, I think that combo is pretty good and I’m sure we can all agree I would maybe make one addition a good meal, then there is a trifecta of awesome involved”

What is one unique trait about an Australian moshpit that you wouldn't find in any other moshpit around the world do you think? “I honestly don't know having played a few shows in Asia and seen several videos from other parts of the world, the one thing that does come to mind is the sheer eagerness of the Aussie crowds to get involved, that's surely something that can't be matched”.

Have you played Brewtality Festival before? “Yes we have I think it would have been two years ago now”. How would you describe the atmosphere of the festival? “Fun and inviting, it’s always nice to see lots of different bands and fans involved in a great night”.

Orpheus Omega has just hit the 12th month mark since the release of 'Partum Vita Mortem' and the band have toured hard - how were the last 12 months for the Orpheus Omega and how has playing the material live been? “The last 12 months have been great, we have played some truly fun and energetic shows, we love touring Australia and we love the scene so it's always great to get out and see old and new fans and all the great acts Australia has to offer. It has been tiring but the rewards of having the most fun ever really cancel that out. The material has been great and has felt really natural to introduce, we still have a few to bring in too so excited about that”. 

The album had garnered favourable attention; how does the album reflect the band and its ethos? “It has been a great response, and the journey to writing and finishing it was a very exciting one. We feel like we have really matured and found the sound we have been striving for on this record and we hope the stuff we are writing now will continue that trend. We just want to write music that we enjoy playing and listening too so it’s always great to get the same reaction from fans and listeners”. And where would you say lies your primary strengths as a band? “Our ability to communicate and bring all our influences and personal strengths to every aspect of the band. We all have things to offer and I think at the core we are just a close knit family group and that definitely helps”.

How has the Australian heavy metal landscape influenced your sound along the way? “The scene here is so full of amazing bands that it’s hard not to have it influence you in some way. The main thing is the drive to become better as a band, when you share the stage with some of the bands we are lucky enough to have here, it's hard not to feel like you need to get better and be as good as your compatriots, it’s not even competitive it’s just about making sure we are all putting on the same world class show and making a name for the great scene that we have here in Australia”.

What do you plan to bring to your live set at Brewtality this year? “The same thing we try to bring to every set; energy, fun, killer tunes and comradery. We just can't wait to hit the stage and have fun with the great people in this great city”.

What can we expect to see from Orpheus Omega for the remainder of 2016 and into next year? “Well we have a few more shows to announce, some new swag on the way, a video clip and a few extra goodies that we will hopefully share very soon. Keep your eyes peeled and embrace the Aussie scene it’s the best in the world”.


Desert Highways presents...

A celebration of metal, rock and beer!

Sat 6th August 2016 -MELBOURNE
The Tote & The Bendigo hotel’s, Collingwood.

Sat 13th August 2016 - SYDNEY
The Factory, Marrickville

Presale Tickets: $40

Door entry on the day - $48.

The event has sold out each year, take advantage of the presale discount and grab a ticket now so you don’t miss out!

 Dreadnaught (Launch Tour)
 Orpheus Omega
 Heaven The Axe
 Southeast Desert Metal (NT)
 Darker Half (NSW)
 The Levitation Hex (ACT)
 Black Like Vengeance
 Seedy Jeezus
 Join The Amish
 The Charge
 The Devil Rides Out (WA)
 Coffin Wolf
 The Hidden Venture
 Hostile Objects (NSW)
 Sumeru (NSW)
 The Archaic Revival (NSW)
 Levitating Churches
 Ohm Rune (Launch) (WA)
 Kyzer Soze (QLD)
 Daemon Pyre
 The FckUps
 Little Lamb & The Rosemarys
 The Sleepless
 Stay Sharp


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