"Tonight something happened with my voice that I can't explain as it's never happened to me before..."
The popular alt-metal band Bad Omens are in the country for the first time for Knotfest Australia. Demand for the US quartet has boomed since their formation in 2015, so they hosted two sideshows in the lead-up to the festival.
Things went off without a hitch at their debut Australian gig in Brisbane, with Everblack Media reviewer Jack Price acknowledging Noah Sebastian’s “silky” and “operatic” voice echoing through the PA.
On that Tuesday gig, Bad Omens played their usual 16 songs, with the majority pulled from their third studio album, last year’s The Death Of Peace Of Mind.
However, last night in Sydney, Bad Omens cut the set short at eight songs, as Sebastian was experiencing debilitating vocal issues.
Sebastian addressed the shorter show in a statement shared to social media and wrote, “Tonight something happened with my voice that I can't explain as it's never happened to me before.
"I take so much pride in my endurance as a vocalist and such good care of my voice on tour that until now I've felt invincible, but tonight I was humbled and finally experienced every singer's worst nightmare, during our first time ever in Australia no less.
“I chose to cut the set short instead of pushing on only out of concern that I'd potentially make whatever is wrong with my voice worse, and then also be unable to sing at the Knotfest performances that brought us here in the first place. With that said, my priority right now is getting my voice back to 100% in time for those last three shows here.”
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The Bad Omens vocalist continued the post by sharing his frustration and disappointment with how the concert went down. The band noted that any fans seeking refunds can access them at their point of purchase.
Bad Omens will continue their run in Australia with three appearances at the inaugural Knotfest Australia, kicking off in Melbourne tomorrow before heading to Sydney and Brisbane this weekend.
Knotfest is a heavy metal festival lovingly curated by Slipknot. The Australian leg will see the masked legends headline, with Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Northlane, Spiritbox, Trivium, and many more performing clash-free sets.