The "metal scene" in Toledo is at best "hardcore" and worst "screamo." We just played our first major gig in Toledo opening for Dead to Fall and the other local openers, uggggh. We soundchecked a chunk of "Heaven and Hell" and got a lot of blank stares. Once we kicked into our set (which is more "modern" sounding) we won the crowd over, but we had a ton of people come up to us after the show "Wow, your vocalist actually... sings!" That didn't sit well with the "hardcore" band on after us though, they were constantly shouting at us from side stage. I wanted to pull a Blaze and after a song just start yelling "FUCKING KILL HIM!" But we just ignored them.
12/7 - Jon Oliva