Hello all, been a LONG time reader of the board and here is my first official post, finally (please be gentle
). None more fitting than a review of what I feel was the BEST lineup for 2012!!!
My buddy and I drove from Ottawa to see this show and got to the venue just as doors were opening. Realizing that the show didnt start for an hour, we got some grub and came back a half hour later where we walked in to check out merch and see what was goin on and what the set times were. Met up with Shayne from Primate and had a good talk with him about the band past, present and their future. Really cool guy to chat with! Bill came over shortly thereafter and we talked for a bit too. This was the 2nd time I've met Bill (once with Mastodon this summer) another really down to Earth guy and easy to chat with.
Shortly after, Lo-Pan
began their 30 minute set and although I did not know any of their music prior to tonight, they definitely started the night off right! Very similar sound to old Kyuss and Fu Manchu (which I have been a fan of for years) made these guys instantly enjoyable! Due to not knowing their music or songs prior, unfortunately no setlist. But for those who like that style of music, they are DEF worth checking out! And yeah, their lead singer is HUGE!
Next up was Primate
. For those who don't know, some known names in the band include Bill Kelliher from Mastodon and the legendary Kevin Sharp from Brutal Truth! I have been a BT fan for many years all the way back to the Extreme Conditions days also a Mastodon fan since Leviathan so having checked these guys out prior to the show, I knew I was in for a great time seeing them finally! They are a great mixture of punk, grind, Black Flag influences and you can even hear a little Mastodon in there as well. Overall, they put on a spectacular performance!
especially in just 30 mins. Shayne mentioned to me that they had planned to try and come up to Canada earlier but only really had the chance on this tour. They were quite happy and will definitely return again! Again, due to not knowing all of their songs or titles, setlist is not completely available and out of order. But highlights of the night were:
Draw Back a Stump
March of the Curmudgeon
Next up was the almighty Goatwhore
! I have been a fan of theirs now for a few years with their mixture of thrash and black metal. Their sound is def an evil one
Seen them twice in Ottawa and this was the 2nd time seeing them in Mtl. These guys are one of the best live acts I have seen over the years. Ben is an amazing frontman and really gives it his all every performance I have seen. Last night was no exception either. Zack is a beast on the drums! Sammy was spot on last night, only exception being that his guitar needed to be turned up a little as you could notice that his chugs were somewhat lacking as you would hear on an album and as I have heard live from him in the past. Otherwise, for 45 mins they were frickin fantastic!! I will admit that I was a little disappointed with the crowd as it took a while for them to get into it. Alot of headbanging but little action. But once the pits started to open up, the band fed off of it and played with even more aggression! Spoke with Sammy and Ben a bit after the show. They mentioned that they love coming up to Canada and are intending on doing a headline tour sometime hopefully in the spring and go across the country. But they wanna put together a really good lineup when they do. Setlist was pretty much the same as they played at Heavy MTL this year and is 99.9% accurate however a little out of order:
Collapse in Eternal Worth
When Steel and Bone Meet
Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word
Beyond the Spell of Discontent
In Deathless Tradition
Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult
Judgement of the Bleeding Crown
Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos
An End to Nothing
To Mourn and Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways
Lastly was the headliner High on Fire
. I have seen them once before at Heavy MTL 2010 and was really looking forward to seeing them again for the first time in a couple years. For 75 mins, they completely exceeded my expectations and then some! Matt had a little bit of technical issues with his pedals but once they fixed them up, he was spot on all night! Des pounded away on his kit only the way he can! LOUD and POWERFUL! Jeff was in the dark for the most part but he was not to be outdone. His bass sound filled the room and shook our insides! I agree with Void Flame that Matt seemed pissed a bit throughout the set, could be the tech issues or the lack of alcohol too
but he def sounded great musically and vocally! The crowd response at the beginning was the same as Goatwhore. It took them a while to really get into it and I must say, I have seen countless shows over the years in Montreal and this is never the case. Maybe it was the Tues night effect. But, at the end of the night the crowd were left wanting more! Lots of stomping and chanting! At one point some guy got on stage to engage and urge the crowd to get an encore...he even walked backstage to try and entice the band to come out for one more, but alas to no avail. Setlist was the same as it has been all tour.
Serums of Liao
Rumors of War
Madness of an Architect
Snakes for the Divine