Chimaira, Impending Doom, Daath, This Or The Apocalypse, Redeemer Live show review
November 29, 2010 Toronto,ON - Opera House
Redeemer - www.myspace.com/redeemer
The opener for the night is a local band out of Toronto and seeing this band perform made sense in the way where every band is heavy, dirty and loud in each their own way. A well-rounded band with each and every member giving it all they got. Giving off a dark and twisted atmosphere that grabs your attention, and throws that attention to the pit, only making sure you warm up the floor for the rest of the night. These guys don’t even have to say it, you’re either in the pit or you’re out. Being as an opener didn’t intrigue that many people, but the music and atmosphere was there. With a mix of thrash and hardcore, it’s got the best of both worlds, incorporating the speedy guitars and earth pounding drums and bass. Surely, you should check them out, whether you’re a local or not.
This Or The Apocalypse – www.myspace.com/thisortheapocalypse
TOTA have a great ability to play instruments but don’t bring anything new to the table, therefore my experience wasn’t exciting or even an attention grabber. The sound is pretty generic and old in terms of what’s been done already, but still have something going for them. The stage performance however was more pumping and exciting, but wouldn’t be enough to get most people on their feet.
Daath – www.myspace.com/daath
Very talented band with technical, blistering fast, and melodic guitarists, along with drums hammering away, and harmonizing together. Just the right amount of heaviness and over the top guitars that can make your head spin right off. Not to mention the vocalist that really means what he says, and you can clearly see from his projection and exposition in true form. Their set list which comprised of, new tracks, but also some older favourites that really showed how the band has moved onto newer things but still maintaining their own true sound. If you haven’t got a good listen to this band, I strongly recommend.
Impending Doom – www.myspace.com/impendingdoom
The single most metalcore band of the night felt like they were slightly out of place in my books. There was little action in the nearly non-existent pit which got a random few that were evidently there only for this one band. The songs were played and performed with unquestionable desire to get some heads knocked around, but still didn’t suffice to the crowd that was there that night to see the other bands. Check them out, if metalcore is your ballgame.
Chimaira – www.myspace.com/chimaira
Once these guys went on stage they got the pit going from beginning to the end of their set. The thick guitars and bulky drumbeats makes you feel like a dog that’s been broken free from its chain in the pit. Whether it was songs new or old being played that night, the fiery breath of a true chimaira was felt in the ears and faces of the people on the floor. When songs like ‘Pure Hatred’ and ‘Destroy and Dominate’ came on, there was a constant circle pit that had sporadic bursts of people flying and falling at the most brutal parts in the songs.
All in all, it was a great night of music, but was too bad there weren’t more people there to enjoy the bands that played. There were a few injuries taken during the latter half of the show, but was all in good fun, where accidents happen. Nevertheless, there were distinctive tastes and sound in music from each of the bands that pleased people’s multiple preferences in METAL.