Laura Wiebe reviews the December 7th album release party performance by Hamilton metal veterans Varga at Club Absinthe. Live photos by Adam Wills
On October 8th former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his current band played two-and-a-half hours of classic Genesis material at Oakville’s Centre For the Arts. Here is Sean Palmerston’s recap of the night, with live photography by Albert Mansour.
Hellbound’s Justin Richardson took in Finland’s Tuska Open Air Festival this summer featuring bands such as Amorphis, Bolt Thrower, Ihsahn and King Diamond. Here is his review of the first day at this renowned metal festival.
Hellbound Metal: “Whoa, cleanup on aisle one! Judging by the state of the stairway up to the Rickshaw lobby, this was one of those “party till you puke” kind of shows. Put four hard-rocking bands together on a Friday night, and things are bound to get out of hand for some.”
Live review by Rob Hughes
Natalie Zed reviews the June 21st Toronto performance by Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza at the Opera House. Live photos by Albert Mansour
By Natalie Zed Every once in a while there is a concert line-up that makes you do a double take. The bands are so…
“Converge are an overwhelming band to see live, vicious, visceral and breathtaking. The set quickly settled into a hard, driving rhythm, and the entire audience was carried along by it, compelled, possessed – taken. It can be difficult to talk about music and sexuality in a way that isn’t sensationalizing or reductive, but there is no question that the sheer aural force of Converge is an intense experience that borders on the erotic.”
Natalie Zed reviews the April 6th Toronto performance by Converge, Burning Love, Loma Prieta and Vilipend
“It promised to be an epic night. With a good portion of Hellbound West (Rob Hughes/Cara Cross/yours truly) in the house, plus Mr. Palmerston representing the eastern faction, there was a definite buzz in the air for this showcase gig from local faves Ancients. On the cusp of putting out their reportedly-megalithic debut full-length, Ancients rented the Rickshaw for the night, brought a few friends’ bands along for the ride, and drew a pretty good crowd for their showcase.”
Live review by Kyle Harcott, except where noted. Concert photography by Ted Reckoning
Review and photos by Justin Richardson Even though the golden era of power metal has been over for years now, the double bill of…
However controversial and dark, Mayhem is still incredibly important aesthetically and culturally. It’s also relatively rare the the band successfully crosses borders, making this a rare Canadian appearance.