AMARANTHE LIVE IN TORONTO 2013 – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

AMARANTHE

LIVE IN TORONTO 2013

EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

The first time I heard Swedish/Danish band Amaranthe my ears immediately took a liking to the poppy melodic male and female vocals mixed with serious growls and sick guitars. It was everything my ears could ask for in a band and since then I have kept an eye out for press releases from their publicist. These days my time is beyond limited but my memory is pretty amazing, I kept them in mind as a band I needed to see live if they were to ever hit Toronto.  When I saw they were to play the Virgin Mobile Mod Club July 20th not only did I want to review the set I also wanted to do an interview but did not have any free time to even attempt to make that happen. Thanks to the fabulous folks at Live Nation, shooting the almost twenty track set was breezy.

AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013ELIZE RYD - VOX AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013My favorite part of Music Journalism is seeing new bands live who have some pretty fantastic tunes. High five to me for making it on time to see Amaranthe rock the Mod Club, thought I was going to arrive mid set. I reached just in time but missed the openers Kobra And The Lotus which was mucho disappointing! I was looking forward to shooting and seeing their set, but I guess you can’t have everything you want all the time.

AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013Amaranthe formerly known as “Avalanche” was formulated in 2008  by Jake E – clean vocals and Olof Mörck – Guitars and Keys. There are a total of six members in the band one of which is a female Elize Ryd – Vocals, she has a pretty voice, soft and fluid. Next there’s growls and fry screams by Andreas Solveström – Hard vocals, Morten Løwe Sørensen rocking the Drums and Johan Andreassen on the Bass. Amaranthe has two records, the first is their self titled debut and the recent LP “The Nexus” was released in March.

MORTEN LOWE SORENSEN - DRUMS AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013JAKE E - VOX AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013They kicked off their set with a new tune  “Invincible” from their latest album, the crowd went crazy once they migrated on stage. There were no barricades meaning no media pit or security and that was okay with me because no way in hell was I going to put myself in the line of fire! I had my various lenses but they are not magical. The crowd was wild but they are a “Metal” band they should be used to the crowd surfers. Jake E seemed annoyed for most of the set but there were a few normal moments. By the time they played “The Nexus” even Vox – Elize was over the stage crashers so she would take them by the hand and guide them back towards the crowd. Next time the band comes to Toronto they definitely need a pit or a higher stage. There were many people but it was not sold out, the crowd was divided themselves into three halves, front section, middle moshers and the back section trying not to get whacked by a mosher.

AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013There are a few songs I really dig like “Amaranthine”, “Afterlife” and “!,000,000 Lightyears” a few other tunes sounded the same, I couldn’t tell them apart. Vocals were pretty good but Jake E was super pitchy during a few tunes but nonetheless my ears still like the sound of his voice it reminds me of old school hair metal bands, The only female in the Elize Ryd has a sugary sweet voice but needs to work on her breathing to hold the notes a bit longer, it’s not like she’s dancing. During the tune “Burn With Me” the harmonies sounded a little flat but they did a decent job regardless. Andreas Solveström’s growls were fantastic, you could understand every word clearly, superb diction is rare for those who fry scream but he has them on lock.

OLOF MORCK - GUITAR AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013JOHAN ANDREASSEN - BASS - AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013

The performance was enjoyable, certain things seemed a tad rehearsed but one thing that did not seem rehearsed was Bassist Johan giving Drummer Morten a little birthday introduction asking the crowd to sing him the birthday song and they did. orten also had a killer drum solo in the set where he smashed those cans with ease. They had a few wardrobe changes and threw in a cover of Survior’s “Eye Of the Tiger”. More fans kept going on stage, one even asked for Jake to look at her friends camera and pose for a photo with her before she rejoined the crowd. It must have been irritating to have the performance interrupted so many times so I don’t blame them at all.

ELIZE RYD - VOX AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013JAKE E - VOX AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013

Next time Amaranthe hits the City I will definitely be setting up an interview and checking out their set because they did well enough for a revisitation. If you like melodic metal pop fusions then Amaranthe is for you, worth checking out. www.Amaranthe.se www.livenation.com

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AMARANTHE LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013

VANS WARPED TOUR 2012 – TORONTO EDITORIAL REVIEW

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

VANS WARPED TOUR 2012

TORONTO

EDITORIAL REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

This was my second Warped tour and I didn’t think I would make it! There was a torrential downpour the minute I hopped onto the streetcar to head for the Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheater which used to be Ontario Place. Now, they have turned Ontario Place into a three-in-one summer venue; The Molson Canadian Amphitheater, The Flats and Echo Beach.

Once I finally arrived and checked in drenched from head to toe, I headed straight for the stage at the Amphitheater where Joanna (Fridae TV Photographer) was already waiting. The venue had pond like puddles, inside of the Amphitheater was flooded and the people were huddled together trying to stay dry in ankle deep water. They really need to add a few more drains at this venue to keep it from flooding, it reminded me of the under developed areas in Cuba where they do not have many drains to control the water flow of heavy rains.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

The rain added to the list of problems for this year’s Toronto stop, earlier in the day I was told a Woman had a heart attack during a band’s set. After talking with a few people I found out that it was Taylor Nesseth, 19 from Ontario. This was her first trip away from home  and the girl had been saving every penny in a jar to attend “The Best Day Ever”. Taylor was in the mosh pit during American Deathcore band Chelsea Grin’s set and collapsed near the stage at about 12:40. Her friends and other concert goers were trying to revive her but were unsuccessful. The paramedics arrived and found her without a pulse, they rushed her to Toronto Western Hospital where she was pronounced dead. My condolences go out to Taylor Nesseth’s Family and Friends this tragedy is so heartbreaking. Nesseth’s official cause of death still unknown, autopsy results are still to be released.

After the tragic passing of the teenage girl, The Monster Stage at Echo Beach was shut down for the remainder of the festival, they say it was due to the weather but it was shut down immediately after the Chelsea Grin set. This incident hits close to home for me and every time I think of this poor girl, I remember one of the times I almost lost my teenage life at a concert.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

Every stage was rescheduled after the storm minus the Monster stage, amazingly enough there were people still waiting for some live tunes! Everyone who had a Toronto Warped Tour ticket was welcome to hit the Buffalo stop of the tour but thousands of people refused to leave, they wanted to rock on regardless of the rain.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

First up after much confusion was T.Mills, we had no idea what was going on and who was playing where. Last minute decision was we would wander to the biggest crowd and at that moment in time the House Of Marley stage had an enormous crowd waiting for whoever. I asked a few of the fans who they were waiting to see and they told me T. Mills along with a brief biography. T. Mills also known as Travis Mills 23, from Riverside California is a self made pop rapper causing a stir with his debut EP “Finder Keepers”. As a Rapper he is not too bad but his lyrics need work, a lot of it. I do give him props for putting on an entertaining set, giving the girls in the front row the attention they were craving.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Punk-Pop veterans Yellowcard hit the stage next, they have been in the game since 1997 with a few line-up changes in the years. This band stands out because of the use of a Violin with their punk sound. Vocals were okay, the music sounded fantastic especially the violin and guitar but I was expecting authentic enthusiasm from the band. I picked up this vibe that they were not enjoying themselves too much, everything seemed a little forced as I noticed with a few other bands. Tonight Alive’s front Woman “Jenna McDougall” didn’t seem as though she was genuinely feeling the tunes she was performing, it was very pageant like. Her voice sounded decent but the heart was not there. I did like her Sailor Moonish hairdo, I still wear my hair like that sometimes. Other bands we caught were, Of Mice and Men who put on a crowd worthy performance but it was nothing new or special to my eyes and ears.

A few other performances worth a mention are Every Time I Die who put on a solid set, but I wish vocal mic was a little louder than the guitars. Even standing at the back of the crowd where the sound is the best, you could not hear him sing. A new band to my ears was Breathe Carolina who for an auto-tune band put on a very energetic and respectable performance, the people were loving them. The crowd was more of a blend than last year, various groups of people young and old.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

As we waited to be let into the pit for one of the bands, there was some random trailer park looking bottle blonde with a Nikki Sixx try hard look-a-like who thought he was a super star. Trailer girl was yelling for everyone to get out of their way so they could pass. Nobody cared about the pint sized Mini Sixx or knew what band he belonged to, yet gladly moved out of his way without a fuss. It was amusing to me because of the recent documentary on Warped Tour  “No Room For Rock Stars”. That wannabe isn’t the only one guilty of this, there are many I have come across that have bigger egos than talent and careers. What they don’t realize is, because of that ego their career is at a stand still, people don’t like arrogance.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Moving it along, we don’t want a super novel to unfold! Next band that I thought was pretty good was Pierce The Veil, as lead vocals Vic Fuentes stated “We’re just a bunch of Mexicans from California”, not too shabby for a bunch of Mexicans, they tore it up! Still so young yet they know how to work the stage and crowd. Judging from the fans reception these young larries have a very bright future ahead of them!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Next up was another old school Florida punk band New Found Glory, I was never a fan of this band but thought, hey why not see how they do live. Not bad at all, they put on a good show although I’m still not feeling vocals too much but I do recommend checking them out.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

Before I talk about the last band, one more must have a mention Taking Back Sunday! They were the best of the Tour hands down! Adam Lazzara’s Vocals were stellar and he embodied every note of his music in the performance. They were so amazing live, the crowd loved every single second of the set. Surprisingly they let us stay in the pit for four tunes, the only band that day who let the media stay in the pit for more than two. I ducked out of the crazy pit after the third tune to watch from the side, I would love to see them rock out again. What I realized about Warped tour is almost every random media outlet is accredited, professional or not. There was “Media” in the pit with their Walmart cameras taking teenie shots of themselves in front of the bands as they played. Another thing I noticed that I have only seen at Warped Tour is every Tom, Dick, Mary and Larry backstage stands on the stage to watch the sets. Common courtesy, if you are not a photographer, videographer, stage tech or in the band, get the fuck off the stage!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

The final band I will speak of for this years Toronto stop of the Vans Warped Tour is Britain’s , You Me At Six. They actually did well despite the sound issues, majority of the bands had some pretty killer sound considering there was a hurricane like storm hours before. The crowd of mostly teenage females was anxiously waiting for them to begin and then sang every word to every song. I’ve never covered a set or attended a concert where the band had to ask the crowd to start surfing. Their fans were female and after the death of  19 year old Taylor Nesseth earlier that day, was that really a good idea? However, they did start floating and bodies were flying after lead vocals Josh Franceschi requested it without incident.

Warped tour is always great for the variety of bands, if you don’t like one band, you can easily find another by wandering around to the different stages. This year was different, a new venue was hosting, the weather was out of control and a young concert goer lost her life. The show must go on and that it did! Bands played and the music was heard as thousands of people enjoyed their time at the Toronto date of The 2012 Vans Warped Tour, a little rain didn’t scare them off! I have to give huge thanks to my awesome photographer Joanna for the always fantastic shots and the incredible folks over at MSO. As always, you can find more photos and videos of majority of the mentioned artists here and here, see you all next year!

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ENTER SHIKARI – LIVE IN TORONTO; EDITORIAL REVIEW 2012

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

ENTER SHIKARI LIVE @ THE ANNEX WRECKROOM

TORONTO EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

On April 8th Enter Shikari hit Toronto on their North American tour to play a packed house at The Annex Wreckroom. A venue that is too small for this band, they need to be on bigger stages because they put on the type of show where wandering room is needed for them to fully throw it down. My first time seeing these lads from The United Kingdom was last year at The Vans Warped Tour where I caught a few tunes, wow was I impressed! They have so much passion and energy; their music is an eclectic blend of various sounds and influences, including infusions of Dubstep properly used with Metalcore elements. The day started out a little grim, I had been ill for a few days already and was trying to gather the strength and energy to complete this mission. You gotta do what you gotta do! Regardless of how I was feeling I made it to the venue for the show and interview with Enter Shikari’s  Chris Batten – Bass/Backup Vocals and Rory Clewlow – Guitar/Backup vocals. A few days prior I asked Joanna (FridaeTV Photographer/Writer) if she wanted to do a few of her own questions. It was the perfect time for her to learn interviews the Fridae way and I really needed her help for this one! Thank you so much Joanna! My voice was hanging by a thread that day, I was amazed at how long it actually held out for. Finally after waiting about an hour in the cold, it was time for the interview with Rory and Chris. They were laid back and seemed a little tired but glad to chat. We were the last interview of the day so who knows how many they did prior and still had to perform! Rou Reynolds Lead Vox was at the back of the bus finishing up another interview and Drummer Rob Rolfe was back in England still awaiting his work visa. From what I recall, Guitar tech Roger was filling in for their American understudy who could not get across the border. It worked out in the end because Roger was amazing with those sticks and he just learned the songs. The interview was definitely not my best work but I didn’t think I was the worst interviewer ever, we will have to do another in the future. You can watch the interview right here.

The promoter or whoever buddy was at this event thought he was running a show at the Air Canada Centre and not a struggling bar on Bathurst, there was no need for all that extra drama and attitude. Karma caught up with that guy was pretty quickly because he was running around all night trying to catch crowd surfers to boot, before they tore the place apart even more than the previous bands did. Huge thanks to Sarah and Bob for helping me resolve the problem quickly, it does not go unappreciated! There was a variety of teenagers, some with parents but mostly in groups, one even dressed up as Gumby in full costume and all. I thought that was it for the Mr. Dress-Ups at this show but I was so wrong, there was the Enter Shikari mascot Skully in flotation, well…I think he belonged to them.

I was permitted to film one track so I found a little area by the merch tables to film from, it was the only spot that was slightly elevated from the rest of the venue other than the stage and bar. No way was I going anywhere near the stage, I really didn’t want to get trampled or air kicked by hyper surfing teens. Although it was the best observation spot in the house there was so much bass and vibration from the instruments and people jumping around, hard to focus camera. Joanna was taking shots from the stage and then migrated to safety after two songs which I am glad she did because it was a bodystorm, there were people launching everywhere! Majority of the kids were landing on the stage and diving back in the crowd as Enter Shikari tore it up. I give them major credit for still being able to rock out with all the fans soaring on and off the stage the whole set! There was a group of larries in their late teens to early twenties near by me planning their turns crowd surfing. Each one who made it onto the stage the friends cheered for and took pictures while singing the lyrics to the songs. That was amusing, it reminded me of when I went to shows with boyfriends, where they and friends would do the same shit. Boys will be boys! It doesn’t matter what generation or age, they will all play video games until they die and do the same stupid shit that you can’t help but laugh at it.

Enter Shikari played a fourteen song set, majority from their latest record “A Flash Flood of Colour”, they started out with a medley of the first and second tracks on the record System and Meltdown, the lighting was awesome because they brought the album cover to life with the triangle’s multicolour flashing lights and not just the red hue. The chemistry amongst them was evident, they looked natural and genuinely enthused as they bounced off of one another. There were a few technical issues, I think some guitar strings broke from what I could understand and Rou had to ask the sound tech to turn up a few instruments and mics a couple of times. It was fun to watch the band go from the laid back larries (guys) of the interview, to these stage personas ripping up the stage! One of the best sets I have seen from any band this year so far, it was just as exciting and unpredictable as the record but much more entertaining. They all fly around, hang off of pipes and crowd surf with the people, giving the fans a show to remember! Enter Shikari interacts and enjoys their own music as much as the fans do, if they don’t sincerely love it, they definitely deserve an Oscar!

If you are looking for a magnificently refreshing band, Enter Shikari‘s sound waves are for you! Go see them, you will not be disappointed because it doesn’t matter what age you are, prepare to be blown away. Currently on tour somewhere near you and I hope to be seeing them again, this time on a bigger stage where they can roam freely. If you don’t know, now you know, Enter Shikari is Fridae approved! You can watch the video of the first track below and can find more photos of the set on www.facebook.com/fridaetv.

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ENTER SHIKARI – A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR: ALBUM REVIEW

Enter Shikari

A Flash Flood Of Colour

Album Review

By: Anthony Dell’Orso

“The times they are a-changing” – Bob Dylan

An infamous quote can sum up this record in a sentence, if you really wanted it to. But to get to know Enter Shikari’s “A Flash Flood Of Colour” you need to really pay attention to all the elements that are thrown at you by a band that is ushering in a new unique sound with each passing album, that finally resulted in a LP that takes the cake thus far.

After dissecting “AFFOC” the influences that seem to charge this foursome can be heard in each song. Combining Post-Hardcore with Metal breakdowns and electronic music ranging from drum and bass to dubstep, they blend everything so tastefully it doesn’t come across as trying to be the “it” band of the moment, but something trailblazing to keep an ear and eye out for. Lead singer Rou Reynolds delivers a force in his lyrical spewing, with songs about change, a sense of uncertainty with a collage of banter that would make Rage Against The Machine’s Zak De La Rocha proud. Reynolds’ vocals range from clean to a haunting scream and at times can be reminiscent of fellow UK brothers “The Street’s”. The first single “Sssnakepit” shows all the bands elements, it brings you in, lifts you up, throws you around, brings you even lower, then punches you in the face for good measure just as it lifts you back up higher!  Stand out tracks like “Ghandi Mate, Ghandi” show the bands awareness to the worlds issues, a great message to get across in today’s turmoil filled world. “Arguing With Thermometers” explores the fight for control of the oil trade with lyrics fueled (don’t mind the pun) by a driven rant that ignites (sorry, again…) a passion for sensibility.

To really get a grasp on what these fine lads are trying to achieve, seeing them in the flesh live at a venue near you should get your blood pumping and explain everything you need to know. Rob Rolfe’s drumming is impeccable at times, coming in transiently and then unleashing a fury which not even hell hath no answer for.  Bassist Chris Battan and guitarist Liam Clewlow at times seem perfectly in sync, giving way to Rou’s electronic influence which takes over at points, yet the chemistry is heard track after track. An unrelenting message about mankind paints a picture of it dooming itself into oblivion, pushing the fact that it’s now or never for us to turn the course and try to steer the ship into a better direction. You can catch them on their North American tour in Toronto on Sunday April 8th at The Annex Wreckroom to witness it for yourself. Must hear tracks are: “Ghandi, Mate Ghandi”, “Sssnakepit”, “…Meltdown” you can purchase the record here.

COPYRIGHT © 2012 ANTHONY DELL’ORSO for FridaeTV. All Rights Reserved

www.EnterShikari.com

AUGUST BURNS RED LIVE IN TORONTO EDITORIAL REVIEW

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JOANNA GLEZAKOS FOR FRIDAETV

August Burns Red

Live in Toronto

Editorial Review

By: Joanna Glezakos

 On Saturday February 25th presented by Live Nation, August Burns Red with special guests Silverstein, I The Breather and Texas In July took over the Sound Academy. August Burns Red, a Metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania has been together since 2003 they are: JB Brubaker − Lead Guitar, Brent Rambler − Rhythm Guitar, Matt Greiner – Drums/Keyboards/Piano/Programming, Dustin Davidson − Bass Guitar/Backup Vocals and Jake Luhrs − Lead Vocals. I was a little surprised to see the combination of a Metalcore band like August Burns Red playing a show with post-hardcore band Silverstein.

Now I haven’t heard much of Silverstein’s newest work, I did really enjoy their last album but they kind of fell off the radar for me. The band is from Burlington, ON and having played most of their shows in Toronto than in any other city, you would think there would be more support for them. Although it seemed that very few in the crowd were enjoying themselves as much as those pressed up against the barricade, from where I stood at the back of the Sound Academy, many grumbled and booed as the band played. I was pleased to hear a few of older songs, and even a sneak peak of their new album. I must admit one part that I was a bit confused about was when Silverstein decided to trade instruments back and forth with one another multiple times. I remember listening to Silverstein in high school, in what I confess were my more “emo” days but never the less it was nice to see them perform.

Finally the stage was being set up for August Burns Red and the crowd was getting antsy. The people soon squashed forward and began to cheer “ABR, ABR.” Finally after a few seconds the lights dimmed and August Burns Red started to play. I must admit they are a joy to watch every time and never cease to amaze me. Jake Luhrs, is probably one of my favourite lead singers because of his ability to fill a room with his energy. Unfortunately for me, my time in the media pit ended early because of how crazy the crowd got but I enjoyed it just as much from the back of the club. August Burns Red finish their tour in the US on the 24th and will move on to tour Asia, Europe and Australia for the next few months, I would expect a great show every night and they definitely deliver! You can view more photos from the show HERE!

COPYRIGHT © 2012 JOANNA GLEZAKOS for FridaeTV. All Rights Reserved

Photo Editorial – Summer Slaughter Tour FT. The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel & Darkest Hour

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR PHOTO EDITORIAL

Written By: Fridae Mattas

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos

A few weeks ago The Summer Slaughter tour came to tear up the stage at Toronto’s Sound Academy, I could not personally make the show but FridaeTV photographer Joanna Glezakos was able to capture some incredible shots to show you  just how The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Darkest Hour look like when they are rocking out! I do wish I could have made it because I really wanted to hear and see all this shredding myself! Huge thank you to the amazing people at Metal Blade records, I do hope to catch these bands live someday soon! To see all the shots Joanna took click here.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

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Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
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Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

WHITECHAPEL

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Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV
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DARKEST HOUR

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Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV
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Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

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NORMA JEAN LIVE IN TORONTO REVIEW

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

NORMA JEAN

LIVE @ THE OPERA HOUSE

TORONTO REVIEW

By: Joanna Glezakos

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

On Friday May 20, 2011 Norma Jean performed at the Opera House for their Explosions II Part Deux Tour with After The Burial, Motionless in White, For The Fallen Dreams and Stray From The Path. This tour was their first real headlining tour in over a year and the band played a lot of songs they haven’t played in a while. Formed in 1997 with original members Chris Day – Guitar and Scottie Henry – Guitar, after original singer Josh Scogan left they added Brad Norris who only lasted a year and half. Surprisingly for a band that has changed members frequently over the last 14 years they have a pretty strong fan base and a great sound. Current members include Day, Cory Brandan Putman – Vocals, Jake Schultz – Bass, Jeff Hickey – Guitar and Matt Marquez on the Drums, Henry is currently taking a short break from the band. Their 2005 album ” ‘O God, The Aftermath ” was nominated for Best Recording Package at the 2006 Grammy’s, “Meridional” was named one of 2010’s essential albums and Cory Brandan Putman was named “Best Vocalist” by the editors of Alternative Press. The album is on sale for $5 from Amazon MP3, if you haven’t heard these guys this would be a great time to do it and I encourage you to see them live. Cory, the lead singer has enough energy to get the whole place moving, even though the balcony was closed that evening lots of people crowded in and got close for Norma Jean.

All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For FridaeTV

I heard of Norma Jean a while back and listened to a few tracks over the years but they never really stuck. Finally having the chance to see them live was a treat and I encourage anyone who’s looking for a good live show to shell out the twenty bucks to watch them. The energy was great and the fans were really nice letting me sneak in and out for shots, security was a bitch at the door. They were being very strict and having to wait in line with everyone wasn’t fun. The Opera House is a great venue for fans, small enough to get close to your favourite artists and gives them a chance to meet them before and after the show. As for shooting, it is terrible for photographers, bad  lighting and more often than not no barricade to separate media from the fans. Not to mention the beer is expensive as hell and unlike their usual set up the bar was blocked off to anyone under 21 years of age. The time leading up to Norma Jeans performance was less than favorable but all in all it was a good night, I give the venue 2/5 stars and the band 5/5. I had the chance to listen to bands I never heard before and actually enjoyed myself and met some interesting people in the crowd. I may have enjoyed watching the crowd just as much as I enjoyed watching Norma Jean it was nice to see a real pit for once since the crowd wasn’t filled with 14 year old girls. Kudos Norma Jean for putting on a good show and having some pretty cool fans!

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CANCER BATS ANNIHILATE TORONTO’S MOD CLUB

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

CANCER BATS LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB

TORONTO REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

CANCER BATS shredded the MOD Club last Thursday May 19th 2011!! I have never seen them live before nor do I know their music too well but I have been told by so many people I need to go see this band play a live set. A very busy day for me I didn’t know how I would pull off the over fifteen events I was asked to cover or just attend…I narrowed it down to five, one of them was for sure the Cancer Bats no way was I missing them again. As the story goes I always missed them when they played at home in Toronto. Yes, it’s true the Cancer Bats are from Toronto and this was their hometown show, what a great welcome they got after being on tour since March across the globe. The tour ends next Tuesday May 31st in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

The Cancer Bats formed in 2004 by Vocalist Liam Cormier and Guitarist Scott Middleton, as they pursued their vision they went through several Bassists and Percussionist but soon found the perfect match with Mike Peters on the Drums and Jaye R. Schwarzer on Bass. The show was not sold out but you would not have known the difference! There were people all over the place filling up the MOD  clubs open  space to a pretty decent fullness with mixed ages where everyone was predominantly white, I even saw a couple of gray suits. The opening bands were ‘Barn Burner’ and  ‘3 Inches of Blood’  we did not make it for Barn Burner but we arrived just in time for 3IOB, new FridaeTV writer and photographer Joanna had to shoot them because I had to run across the street to the Revival for a charity benefit. Huge thanks to the kind folks over at Live Nation for always being super fabulous!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for FridaeTV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The Cancer Bats are known to be unpredictable when it comes to performances and this show was no exception! The show was filled with new tracks, oldie goldie’s like ‘”Pneumonia Hawk” and “Grenades” which I hear are rarely played live so it was an extra special moment for the Toronto fans. The set started in with ‘Lucifer’s Rocking Chair’, Vox Liam Cormier popped onto the stage  with this abundance of energy that I haven’t seen in a Canadian front man since Hail The Villain’s ‘Bryan Crouch.’. Not only did singer Cormier entertain the crowd, the rest of the band followed suit  jumping around in their sections. My inserted  photos are proof these larries were so hard to get clean shots of with my Divacam. Mike Peters was smashing away at his kit bringing the beat, as the set progressed I hoped at any moment Schwarzer on Bass and Axe handler Middleton would  switch it up a little more. They had the fire but didn’t know how to spread the flames, consistently staying in their corner for majority of the show. Aside from that there is nothing negative to say about this bands performance, they are fluid instrumentalists and their blended infusion of Hardcore punk metal rock is just what a person needs in their lives. Mid set there was a surprise guest appearance by AlexisonFire/BlackLungs Vox Wade MacNeal who lent his vocals for the track ‘Deathsmarch’ where he screamed his face off and then dove into the crowd! Everyone loved it, myself included! Most bands have at least one cover track in their set and the Cancer Bats  chose the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” it was a ridiculously amazing rendition that drove the crowd to continue this whole other level of excitement MacNeal unleashed in the people!

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

I don’t know how people could stay at the front of the stage especially after the mosh pit was in full force! The band was drenched in sweat after the first verse in the opening track and by the time they played the last tune of the set ‘Hail Destroyer’ they were showered in sweat! Cormier was head banging with sweat flying from his face and faux-hawk hair onto the crowd. I guess they like sweat showers and getting kicked in the head and face; most of them were males moshing as usual but I saw a few females in there. The minute the third media track wrapped I had to get out,  it was so hot had to braid my hair to stop it from frowing out frizzy! The breath of fresh air was welcome as I checked my camera before returning back to the main room, absolutely no way was I going back into the line of fire! I stood at the back of the venue observing and listening as I turned to my left and right there were a few creeperellos watching me more than the Cancer Bats  dismantle the stage for all their family and hometown fans. Would I see this band again? Of course! I need to see the Cancer Bats again, they are on the verge of greatness! Anyone who loves some serious heavy metal rock punk fusion this band is not to be missed! Cancer Bats are Fridae approved!

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