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Evil Empire (as Rage Against the Machine), Third Eye Open (as Tool), Megalomaniac (as Incubus)
Date: Saturday January 4th, 2020
Venue: the Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario

Incubus suck.

Megalomaniac
1. Nice to Know You
2. Pardon Me
3. Redefine
4. Circles
5. Megalomaniac
6. ? (the course was “love me, love me” or something)
7. The Warmth
8. A Certain Shade of Green
9. ?
10. Drive
11. Wish You Were Here

Tool I like and Third Eye Open pulled it all off (except the singer during the melodic portions) but Tool fans are fuckheads and all I wanted during this set was for Iran’s missile guidance system to be off calibration and hit this club. It was nice that they stared with Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman), which is my favourite part of 10,000 Days. They butchered Invincible but I love that song so I was just glad to hear it. It was cool that the singer stayed near the back of the stage for most of the set (sometimes playing keyboards). It gave the set a lot more of a feeling of that of a performance than a bunch of guys standing there playing someone else’s songs. The songs from Opiate were garbage though. But from what I remember Opiate was pretty much all garbage. I was really surprised they didn’t play Third Eye but kind of happy because they played for a long fucking time.

Third Eye
(over P.A.) Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman)
1. Rosetta Stoned
2. Stinkfist
3. Sober
4. Schism
5. Vicarious
6. Eulogy
7. Forty-Six & 2
8. Invincible
9. Aenema
10. Opiate
11. Lateralus
12. Jerk-Off

Evil Empire had a girl singer. That usually means nothing to me but this was just...no. If I hadn’t had just started a beer at the beginning of their set I’d have left. She pulled it all off but it just didn’t seem right. She looked like Becky Lynch, who’s about as hard as jello. Zach De La Rocha is a winey bitch though so maybe it was apropro. Their cover of Freedom was...I’m brain dead put a fucking bullet in my head.

Evil Empire
1. Bulls on Parade
2. Bullet in the Head
3. Know Your Enemy
4. Bombtrack
5. Sleep Now in the Fire
6. Guerilla Radio
7. Calm Like A Bomb
8. Renegades of Funk
9. No Shelter
10. Wake Up
11. Testify
12. Freedom
13. Killing in the Name Of (angst at 40)
14. Cochise (yes, the Audioslave song)


And now I hate music.

This was the worst show I’ve seen so far in 2020. Being the first show I’ve seen in 2020 it was also the best. But come December this may make the wrong list. The band for all three bands was the same guys and they killed it all. Really good musicians. Just different singers and none of them were particularly good. The whole crowd were losers (except yours truly, of course). I’ve never seen so many of those stupid toques worn in that stupid way in one place at the same time. Maybe a tattoo parlour.

THIS SUCKED.

Evil Empire


Third Eye Open


Megalomaniac
same band just a different singer and a different douche toque. Yes, the guitar player had a different douche toque for every set.
 

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Korrosive “Melting from Within” EP Release Show
Featuring: Korrosive, Mortal Annoyance, Invicta, Cromlech
Date: Friday January 17th, 2020
Venue: the Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario

I had a particularly life altering day today and ran the gamut of emotions. By dinner time I’d reached the stage known as “depression” so I needed to get out. There was a lot going on in town this weekend but these days I’m choosing to go to the Rockpile more often because of the free parking and the better beer selection.

I saw Cromlech a few years ago and thought they were really good but goofy. That was at a Halloween show though so the goofy costumes made sense. Tonight they were just really good...and a little goofy. They’re the cheesiest metal out there (thrash music leaning close to prof but with almost operatic falsetto vocals) but they bring it. Plus, they entered the stage to Real American, complete with audio from an intro promo Hogan cut before a show in Toronto thirty years ago. They were awesome and their set alone cheered me up.

I was not expecting death/thrash tonight so Invicta was a welcomed addition to the show. And these guys brought it. Their songs were a little long but when they hit the nerve they nailed it. I was very impressed.

At first Mortal Annoyance weren't my thing but as their set wore on I really grew to enjoy them. They were thrash like old Exodus with a bit of Pro-Pain and I just liked them because they seemed like cool guys. Again, their songs were a little on the long side but it didn’t matter this time.

Mortal Annoyance
1. Knife in Your Ear
2. Untouchable
3. Cavern (to the Other Side of the World)
4. Cloud
5. 24 Injured
6. Into Battle
7. Vicious Incantations

Korrosive were really awesome but their best songs were their covers of Deicide and Slayer. Those two songs made my night. The rest of their stuff was fun as hell trashy dirty Mexican thrash. I got their EP for free with admission and it wasn’t that great.

Korrosive
1. Once Upon the Cross (Deicide cover)
2. Khaotic Evil
3. Acidized
4. Deathless
5. Bananamosh
6. Fatal Strike
7. Hell Awaits (Slayer cover)

It was a fun show because none of the bands took things too serious. It was just what I needed.

Korrosive


korrosivemetal.bandcamp.com

Mortal Annoyance


mortalannoyance.bandcamp.com/

Invicta


www.invictacanada.bandcamp.com

Cromlech


cromlechdoom.bandcamp.com
 

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Glad Sylosis is coming back. Thought they'd hang it up after guitarist went to joined Architects. Not my favorite stuff by them (first two singles) but looking forward to the album. So cool they can sound so heavy with standard tuning.




I'm dying for Trivium to go on another big US tour. Scientologist ruined my night the last time I saw them, long/weird story.
 

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The Horrorshow
Featuring: Phantom High, DI Auger, Trick Casket, 40 Octaves Below, DJ Dw/ght Hybrid
Date: Friday January 24th, 2020
Venue: the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, Ontario

I have to work Friday nights now. Thankfully I work with four of the laziest boobs I’ve ever met in my life. So four hours into tonight’s shift they were ready to leave (we still got paid seven and a half hours). So I missed 40 Octaves Below. But I went to an industrial metal goth show in my work clothes.

I got there just as Trick Casket started their set and they were okay. The guitar was really low in the mix and the overall volume was way too low. They did a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Wish but the guitar cut out entirely for the first two thirds. That song is nothing without the guitar. So that was terrible but still kind of cool because there are some cool things going on behind the guitars in that song.

I saw DI Auger a few months ago and he was okay. Tonight he was better because his volume was way better that Trick Caskets was. He does some good, catchy industrial but it gets a little too poppy for my liking.

Phantom High...was fucking...INCREDIBLE! Holy shit balls. I’m probably going to see a hundred other bands this year but it will take a lot to knock these guys out of the top ten. Everything about them was incredible. The music. The masks. The lights. The fuckosity. I loved every fucking second of their set. Boner emoji.

Phantom High
1. Ambiguous
2. Exorcist
3. Shadows
4. Bitchface
5. Hold Sickn(?)
6. All Been Done
7. Lotion
8. Suicide
9. Slept So Long (Queen of the Damned soundtrack cover)

The music between sets was incredible. They played the Land of Rape and Honey. And the girls were all so hawt. And after an hour I noticed that rather than the usual fucking sports they were playing PEDATOR on the TV! What more could I want? The music was just to fucking quite at the beginning of the night. But it got loud as fuck for Phantom High and that was all I needed. Nate and I need to go to another goth show and get totally fucked up.

This show fucking ruled. Fuck all y’all. You don’t goth? You ain’t nothing! NOTHING!!!!

my pictures all looked like crap tonight except the only ones that mattered, so here's a bunch of pictures of Phantom High:










phantomhigh666.bandcamp.com/ (their EP is awesome)


diauger.bandcamp.com/

trickcasket.bandcamp.com/

40octavesbelow.bandcamp.com/releases

www.mixcloud.com/dwighthybrid
 

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The Gigantic Three
Featuring: Sandman (as Metallica), Knotslip (as Slipknot), PoRn (as KoRn)
Date: Saturday January 25th, 2020
Venue: the Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario

I saw PoRn last year and they were a lot of fun. Tonight was just funny because the singer was already so drunk when they got on stage. Blind was brutal. But they cleaned it up and sounded good for the most part. They were super-sloppy and a total wreck but they were having fun so that’s all that mattered. There are a million other KoRn songs I’d rather hear...in fact if I were to make a dream KoRn setlist I think Twist and A.D.I.D.A.S. would be the only songs they played tonight on it. But it was fun.

PoRn
1. Blind
2. Freak on a Leash
3. Twist
4. Here to Stay
5. Make Me Bad/One
6. A.D.I.D.A.S.
7. Come Undone
8. Y’all Want a Single?
9. I Did My Time
10. Right Now
11. Falling Away From Me
12. Got the Life

I’ve never been the hugest Slipknot fan...until this. Knotslip were a shit ton of fun. They only played the best stuff and had the act down to a “T”. They were fucking crazy intense and I can only imagine that this was what it would have been like to see Slipknot twenty years ago, complete with the gathering of older metalheads back by the bark wondering what the hell they were witnessing. There were even nine of them on stage and being right but front I still have no idea what Craig Jones and Sid Wilson do in the band. I think they had all the original nines masks except the drummers. Unless he was wearing a really early mask that Joey Jordison wore that I’ve never seen. The highlight was People=Shit, because that is always the highlight. No matter what you’re doing. That song is the best part of your day. But Surfacing and Spit It Out were also insane.

Knotslip
-. Insert Coin/Prelude 3.0 (over P.A.)
1. The Blister Exists
2. Disasterpiece
3. Wait and Bleed
-. 742617000027 (over P.A.)
4. (Sic)
-. Duality (on the setlist but they didn't play it)
5. Liberate
6. Left Behind
7. Eyeless
8. Before I Forget
9. Surfacing
-. (515) (over P.A.)
10. People=Shit
11. Spit It Out

I reached an epiphany during Sandman’s set that I’m pretty sure I reached twenty-five years ago: Metallica aren’t that great. Their songs are all dead to me. Even the ones I like. And I wasn’t one of those guys who listened to nothing but Metallica growing up. I listened to way more Slayer and Sepultura when I was a kid and I still love their songs. But watching this, while it was fun...ish, was just like, “...wow...yay...Creeping Death...whoo-hoo...Master of Puppets...this is gonna take nine minutes”. It’s all just dead to me. Then they played crap like Nothing Else Matters, which literally cleared the floor and brought the enjoyment level of the entire show down to almost zero. I went to the bathroom and it was the first time I’ve ever seen a line-up to the mens bathroom at the Rockpile. If there was ever a testament to a song being utter garbage and in need of going away it’s that. And Metallica fans? They’re a different breed themselves. How can you still get excited by this music? That said Sandman were really good. I’ve seen more Metallica cover bands than I have the actual Metallica and I’d say these guys...were as average as average could be. They were as average as Metallica are.

Sandman
-. the Ecstasy of Gold (over P.A.)
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. Creeping Death
3. Four Horsemen
4. (Welcome Home) Sanitarium
5. Harvester of Sorrow
6. Ride the Lightning
7. Nothing Else Matters
8. Master of Puppets
9. The Unforgiven
10. Enter Sandman
11. Fade to Black
encore:
12. Seek and Destroy
-. One (on the setlist but they didn't play it)

Metallica suck. But the Slipknot cover band was so awesome and made the evening worth it.

Sandman


Knotslip




PoRn
 

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Chester Bennington's (Linkin Park) first band, Grey Daze are releasing a new album, called Amends on April 10th. The album is a collection of songs from their 2 albums but remastered. The songs will have different instrumentation to them. Case in point, the song Sickness originally sounded post grunge but now has an alternative rock sound on the remastered version. The band have also used Chester's vocals and remastered them however, they are also using unheard and unused takes of his vocals on the tracks to give it a different feel.

The album will also have guest artists such as Page Hamilton, Ryan Shuck, Chris Traynor, Head and Munky from Korn and Chester's son, Jaime.

I'm really looking forward to this project and I hope it does well, so they can then release a couple more albums. It's always a plus to hear Chester's voice... that will never be taken away.

Check out What's In The Eye and Sickness below:


 

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The Dominion, 30 immolated ; 16 returned, Psyothic, Cotton Mouth, (possibly) Jinn Arcana
Date: Saturday February 8th, 2020
Venue: Tale of the Junction in Toronto, Ontario

Cotton Mouth were very young but weren’t too bad at all. They were a grunge band and I don’t hear much of that these days. Especially original songs. So you know what? I really liked them.

Psyothics singer announced before they started that he’d eaten something bad earlier and thirty seconds into their first song he ran downstairs to the bathroom. The rest of them just stood there in silence laughing about it. When they did eventually play they sounded like System of a Down mixed with metalcore. Musically they were really good. But the singer kind of sucked. So pretty much exactly like the real System of a Down. They were better off with him in the bathroom.

I really felt bad for 30 immolated ; 16 returned havinf to play here. I haven’t even touched on how ghetto the venue was. It reminded me of the places my bands played in twenty-five years ago in Oshawa and Ajax. And these guys are classically trained music teachers. They played good but Wanda kept popping the fuse in her power bar. So, I got to be her official “button guy” resetting it whenever it blew. A job that only one with my vast, many years of being an electrician could pull off.

30 immolated ; 16 returned
1. The Antechamber of Hell
2. The Circle of Shit
3. Mistress Maggie’s Masterpiece

The Dominion were okay. They were like Pennywise. But once I noticed the guys from 30 immolated ; 16 returned had gotten the hell out of Dodge I bailed. I think Jinn Arcana may have played after them (and I actually wanted to see them) but I was done with this one.

It’s only February but this may be the worst show at the worst venue I’ll see in 2020. I know I say that a lot but...shit, I say that a lot. I need to get my priorities in check.

But I do it for you: my adoring public. If not for me where would you get your Sunday morning entertainment?

30 immolated ; 16 returned


www.facebook.com/30-immolated-16-returned-1440005762811312

www.facebook.com/TheDominionHCHC

www.facebook.com/Psyothic

www.facebook.com/jinnarcanaband
 

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Chester Bennington's (Linkin Park) first band, Grey Daze are releasing a new album, called Amends on April 10th. The album is a collection of songs from their 2 albums but remastered. The songs will have different instrumentation to them. Case in point, the song Sickness originally sounded post grunge but now has an alternative rock sound on the remastered version. The band have also used Chester's vocals and remastered them however, they are also using unheard and unused takes of his vocals on the tracks to give it a different feel.

The album will also have guest artists such as Page Hamilton, Ryan Shuck, Chris Traynor, Head and Munky from Korn and Chester's son, Jaime.

I'm really looking forward to this project and I hope it does well, so they can then release a couple more albums. It's always a plus to hear Chester's voice... that will never be taken away.

Check out What's In The Eye and Sickness below:


The Grey Daze stuff is sounding good, which is weird because i really disliked all of Chester's side projects back in the days.


Gojira/Deftones tickets go on sale this Friday, but the presale VIP packages are about 200 bucks. i can only imagine when general admission prices will be.
 

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Astaroth Incarnate, Morbid Prototype, Uriel
Date: Saturday February 29th, 2020
Venue: Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto, Ontario

I like Sneaky Dee’s but I fucking hate that their shows are always early because they have video dance parties at 10pm. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm? Get the fuck out.

Uriel weren't that good. There levels were pretty bad and their lead singer really wasn’t very good. They were like a mix of symphonic black metal and a pirate metal band but way more progressive. There was a lot of bass tapping. I hate that. I’d have liked more violin.

Uriel
1. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
2. A Thousand Burdens
3. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
4. Insight
5. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
6. Lies
7. Multiverse
8. Born From Regrets

Morbid Prototype were a lot like whatever sub-genre of black metal that Dark Funeral or Watain are a part of. Not usually my cup of tea but much better than the previous band. Their bass was a bit much too. But this guy sounded like Les Claypool playing in a black metal band.

Morbid Prototype
1. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
2. The Flesh of God
3. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
4. Spiritual Genocide
5. Morbid Prototype
6. Abyssal Screams
7. Chimera

Astaroth Incarnate were good but I’ve seen them better. The sound wasn’t that good tonight. It’s really too bad because they’re becoming one of my favourite local bands. Lindsey Schoolcraft was there tonight so it was pretty funny that they played Her Ghost in the Fog. I mean they’ve been playing that for years but given she got expunged from Cradle of Filth last week it was some nice salt in the wound. She was probably like "yeah, fuck those guys".

Astaroth Incarnate
1. I Am Fire/I Am Death (Alpha)
2. Tetris of Selection (that’s not the title but that’s what I heard)
3. ? (probably a Slayer cover)
4. Onslaught
5. Sanctum of Torment
6. Her Ghost in the Fog (Cradle of Filth cover)
7. I Am Fire/I Am Death (Omega)

Then Sneaky Dee’s was literally like GET THE FUCK OUT! Fuck that place.

Astaroth Incarnate


[youtube]5XqXTfd7OSI[/youtube]

Morbid Prototype


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A Primitive Evolution, Sulpher, On, Phantom High
Date: Saturday March 14th, 2020
Venue: Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario

I braved the end of civilization for this show. Not many other people did. I felt bad for Phantom High. They’re so awesome and they played to maybe ten people. Their sound was crap at first too. I don’t think Lee’s Palace is a good place for them. It’s too big. And I don’t think going on before midnight suits them either. By their third song they sounded good.

Phantom High
1. Ambiguous
2. ?
3. Shadows
4. Bitchface
5. Lotion
6. Suicide

On (formally Acid Test) were a pop-punk band. I found out afterwards while writing this that they’ve been around for something like 25 years… Not my thing at all but I guess they were good for that style.

On
1. ?
2. Despite You
3. ?
4. Gater?
5. Blackmail
6. ?
7. ?

Sulphers big claim to fame is that Rob Holiday (who played live guitar for the Prodigy and Marilyn Manson up until a few years ago) is in the band...

...yeah

Whatever. They were really cool. Given any other night they’d have been awesome. But tonight was just not the night. They did a cover of the Beautiful People.

I think there was another band called A Primitive Evolution playing afterwards but for whatever reason I left. I don't know why but it's five hours later now and I did.

Tonight was just not a good night. This may end up being the most depressing show I go to this year since everything else is probably canceled for the next month and then things will have worked out. But I haven’t felt this off at a show since when I saw Machine Head the weekend after that Eagles of Death Metal show got bombed in Paris a few years ago. And I'm not even worried about the Coronavirus. The vibe in the club was just...like everyone wanted to be there but no one felt they should be there. It felt like a sad ending to everything everyone had ever known. Not only was the place dead but the house played the same song on repeat between each band. They at least played a different song between each band but it was the same three-minute punk songs between each set. I think they played a Melt-Banana song playing between On and Sulpher.

The only positive tonight was the bartender gave me a quad for the price of a double at the beginning of the show because there were five people there and doors had been open for a half an hour.

Sulpher


On


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