JULY 19th 2016
Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper
Well time to hit the old Rickshaw to cover this show, have been looking forward to it for a long time, I have seen all the bands before except for the opening act. So I pretty much knew what was coming, or did I. Not really and I will tell you why as I review this lineup.
First up tonight is a band out of our own hometown, ANGELMAKER, they have quit a following, but I have been doing reviews/attending shows now for Metaltitans for 6 years, and I have never heard this band, or heard of them. If you are like me, and don't know them, they are a six-piece melodic deathcore band, although I am not too sure I would call them melodic. Hardcore, yes without a doubt, if you want fast, hard and abrasive, then they delivered just that on Tuesday night. I am not sure I understand why two vocalists, I would have thought the one could do both, but whatever it takes for them to do their shows. Personally, (remember I said personally) didn’t like this music, just too in your face, and growls that I had no idea of what the words were. For me, I need a lot more when I go to shows. But there were lots who enjoyed their set.
Next, STARKILL, these guys were the highlight of the night for me, last time I saw them was in 2013, once with Krisiun and then again with Wintersun. They have done many tours, but have not come up to Vancouver since. I enjoyed those two previous shows, so was anxious to hear them again. I was not to be disappointed tonight, they started off playing some incredible songs from their new album to be released in the fall, and if those song were any indication of what the album is going to be like, count me in. They were good before, but they stepped up a notch or ‘more’. They were tight up there, active, never standing in one spot, up on the amps, visually very appealing to watch. I have not heard American death metal quit like this before, it was so damned good. I could have stood and watched them play all night. Amazing lineup and some kick ass music for all to enjoy. Before I knew it, their set was over, NOOOOOO, here is a video to give you just a teaser of their style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RNQKCRKjj4
See what I mean, I bet you are kicking yourself that you didn’t go to the show now, right. ;) I wish their set was longer, I just didn’t get enough. Please if they are coming through your town, don’t miss them, they are talented, and pushing the boundaries with their talent. When you have a band that pulls it together so well, it makes the world of difference when you are listening, and then when you have to go home L You can replay their set in your mind. Here are the songs that you can’t get out of your head: Walk Through Fire, Burn your world, Cloudless,Breaking the Madness,Virus of the Mind, and Before Hope Fades. Great songs each and every one. In fact, if you had seen me, standing right up front, I had a smile on my face the whole time. Now who does that for Death Metal. (Me).
Next is BLACK CROWN INITIATE from Reading, PA. and it seems there is a new face to the band this time around, they have a new guitarist, his name is Wes Hauch who previously played with The Faceless. The guys played a variety of songs, and all executed in the hell house, I don’t know how any of the bands tonight performed because it was just way too hot. Time for the Rickshaw to get some fans, even just for the bands. The sound didn’t really sound the best for them when they started, but the fans were loving them. I have seen them numerous times, and they do put on a great set. I do wish they moved around a little more, but maybe they couldn’t due to the stage being on the small size, especially with all that equipment up there along with them. I have to give them a lot of credit for giving so much on such a hot night.
Up next is the headline, the most progressive/extreme/melodic metal band Ne Obliviscaris, and the floor filled. Understandably. There are no others like them really, their music is extreme, you can hear their influences of black, thrash, death, melodic, jazz which they have introduced into their style. They also have two vocalists, one clean and the other extreme and they have made it work because it is two distinct styles. What also stands out with this band, is they use a violin, and I love the use of classical instruments infused with metal. Truly is an amazing experience to hear. They played a variety of songs to everyones enthusiasm. There was a couple of songs played that went over the normal time frame, but because of the variety they have you don’t even think, geez that is a long song. I looked around the room a couple of times, and people even had lighters lite, some were swaying back and forth, others just all out and out having a good time.
This was a good line up, a great variety, did I enjoy it, you bet I did, but still going to say my favourite band of the night was Starkill. Ne Obliviscaris was close and I would see them again without a doubt. It is all about enjoying the show, walking out with a great feeling of enjoyment.
I do have one thing to say, I absolutely HATE moshers these days, in the beginning when I covered shows moshers stayed in their own spots, pushed, shoved, knocked each other down, helped each other up again. But todays crowds, idiots, did I want to go in the mosh pit, NO, so stay away from the people in the front who got there early to get that spot and enjoy, not constantly look over their shoulders for that moron who slams into them from behind. Get a life, if you want to slam someone, get into the ring. Let the rest of us enjoy our show.
Remaining Tour Dates:
7/22 Dickens, Calgary, AB
7/24 Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
7/25 Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
7/26 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
7/27 Moo Club, Toronto, ON
7/28 Petit Campus, Montreal, QC
7/29 Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
7/31 Once Ballroom, Boston, PA
8/01 Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA
8/02 Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
8/03 Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
8/05 Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX
8/06 The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX
8/07 Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX
8/08 Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/10 Bluebird, Denver, CO
8/11 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
8/12 Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix, AZ