JULY 27th 2011
CRADLE TO GRAVE
RISES FROM THE GRAVE
Review By: Char Tupper
Photos By: Peter Ruttan
It’s a warm summer night, and all seems tame in the Red Room on Richards street, but it didn’t take long for metal to conquer the streets, and fill our veins. It was the rise of Cradle to Grave !! Alongside, was Scythia and 13th Prophet to open the show for them. Let me fill you in, incase you missed this great local show of Vancouver, BC.
First up on the bill was 13th Prophet, forming in 2004 in Port Coquitlam, BC. This death metal band is currently a 4 piece band that is currently unsigned to a record label. Musically listening to their performance, their vocals and musical aspects seem heavily influenced by bands such as Cannibal Corpse or Dying Fetus. I must say however, they opened with a pretty catchy, intriguing song, but throughout the set, I did find a lot of repetition and it became a “lull” of pure death metal. Yes, I love death metal as much as the next, but I do need some diversity musically, however, for the hardcore Death metal fans, this is up their alley.
Scythia was the next band on stage, promoting their CD release, and also touring to numerous Canadian cities to boost their new record, “…Of Exile”. Scythia is a folk metal inspired band, that has currently come into works with a custom designer for stage gear that is made by Diggers Leather (also makes gear for Tyr, Dimmu Borgir, and many others). This is day 1 of Scythia’s tour, and they sounded phenomenal. Their sound added a unique twist to the lineup this evening. Their performance was very well executed, and their 40minute set, musically they kept the moshpits going throughout and the crowd wanted so much more…but, it was time…time for one of Vancouver’s classics, to rise from the grave.
The righteous Cradle to Grave has risen, and with a new line-up on their hands. Original members, Greg Cavanagh (Fallen Decade) and Denis Barthe have formed a new alliance to bring back Cradle to Grave after a 3 year absence from the metal scene in Canada. Brian Langley (Infernal Majesty/Tyrants Blood) has taken on guitars, Glenn Chisholm on bass, and Shawn Hoskins (Scissortooth) to take over the drums. This elite force combined has brought back Cradle to Grave, and they really captivated the crowd. Their performance was perfection to the CD’s I have at home. I’m sure the guys will probably read this, and say “Naw, we were ok” ..But I tell yeah, they performed with such precision and enthusiasm on stage and with a good band chemistry, it is great to see this amazing band back on the stage again. Sadly working early the next day, and living an hour away, I had to leave early, but next time, I will be upfront and centre, whether Im doing my usual photography or not, I will be there in support of a great local talent, that is Cradle to Grave.