JANUARY 30th, 2016

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by Char Tupper

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Today, Jan 30th at the Rickshaw Theatre, The Invisible Orange presents Swedish band Enforcer, with co-headlining American Warbringer, Canadian Cauldron, and American Exmortus, along with local guests, Dead Asylum and Victoria's Torrefy.

Sorry to say, because the show was moved up from 7pm to 6pm, it made it impossible to get into Vancouver to cover the 2 openers. I am pretty sure everyone enjoyed these two opening bands.

First band EXMORTUS, is actually who I came for, truthfully because I have a friend that I was happy to see again. I will say that it has been awhile since seeing Exmortus play, and I can tell you that it was a great way to start the night off. They played a great set, lots of energy, and all around a great variety of songs, and pure Metal. I was surprised that there were not any moshers for their set, but just maybe, people were enjoying their music so much that they didn’t want to miss any of it. If you missed them, not to worry, they will return with Amon Amarth May 16th at the Commodore Ballroom. I will admit here too, that after watching the whole show, Exmortus was the # 1 band for tonight.

Next up is CAULDRON, I was a little curious as to how things would come together, as it was announced before Vancouver show that Jason had a throat infection, and any singing could permanently damage his vocals. Also mentioned, vocalist, Dan Cleary from Striker would be performing, but that didn’t happen. Instead we had some of the guys from Enforcer and one of Cauldrons guys belts out their songs. Not too sure if I really enjoyed that, I did really like the music side of it all, but, sorry, the vocals just didn’t fit so well. I do appreciate that they tried, and gave it their all to give Vancouver fans what they could.

Up next, really needs no introduction, WARBRINGER, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have seen this hard working band, but let’s just say a lot. I have always enjoyed their sets, and they always look to be enjoying what they do. I will say this though, their sound, their all together sound, has improved a lot. It was a fantastic set, I thoroughly enjoyed, and so did the crowd, meaning a few songs in, I had to leave my spot, as the moshers got stupid ass crazy. I will admit though that the sound at the back of the Rickshaw is way better than right up front. So I stayed at the back and watched the people and the band all enjoying. Great set.

ENFORCER, from Sweden is up, I stood up front for a bit, but I think I was a little disappointed in the music. Just about every band, that I review, do CD reviews for, or do written interviews with, I have been impressed with. They came out on stage with the look that I thought, alright, some power metal, well you know what I mean, the look makes you think that is the sound they will give off. Not so, they were just too fast, I think I would have enjoyed more, if the tempo had slowed just a little bit, and things would have flowed together better. Oh I know I am going to be getting some back lash for this, but it is my opinion, and I do feel bad sometimes not writing all positive, especially since they have not been here in 6 years, but I was there to review, and so that is what I am doing.

This is a very intense tour, 43 dates, almost non stop, and they hit 9 Canadian cities, which doesn’t happen very often.