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I finished my 2014 concert season on Tuesday night with one of my favourite acts, GWAR. After Oderus died earlier this year, I thought I would never see them again. But happily, I was proven wrong. The new vocalists, Blothar and Vulvatron were fantastic additions (though Blothar was actually the original Beefcake the Mighty). Like last year's show, I managed to get a spot front and centre. This of course meant I was completely soaked in fake blood by the end of the first song.

 

The entire show was based around "where did Oderus go?" and trying to find him. When Blothar finished singing his first song, the other members said "wait..who the f**k are you?" with Beefcake saying "I think I've seen you before" as an inside joke. At the start of their encore, there was a very touching memorial to Oderus where they carried out his sword and made a memorial out of it. The crowd took that very seriously too as a respectful silence fell over the crowd.

 

As always, it was a great show. The band is in good hands with the two new singers and I look forward to seeing them again.

 

Here are some pictures!

 

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American Sharks!

 

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Corrosion of Conformity!

 

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The after picture! I really needed a shower.

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Machine head and Darkest Hour last month in Barcelona.

 

Got to meet the band beforehand and got my ticket signed. Also caught a guitar pick at the end of the show. Really enjoyed it, and I've never really seen a band enjoy playing a show as much as Machine Head that day.

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I'm surprised they didn't cancel on you. I may or may not still be bitter about them cancelling their entire North American tour this year.

When they cancelled the US tour, I think pretty much everyone in Europe was expecting them to cancel the EU tour as well. Really enjoyed it though, especially the Maiden medley they played.

 

My next shows are Slipknot, Korn and King 810 in January and Download Festival in June. As you can tell, I don't go to many shows.

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Went to the Foo Fighters surprise show for Dave Grohl's birthday at the Forum last night. The show was incredible, they played for over 3 and a half hours and had Paul Stanley, Tenacious D, Slash, Alice Cooper, Zakk Wylde, Perry Ferrel, Trombone Shorty, Nick Oliveri, David Lee Roth, and Lemmy from Motorhead there as guests. Their setlist gives you an idea of how crazy the show was! http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/foo-fighters/2015/the-forum-inglewood-ca-5bcab724.html

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Foo Fighters with Tenacious D and Slash.

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Last night marked the start of my 2015 concert year. Coincidentally, it started the same way 2014 started with Dark Tranquility! Primalfrost, Valfreya and Insomnium were in support.

 

I ended up loving Primalfrost. How have I not heard these guys before? They were very skilled and put on a great display of fast guitar solos. They're probably the best "random local opening act" I've ever seen at a concert before.

 

Valfreya as always put on a good show. I can never complain about hearing viking/pagan metal. Their lead singer is one of the few women who can do growly vocals well (the other being Masha from Arkona). They also did their awesome foam sword wall of death bit again. Basically, they toss out a bunch of foam swords into the audience and start a wall of death. It's way more fun than it should be.

 

Insomnium put out one of the best metal albums in 2014, Shadows of the Dying Sun, so I was super pumped to see them live. As expected, they delivered a great set that got the crowd very excited.

 

Dark Tranquility is one of the leading voices in melodic death metal and it was nice to see them again. They played a good mix of older songs and stuff of the "new" album Construct which they've been touring for since last year. They didn't play my favourite song, but I was still pleased with their set list. I definitely look forward to seeing them again this summer at Wacken.

 

Here are some pictures!

 

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Primalfrost!

 

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Valfreya!

 

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Insomnium!

 

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Dark Tranquility!

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Apart from being a huge metalhead, I also really enjoy classical music. Not sure how that works, but whatever. Anyway, on Saturday, a friend and I saw the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. I was pleasantly surprised with how good the orchestra actually was. They definitely exceeded my expectations. And since it was a relatively cheap night, I'd probably go back and see them again.

 

Here's a picture!

 

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Orchestra warming up!

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Last night, I ventured forth to the briny deeps of Toronto to see Alestorm and Piratefest 2015! Alestorm is one of those bands that I will never miss, so of course I was there. As luck would have it, they brought two other pirate metal bands along for the ride, The Dread Crew of Oddwood and Swashbuckle.

 

The Dread Crew of Oddwood did a great and very fun set. They weren't so much "metal", but as they put it "heavy mahogany". All of their instruments were acoustic and included an upright bass and harpsichord. The atmosphere was more of a party than a concert.

 

Swashbuckle on the other hand is the complete opposite. While Dread Crew was softer, Swashbuckle was balls to the wall fast and loud. They have a great sense of humour which really shows through in their act. I mean...their lead singer is named Admiral No-Beard when in fact, he has a monster beard.

 

Alestorm was as always, fantastic. They played a good number of songs off their new album, but mixed it up with some older stuff, dating all the way back to their demos. The crowd was also ready and pumped for a good time and really came alive. During "Nancy the Tavern Wench" (seriously), the entire crowd sits down and rows. Don't ask me why, I don't know. I just go along for the ride. Also, at the end of the show, the lead singer started crowdsurfing, yelling "carry me to the bar!". And so...he was carried to the bar. I love this band so much and can't wait to inevitably see them again.

 

Here are some photos!

 

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The Dread Crew of Oddwood!

 

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Swashbuckle! For the seafood lover in you!

 

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Alestorm!

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After what felt like forever since I went to a concert (even though it was only a month and a half), I made my way to Toronto on Thursday night to see Enslaved. In support were Yob, Ecstatic Vision and Kosmograd.

 

Kosmograd is a local band from Toronto who put on a surprising set. Their entire 30 minute set was played in one unbroken song. It was unique and allowed their flow to stay intact without being broken up with songs ending. They seamlessly went from one song to another.

 

Up next was Ecstatic Vision, a relatively new band (I guess? They don't have any albums that I could find) out of Philadelphia. Their sound was equal parts old school and psychedelic. And holy crap, they played a melodica! I've seen all sorts of wacky instruments being played before, but this was the first time I've seen a melodica. Hurray for being different!

 

Yob followed with one of the best sets I've ever seen. I'm not normally a fan of doom/sludge metal, but holy crap. Their music was simply beautiful to listen to. There are few times in life where you experience a moment of pure contentment. That set was one of them. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed them.

 

Enslaved finished off the night with an hour and a half of great melodic black metal. The entire band was really into the performance, interacting with the crowd which served to whip things up into a frenzy. I didn't know too much about them before tonight (I figured I'd give them a chance), but they definitely made me a fan.

 

Here are some pictures!

 

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Kosmograd!

 

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Ecstatic Vision!

 

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Yob!

 

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Enslaved!

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Last show was Slipknot, Korn and King 810 in Cardiff. Korn and Slipknot were phenomenal, King 810 was meh.

 

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Got Download Festival coming up in June. Aside for the, I haven't got any other shows planned, though I've got fingers crossed for a Babymetal EU tour around Oct/Nov.

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Saw Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute band) on Tuesday night and Belle & Sebastian Wednesday night - both in Toronto.

 

I would highly recommend Brit Floyd to any die hard Pink Floyd fan - their stage set was amazing and they are definitely as close to seeing the real band as you're going to get!

 

Belle & Sebastian were awesome - just as I expected. It continues to amaze me that this Scottish band isn't more popular in the states...although if I look at the Billboard Top 40, I know why. Most Americans seem to like shitty music!

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Last concert was NIN, Soundgarden, and The Dillinger Escape Plan in West Palm. All the bands sounded awesome. This was the first time I saw TDEP plan without massive pits all over the place.

 

My next show is Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson in Atlanta.

 

I'm still waiting on Failure to release their tour dates. I'm so glad those guys are back together.

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Misery Index/Lord Dying at the Palladium. The local openers were absolutely horrible, attendance was dismal (<50 people in a fairly large city), and Lord Dying put on a very solid show but had to stop early because their drummer blew out the head of his snare (fist-sized hole, there was no salvaging it) and couldn't borrow one in time. Nonetheless, Misery Index was utterly amazing and played their hearts out to the people who were there. So unbelievably intense and tight, and the setlist was pretty much immaculate save for maybe the absences of Sensory Deprivation and Heirs to Thievery, but the fact that they dug up Ghosts of Catalonia and played the entire Faust suite more than made up for it. My only real issue was that the show had to end, and I hope that they go back to regular touring soon.

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I attended some of RoSFest this weekend. Spock's Beard and Enchant were both amazing. I'd seen both bands before many times, but they were at the top of their game here.

 

I also caught Glass Hammer's set, and thought they were just "ok". Nothing really stuck out about them.

 

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I went to DC101's Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion with a buddy of mine on Sunday, and it's safe to say it was the best concert I've been to. Not only was the line up great and I got to see my favorite band, but the vibe all around was amazing. Everyone around us was chill, having a good time and we made some friends in the process. As for the acts we saw:

 

Andrew McMahon and The Wilderness-Not bad, had a few good songs but around this time my friend and I were just chatting with other people around us on the lawn.

 

Big Data-Same as above.

 

Dirty Heads-I like these guys as they had a Sublime/311 vibe to their music. They played "Lay Me Down" which I was looking forward to the most, so I was satisfied with their set.

 

Panic! At The Disco-If this was ten years ago, I probably wouldn't care if we missed these guys. However I've grown to appreciate them over the past few years. Now that I've seen them live, I have a lot more respect for them, and they did a fantastic cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody".

 

The Offspring-Can't express how awesome this band is. I still remember listening to these guys on my friends radio back in middle school when we would skate in his drive-way. This was the only band the entire day that had people moshing and crowdsurfing which was a lot of fun.

 

Incubus-The headliners of the show and my favorite band, no matter how much their music changes. They played a great set for about an hour. During their song "Dig" a fight broke out in the pit and the singer, Brandon cracked jokes about it after the song lol.This was my first time seeing them and it won't be my last. Hopefully I'll catch them this summer with Deftones (Another one of my favorite bands).

 

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From the back of the lawn.

 

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Panic! At The Disco

 

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The Offspring.

 

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Incubus!

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Paramore. Last night in NYC at Beacon Theatre. My bangover from the show is ridiculous but they were perfect.

 

'Future' live is now my all time favorite live song, and it's even better than the studio version.

 

Here are some of my videos (I was in the last row of the upper balcony, but that didn't stop me from going just as wild as Hayley on stage) I almost fell into the seats in front of me, and fell into my chair multiple times from jumping/headbanging.

 

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https://instagram.com/p/2XXUT2wyMG/

 

Actual best show I've ever been to, even better than when I saw them in 2008.

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