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Live!: Criticull (w/ Kälter, Project Mars), Café Dekcuf, 27/04/2012


It was a damn cold night in Ottawa last night when I walked into Café Dekcuf. Frankly, I wasn’t entirely sure that hell wasn’t going to freeze over while I was inside, but I was one of the lucky few to witness a truly fantastic show that night. I have absolute pity for anyone who didn’t make it out for Criticull, Kälter, and Project Mars: Three incredibly different bands that made for one hell of an evening!

Project Mars was the night’s opener and gave us a more Hard Rock vibe to what would soon follow from the night’s other acts. It was definitely a good start however, with the band giving us their late-nineties-styled originals, as well as a couple rough ’n ready covers: Led Zeppelin‘s Whole Lotta Love and Seether’s Remedy. A solid act with a fun vibe, Project Mars took me back into a daze of childhood nostalgia. [8/10]

Quebec City’s Melodic Death Metallers Kälter were the surprise of the night. A young band with a gleam in their eye, their set was solid from the start. About halfway through, the band just slipped into the pocket and magic began to happen before the assembled crowd’s very eyes. Marc-André Lafrenière, the band’s frontman, has a deathly rasp like the bastard child of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and Children of Bodom‘s Alexi Laiho, and drummer Lucas Biron has chops for miles. The whole band was incredibly tight and created a brutal, epic feast for the ears. I can’t say enough good about this band. If ever you have the chance to see them play, do not hesitate. [10/10]

Finally, it was time for our headliners, Ottawa Metal Fusion lunatics Criticull. This was my first time seeing this band, but in their relatively short time in the Ottawa music scene, they’ve become something of a local legend. I have to say, they are worthy of their reputation. An insane mix of Thrash, Hardcore, and Funk awaits the ears, and something altogether ridiculous awaits the eyes when one witnesses these young men in action. The hell of it is, you can clearly see and hear all the chops that the four young men possess. Vocalist Marc Couture is a bundle of ADD nerves and energy, and I mean that in the best possible way. He’s also hilarious, spouting some of the best inter-song banter this writer has ever heard. Bass guitarist Jon Ublansky is insanely talented, reminding one primarily of Robert Trujillo (in his Infectious Grooves days), with shades of Faith No More‘s Billy Gould thrown in for good measure. The only failing these guys had this night was not quite capturing the imagination like Kälter did. [9.5/10]

All in all, this was another fine Rabbit Hole Productions event and fantastic show. I am definitely going to be a repeat audience member for each of these bands, and anyone reading this should check ‘em out too! Support Canadian Artists! Especially when they’re this bloody talented!

Overall event score: \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ (9 out of 10)

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One response

  1. 4cereal

    FUCK YEAH, CRITICULL. YYYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAAH

    29/04/2012 at 12:51 am

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