Back at the beginning of August I was present at a show out in the east-end at the relatively new Obsession live lounge. The show was sparsely attended, due in part to the fact that it was competing with at least two other shows happening elsewhere on the same evening. While I’m sure those other events were just as enjoyable, the fact remains that those who didn’t attend missed a talented band from the other side of the world. Usually, such an opportunity wouldn’t happen again.
Fortunately, Brazil’s Santuarium have stuck around our corner of the world and will be coming back to storm the Rainbow on the 16th with Tomahawk Punch and Creeping Beauty. I can’t stress enough how good this band is (check out my review of the last show) and how much they deserve a howling crowd to greet them. Their approach to Metal is one of the most unique I’ve seen, coating their hard rock core with symphonic and gothic elements without allowing those elements to diminish their punchy guitar work and headbanging compositions.
So it’s a Wednesday night. Not the most convenient thing in the world, I know. But this is a dedicated band from across the globe that deserves an appreciative crowd. What else were you going to do that night?
Seriously, don’t miss these guys again. They’re killer!
11/10/2013 | Categories: Announcement, News | Tags: 2013, Brazil, Creeping Beauty, Hard Rock Canada, live, Metal, October, October 16, Ottawa, Preview, Rabbit Hole Productions, Rainbow, Santuarium, talented band, Tomahawk Punch | Leave a comment
I’ve never been a huge fan of Melodic Death Metal as a genre. There are bands that fall within it that I enjoy immensely, At the Gates and Nightrage coming to mind. However, a lot of the time I find that the bands in this style fall into the trap of becoming overly melodic; i.e. the melodic/rock elements of the music overshadow and overtake the Death Metal roots. This is the case with In Flames and Sonic Syndicate; two bands who, over time, have shed all traces of true DM from their sound and now all that remains of those influences is the occasional guttural vocal in a song. To my mind, there has yet to be a band who has struck a perfect balance between Death Metal and Melodic without it sounding forced. Only the recent works by Scar Symmetry have come close.
This is where Walkerton’s Odium come in. What Scar Symmetry has achieved for European sensibilities, this band has achieved for the North American taste. In the vocal department, Tom Emmans alternates between a guttural rasp not unlike a more guttural Jamey Jasta, and clean vocals that are serviceable and familiar in a modern rock mold. The guitarists, Andrew Fullerton and Bo Louther, also familiar melo-death tricks to the show, reminding one primarily of At the Gates. The rythm section, bassist Dale Burrows and drummer Joe Mullen, does some really solid, supremely heavy things that keep the tunes grounded firmly in DM. Fantastic double kick work and bass licks that keep pace and perfectly fill the pocket between the guitars and the drums.
What makes Odium unique as a band in their chosen style is that one will never confuse them for a Scandinavian act. The clean vocals which, as mentioned before, are root in modern rock, are clearly of North American influence versus the more Power Metal-esque clean vocals of Odium’s Euro counterparts. The instrumentation, especially come chorus time in most of the bands songs, also betray the influence of a myriad North American radio staples.
Ottawa headbangers can catch these madmen from the other side of the province tonight at Cafe Dekcuf. They`ll be supporting local favourites Joe Thrasher and The Blood Red Truth. Doors or at 8PM so grab ten bucks and head on down to Dekcuf to catch this band`s uniquely North American take on a generally Swedish form of Heaviness.
14/07/2012 | Categories: Live, News, Profile | Tags: At the Gates, Burning the Bridges to Nowhere, Café Dekcuf, Death Metal, Entertainment, In Flames, Joe Thrasher, July, Melodic Death Metal, music, North America, Odium, Ontario, Ottawa, Rabbit Hole Productions, Scar Symmetry, The Blood Red Truth, Walkerton, Year of the Sun Records | 1 Comment
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)
28/04/2012 | Categories: Live, Review | Tags: Café Dekcuf, Criticull, Funk Metal, Hard Rock, Kälter, Melodic Death Metal, Metal, Ottawa, Ottawa Metal, Project Mars, Rabbit Hole Productions, Review | 1 Comment