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Show Review Author: Alex Stojanovic
Photography: Navneet Joha
Published: April 24, 2014
Saturday April 12, 2014
The Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Could there be any better way to spend your Saturday night than heading down to the Mod Club for a night of monstrous thrash metal with German thrash legends Destruction, along with 4 very talented opening bands? Destruction concluded their 4 week North American headline tour with shows in Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal. The tour hit Toronto's Mod Club on Saturday, April 12th. Navneet and I had the opportunity to conduct a video interview with Destruction frontman Schmier on the tour bus. He is one of the nicest guys we've ever met, and was very hospitable. Thank you Schmier for your hospitality and a great interview. It was a pleasure to chat with you.
We missed the first two opening bands Bloodless Child* and Fatality* due to our interview with Destruction. We made our way to the bus as Bloodless Child hit the stage and came back in the venue as Fatality was finishing the last song. All I remember about Bloodless Child was that they didn't have a bassist, which was very awkward. The first opening band we experienced in full were California thrashers Exmortus. Exmortus have been receiving high acclaim and recognition for their virtuosic shredding solos and energetic live shows. They were definitely a crowd favourite. Exmortus is solos galore, and anybody that has seen Exmortus live knows their impressive guitar swap trick they do during the twin solo section of the track "Triumph By Fire". Guitarists Conan and David Rivera performed the trick, which was followed by a huge roar from the crowd. The band ended up having an encore and returned to give the rowdy crowd one more song, which left the crowd very pleased.
Next up was the trio of Brazilian brothers in Krisiun. Out of all the openers, Krisiun had the longest set, which consisted of 10 songs like "Kings Of Killing", "The Will To Potency", "Vengeance's Revelation" and "Blood Of Lions" just to name a few. Their set also included a drum solo from Max Kolesne. For a death metal band, Krisiun had a very clean and crisp sound that wasn't distorted, which is very uncommon with a lot of death metal bands. This was my first time seeing Krisiun, and I would definitely see them again.
After Krisiun came the night's headliners: Destruction. I'm really glad that I finally got to see them because I've been wanting to see them for a long time. The band entered the smoke filled stage and began their set with "Thrash 'Til Death". The band's set consisted of mostly classic material such as "Mad Butcher", "Eternal Ban", "Total Desaster", "Bestial Invasion" and "Curse The Gods" to name a few, and a few songs from the last decade such as "Hate Is My Fuel", "Spiritual Genocide", "Armageddonizer" and "The Butcher Strikes Back". The band took a song request from the crowd, which was "Total Desaster", even though there were many different titles being requested. There were also a few stage divers taking dives off the stage during Destruction's set. As I mentioned earlier, this was my first time seeing Destruction, and I knew that they usually play a long 18-song setlist, but on this tour, they cut their set down to 14 songs. It would have been cool if Destruction played an extra 4 songs, but I understand that they had to cut it down due to the club's time restrictions. The excessive amount of smoke that was released on stage sometimes made it hard to see drummer Vaaver unleashing chaos behind the kit. Aside from the minor issues, Destruction put on a fantastic show. I cannot wait to see them again!
Rick Mintz - Lead vocals & guitars
Tony Isaac - Guitars & vocals
Randy Orchard - Drums
Spencer Le Von - Vocals & guitars
Eytan Gordon - Lead guitars
Adam Zlotnik - Bass
Mason Le Von - Drums
*Note: No photos available for Bloodless Child and Fatality.