Despite the horrible slush/rain/snow that descended upon Toronto, fans trudged out to the Mod Club in Toronto to get a good dose of metal. I was a bit sceptic when I hear that this show was on a Thursday, and sadly not many fans made it early enough to see the opening acts. But despite the sadly sparse crowd, Primalfrost did their best to rile up fans as the opening act of the night. I only got to check out their first two songs as I was stalking Alexander Krull of Leaves Eyes and Atrocity for an interview (which you’ll be happy to know I got), but if the rest of their set went as well as their first tracks then they were a full force of fury to a lot of passive listeners.
Atrocity stormed the stage next, with Krull at the lead. In our interview, I had to resist the urge to ask him if I could braid his knee length hair. However on stage I was cringing at the thought of that long mane getting tangled. Luxurious long hair aside, Atrocity became a fast favourite and the crowd was quickly, yet passively, impressed. The crowd was very subdued tonight aside from a few energetic fans. Krull had to quite literally point fans out and encourage them to come closer. At one point he called on the fans sitting on couches off to the side saying, “this is not a church , this is a metal celebration!” Krull found a way to make Atrocity’s set stand out by picking out two young metalette’s to dance for him on stage, much to everyone’s amusement. Man, it must be nice to be in a band and have that power.
The boys from Atrocity pulled double duty as Leaves Eyes (basically Atrocity plus the beautiful Liv Kristine) took the stage. There’s something about Leaves Eyes that makes me love them live. Liv was breathtaking as she hit every note with angelic precision, leaning back to belt out those really powerful notes. Krull was a powerful backup, becoming the Beast to Liv’s Beauty. Guitarist’s Thorsten Bauer and Sander van der Meer tirelessly shredded and rocked out in a tidal wave of hair.
Leaves Eyes were all smiles as fans went into a high pitched chant of “This is my elegy, do you believe it’s real,” the chorus from “Elegy.” They treated fans to new tunes like “Symphony of the Night” and “Hell to the Heavens,” in which Krull finally wind milled much to my delight, as well as many fan favs like “Take the Devil in me” and “My Destiny.”
With a smile or a few words of encouragement, Liv got fans to jump and pump their fists in the air as she swayed to the music and headbanged alongside her hubby Alexander Krull. I think every metallette present had a girly moment as Krull took Livs hand at the end of their set and they lovingly embraced eachother. Friggen, adorable. Not only is Liv stunning on stage, but that is simply who she is when you meet her off stage. She gave all her fans a chance to take a picture with her after their set and was simply a delight to talk to. Some Metal Maidens might want to take a tip or two from her (cough cough, Simone Simons, cough).
Moonspell took the stage for the last show of their tour. Vocalist Fernando Ribiero came out on stage with a gladiator’s helmet and fans revelled Moonspell anthems such as “Opium,” “Alma Mater and “Luna.” I particularly enjoyed the last tune as it gave fans the chance to yell “LUNA!” in a long, drawn out chant at the top of our voices. Sadly, it seemed that most fans had come out to see Leaves Eyes and not Moonspell, as the crowd at the front was noticeably smaller. Toronto seriously disappointed me tonight. Ah well, the fans that were there at least made up for their small numbers by attempting to create a few short lived moshpits and jumping sessions (I mean, as many as can be expected for a Thursday with shitty weather).