Breaking Benjamin & Five Finger Death Punch - Summer North American Tour 2018 w/ Nothing More & Bad Wolves - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
Suicidal Tendencies - Get Your Fight On Canadian Tour 2018 w/ Sick Of It All - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
He’s back. YOB is back, and Mike left no room for doubt as to his ability to play or sing from the moment he started; from the beginning, he prowled and bounced around the stage, exuding confidence and demonstrating his regained playing and singing ability. His voice has also definitely changed since the last album Clearing The Path To Ascend, and what it lacks in typical psychedelic rock vocals has been made up for in leaps and bounds in rawness, gritty-ness, and a new-found ability to reach even higher altitudes of shrieks. This was perhaps most evident in “The Screen”, where his punctuating screams were even sharper and more hawk-like than on the recording. It is as if he has reached deeper in to go further beyond and to bring us with him. Similarly to Bell Witch, YOB has an expert ability to rip the emotions out of you, to make you feel that it is ok to feel, and to engage in communal catharsis. By the end of the set (which included not just songs from Our Raw Heart, but also a few songs from The Great Cessation the crowd was ecstatic, and lighter, floating from the euphoria of the performance.
After finishing with “Burning The Altar,” Mike immediately began to shake hands with every one in the front row, thanking some people by name, and exuding warmth and gratitude, demonstrating that he needs us to play, just as much as we need him and the rest of the band to feel. This outpour of thanks and handshakes continued as people trickled out and as bands were loading out, until only a few remained. Even as security guards shooed people away, the tour manager still brought people up to Mike to shake his hand and to get autographs.
Love. Empathy. Inclusivity. Coming together in times of hardship and mourning. For a genre that is often perceived as dark and depressive, doom has come a long way in proving that it can be a profound inspiration of community and tenderness between people. These bands in particular are experts in breaking down barriers of hate, derision, and emotional blockage, allowing listeners and audience members to express themselves. That night, they provided a safe space for everyone to simply feel and partake in the cathartic release of emotions being amplified by the oppression of the heat. Communal catharsis has been an ever-present tradition in human history, and now, perhaps more than ever, as people become more isolated and hectic with their lives, it is necessary to allow even just a moment to disengage and to just be, and to let the struggles of daily life emerge and leave our physical bodies in the form of communal song, weeping, and ecstatic movement. These performances provided this necessity for many who I'm sure were grateful for being able to bear witness. Truly, it was an evening that made one feel vibrant and aglow with positivity and warmth.
Slayer - Farewell Tour 2018 w/ Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth & Testament - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
Satyricon - North American Tour 2018 w/ Goatwhore, Panzerfaust & Blood Of Christ - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
Sirenia - North American Tour 2018 w/ Threat Signal, Valinor Excelsior, Dire Peril and Heyoka's Mirror - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
Kamelot - Shadows Over North America Tour 2018 w/ Delain and Battle Beast - Metal Master Kingdom Show Review
That night at the Opera House was beyond incredible; all three bands were absolutely amazing and each seemed to top the other but only just by a little bit. I don’t think there could have been a single concert goer at that show who felt they did not get their money’s worth. From the amazing light shows, power metal vocals, and blistering guitar solos, this was the perfect night to truly begin the spring concert seasons here in Toronto.
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