UNNATURAL SELECTION CANADA TOUR 2014
Author: Alex Stojanovic
Photography: Navneet Johal
Published: August 21, 2014
Answer With Metal
The Hard Luck Bar
Toronto, ON, Canada
June 25, 2014
Presented by Inertia Entertainment
It was a warm, but extremely rainy Wednesday night on June 25, 2014, as Toronto metalheads gathered outside the Hard Luck Bar with their umbrellas and getting soaking wet, for a great night of metal with Denver thrashers Havok, as well as special guests Wretched, Razorwire and Answer With Metal.
Stouffville thrash/power outfit Answer With Metal had the difficult task of opening the night's festivities, but the band played to a fairly receptive crowd. Even though there wasn't any activity in front of the stage such as moshing, the crowd definitely seemed enthusiastic in order to give the band a very positive reception. Singer Dan Nielsen even encouraged people to come closer to the stage and joked by saying that we won't spill pig's blood on them, referencing the recent Watain show in Brooklyn that made headlines on metal websites, and even TMZ, where the Watain band members spilled real pig's blood on the people at the front, which drew quite a few laughs from the crowd.
Next up were Mississauga party thrashers Razorwire. They took the stage as we were in the dressing room behind the stage interviewing Havok. They kind of remind me of Fatality a bit because of their love of talking about beer and smoking dope, and they even treated the crowd to a cover of Metallica's "Whiplash". Before the band kicked into the song, the singer announced to the crowd that they were going to play a Pantera cover, and announced the title "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?".
Third band were Charlotte, North Carolina death metal titans Wretched. The band are on tour in support of their latest album Cannibal. In my honest opinion, they did seem like an odd choice for the bill because they were death metal, and it was all thrash bands on the bill, but they did get the crowd interested in their set, and I'm a big death metal fan, I just thought that they were an odd choice for the bill.
After Wretched, came the night's main event, Havok. The band took a little bit to set up before busting into their crushing opener Covering Fire. Frontman David Sanchez even joked about the way we pronouce Toronto, being "Tronno". The mosh pit was incredibly active, and there was a lot of beer that got spilled on the floor causing moshers to slip and fall numerous times, but nobody got seriously hurt. Things got a little serious in the middle of the set, as two moshers beside me got into a loud argument over one of the moshers constantly pushing people while he had a supposed broken hand, but that didn't last long. Havok opened their set with "Covering Fire", which is my favourite Havok song. Their set consisted of onluy 11 songs and contained mostly songs from their latest album Unnatural Selection (2013) and their sophomore album Time Is Up (2011), and also contained the two original tracks from their EP Point Of No Return (2012) and one song from their debut Burn (2009).