Blog author: Ingrid Newton
Photography: Navneet Johal
Saturday March 8, 2014
Hard Luck bar in Toronto, ON
Darrell Shelley - The Scene Magazine
Andrew Epstein - Host of the Governor's Ball
Jason Da Luz - The Rehearsal Factory
The opening band for the night, Psycho Mad Sally, produced an ecclectic sound combined with that of the violin. I found their music style to be a bit at odds with this combo, and the gruff female vox only added more chaos to the foray. I have to assume that is their intention given the band name. Their bold, wild child vocalist unleashed her antics on and off stage. Mad as a hatter I tell you. This band won a spot at the semi finals.
The second band Pariah settled us into a metal style that carried us on a wave of traditional, and familiar territory. They portrayed confidence during their set.
The next band Oneiromancy had much difficulty getting their set started as they encountered sound issues that seemed to require much tweaking. The crowd waited patiently, but unease was escalating as the delay continued. Finally the band stuck their first chords, and blasted us with hard hitting blackened death metal. This young band has certainly become stronger since the first time I witnessed them play at The 460 back in 2012. The fact they did not place a spot in the semi finals surprised me, but perhaps they lost points due to the long wait at the beginning of their set, which affected their time alottment.
Sovereign Council filled the stage with many bodies; among them were 2 vocalists. Initially I had thought the women on stage were meant to be eye candy for the lads but as it stands, one young lady played keyboards, while the other had dual and back vocal duties. I found their sound to be somewhat generic, with weak male vocals, while the female was able to sustain her notes with empasis. The dual vox tried to portray male and female rock opera characters, much like the show GLEE.
Finally the band The Parallax hit the stage with their technical, and progressive sound. Their stage presence was commanded purely by their musicanship, no gimmicks required. Serious tunes from serious dudes. They were one of the nights winners without a doubt.
PSYCHO MAD SALLY (9:15pm) *
World fits the kitchen
Figure in Black
Limb from limb
Knots of malice
Snake in the grass
When In Dreams Awake
SOVEREIGN COUNCIL (11:30pm)
Down The Rabbit Hole
Bring It Down
THE PARALLAX (12:15am) *
Setlist (Obliquity of the Ecliptic album tracks)
Summon the Tides
Obliquity of the Ecliptic
The Wicked Shadows
* Winners for Round I in Toronto