Round three of Wacken Metal Battle Canada opened up the night in Toronto’s The Hard Luck Club with five bands battling it off in the hopes of earning a spot in the semi-finals. First up was Milk Room, named after the elementary school milk room where the band was first formed. These guys incorporated some progressive elements into their heavy tunes reminding me a bit of Protest the Hero. I would have liked it more if Milk Room loosened up a bit on stage and worked a bit more on their actual performance. Their set was pretty solid, but sadly these musicians seemed to be asleep at their stations focusing more on the songs than giving a stellar performance.
Based in Walkerton, ON, Odium took the night onto a more melodic/death metal route with their catchy tunes which incorporated heavy riffs, fast-tempo beats and a combination of growls and melancholic clean vocals. Odium seemed to be a bit more seasoned than the previous acts and began to work the stage. I was quite happy to see a band finally give a performance worthy of their groovalicious tunes.
Journalist: Kirsti Heitz
Photographer: Alex Stojanovic
Photo edit: Navneet Johal
Next up was supposed to be On the Verge but they unfortunately had to forfeit their spot due to some technical issues they were having with their missing drummer. Instead we had The Parralax up next who brought their own stage lights and continued with the theme of progressive metal. With versatile and interesting tunes that used progressive arrangements with the heavy elements of metal, The Parralax played a more instrumental set with vocalist Antonio Moreira setting aside his guitar to take up some growls. They ended their set with the intro to The Powerpuff Girls opening up their final tune and one diligent fan headbanging throughout their set.
Closing the night was Mirrelia, who started their set with a dramatic symphonic intro and immediately kicked up the energy level. Vocalist Nick mentioned that tonight was his first show in three years and good for him because I sincerely wasn’t able to tell. Nick's and guitarist SJP combined their vocals creating a groovy duet enhanced by the heavy musical arrangements of the band. Though all the bands did a fantastic job, only one band continues on to the Semi-finals.
Congratulations to Round 3’s winner Odium!