Warning: This article may cause you to go into convulsions, scream out loud, start breaking things, believe in Satan, be jealous and start listening to metal music!
Okay, now that you have been warned; Tuesday night I had the privilege of attending a show at Club Soda. At the beginning, it sounded more like a crime scene than a metal show. The headlines would have read: “Murder Suicide in Chelsea, Residents of Manhattan District in Shock”. Really what happened is, Montreal metal/deathcore fans were treated to one hell of a concert featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, and Chelsea Grin, thanks to the guys at Extensive Enterprise.
Thankfully everybody made it out alive and well, maybe because Alterbeast were not able to cross the border to join us in our beautiful city. It was a bummer as I was looking forward to their performance. However, I questioned whether the metal fans could have handled this much awesome. A scene from the movie Scanners comes to mind: *head explodes*
The first band to play was Chelsea Grin,who came out swinging with their fast drumming and hard-hitting breakdowns. Singer Alex Koehler wasted no time in getting the crowd warmed up by initiating a wall of death. For a band that said they were only running at 70%, they were on point. The crowd, almost sold out, was digging it up, even as people were waiting in the huge lineup to get into the venue or just getting through the doors. Those in attendance will tell you that if you like deathcore, The Grin is a band to see. I couldn’t agree more. They will be back in Montreal with Asking Alexandria on December 11th; don’t miss out.
Those familiar with deathcore know that Suicide Silence is one of the great bands of the genre. How would they fare with new singer Hernan “Eddie” Hermida? I was curious to how they would sound. Would it work? This was my first time seeing the band and holy shit! They blew my socks right off. Eddie does a fantastic job with vocals and he is a great entertainer. His talents combined with sick musicians made for an EPIC show! So fucking good! The sound was amazing too.
A funny moment during the show occurred when Eddie gave direction to the crowd, asking the people to create a wall of death, which he dedicated to Chelsea Grin. He said, “…spread this like R. Kelly spreads his wings!” while calling out the asshole standing in the middle of the room, having chosen to not go to the side and stand out.
From start to end, this show was pure metal and a must-see! Eddie advised the crowd to go crazy for the band’s last song, and they did! While they performed such a tight set, my favourite song of theirs was “Unanswered”… just, WOW!
Finally, it was time for the headliners: The Black Dahlia Murder. With Suicide Silence being such a tough act to follow, I wondered if The Black Dahlia Murder could top their predecessor’s performance. Personally, I don’t think they came anywhere near the flawless performance from Suicide Silence, but, hell, they made a valiant effort. Violently going through their songs, they managed to keep us headbanging till the end of the night, something they’ve been doing for nearly fifteen years. And it shows!
Make sure to check these bands out the next time they’re in your neighbourhood. That’s all for now, folks. There’s nothing left to see here…