On Thursday June 11th 2015, Montreal’s Coup Katacombes played host to the fourth and final round of Asher Media’s Concours Rocker. The venue was far more packed than it had been for any of the previous rounds, and the four finalists gave some truly electrifying performances. With an injured bassist, Dirt Cannon still rocked the opening spot with their brand of southern hardcore. DistortHead headbanged into oblivion with their era-encompassing metal pummel, Guttrot drank their way through some party friendly punk rock songs (and even invited audience members onto the stage to join the party), and In the Name of Havoc closed out the night with a fiery set of thrashers that included a gritty new tune. Jason Greenburg once again did a fantastically mustachioed job of hosting the event. Prizes were given out during the event as part of a raffle, and some serious fun was had by all who made up the evening’s large crowd.
The first place prize and a spot at this weekend’s Rockfest went to Distorthead, which features the talents of versatile vocalist and lyricist Phil Ranger, the dual guitar attack of Vincent Rousseau and Alex Guindon, the 6 string bass bludgeon of Felix Bourcier and the metronomic mastery of drummer Max Arseneau. The band, who originally hail from Châteauguay, currently have a full length album called Invasive Species which is available to stream on on bandcamp.
As for the event itself, the four day extravaganza that is Rockfest will feature headliners Linkin Park and System of a Down, as well as such must see acts as The Offspring and Deftones performing their respective Americana and Around the Fur albums in their entirety, and will take place in Montebello Quebec from Thursday June 18th until Sunday June 21st. Stay tuned to Bucketlist for full coverage of the event.
Written by Syd Ghan
Photography by Angie Radczenko