Eagle Tears Take the Win at En Route Vers Heavy Battle 2014

En Route Vers Heavy Finale - May 9th, 2014 - Montreal, QC

We waited a long four months, enjoyed four very intense En Route Vers Heavy battles, and alas, we’ve finally made it to the final round. A very diverse selection of finalists were chosen, bringing with them their own unique sound ranging from the stoner rock of Eagle Tears to the groovy, prog-rock/doom metal mix performed by From The Deep. Point Blank Rage, Red Skies, and Karkaos brought some of the most brutal sounds we’ve heard.

The judges of the evening were Jason Rockman of Slaves on Dope/CHOM 97.7fm, Jon Asher of Asher Media, Evenko’s Eagle Tears-5marketing manager Peter Dehais, Eddie Shahini formerly of DBC, Paul Zinay, front-man of Blackguard, J-F Michaud of Evenko , and Jamie O’Meara from The Gazette. 20% of the vote went to the crowd and the rest to the judges. Based on the judges reactions throughout the night they had nothing but positive things to say about each band with some slight constructive criticism but this made it sound like it was going to be a tough decision for them. My personal pick was Karkaos strictly because I felt they would fit Heavy Montreal and they played tightly and had fantastic stage presence.

I was pretty happy and surprised that Eagle Tears won. When I later Eagle Tears-9mentioned to J.F. of Evenko my reaction to this, his response was “We are trying to do something different this year with Heavy Montreal.” So far, Heavy Montreal is showcasing some huge names from Metallica and Twisted Sister, to Offspring and Body Count. More bands are slowly being added to the line up.

I am sure Eagle Tears are excited to be a part of this new beginning for Heavy Montreal. They definitely stand out from the rest by bringing us back to the 70s playing music that is similar to Blue Oyster Cult or the more modern Monster Truck. Eagle Tears are currently working on a new album. Give “Lady Bison” a listen here.

Written by Liz Imperiale
Photography by Eric Brisson  Eric Brisson Photography

About Liz Imperiale 147 Articles
Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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