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 marketing 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 mentioned 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.