The Zombie 5 Tour consisting of four metal-core bands was in Montreal at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theater this week thanks to the fine people at Evenko and Greenland Productions. Unfortunately Born of Osiris could not make it across the border, so to many people’s disappointment they did not perform for the crowd of approximately 500 in attendance. However the bands that were there happily extended their sets; as they say, the show must go on.
First up was San Diego based Secrets. Their mission was simple: play a solid set and get the fans warmed up. You could immediately tell they were ready; they came at us with great energy, opening with “The Oath” and continuing with the same energy throughout their seven-song set. The band was tight, and used the stage and risers to their full potential. The only issue I had with their set was the soft vocal sounds, which were a bit pitchy at times. I also found it weird that the guitarist Michael Sherman was wearing bright blue Nike sneakers, but we definitely found out why! This guy is a machine! Not only was he solid on the axe, he moved all over the stage like the Tasmanian Devil. The Best song live was “Dance of the Dead.” Fans responded by creating a huge circle pit.
Phoenix ‘s The Word Alive was the next band to make the kids go nuts! As the house lights went off, we were greeted by some good old techno music. After a few minutes they came out and put a “Dragon Spell” on us. After a solid start, they kept the momentum going for all ten songs of this extended set that only Montreal and Toronto were going to get due to Born of Osiris being absent. With great breakdowns, energetic jumps, crowd surfers high fiving singer Telle Smith – this band did it all. Entertaining as fuck, Telle was always making sure that everyone was ok, all while serving humble pie. They were very thankful for being with us. Just before the band went into “The Wretched,” Telle told us “If you’re not sweating, you’re doing something wrong with you’re life!” I think everyone was doing just fine; it was a total sweat fest as they finished off the set with “Never Forget,” “Glass Castle,” and “Life Cycles.” Their set also included the highlight of the night for me, which were some of the best screams I have ever heard on stage.
Finally it was time for the headliners The Devil Wears Prada to hit the stage. As the lights went out, a huge TDWP logo lit up in green and the boys from Dayton, Ohio got us started off with “Assistant to the Regional Manager” and “Sailor’s Prayer.” This band sure knows how to come out and make themselves noticed. Their set was flawless and the highlight was most definitely after their first four songs when the lights went off and they left the stage. For a moment I was like “WTF?!” I figured it out as soon as the TDWP logo turned bright red, and the cityscape of Chicago was light up in the back. It was time for them to play the ZOMBIE EP in its entirety. It was simply amazing to hear the album from front to back, and they were solid as FUCK. Another very cool moment was when a fan held the mic for Mike Hnranica; the low point of the show was the asshole crowd surfing with a back pack on (like, seriously dude!)
Written by Eric Brisson
Photography by Shannon Fong SLF Photography