I walked in during a set from a band I’ve never seen nor heard of before. As the band was playing, I was chilling with some friends watching in amazement, wondering when the others would get on. I had no idea what to expect from the night. I was excited to see my friends in Strike It play their third set ever, and see what the hype was all about for End of Crisis who was headlining the night.
I had heard of A Wasted Sacrifice through Facebook and through word of mouth. I’d listened to their track “Jersey Shore”
beforehand and dug the heavy drum kicks and Pantera-esque sounds. I liked the emotional melodic breakdowns between the growling vocals that exhort “Fuck the World”. There were some hardcore elements in the middle of the track that again, switched to a melodic sound that had a Killswitch Engage influence.
I watched the crowd and saw some of the band members of A Wasted Sacrifice. Joel Turgeon (vocals) walked around looking like he was ready to blow; he had this look of sheer angst on his face. I wondered who this guy was as he was high fiving his buddies in Strike It. There were about fifteen to twenty people at the show at this point in time. I chilled with my girlfriends and John by the bar and was ready to see what these guys were all about.
Finally they came on. Turgeon was sporting a white tee with a very clean cut look and rocking out a leg piece tattoo. He began to sing and wow— the room filled completely with his angst-driven vocals.The clean cut look was no more. This guy was a monster on stage; looks can be deceiving. The band does not have names to most of their tracks but they have serious potential to put out a record and make something of themselves. Marco Gagnon’s (lead guitar) solos were sick and intoxicating. Antoine Gagnon was on rhythm guitar and despite his young appearance, he looked to have been playing guitar for many years. There is absolute talent there. You can tell these guys really have fun on stage and have a good chemistry together. Drummer Alex Castonguay was booming with his double kicks and hard hits. I was actually drawn mostly to him. I kept my eye on him most of the show as I was blown away by how tight he played.
The band is still in search for a bass player but has Jérémie Gamelin taking the spot for live shows.
A Wasted Sacrifice show is definitely worth checking out. “We plan on coming out with a new EP,” said Antoine. Looking forward to it, guys.
Written by Liz Imperiale
Photography by John Fraser Landry