Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried and Me, & Fallujah @ Danforth Music Hall, Toronto (Sept 20, 2016).

     

      Every time Between the Buried and Me rolls through town I know that a killer night is on its way. But tonight proved to be extra special with Devin Townsend and the gang joining the tour to headline all the festivities. The night started with the always impressive Fallujah, who amped up the crowd and a few die hard fans with some wicked tracks. A few beers later Between the Buried and Me took the stage. With the crowd buzzing with anticipation, the lights dimmed and one single spot light focused on Tommy Rogers and his keyboard. Starting with Node and finishing with Life in Velvet, BTBAM performed a spectacular set, playing Coma Ecliptic from cover to cover. After a brief intermission (and a few more beers), the Devin Townsend Project took the stage and absolutely lit the Danforth Music Hall on fire. Playing a range of tracks from all their albums, DTP played a completely kick ass set while still managing to fit in their usual shenanigans and banter. It has been over 11 years since I last saw Townsend in action (Sounds of the Underground tour with Strapping Young Lad in 2005), and after all these years he with a doubt still puts on a brilliantly technical and wonderfully heavy masterpiece of a show! I will not be waiting so long to see them next time, as I find myself already craving another live dose of DTP. /,,/ Cheers to all the bands and a special shout out to the Ziltoid and squid man in the pit. Check out some pictures from the night below! 

Devin Townsend Project



Between the Buried and Me

Fallujah

Monday, 5 September 2016

New Metal Review: The Offering - Codex Mystirium

     Something has been brewing in Niagara Falls, Ontario. While many people only know the region for its wine exports, the Yeti learned a long time ago the area is also rich with fine metal exports as well. The regions latest export is the debut album from The Offering with Codex Mystirium,  released independently on August 12. The Offering comes with years of band history and talent behind its reigns, yet it doesn't sound quite like anything you've heard before; smashing genre boundaries and cranking the metal up to maximum proportions!

     One of the things I enjoy most about The Offering is their ability to channel influences across all metal spectrums, while never really sitting in one place for too long. Codex Mystirium starts off appropriately with The Calm Before The Swarm which builds strongly towards the track Duskwalker, delivering a brutal and heavy blackened masterpiece for death and black metal fans alike. As the album continues on the tracks take on more of a melodic focus with each song delivering a relentless barrage of killer drum progressions, powerful riffage, and face-melting solo work. Similar to the instrumentals, the vocals throughout the album range in style, offering up a mix of sinister screams and growls, experimental synths, and a few brief and perfectly executed clean moments.

     While this album is a blast from start to finish, my favourite moment comes from its final track, Echoes of Eternity, which paints me a perfect picture of an occult ritual for the unfathomably powerful. Do yourself a favour and give it a listen; Codex Mystirium is available for download directly from the band as well through a number of streaming services. Make sure to check out on facebook @  www.facebook.com/TheOfferingMetal and also on www.theofferingofficial.com to keep up to date with merch and tour information.




-Coming from someone who thoroughly enjoys a wide variety of metal genres and styles, it was refreshing to hear an album that flawlessly incorporated so many influences without ever feeling like its being shoved down my throat. Overall, The Offering's Codex Mystirium presents an extremely heavy and hard hitting aggressive album while also managing to stand apart from the crowd with many successfully executed experimental and progressive aspects. The album rips from start to finish offering the listener interesting subject matter, and some unbelievably kick ass headbanging moments. This album is one hell of a debut and I personally can not wait to see what more is to come from The Offering.
- My Verdict
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5/5 - Codex Magnificent!