Firewind at Foufounes
Iâ€™m fanatically dedicated to the TV shows Dexter and The Walking Dead! The only thing that could possibly make me miss episodes of these shows would be a power outage, an actual zombie apocalypse or a heavy metal show! So I sacrificed blood and guts laden TV programming for sweaty metal-heads and live music on Sunday night! Firewind brought their â€œDays of Defianceâ€ North American tour to Foufounes Electriques to entertain Montreal. That was good enough reason to miss episodes of my favorite shows! The show kicked off with three local Montreal bands The Eleventh Hour, Kemilon and Endeavors. I donâ€™t have much info on these bands but Iâ€™ll do my best to do them some justice! The first offering of heavy metal delight came from metalcore band The Eleventh Hour. They gave a very lively performance even with all six members of the band looking cramped on Foufounes stage packed with other bands equipment. Kemilon were up next they were my favorite of the MontrÃ©al bands on this concert bill. What can I say I love writing biased concert reviews and I fucking love keyboards in heavy metal, the keyboard have grown on me. There was some masterful fingering on stage Sunday night by Kemilonâ€™s guitarists and their keyboard player. I admire both their musical skills and their fast finger work. For I donâ€™t have nimble fingers, I have thick lumbering digits. This makes taking notes for concert reviews on an iPod Touch in a dimly lit venue difficult and very annoying. So bravo Kemilon you won me over Iâ€™m a fan of your epic keyboard rich heavy metal stylings! I may have missed an episode of AMCâ€™s zombie show The Walking Dead but I got a zombie fix of sorts from the band Endeavors. They had a delightful tune called Zombie in my opinion itâ€™s a great metal song. I imagine being swarmed by a pack of fetid, pus oozing zombies would be similar to being in a mosh pit. So thanks Endeavors for playing a kickass rocking set and for getting me my Sunday night zombie fix! Of the three local bands to play only Endeavors had music fall sale, a 3-song EP which I bought. Iâ€™m hoping to get my hands on some music by The Eleventh Hour and Kemilon. Florida Death-Metalers The Absence promoting their third album â€œEnemy Unboundâ€ took the stage next with a ferocious set! I liked Absence guitarist Peter Josephâ€™s pink & black guitar it was such a fantastic juxtaposition, brutal Death Metal played on a pink guitar! They dedicated the song â€œDeepest Woundâ€ to all the people at Foufounes who support heavy metal much to the crowds delight. I mentioned getting my zombie fix earlier in the evening and I got my Dexter fix on Sunday when The Absence played â€œThe Murderâ€ from their second album Riders of The Plague. Other songs of note from The Absenceâ€™s set were From Your Grave and Maelstrom, all in attendance at Foufounes Electriques on Sunday were spoiled with quality Heavy Metal performances. And the evening wasnâ€™t even over yet from Death Metal to video game inspired instrumental metal Powerglove performed next! Fueled by Nintendo power and a fierce passion for originality Powerglove stormed the stage and launched into X-Men. My favorite song of the night was the Tetris (Themes B and C) I want this song played at my wedding! I wonâ€™t have to worry about my wife not approving because Iâ€™d never marry a woman who doesnâ€™t appreciate the epic instrumental Heavy Metal stylings of Powerglove! But the coolest moment of the night came when The Absence came out on stage to sing The Power Rangers theme song with Powerglove and they ended their set with Mario Miner. Already teeming with Heavy Metal goodness the headliners Firewind took the stage next to serve up some Power-Metal. The name of their opening set song escapes me at the moment but I know their second song of the night was Head Up High from their fifth album The Premonition. I didnâ€™t listen to Firewindâ€™s latest album Days of Defiance yet I only heard the single â€œWorld on Fireâ€ when they played it live on Sunday and it was enjoyable. New drummer Michael Ehre was able to show off his skills in an extended and impressive drum solo and guitarist Gus G got to show off his exceptional skills during the kickass instrumental â€œThe Fire and The Furyâ€ My voice was raw screaming the whole evening and my neck sore from all the head-banging so it was nice when Firewind slowed things down to play My Loneliness from Premonition. But it was right back to rocking tunes once the ballad was done they tore into Till The End of Time, Tyrant and I Am the Anger. It was another satisfying music filled evening for my lovely photographer Donna and I, Iâ€™d like to give a big thanks to all 6 bands especially Firewind for providing such quality entertainment. Anyways rock on mother-fuckers and see yâ€™all at the next show!