Kalmah at Theatre Plaza
On Thursday Montreal was favored yet again by the mighty Metal-Gods, the appropriate sacrifices were made to appease them and we were treated to not one but two Heavy Metal shows. Apocalyptica played at Metropolis and Kalmah rocked the shit out of Theatre Plaza! According to my sources both metal-shows completely sold-out, bravo Montreal this city is the Heavy Metal capitol of North America! Despite the Norse winter Goddess Skadiâ€™s best efforts to put a damper on things Montrealâ€™s metal-heads came out in droves to support their favorite headlining metal-bands and their supporting acts. The evening began with a trilogy of local talent, Death-Metalers Disasterâ€™s Gates and Your Last Wish entertained the enthusiastic hometown crowd before Warcall took the stage to regale the crowd with their Thrash/War Metal stylings. Of the 3 local bands Warcall were my favorite, according to their MySpace page their music is â€œinspired by the evildoings of mankindâ€ and their album Demonarchy now graces my iPod, itâ€™s very good power-walk motivation music! Oh and Warcall did a pretty good cover of Metallicaâ€™s Metal Militia so overall they were very entertaining. This was a fantastic showcase for talented local performers to warm up the crowd before Kalmah came on stage! Finlandâ€™s finest Kalmah were up next and they put on a fantastic performance from the opening of their epic intro music right up to their very last song of the night. Kalmah opened up their set with the first two tracks off their sixth album â€œ12 Gaugeâ€ Rust Never Sleeps and One Of Fail. When they played Swamphell I couldnâ€™t help but be reminded of the terrible mess of snow, slush and water outside the venue it was a winter-swamp outside Theatre Plaza on Thursday evening. My two favorite tunes performed were Heroes To Us and the little instrumental Kalmah performed before they launched into their encore set. What can I say I have a soft spot in my metal-heart from drum solos and instrumentals. Some people find them dull and use the time to either hit up the toilets or get some beer but drum solos and instrumentals pump me up! Other songs of note from Kalmahâ€™s crowd pleasing set include The Groan Of Wind, Hook The Monster, For The Revolution and 12 Gauge. Again we were treated to a superb Heavy Metal evening all in attendance went a few hours without hearing about Charlie Sheenâ€™s continuing celebrity meltdown ranting! So rock on mother-fuckers and Iâ€™ll see yâ€™all at the metal-shows!