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It was a busy week of attending music performances for me and each show was completely different from the last.
Starting out with the Tea Party this past Saturday March 30th, 2019….
This show was at The First Ontario Performing Arts Center in downtown St. Catharines and it was my first time seeing The Tea Party live. I was not disappointed and completely blown away at the multi-talented Jeff Martin who had a voice of an angel, could shred on guitar and an all around excellent frontman. The sound was cyrstal clear and better than the recordings in my opinion because it had that live energy feel and "in the moment jams" which made the music feel real and genuine. I will definitely be seeing this band live again.
If you missed out on the show, scroll through my instagram post and check out a couple of the videos of The Tea Party.
Then two days following that incredible rock show, my musical journey of that week took a totally different turn and cut out all vocals, instruments and a band entirely. The show I saw on Monday April 1st was at The Velvet Underground bar/venue in Toronto and the man performing behind all the dark mist was a man named Mortiis. In the early 90s Mortiis played keyboards for the Norwegian Black Metal band Emperor, but since then he has gone off to do his solo career and play “dark dungeon music.” Essentially the show experience was me standing with about a hundred other people in an ominous dark atmospheric room and hailing the stage was the creepy troll-like figure that played haunting organ music. At one point it felt like the music put me in a trance because of the dark ambient astral atmosphere it created. A unique and new expereince of me....and one that I truly enjoyed.
See the video for yourself and be transfixed by the darkness…
And finally two more days after that funeral-esque show my music week was ramped up again, but into the death metal territory because on Wednesday March 3rd at The Opera House in Toronto I saw two heavy hitters I have been waiting a long time in my lifetime to see live. The first band was the Italian demolition crew, Fleshgod Apocalypse who plays blistering fast technical death metal with mix of symphonic, operatic and classical music styles to make you feel like you’re living in the Italian Renaissance. I was very impressed at their musicianship and how precise and clear they sounded for being such a very dense band.
The band to close the show that night was a death metal band fans having been waiting over twelve years to see come back to Canada....the legendary Hypocrisy. They are one of the pioneers of extreme music and have carved a big name for themselves coming out of Sweden and influencing countless death metal bands around the world to come after them. They aren’t afraid to cross new boundaries for metal by adding symphonic elements, alien lyrical themes and haunting clean vocals to the already harsh vocals splattered over every record they have released since 1991.
Everything I saw and heard from Hypocrisy that night was flawless, punishing and beautiful. Peter Tagtgren’s vocals were the highlight for me because I love the many pitches his voice can reach and because of that he has influenced me a lot for my style of metal vocals and to see what he does best on stage was very inspiring.
Check out the videos of these two death metals monsters!