Concerts in Montreal and Ottawa - Second part
Ladies and gentlemen,
This is the second out of three parts revisiting the numerous concerts I have attended in Montreal and Ottawa over the past few months. There are many more to come in November with Ghost, In Flames. Sonata Arctica to only name a few. Here we go again.
Most of the following pictures were shot during a show involving numerous bands at Foufounes Électriques in Montreal. I attended this show with a friend and we had a great time. The line-up consisted mostly of progressive metal bands with some of them being entirely instrumental and featuring some outstanding musicianship. The opening group featured in this picture is called Cenograph. They were one of the very best opening acts I have ever seen. They convinced with numbing, melancholic and melodic compositions reaching lengths around ten minutes without ever getting boring. If you like mellower progressive metal with an intellectual side, go check out their Bandcamp presence: https://cenograph.bandcamp.com/
Up next were instrumental progressive metal band Unbeing. This band has released the very best record of 2016 so far called Ceres in my opinion. Just like Spacemak3r a few weeks earlier, this underground group doesn't play a lot of shows, so I couldn't miss out on this opportunity. This band didn't disappoint. The atmosphere of the songs was gripping and found a perfect balance between heavier and liberating parts on one side and mellower and hypnotizing structures on the other side. The group offered a great selection of tracks from all its records so far. The members are all absolutely outstanding musicians and proved it in concert without forgetting to interact sympathetically with the crowd here and there. Overall, the band's slot on this long night was one of the best moments in concert of the year in my book. If you're interested in hearing more of them, please check out my reviews for their first three albums.
Unbeing (2011): http://kluseba.eklablog.com/unbeing-unbeing-2011-diversified-instrumentals-with-a-soul-of-sadness--a47774677
Raptus (2014): http://kluseba.eklablog.com/metro-2014-a-review-of-unbeing-s-raptus-a125900918
Ceres (2016): http://kluseba.eklablog.com/join-the-revolution-a-review-of-unbeing-s-ceres-a126183414
The third band of the night was rather different from the previous two groups. Gone in April are a classic gothic metal band featuring a classically trained female vocalist and a supporting male vocalist adding some harsh parts here and there. In the beginning I thought this band didn't really blend in but I enjoyed the group's show quite a bit because it offered a breath of fresh air that night. Since I'm a gothic metal fan, I appreciated the band's performance that stood out with a strong female main vocalist, some violin play in the mellower tracks and a few slightly progressive structures here and there. I purchased the band's two records so far for a reasonable price after the show and didn't regret it.
Before headliners Kreise, which would offer some alternative metal in the key of System of a Down, hit the stage, one last progressive metal band with some more outstanding musicians would amaze the crowd in Montreal. Cydemind stands out with an overall softer tone supported by melancholic violin parts and a more dominant use of keyboards. The band was able to create a truly dreamy, enchanting and mysterious atmosphere and the crowd responded really well to this. The band was on one level with Cenograph and Unbeing, slightly above Gone in April and clearly above Kreise. This was another great discovery and I also purchased this group's EP after the show.
This picture was taken a few weeks later during a show of international folk metal act Tengger Cavalry at Maverick in downtown Ottawa. The founding member Zhang Tianran is the only remaining member of the original line-up from the People's Republic of China which had come together six years earlier. The band had risen to fame thanks to its unique Mongolian folk metal style and a clever use of social media. Zhang Tianran is now living in the United States of America and has joined forces with four different international musicians. Sadly, only two musicians accompanied him on Tengger Cavalry's tour through North America which resulted in the fact that a lot of instrumental passages came from a tape during the show. I also got the impression that the chemistry between Zhang Tianran on traditional instruments, guitars and vocals and his hired guns Alex Abayev on bass and Jogh Schifris on drums wasn't always the best. After a difficult start, the band got better and better towards the end and the crowd cheered, danced and moshed along to the exotic songs. Even though Tengger Cavalry's performance was far from being the best I have witnessed this year, it was definitely a unique experience to hear this kind of music in concert. The opening groups Black Oak Decline and Incite had been rather forgettable though.
Once again, here are a few videos from the shows I have just described above.
Gone in April:
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