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Drum Wars Concert Review: 10/05/13

Drum Wars

The Rockpile, Toronto, 05/10/13

For anybody who came out to the Rockpile in Toronto on Friday night, they were treated to an evening of manic drum solos, incredible showmanship and a little comedy thrown in for good measure. The genesis behind this show came about after drummers Vinny and Carmine Appice decided to join forces in a unique brother verses brother format, while also entertaining the audience with a few of their hits.

The Appice brothers have been touring throughout the United States with this show, and now enter Canada for a week long excursion with stops in Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. As luck would have it, the Friday show just happened to be on a night when the Maple Leafs were playing a do or die playoff game in Boston, so when we arrived at the venue the game was blaring on several screens. We sat around and watched some of the action in the Leaf game and waited for the first of three local acts to take the stage before the Appice brothers began their tug of war in the main event.

The first act on stage was Starsic, who had just recently won the Local & Loud band competition sponsored by Rock 95.7. They played for thirty minutes and treated the audience to a set of short generic rock tunes. Much of the crowd was still enthralled with the Leaf game, so the band did their best to win everyone over, but hardly succeeded. The next act was Violent Society, a band with immediate urgency in their sound and blitzing the audience right away with an in your face performance. Their set was rather short, and I don’t believe they had much more success than Starsic at winning the crowd over. Finally though, the crowd was taken lock, stock and barrel by the upbeat and highly entertaining J’Nai. Now this band is steadily on the climb up and they steam rolled into a rousing set that got everyone warmed up for the Appice brothers. I think it also helped to have the Leaf game finished by this point, and I am sure that played well into the band’s favor.

When the Appice brothers finally took the stage, the crowd erupted into elation. Both brothers were announced by a tape recorded ring announcer, who proudly introduced the Appice’s just like you would a boxing match. Vinny came on first, followed by Carmine and then their backing band consisting of Eddy Levitsky (on bass), Manuel Iradian (on guitar) and Nick Guerin on Vocals joined them. They began the show with a little drumming, as both brothers traded off pounding on the skins, before playing the first song “Mob Rules.” Although Vinny originally played on this Sabbath tune, Carmine remained at his kit and played along with his brother. The crowd really got into this song, and it just helped to get the show off to a flying start.

The unique concept of Drum Wars, allowed both brothers to show off their drumming skills and also give them a chance to dip into the past. Songs like “Holy Diver” and “We Rock” from Dio’s solo material, as well as “Mob Rules,” “Lady Evil” and “Paranoid” from Black Sabbath were played with a vengeance. They performed “Crazy Train,” and “Bark at the Moon” from Ozzy and even “Evil” by Monster Magnet. Carmine was also given the chance to play a metallic version of Rod Stewart’s “Do ya think I am Sexy,” which got a ton of females in the crowd dancing like mad.

As for the actual war itself, I think it came down to a tie. Vinny is a flawless player who proved his mettle against Carmine in several nifty moments of drum solos, sight gags and gave a strong performance overall. Carmine was his equal every step of the way and gave off a charismatic air as he displayed impeccable timing and complete sense of rhythm to full effect. I enjoyed the musical fusion both brothers seemed to possess, including their showmanship and endless amounts of energy to carry the show for two solid hours of extraordinary drumming. They were able to successfully feed off each other, blending so many musical elements and balancing the entire show for the fans in attendance. What clinched it for me was the Appice drum battle to close the show, capping off the event in a grand finale that sent everyone home happy.  

The Appice Drum Wars was truly a unique experience, allowing the fans a chance to come out and see their heroes in a live setting. Whether you are a fan of either Vinny or Carmine, the Drum Wars format gave the Appice’s that sacrosanct moment and if you managed to catch them live you might just be all the better for it.   

 

    

  

 

 

 

        

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Heavy Montreal Chronicles: Crazy weekend and more to come!

As the weekend is coming to an end, I have a few things to talk about... And more to come! IMG_3114 The last concert of the En Route Vers Heavy MTL BOTB happened last Thurday and as judge Jon Asher said to the winner of the night Unbeing: "They save the best for last!" Something great was going on after they were told to be the winners, father taking his son in his arms, friends and lovers embracing each other... it was a beautiful sight and a well deserved victory. The fight was intense between ECLIPSE PROPHECY, KALTER, TRANSCEND and UNBEING. The sound at Katakombes is quite awful and some parts were hard to pick up, until I had the idea of standing right next to a speaker, which solved the problem. My ears were buzzing afterwards but it was worth it. Prog music is definitively not something I listen to everyday but I'm always glad to do it! Eclipse Prophecy had a great vibe despite the fill-in musician. I thought they sounded like a genre, not like a band, even though they were great. Spending half the show turning their backs to the crowd isn't a good idea as well, but I'm sure that in a few years this band will go far! KALTER got some of their lyrics "we are the tribe" stuck in my head, which for me is what you want to happen at a show. They always changed things around within their songs but everyone seemed to hang on and go for the ride. TRANSCEND was a lot of fun, I thought they would be the winners of the night before I heard UNBEING and their crazy hardcore prog epic... I honestly have no words. When you have James Labrie tell you that he love your band, I guess everything will work out! On Friday I went to see Between 11, another crazy underground prog band. Good and heavy, it was a crazy show! I left the place with bruises and something definitely wrong in my wrist. I thought they were a great band with amazing energy, good musicians and also great fans. Here are a few pics: IMG_3125 IMG_3130 IMG_3137 IMG_3144 IMG_3126 Stay tuned for more as tonight I'm heading out to Vital Remains. Tuesday is GHOST and Thrusday is the first concert of the Wacken Metal Battle!!! Have a great week metalheads.
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Heavy Montreal Chronicles: I hate Mondays

There's a bunch of stuff coming up in Montreal during the next couple of days. It's gonna be a great week of concerts!! 479890_10151536324089672_86371849_n I'm stoked to go to En Route Vers Heavy MTL this Thursday for the epic/power/prog battle. If everything goes right I'll have the entire concert filmed and up on youtube! The guests judges this time are James Labrie of Dream Theater and Dominic "Forest" Lapointe of Augury and Beyond Creation. The bands of the night are: KALTER www.kalterofficial.com UNBEING www.unbeingmusic.com ECLIPSE PROPHECY www.reverbnation.com/eclipseprophecy TRANSCEND transcendband.com/fr_home.cfm 550340_419375281492105_1309549068_n And while this is going on, two bands moved to the qualification rounds for the semi-finals of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada in Toronto on May 31st and June 7th: Fragile Existence and Eclipse Eternal. The first of the Montreal part of the competition will happen next week on May 9th. The bands of the night will be: Dissension Website: http://www.facebook.com/DissensionMTL Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/DissensionOfficial Warcall Website: https://www.facebook.com/warcallband Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z-xAyTOk0Y Virulys Website: https://www.facebook.com/VirulysBand Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYlydeyRj-Y Bookakee Website: http://bookakee.bandcamp.com/ Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1RDey3NCdk ImageProxy I'm gonna go relive Iron Maiden like it's 1984! The Made in Iron show is happening at the Olympia on May 4th. Be sure to attend and check out this band for an amazing cover of Iron maiden! They first played in Montreal at the Medley in 2009 with a 12 feet Eddie and a four floor stage. In 2010 they played in Quebec city, their stage was the same size as Iron Maiden's stage in 1984 and a 25 feet tall Eddie. In 2012 they returned to Quebec because of the high demand.  You can check out their website and see what they're all about: http://www.madeinirontribute.com/     67978_397144453716726_57240187_n   Saving the best for last, I'll be covering VITAL REMAINS concert in Montreal on May 5 at Katakombes.  Don't forget to check them out in your city as this date is part of a Canadian tour!! Founded in 1988, this american death metal bands sure made it's place. I'm glad they're coming to Montreal... WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW!!!???? https://www.facebook.com/vital.remains.official VITAL REMAINS - Eastern Canadian Tour Dates May 1 - St. Catherines, ON @ Mikado May 2 - Toronto, ON @ Rockpile May 3 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks May 4 - Sherbrooke, QC - Woodstock Bar May 5 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes May 6 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee May 7 - Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan May 9 - Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar May 10 - Moncton, NB - Esquire Tavern  
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Black Sabbath 2013

There is lots of talk about Sabbath reforming and making a new album. But I for one am not interested at all in it. First of all drummer Bill Ward is not a part of it and from what I know it's just a money thing and that's not what it's suppose to be about and I am sure Sharon Osbourne has her nose in it even though she should stick to that cackle fast tv show she is on. I am old, old enough to have the first albums not to long after they came out so it's not like I am some young guy that doesn't know who they are. My favorite Sabbath albums are ones without Ozzy. The 2 Dio led albums HEAVEN AND HELL and THE MOB RULES were always 2 of my fav metal albums. And BORN AGAIN with Ian Gillan on vocals is another of my favorites but that doesn't really feel like a Sabbath album to me more like a really heavy Deep Purple album. And yes I liked some of the Ozzy albums with Sabbath too. Especially the debut and of course PARANOID. I was very happy when Dio and the guys toured and played as HEAVEN AND HELL and if the legend was still here and he was singing on this I would be more then excited. But Ozzy hasn't made anything really worthwhile in many many years. Once we lost Rhandy Rhoads everything went to hell for Ozzy in my opinion. There was some good songs and albums after but it just wasn't the same for me. So a lot of people out there are excited about the reformation. And there will be others like me that don't care. And after it's released there will be the people that say its the best Sabbath album ever and then when the pot wears off they will still think it's pretty good. And then there will be the people who say it sucks and is the worst Sabbath album ever and well for me I don't think I am even going to listen to it cause as you can tell I have already shown I am not interested so it would have to be something special for me to like it so I think I will just let everyone else have their say and I will go TURN UP THE NIGHT!!!
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Deafening Disarray Intro

Many years ago I had a idea to start a metal website and review metal albums and I did that on my own. Then after a few years I met a awesome friend online and she joined me on my website and the website THE PIT was created. My friend Pandora liked controversy and writing editorials about anything that ticked her off in the Metal or music world. I wasn't as mean as her but I did write my own editorials about whatever was on my mind. My friend's column was called Pandora's Box and was a very fitting title for her. For me I thought what should I call mine and I thought I am just going to call it what I would of called a Metal band if I had one and that was Deafening Disarray. My friend Pandora was a great writer and me well no so much but I want to start writing and telling people what I think and brainwash people into thinking I know what I am talking about. My friend Pandora remains in a coma that she has been in a long time but if she was here to read my thoughts I know she would be happy I am doing it again and I am sure disagree with everything I have to say!!!!! So this is my first blog to introduce what this is all about.
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Heavy Montreal Chronicles: A Saturday Night Raging

Commercial Radio sure surprised me at Crobar. The place was packed; the crowd was pumped and party ready. After playing the intro track, the band kick started the show with fast, intense and hard on punk. I was surprised to hear them play better live than on their six track EP “FFP”. The singer was all over the place, encouraging the crowd to mosh and to go even crazier. Along with their own songs, Commercial Radio also played a few cover songs, inviting some of their friends to sing for them.   IMG_2969   The overall performance was great; the band has a great connection with the crowd and sure knows how to rock! The facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Commercial-Radio/397771083652819 The lineup: Lee L - Vocals Vaniel Dosburgh - Guitar Alex Mainardi - Bass Matteo Conti - Drums   IMG_2990   Venomenon then took the stage to play. Their drummer was laughing at the crowd going crazy, moshing and destroying the bar. They played fast and well, with good sound to go along with. They more than know their songs and play well as a unit, it shows they listen to each other when they play. At some point things got so crazy someone tried to crowd surf and succeeded! The music they play is a groovy, form of what I would call thrash rock’n roll, sometimes hard to headbang to because of the speed. At one point they started a wall of dance! Just like a wall of death, this wall of dance separates the crowd in two but instead of having everyone run into each other in a mayhem battle, everyone breaks a dance move, which is by far the most ridiculous and at the same time epic thing ever, right? Venomenon will battle at the second round of the Wacken Metal Battle in the month of may!!   I’ll let the video speak for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYlINJnSsmY Their page: https://www.facebook.com/VMNMTL The lineup: JOrdan - Guitar, Vocals PTG- Drums Scott Stephens - Bass
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