WORDS BY PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHANIE TRAN
“The Halo of Blood Tour” featuring Children of Bodom with support from Death Angel & Tyr made its stop to Toronto at the Sound Academy on February 16th. The ecstatic and dedicated fans waited in line out in the cold.
Once inside, the first band to open up the show was Tyr. Although Tyr played a shorter set, that didn’t stop the fans from enjoying the last few minutes before the band got off stage. Everyone was cheering and had their fists in the air. I recall seeing Tyr last year at the Opera House so it was spectacular to see them play in a larger venue and play for a wider audience.
Death Angel was up next. I also recall seeing them play at the Opera House last year and seeing them play at a larger scale was great. After they played a few songs, Death Angel’s vocalist, Mark Osegueda, took a quick break to thank the crowd for watching them with an open mind and giving them the opportunity to play for them. Osegueda also updated us on his mother who had open-heart surgery last year and said she is doing fine. The entire crowd cheered and Death Angel continued to perform.
Children of Bodom played at Mayhem Fest last year in Toronto but I couldn’t make it to their set on time. I’m glad I’m finally able to see them perform on this tour. Just 10 minutes before the band got on stage, everyone was cheering and when they came on, every single person in the room went nuts. Vocalist Alexi Laiho asked for a crazy mosh pit and he got exactly what he wanted from the crowd. During their set, I spotted Death Angel’s vocalist, Mark Osegueda, hanging out by the bar and talking to fans, which was very pleasant. Children of Bodom played an old song back from 1997 and fans had their horns up in the air, crowd surfed and sang along.