WORDS BY: DYLAN MCATEER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: SHANNON CONSTANTINE
The most hated band in the world, Emmure; made their way to London, Ontario Sunday night. That was big enough but they brought loads of great talent with them from all over North America.
Up first was local band Fear The Hero, who rocked the stage with some great showmanship and cool riffs. They made for a great start to the show shortly after doors opened.
After a short intermission London based band, The Wedding Party took the stage and nailed it. With very impressive vocals and rhythmic sound that had heads bobbing all around the room.
Always a huge bonus when the opening bands bring a solid performance, making for a great start to a night.
Fall City Fall, hailing from Calgary, Alberta went on next to a roar of excitement from the crowd. The growing band on the scene played like seasoned veterans bringing a phenomenal amount of energy to the stage.
Playing several tracks from their recent release, Victus, these guys put on one heck of a show. Hopefully they choose to come back to town as they were worth every penny.
After some great lead into the main event it was time for the main performances to take centre stage. Travelling all the way up from their home state of Texas, Upon A Burning Body emerged in matching dress clothes. Lead singer, Danny Leal went full suit with jacket and all as the crowd went nuts.
The band called for circle pits and plenty of moshing to which the crowd was more than happy to follow through with. All of the jumping and energy was pretty wild when they played songs such as “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” and “Sin City”. They know how to take a show to the next level in every way.
Getting to see them play their tribute to their homeland was for lack of a better term, incredible. “Texas Blood Money” was a song that every person in the venue knew every word and screamed it right back at them.
With the first four bands on the docket having finished up, it was time for the headliner to close out the night. Emmure, who just released Eternal Enemies last month, were closing out their Canadian tour before they head to Europe and Russia this summer.
Their aggression and ferocity gave the room an epic feel to it based out of a unique style. Vocalist, Frankie Palmeri is very different from most metal singers in that he generally sticks to one spot on stage. It’s as if he is making a stance that produces a commanding image that makes their performance so special. They’re great music is even better live because of how they display it.
They played lots of tracks across various albums including “Mdma” and “Nemesis”, which made for an all around great show. If you missed this show than you really dropped the ball I’m sorry to say.
All of the bands brought it and made it a memorable event.