Words/Photography By: Jeanette LeBlanc
On Friday September 25th, 2015 Collective Concerts Presented The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour’s only Canadian stop at the Virgin Mobile MOD Club in Toronto- bringing with it, a diverse night of heavy hitting talent with Nothing More, The Color Morale and Turbowolf.
Having made it to the venue on time to catch The Color Morale, their set was the perfect way to raise the energy for the remainder of the show. It was evident that being added to the tour and bill at the last minute effected the appearance of fans their to catch The Color Morale’s set. Fortunately for all in attendance, this didn’t effect the quality of the performance from the popular post-core Illinois rockers as they had the crowd jumping and head-banging in unison throughout.
The Color Morale engaged fans with music off of their latest album Hold On Pain Ends (2014 via Fearless Records), and ended their passionate set with their anthem “Strange Comfort” from Know Hope (2013 via Rise Records). This had fans screaming and chanting along with vocalist Garret Rapp “I know, I know I’m lost, I know, I know I’m lost. But what scares me the most is I’m starting to feel at home. I know, I know I can’t stay here forever, when we lose ourselves we find each other.”
Up next, after the crew set up the display of custom metal work by bass player Daniel Oliver, and the crowd was serenaded by background music from Dead Letter Circus and Killswitch Engage, the time for San Antonio break through rockers Nothing More came. Opening with “Christ Copyright” it was clear that it was going to be a powerful set.
It was obvious that fans were thirsty for songs off of their latest self-titled album Nothing More (2014 via Eleven Seven Music). Vocalist Jonny Hawkins told the crowd that this was going to be their last tour for the album, including that they had the option to take the tour to Mexico or US/Canada, and that they made their decision (a damn good one of that) based on the fact that Canada felt more exotic to them. With that being said, the combination of the fans thirst and the bands final days promoting the album resulted in them playing almost every track off of the recent release, in complete unison with the crowd.
Nothing More’s live performances always manage to steal and hold your attention throughout. With Jonny’s powerhouse vocals and Daniel’s intense bass solos consisting of a mounted bass being pelted with drum sticks and the hands of Jonny, Daniel and guitar player Mark Vollelunga all at once; there was no way that you were going to turn your head or walk out of the venue.
On top of constant moments of raw talent, there were also moments of relating with and getting to know the band. Before they performed their track “Jenny”, we learned that this wasn’t just some ordinary song about any girl. It was in fact a song about Jonny’s sister battling a drug addiction while his Mom was dying of cancer. Having learned of this right before they performed the song, it brought a whole new meaning and feel to it completely.
As the time came for the end of their set, Nothing More shared that they do not do encores, as they used to be something special that has now become expected and pointless. After they performed their hit “This is the Time (Ballast)” they announced their final and only song off of their previous album The Few Not Fleeting (2009) “Salem”. Which resulted in satisfied bodies departing the MOD Club chanting “Burn The Witch!”.
All in all, Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour proved to be a strong source of entertainment. For those who have never heard of any of these bands and are looking to fall in love and become part of a powerful movement, then what are you waiting for? get on it!