“We party harder than Charlie Sheen. Yes, I only have one speed. And that’s Charlie Sheen.” Last weekend, these words were uttered by Michael Burton, while he and his fellow Georgetown-based Mercenaries were on stage at The Garage Concert Hall, making the young dudes in the crowd move to the band’s solid metalcore tunes.
Later, this Saturday night metal party was taken to the next level, as Edmonton’s As Bold As Lions and headlining Fall City Fall stepped on stage. Metal Globe, a metal blog, captured some cool photos at the show. Check them out right here.
Mercenaries didn’t just put on a good concert. They gave the crowd a great show. Burton, the band’s lead singer, jumped into the crowd and moved around with the hardcore two-stepping Torontonian metal heads. And the band’s bassist was literally everywhere; resting his forehead up against the wall; posing on top of a drum set; jumping onto 5 feet tall amps, swinging from bar to bar underneath the ceiling and releasing while dangling over the heads of the crowd; fly kicking Michael Burton. And the list continues. Oh, the music: very hardcore two-stepping friendly.
As Bold As Lions’ performance
Up next, As Bold As Lions (ABAL). This Saturday night metal show was ABAL’s first in Toronto, but it didn’t take long for the local crowd to get into the music. ABAL’s sound belongs in the raw and deeper end of the scale and this definitely resonated with the young metal heads at The Garage Music Hall. The two-stepping continued. And those who just stood around seemed very excited about the hard hitting metalcore tunes blasting out of ABAL’s loudspeakers.
Fall City Fall’s performance
“Take Montreal-based Breaking The Fourth Wall, mix it with some of your favourite metalcore and a spoon full of Sonic Youth. Then you get Fall City Fall – metalcore infused with kick ass hardcore and passionate noise rock.” That’s how Metal Globe describes Fall City Fall and the description seems pretty accurate. Throughout Fall City Fall’s set, Keenan Pylychaty, one of the sextet’s two lead singers, performed an attention grabbing Saint Vitus dance. The band’s sound was very aggressive and had lots of cool breakdowns, perfect for hardcore two-stepping. And finally, Fall City Fall’s guitarists added an unusual noise rock component to the metalcore soundscape by frequently facing the amps and reaping the feedback. Very cool stuff.
Read: Concert review: Breaking The Fourth Wall – wow
Calgary-based Fall City Fall had a great connection with the crowd at The Garage Music Hall and truly understood how to please the young Torontonians. The show reached its climax during the sextet’s interpretation of Rage Against The Machine’s classic “Killing in the Name.”
Fall City Fall is definitely worth your time and money. Make sure to check out these guys next time they visit Hog Town!
Read: Interview with Fall City Fall’s Andrew Higgins