Friday, 27 July 2018

Between the Buried and Me @ Guelph Concert Theatre, Guelph (July 27, 2018).

     Craving chaos and delicious metal once again, the Yeti felt the irresistible urge to venture out of the forest and into the pit! Lucky for me hot on the heels of a new release, Between the Buried and Me visited Guelph, Ontario headlining the annual Summer Slaughter Tour on one of its only Canadian stops this year!  This is not the first time BTBAM have made an appearance on this tour, but it's definitely been a long time coming to see them take on the pole position.

     BTBAM have had a busy year so far. They signed a new deal with Sumerian Records and quickly released a split record, Automata I & II, with the final part released just days ago on Friday the 13th. Autotmata is a boon for old BTBAM fans like me, with the band returning to roots with heavy vocals and crushing breakdowns mixed with the technical progressive mastery we all know and love.  All the while they still manage to keep things fresh and weird, no doubt a tip of the hat to their new record label and Coma Ecliptic fan base.

     The Guelph Concert Theatre was packed for Born of Osiris, with the crowd jammed in and completely amped up by all of the metal the tour had to offer throughout the day. But for me, nothing compared the main event of the show. The first time I saw BTBAM live was over 10 years ago during the Silent Circus tour. They never fail to amaze me with their raw power and incredible stage presence, and tonight it was no different! The band played a mixture of fan favourites and new tracks starting the show off with Informal Gluttony and Extremophile Elite. They followed up with a mix of some old and newer material, delivering a completely dialed performance of Famine Wolf, Blot, Disease Injury Madness, and the ever eccentric Voice of Trespass! The entire band was on point all throughout the show but just when I thought things couldn't get any better they closed with Condemned to the Gallows and gave us an encore of Selkies! Once again Between the Buried and Me put a smile on my face. I cant wait until the next time they roll through town! Check out some photos from the night below! Cheers to my fellow metalheads and to all the crazy fuckers in the pit as usual! /,,/

Between the Buried and Me

Born of Osiris






Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, & Testament @ The Budweiser Stage, Toronto (May 29, 2018).

   Tonight history was made in Toronto as Slayer played their last show in the city on their final world tour  with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament for support. To celebrate the occasion Mr and Mrs Squatch went down to The Budweiser Stage to witness the end of an age. The night opened up with local beauties Panzerfaust shredding a killer set at the Riverside Bar inside the venue. Right from the time the doors opened the place was packed with Testament delivering a killer set to start off the main event. Testament were on point delivering a short but packed set full of old and new favourites. Behemoth and Anthrax took the stage next over the next hour or so, turning the Budweiser Stage into a complete madhouse with both bands performing dialed sets.

   After lots beers and some causal thrashing with friends, Lamb of God took the stage and cranked the dial to max capacity almost ripping the railings off the lawn sections with moshing metalheads. Lamb of God opened with Omerta and continued to play a mix of all their fan favourites throughout their set. A highlight for me was the crowd contribution during Walk With Me In Hell and Laid to Rest with everyone in the venue screaming along! With the crowd now completely amped, the anticipation was almost palpable leading up to the main event. As the sun went down, Slayer took the stage and began an onslaught of thrash metal fury of which I will not soon forget. The band opened with some tracks off their latest album but soon started to burn the place down with gauntlet of material from their early days with tracks like Black Magic and Chemical Warfare as well as the title tracks and singles from most of their albums. While I was left wanting more at the end of the show with no encore, they ended the show in style with a fantastic tribute to Jeff Hanneman with the band absolutely crushing Angel of Death while flying the Hanneman flag. And with that Slayer took one last bow on the Lakeshore of Toronto under a full moon on a perfect night.

   While I am still hoping for a reunion  tour in a few years, Slayer did a fantastic job with their final show in Toronto. The bill was absolutely stacked and they put on one hell of show. The crowd left he show completely buzzing with echos of "SLLAAYYYEEERRR" being heard from all edges of the venue and surrounding streets. Cheers to all the crazy folks I clashed with in the mosh pit on the hill! Cheers to all the bands for a wicked night and a huge final thank you to SLAYER for all the killer music and shows throughout the years. It doesn't feel right that they have wrapped up. I hope to see a lot more from them as time goes on. Check out some pictures from the night below!

SLAYER

LAMB OF GOD

ANTHRAX

BEHEMOTH

TESTAMENT

PANZERFAUST

-Heavy Metal Sasquatch out!

Friday, 30 March 2018

New Metal Review: Varius - Red Messenger

   The Heavy Metal Yeti has a diet of pure metal. Lucky for me, a lot of great diverse metal has been coming out over the past few years. Always preferring to eat local, I've been pleased with all the fantastic local bands gaining momentum lately. Various is one of these bands, scoring one of my favourite releases of 2017 with their Red Messenger EP (check out the entire list here). Hailing from Niagara Falls Ontario, the band spawned out of the ashes of a few prog and thrash metal bands active over the past few years. What doesn't kill you makes the metal better! Varius began in 2016, but hit the ground running in 2017 with a busy year of live shows and the release of their first EP, released independently last Halloween.

   Varius;- "diverse, different, changeable; variegated". The bands first EP Red Messenger is true to their name, featuring three songs of heavy hitting and technically diverse metal fury! Varius hits hard with a blend of traditional groove and progressively heavy metal. Each of the three songs on the EP brings something slightly different to the table, showcasing their embrace of fast paced guitar groove, progressive song structure, and mix of traditional and unorthodox instrumental combinations. The death growling vocals suits the instrumentals well on the album, enforcing the heavy tone that kept my furious furry head banging throughout. Red Messenger is also full of trippy and face-melting guitar solos reflecting the bands diverse nature. Varius doesn't shy away from good old fashion shred in their riffs. They keep the throttle pinned, breaking only for the few moments to enjoy some weird proggy fun. Various has a lot planned for 2018 and beyond with a new 4 song follow up planned for release this year and a number of live shows on the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for them on your local bills and check them out if you get the chance! In the meantime you can listen, download, and buy merch online @ https://variusband.bandcamp.com/releases. I cant wait to see what these guys have in store for us in the coming years!!

- My Verdict
\m/\m/\m/\m/ out of \m/\m/\m/\m/\m/
4/5 - Magnificent! Give them a listen!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Heavy Metal Yeti's Best Metal Albums of 2017!

**I accidentally deleted the original post. Here is the repost!** 

    Our planet has circled the sun once again and some wicked tunes have been made during the journey. I think most people can agree that 2017 was a tricky year to say the least. Black Sabbath played their last live show, bands like Spawn of Possession, Textures, and Dillinger Escape Plan have called it quits, David Vincent left Morbid Angel again while Steve Tucker came back to the band, Ron left Overkill, and to be honest the world just lost too many awesome people this year. A huge thank you and massive cheers to Gord Downie, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Warrel Dane, Malcolm Young, Geoff Nicholls, Scott Wily, Martin Ain, Trish Doan, Chuck Mosley, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, and all the other metalheads we lost this year!

     But all was not lost as the metal bands of the world kept on delivering a constant supply of ass kicking tunes to keep the horns raging and the heads banging. Some great new bands emerged onto the scene this year (I'm looking at you Necrot, Varius, and Cloak) while a good bunch of up and coming bands are posturing themselves to give some of the metal legends a run for their money. This all being said the old school gods proved their worth this year with bands the likes of Obituary, Incantation, Kreator, Iced Earth, and Cannibal Corpse still pumping out impressive and fresh material.

     It was hard to keep track of all the releases this year, but here are my top 25 albums of 2017! \m/ These are my favourite and most listened to albums from the past year. If you haven't checked any of them out, take some time out of your busy schedule and give them a listen! Cheers to all the metalheads around the world and here's hoping that the next few years take a lesson from 2017 and offer up some more magnificent metal for our headbanging pleasure. Feel free to post your top albums in the comments! /,,/

1. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
Technical Death Metal - Season of Mist
https://archspire.bandcamp.com


2. Cloak - To Venomous Depths
Blackened Heavy Metal- Season of Mist
https://cloakatlanta.bandcamp.com

3. Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars
Symphonic Death Metal - Napalm Records
https://exdeo.bandcamp.com 

4. Enslaved - E
Progressive Black Metal - Nuclear Blast
http://enslaved.no

5. Varius - Red Messenger
Death Metal - Independent
https://variusband.bandcamp.com

 6. Kreator - Gods of Violence
Thrash Metal - Nuclear Blast
http://kreator-terrorzone.de

7. Persefone - Aathma
Progressive Metal - ViciSolum Productions
https://persefone1.bandcamp.com 

8. Paradise Lost - Medusa
Doom/Gothic Metal - Nuclear Blast
 https://paradiselost2.bandcamp.com

9. Widek - Hidden Dimensions
Progressive Metal - Independent
https://widekmusic.bandcamp.com

10. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
Thrash Metal -  Southern Lord Recordings
https://powertripsl.bandcamp.com

11. Septicflesh - Codex Omega
Symphonic Death Metal - Season of Mist
https://septicflesh.com/

12. Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Power/Thrash Metal - Century Media Records
http://icedearth.com

13. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
Progressive Metal - Season of Mist
https://neobliviscarissom.bandcamp.com 

14. Obituary - Obituary
Death Metal - Relapse Records
https://obituary.bandcamp.com

15. Intervals - The Way Forward
Progressive Metal - Independent 
https://intervalsmusic.bandcamp.com


16. Vampire - With Primevil Force
Death/Thrash Metal - Century Media Records 
 https://vampiretheband.bandcamp.com

17. Necrot - Blood Offerings
Death Metal - Tankcrimes Records
https://necrot.bandcamp.com

 
18. Temple of Void - Lords of Death
Doom/Death Metal - Shadow Kingdom Records
https://templeofvoid.bandcamp.com 

19. Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light
Technical Death Metal - Nuclear Blast
https://www.suffocationofficial.com
20. Maat - Monuments Will Enslave
Death Metal - Aural Attack Productions 
https://maatofficial.bandcamp.com

21. Dying Fetus - Wrong One To Fuck With
Death Metal - Relapse Records
https://dyingfetus.bandcamp.com

 22. Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
Death Metal - Metal Blade Records
http://cannibalcorpse.net 

23. Scale The Summit - In A World Of Fear
 Progressive Metal - Independent 
http://www.scalethesummit.com 

24.The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
Melodic Death Metal - Metal Blade Records
http://www.tbdmofficial.com 

25.  Incantation - Profane Nexus
Death Metal - Relapse Records
 https://www.incantation.com

Honourable mentions to Origin, Body Count, Mastodon, Pallbearer, Immolation, Sikth, Belphagor, Goatwhore, Wolves In The Throne Room, Unleash the Archers, Venenum, Sinister, Soulrot, Carach Angren, Electric Wizard, Threat Signal, Grotesque, The Contortionist, The Haunted, Hour of Penance, Firespawn, and so so many more bands that made 2017 a kick ass year for metal music! \m/