SEPTEMBER 25th 2018
Review by: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper


It's my birthday today and what better way to spend it than by covering a new band, one I haven't seen or heard before. I will tell you the truth here though, I really didn't want to, I was super tired, and thought how am I going to do a proper review of a band that is making it's debut here. Well I knew this review was a must, so I sucked it up and went. Well holy crap, let me tell you, Angra woke me up, and I had the greatest time listening and enjoying myself tonight. Wow, I don't even think I can truly give this the review it deserves. The tour started September 7th in New York, and ends October 14th back in New York. But first the other two bands.

First up tonight is OmnisighT, one of Vancouvers own Rock, Metal Progressive bands. They had many people on the floor, all seemed to enjoy listening. You will have to excuse me though guys, just not my cup of tea, there was just too many similar types of music, it seemed to run into each other. I would have liked to hear a little more distinction between songs. We don't all like or enjoy the same music, but OmnisighT looked to be having a great time up on stage, and the fans on the floor, they were enjoying, and that is what it is all about.

Next is IRON KINGDOM, a ton of energy from these guys for sure. They call themselves Traditional Heavy Metal, but you have got to add that Power Metal in there somewhere. That is my first reaction to listening to them. The look of the singer Chris just pulled that into place as well by his look. Nothing wrong with that, just saying there is definately some Power in there. They had a good energetic set, and continued through their whole set. They also brought more people to the floor. They have rose from the Surrey and are trying hard to make a name for themselves. Sadly they haven't been on many of the shows in town, at least not ones I have been to, and I have been to a lot since 2010. ;)
Looking around the room, and down on the floor, yes, definately a good sign.

Now, what I almost missed, and so darned glad that I sucked it up (after feeling exhausted from a long day prior) to go see ANGRA. This Brazilian heavy metal band formed back in 1991, and have gone through many changes, but have weathered them all and have come out stronger than ever. I may not have seen them before, but any band that can go through the many changes, be constantly creating, says alot. And I don't see them stopping anytime soon. Geez, I hope not, because they are all extremely talented musicians, and you can tell that they are enjoying every minute up there, giving us exactly what we want and need. Now I knew I had to go when I heard they were coming to Vancouver, after all it was their first time here. Sometimes I pre listen to a band, but I didn't want to listen to anything this time around, I like basing my opinion on them live, that is how you can tell they really have talent, and they have an abundance of it. Char had told me that I would enjoy them,since she personally already knew of the band, and really enjoys them, now I too, am hooked on them.  Every song had something different, each one had their own characteristics, and just so absolutely amazing. A lot of times on CD's they are over produced and mixed and don't even sound like they do live. I can't even tell you what songs they played, but I do know that some were from their new album "Omni". There is nothing better too than watching a band play that are enthusiatic, happy, and performing their set to perfection. Oh, I truly am at a loss for words with Angra here. Also a nice feature during the set. The band walked off stage except for Rafael Bittencourt, the last original member of Angra. He took the time to thank not only the fans, but both current and ex members of the band, for all helping build the success of the band, that was great ! Showed that no matter what happened, they still appreciate the contribution they made to make it grow more and more. If I had known they were going to be that good, I would have seen more than one show.  So please whatever you do, make sure to catch one of their remaining dates, the memory will last a long time. I am thrilled I had the opportunity to witness first hand ANGRA.

Remaining Tour Dates:
Sep 29 City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Sep 30 Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA
Oct 2 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
Oct 6 Globe Hall, Denver, CO
Oct 7 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Oct 8 Trees, Dallas, TX
Oct 9 Alamo City Music Hall & Club, San Antonio, TX
Oct 12 Diamond Pub Concert Hall, Louisville, KY
Oct 14 The Agora, Cleveland, OH