DECEMBER 29th 2014
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper

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Well it’s been almost 3 weeks since I last attended a show, so I was enthused to finally head into town to see a show. Commodore Ballroom was SOLD OUT again. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this was one I was going to enjoy, that being said, let’s get on with the review, shall we?  

BUTCHER BABIES from Los Angeles, CA are up first. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I haven’t seen them play before, and well a lot of people say they are popular only because of the 2 front gals (Heidi and Carla). I can see why they would say that, however…to let you know, they are talented, metal all the way with explosive energy, always smiling, coming out to the crowds, just giving it their all. They had me hooked, and the rest of the band (Henry-guitar/Jason-bass/Chrissy-drums), they did an exemplary job, demonstrating their brutal talents as well. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and what was even better, I got to stand up front and see it first hand, the only way to get the full impact of the band. They played an array of songs to the crowds enjoyment, and looking around the floor, it was packed with people singing, and taking in the whole set.

Next up tonight is HATEBREED, a Connecticut hardcore/punk/metal band. Most of you that may read my CD reviews know this is not the type of music I listen to at all. I just knew that standing up front for them, would probably get me a few bruises, so I gave up my spot to a fan, who was ecstatic. I do say though that you may not enjoy the music yourself, but you can appreciate the atmosphere, and the talent behind the band. To tell you the truth, they actually surprised me, I can’t even remember the last time I had seen these guys play, but I found myself enjoying it, they have a talent for putting their hardcore into some manner of order. The vocals were good, not the screamo yelling where I can’t understand one word they are singing. The drums, guitars, sure they were fast, but they had some melody , enough that I could  tap my foot to a steady beat. What can I say, I enjoyed it. Great job you guys.

Tonight’s headlining band is one that everyone knows their name - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, they hail from Los Angeles as well.  It took awhile for them to hit the stage, they had a curtain up, dropping when they hit the stage. It’s been awhile since I last saw BLS, but I can tell you this, they kicked some major ass tonight, playing a variety from their catalogue. Performances from each were over the top. Take a look around the room, and every person on the floor, on the balcony, were singing, fists high, and eating it up. I haven’t seen such a lively crowd in a long time. Again there was no way for me to stand up front to fully enjoy the show, which is actually sad, because when you have to stand at the back, you don’t get the whole effect of the band, and you have to contend with drunks all the time, meaning you can’t always be focused on the music. Excellent performance though, sound was great, lights were amazing. All in all I can see why everyone heads to a BLS show.

My only complaints, and it has nothing at all to do with the bands. Please, bartenders, cut off the patrons when they have had too much to drink. There were plenty of fights at this show, kept security guys busy that’s for sure. Stop throwing your empty glasses towards the stage. Mosh pitters, stay in the middle, stop slamming into the front row people. I have found lately that there are a lot of fights, making for an evening of always watching around you, which means, you are not always watching the band.

That one general complaint aside, all the bands gave 110%, and being my last show of 2014, it definitely was all around amazing from beginning to end. Now, what does 2015  have in store for MetalTitans?

Remaining Tour Dates:
1/2 - Edmonton, Alberta - Shaw Conference Centre
1/3 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Arts Centre
1/4 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Burton Cummings Theatre
1/5 - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
1/7 - London, Ontario - London Music Hall
1/8 - Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus (The Guvernment)
1/9 - Montreal, Quebec - Le Métropolis de Montréal
1/10 - Syracuse, N.Y. - F SHED at The Market
1/12 - Reading, Pa. - Reverb
1/13 - Portland, Maine - State Theatre, Portland, Maine
1/14 - Hartford, Conn. - The Webster
1/16 - Royal Oak, Mich. - Royal Oak Music Theatre
1/17 - Columbus, Ohio - LC Pavilion
1/18 - Charlotte, N.C. - The Fillmore Charlotte
1/20 - Oklahoma City, Okla. - Diamond Ballroom
1/21 - Kansas City, Mo. - Arvest Bank Theater At the Midland
1/22 - Omaha, Neb. - Sokol Auditorium