MARCH 29th 2017

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper

The Decibel Magazine Tour hit up Vancouver last night at the Rickshaw Theatre. This show brought me two new bands to check out, and the other two who are true classics. Not sure if the show sold out or not, but by the time the two last bands came on, you couldn’t move on the floor. A lot of familiar faces as well, thrash brings out the crowds for sure.

First off tonight is a band called HORRENDOUS, is it? Not on your life, these guys were an excellent choice to start the night off with. First, they are a young band, but ambitious to get their music out there and be heard. They played an amazing set, and I was right up front, getting the full assault of their death metal. There is also nothing better than watching a band that really looks like they are enjoying what they do. The floor was pretty full for these guys, a bit of a mosh pit, but looking around, like me, everyone was enjoying themselves. These guys were a first, and definitely won’t be the last. Make sure to get there early and catch their set, they won’t disappoint.

Next is MIDNIGHT, do you like black/thrash, then this is what this band is all about. They came out cloaked in black scarves over their faces (imagine that was hot), and these guys were popular among the crowd. Me, I had never heard of them. Did I enjoy, still thinking about it, for one, didn’t hear the singer much, but did love the energy of the guitarist, bouncing around all over the place, over emphasizing his playing guitar (a good thing). They definitely nailed their sound. Moshing was definitely in order for most of their fans, not me, I quickly moved to the back of the room. But was totally amazed at how many people were there just to see Midnight.

The only thing that kind of annoys me, and it really isn’t that much, but just hate the wait, is the change overs, you know what I mean, when you are anxious for that band to hit the stage, and you have to wait, the house music doesn’t help, talking to the people around you doesn’t help.  Then OBITUARY hits the stage, and the crowd goes crazy, so much moshing, they really turned it up a notch. No way was I getting close to the front, it was hot, the beer was spilling everywhere while people tried hard to hang onto it, but just wasn’t happening, the moshers were all around the floor, usually there are some safe spots, but not tonight. Obituary didn’t disappoint, they played a great set of songs, and everyone in the house was enjoying to the max.

But now a little Iron Maiden between sets, which of course, who doesn’t like Iron Maiden. Everyone was singing, and you don’t notice the change over so much. The lights began to dim, and let me tell you the horns went up, the cheers began and KREATOR hit the stage full on. Kreator is the only band that made me appreciate thrash, there is no other.  They truly have a talent of putting it together, great beats, riffs, drumming, vocals, everything flows, and I really wanted to be down in front. They played a true thrash sets on songs, and in case you were not aware, they just released their ‘14th’ album via Nuclear Blast in January. The talent behind these thrash masters is unchallenged in my eyes, they perform immaculately on stage, they are powerful, they are brutal, and I love every minute of it, even at my age, but maybe thrash has no barriers. I remember the first time I was asked to review them years ago, I thought, oh god, not thrash, I hate it. I may not be a true thrash fan, but I am most definitely a Kreator fan. Every one of the band members played an exemplary set, including some songs such as Hordes of Chaos, Enemy of God, and so many more. I don’t think that you could ever get your fill of Kreator, they could have played all night, and you would still want more. I would also like to say, the lighting was amazing last night, spectacular colours, shadows, maybe a little dark for photographers, but for the fans, visually magnificent. The crowd was approving, the crowd was so big for Kreator, they even came half way up the stairs to the doors, all standing, singing, horns raised, head banging. I really appreciate the talent behind this band. Look up thrash in the dictionary and it should just say “Kreator”, plain and simple. Can you tell I enjoyed? Can’t wait now for a return.

Here are the remaining tour dates, don’t miss out:
Saturday, April 01 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Tuesday, April 04 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Thursday, April 06 - Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Friday, April 07 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Saturday, April 08 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Sunday, April 09 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Tuesday, April 11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Wednesday, April 12 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Thursday, April 13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Friday, April 14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza  ***SOLD OUT***
Saturday, April 15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA