JUNE 3rd 2018

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper

First up tonight at the Rickshaw is GROSS MISCONDUCT, always great to see these guys start the night off. The band is our very own, from Vancouver and consists of David London (Guitar/vocals), Jesse Brint (Guitars/Backup vocals), John Kurucz (drums), and Julian Kenchenten (bass). Now this is a band that can take Death, Thrash, Prog and more, mix it up and have it come out exceedingly well. When you have seen so many bands to review through the years, it is hard to remember all of them, but I am always amazed at their show. I also like the fact that Jesses grandma comes to watch him play. Yep, right up front, clapping, smiling and moving her head, boy you can tell she is proud of him up there on stage. I kept my eye on her in case the moshers came too close. She was safe. They have a new album coming out soon called "Equinox", and by the sound of last night, it is one you need to have in your hands. Their sound, well it is a little bit aggression, harmony, and good old talented song writing. Absolutely phenomenal. Make sure you are there next time they have a show, you won't be disappointed. By the way, Gross Misconduct had the best lighting of all the bands. A little front lighting goes a long way in seeing their faces, how happy they are at doing what they love best.

Next is OCEANS OF SLUMBER, a Texas metal/progressive band that has not been to Vancouver before. They put on a good show, some people around me were either watching intently or on their cell phones. I get it, not all bands are to everyone’s liking. I have to be honest here, and I hate this part of reviews, I was not fussy about the music, consistently too slow, I couldn't get a beat to bob my head to, I am one that likes to have a steady beat, whether it drums or guitars or the tone of the vocals. This is just my opinion, but it felt almost as if each member was playing a different type of genre, and then putting it together. Sorry I am not a pro by any means about putting music together, I just know this was not for me. But what they did do a great job up on stage, they put themselves into it, giving it their all for everyone there.

Headliners, well you all know who it is, and who everyone was waiting for .. that's right INSOMNIUM. I was excited for them to hit the stage, but not for the lighting. Because they were all just shadows, and when you have the long hair, you couldn't tell who was who up there if they moved around. There was a lot of energy to be found from them though, and a great set. The tour is called Winter's Gate, because they played it in its whole entirety. Obviously, a good choice and people seem to clamber for more the whole night. Make no mistake the people always know what to expect, and that is exactly what they get, full force, Finnish melodic Death Metal at its finest. Great to see the fans reactions for them too, not many people left the room, unless to get a drink, but everyone stood there, horns raised, headbanging enjoying every last fantastic moment. I enjoyed it, just wanted more lighting.

Rest of tour:

6/6 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a-Go-Go
6/7 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
6/8 Santa Ana, CA – Malones
6/9 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
6/11 Dallas, TX – Trees
6/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
6/13 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
6/14 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
6/15 Margate, FL – O’Malleys
6/16 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
6/17 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
6/18 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
6/19 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
6/20 Montreal, QC – Foufounes
6/21 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
6/22 Toronto, ON – Garrison
6/23 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
6/24 Worcester, MA – Palladium