Concert Reviews

Cats, Clutch, and Beer Torture

My first experience with opening act, Amigo the Devil, was a standard affair. Their output originally came in as a mere muffled kick drum echoing around the depths of the MTELUS– a steady beat rocking the gaping porcelain mouths upstairs. Joining this heartbeat were the anguished hurls of an occupant in the next stall, whose devilish retching combined with the muffled beat in a way that would make the best black metal bands jealous. Amigo the Devil weren’t that bad.

A Rotting Christening of the new Studio TD

Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ stormed through Montreal on March 7th, playing the newly refurbished Studio TD (formerly L’Astral) in the Quartier des Spectacles. Dubbed the “Under Our Black Cult” tour, the band were supported by three other ghoulish groups - Gaerea, UADA, and Carach Angren.

Canadian Speed Prevails at TraXide

Ottawa speed freaks Occult Burial headlined another successful celebration of the Canadian underground metal scene this past Friday night.

CTRL ALT: FKJ Displays His Genre-Bending Abilities at MTELUS

CTRL ALT delves into the dynamic world of alternative music; from sultry R&B to soft rock, to the unique experimentalists, to those whose tracks you just can't put in a box, and to those who make major waves in waters once still. This column chronicles concert and album reviews, artist interviews, live jazz spots in the city, Montreal's DJ scene, music news, and more. Look out for the parallel radio show CTRL ALT, airing soon! 

Bodies Collide as Cannibal Corpse Tears Open the MTELUS

When Cannibal Corpse roll through town, you know it’s going to be a good day. And Nov. 5 was no exception as their headlining North American tour rolled through Montreal.

Fletcher Rocks Montreal at MTelus

LGBTQ+ icon, Fletcher (Cari Elise Fletcher), took the stage October 29 in downtown Montreal. The venue was packed wall to wall.

'90s Nostalgia Hits the Bell Centre in 3 Waves

Do you like cyberpunk themes while you’re out late at night? Cause that’s what Meg Myers is all about. She opened up with a granular synth to cue the band to come on and played a set that hyped up the crowd for the ensuing acts of the night. Poppy then delivered on the heaviness, listening to their studio songs is nothing like hearing them on stage, they were tight, and they were polarizing.

Batushka Deliver a Blasphemous Sermon to Sold Out Bar Le Ritz

Batushka (Батюшка) and Hate brought Polish black metal to a sold out Bar Le Ritz on October 19th. The Montreal date was one of the concluding stops on the 24-date North American Pilgrimage tour.

Conan and Dopethrone at Foufounes

British riff titans Conan opened their “Doom Over Canada” tour in Montreal on October 27 at Foufounes Electriques. The unique 10-stop jaunt will see the band grace Canada east to west with their blend of slow yet hard-hitting sludgey sonics - presumably ending in Vancouver on Nov. 6 (the location is to be confirmed, but it’s a logical point to end the tour).

Isabella Lovestory – Pop Princess, Thrift God

Approaching the balcony of Projet Casa, I couldn’t help thinking that Isabella Lovestory had stumbled onto the wrong stage. Let me set the scene: a bourgeoisie house in the Plateau, repurposed into a contemporary art gallery called Projet Casa. The balcony of Projet Casa is old fashioned, featuring a charmingly dilapidated wrought iron balustrade. It looks over Projet Casa’s small parking lot. A huddle of mortals gathers, gazing up at the sexy, hot pink MTV goddess, almost glowing against the grayness of her stage.

Gulfer + Deanna Petcoff + PACKS + Jaywood's Playful Performances for This Year’s POP Montreal Music Festival

As we swung into October, crisp weather, colourful trees, and the POP Montreal Music Festival reappeared to remind us of the everchanging seasons. More than 400 local and overseas artists and bands gathered at over 50 venues around the Mile End area and across the city for another glorious week of live music to raise the chilly spirits. 

Pop Montreal: 2022 Edition

It's the time of year again where the city’s heartbeat is a little more uptempo. The streets are plastered with pastel coloured posters with beautiful faces on them. Shops, restaurants and venue doors are left half-open despite the start of the autumn cold. And anyone you may bump into in the mile end area will be either coming from or going to one thing: Pop Montreal and Pop Montreal.

Festival de Musique Émergentes 2022

For the last few years prior to the pandemic I had been quite fortunate to attend FME, Festival de Musique Émergentes in Rouyn-Noranda. So much so that the festival is now something I always anticipate. So after a couple of years' absence and this being the 20th anniversary of the festival, I was particularly excited about heading up to this year's edition. The usual seven hour drive turned into an epic test of patience when every road ahead was traffic jammed.

Echo and the Bunnymen: 40 Years of Magical Songs

There was an electric undercurrent of excitement as fans shuffled into the Corona Theater last Monday night to see legendary post punk/new wave act, Echo and the Bunnymen. The band is currently on a tour of North America celebrating over 40 years since the band’s incarnation in Liverpool’s punk scene in the early 80s. 

Perturbator & HEALTH @ Corona Theatre

2022 has seen a lot of action for synthwave in Montreal. April saw Dance with the Dead rock Les Foufounes Électriques and just before that, Carpenter Brut having stormed through M-Telus. The double bill of Perturbator and HEALTH on September 8 brought another taste of the niche genre, this time at the Corona Theatre.