Watain – concert review @ Opera House

Watain

Last Saturday I went to see Watain perform at the Opera House.

Before I get into the review, as always I would like to give a shout out to Noel of Inertia Entertainment for putting on another well organized and on time event.

Watain Stage

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Austra – concert review – Sept 27 @ Phoenix

Austra

Austra

Austra is one of those artists that defies categorization. While appealing to a hipster crowd their music traditionally ranges across a broad spectrum of synth, electro and goth.

The Phoenix was the perfect spot for this show and it was refreshing to see that everything was well organized.

We missed the first band, Weaves, but judging by the already decent size crowd they did a good job. The second band was Rituals. While they started off a little slow and shoe-gazie they picked things up by the end and it was a good prelude for Austra.

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Cannibal Corpse at the Phoenix – May 31st concert review

Just like Slayer and Gwar, Cannibal Corpse are one of those bands you have to see live. Even if it’s just to see George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer headbanging antics. Seriously, it is almost hypnotizing. No wonder the guy has such a freaking huge neck. His chiropractor must be a pretty rich guy!

Like all Inertia shows, this one went off like clockwork. To boot, the sound was really good too.

We wanted to get there in time for Immolation but just missed them by a few minutes. We snagged some good seats up top and enjoyed Napalm Death’s set. All the people in attendance seemed to enjoy it too.

By the way, for some of you who don’t know, Napalm Death is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the shortest song in the world! It’s called “You Suffer” and it’s precisely 1.316 seconds long. Here it is!

Cannibal Corpse took the stage right around 11:00 and for over an hour they punished the crowd with an intense set of their greatest hits. The brutality and technicality of their art was outstanding and George was very entertaining and interacted with the crowd in between the songs. He even took requests!

I also bought one of their shirts, which I wore to the mall one day. Wow, I got so many dirty looks, like I was some evil person. People – it’s just a shirt…. relax!

Cannibal Corpse

Mozart – symphony review

Mozart

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is celebrating Mozart’s 257th birthday this week at the Roy Thomson Hall.

The tickets range from $25 to $145. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth $145 unless you have the money to spend. $25 ticket will get you an amazing unobstructed view in the balconies. The crowd was filled with your stereo typical types (you know the ones) but there was also a nice blend of everyone in between.

We went to see the Mozart Delights for Violin, Flute & Harp, which was truly a delight.

Peter Oundjian, conductor and host
Nora Shulman, flute
Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, harp
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Impresario
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 297c
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218
Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 248b “Haffner”

Augustin HadelichAugustin Hadelich did an impressive job playing the violin, especially when he did the encore of Paganini’s 24th Caprice, which is one of the hardest pieces to play.

My biggest disappointment was the sound. At no point did it get loud enough to even drown out the hungry stomach of the person next to us. When it comes to classical music, I don’t know about you but I don’t only want to hear it but FEEL it! Therefore, the concert was missing the duende, which I always crave for, especially at a classical concert.

I would still recommend it to my friends to see it at least once. The Mozart’s performances are on till January 17th, so go see it if Mozart is your thing.