Concert Review: Witchrot -- December 28th, 2018 Dec 29, 2018 2:53:56 GMT -5
Post by adamclark52 on Dec 29, 2018 2:53:56 GMT -5
Support: Droid, Mount Cyanide, Whip Kisser
Date: Friday December 28th, 2018
Venue: Lees Palace in Toronto, Ontario
This was one of those shows where I should’ve looked before I leapt. I got Witchrot confused with a grindcore band from Singapore called Wormrot, so I bought a ticket. I thought it was weird that they were playing a venue this large but I thought maybe they had an unexplainable surge in popularity the last few years that I was unaware of. It’s quite possible this show was originally booked at a smaller bar called Coalition and got moved a few weeks later so maybe that’s why I didn’t think of it earlier? I was sitting in the parking lot outside the venue I decided to see who Witchrot actually are and I found out they’re this band who had a pretty funny story about their breakup that went viral online a few weeks ago.
swears in the Facebook post
I didn’t care too much about that...but then I remembered that I thought they were a crappy nu-thrash band. That pissed me off because I hate that kind of music. I checked out one or two of the openers and they didn’t look to promising either. I frantically looked on Facebook to see if I could find something better to go to but there was nothing in town. I’d driven forty-five minutes to get there (as I do to every show) and I had a ticket so I sucked it up and went in.
Whip Kisser were first and they may have been one of the worst bands I’ve seen all year. Their guitarist had the worst tone I’ve heard in my life, the drummer took a few minutes to get in time with himself and the bassist was in her own world. The guitarist was also wearing a Napalm Death shirt; and looking at her it wasn’t hard to spot that she was being ironic. So then I looked around the club and noticed I was surrounded by millennials. I hated it but they were so bad that I was glad I came out. They practiced for ten minutes.
Lo and behold Mount Cyanide were f***ing awesome. They combined the heavy beer soaked riffage of High on Fire with black metal blast beats and vocals. Something I’ve never heard before but really enjoyed. I'd see them again.
Droid are a local act I’ve heard of before but I got them confused with another band I saw this year called “Robot”, who weren’t very good but were at least up my alley. That’s another reason I thought this show was for me. So they ended up not being what I expected. I expected crappy thrash but they ended up being Voivod circa 2018. Maybe to some that is crap. But I’ve been able to appreciate Voivod the last few years for just being themselves so I was able to appreciate Droid too.
Witchrot weren’t thrash at all! They were...female fronted doom rock I’ve heard four thousand times before. That was nice at least. This show was probably the tail end of their fifteen minutes of fame. All the press they’d gotten the last few weeks is what led to Lees Palace booking them but even with all that press I’ve never seen a smaller crowd at Lees Palace. They were good though. I’ve heard it before but I was expecting way worse. I guess they had a new guitarist at this show and their drummer was alive.
So I still had fun at this show even if it wasn’t entirely my thing.