July 23-24, 2011
Review and pics by Monika Deviat
On July 23rd and 24th, 10 000 metalheads descended upon Downsview Park in Toronto ON for Heavy T.O. The two day festival took place the same weekend as Heavy MTL. This was the third year for Heavy MTL and its success from right from the first year prompted MTL organizers Daniel Glick and Nick Farkas to team up with Live Nation to create Heavy T.O. Two stages had bands playing right after each other, about 11 per day. Heavy T.O. sponsor, Jägermeister had a tent area set up with games and were hosting some of the autograph sessions. Certain bands like Megadeth and Slayer had line-ups of over a hundred people waiting to get signatures from their favorite musicians.
Day 1: Saturday July 23
On Saturday fans braved hot sun in the afternoon and rain in the evening to attend the festival. We unfortunately missed photographing the first bands both days. While we heard the last half Endast’s set, the first band pictured here is Devil Driver from Santa Barbara, CA.
Diamond Head from England were very entertaining to watch and gave the growing crowd a good range of their material. Heavy T.O. got to hear songs like “It’s Electric” and “Am I Evil” live. It was really unfortunate they had such an early and short time slot.
Underoath is a Christian metalcore band from Tampa, FL. The crowd was definitely less responsive for this band. I decided to take a much needed water and shade break after snapping a few photos. The band sounded good but after Diamond Head just didn’t seem exciting.
Times of Grace is a metalcore band from Southhampton, MA. They had good sound and played well. Their set was extended a bit as The Sword was unable to make it across the border and did not play at Heavy T.O.
Times of Grace
With The Sword not showing up there was a bit of a break between bands as As I Lay Dying from San Diego, CA tried to set up quickly. They put on an energetic set that the crowd seemed to respond well to.
As I Lay Dying
On the other stage Finland’s Children of Bodom had started setting up early and people were heading over early to stake out their spots up close to the stage. The played a tight set to a lot of enthusiastic fans.
Children of Bodom
Anthrax, with original lead singer Joey Belladonna back on vocals, gave the crowd 45 minutes of vintage thrash metal. Antrax began with “Caught in a Mosh” and continued sampling through their large repertoire and included other classics like “Madhouse” and “Indians”.
Opeth played flawlessly and beautifully, with exceptional musicianship. Their set did not include anything off the upcoming album Heritage [Roadrunner, 2011] so we will just have to wait from them to come back to North America in October to hear the new tunes live.
Mötorhead. They played rock’n’roll. As always the band was loud, solid and a lot of fun. Their set had a range of classic material and some of their newest material off The Wörld Is Yours [Future PLC/Motörhead Music, 2010] and included the expected classics, “Ace of Spades” and “Killed by Death”.
Megadeth was definitely the most anticipated band of the evening. They hit the stage with “Trust” and followed up with “In My Darkest Hour” and “Hanger 18” in quick succession. There were minimal breaks between songs that ranged throughout the band’s career. Megadeth had a two hour time slot but only played for about an hour and a half. Even with the shortened set, it was an excellent ending to a full day of metal.
Read on for coverage of Day 2 with bands like Death Angel, Anvil, Testament, Slayer and Rob Zombie!