UGLY TOUR 2011
Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend Project,
Obscura and Septic Flesh
June 30, 2011
Calgary, Canada / MacEwan Hall
Review and photos by Monika Deviat
Finland’s Children of Bodom have returned to Canada on “The Ugly World Tour 2011” in support of their new record, Relentless Reckless Forever [Spinefarm, 2011]. Joining Children of Bodom were Canada’s own Devin Townsend Project, Germany’s Obscura and Septic Flesh from Greece. On June 30th, 2011 the tour stopped in Calgary, Alta. at MacEwan Hall.
Septic Flesh was the first band to take the stage with their symphonic black metal. Vocalist/bassist Spiros "Seth" Antoniou delivered vocals between a custom spider like mic stand and a banner saying “The Destroyer”. On the other side of the stage an identical banner read “The Architect”. The venue filled up early so Septic Flesh was able to play to a large crowd that responded well to the band’s music and stage presence. The set list featured songs off their newest album The Great Mass [Season of Mist, 2011] including, “A Great Mass of Death”.
The German quartet, Obscura, put on a very captivating performance. They have recently released Omnivium [Relapse Records,2011] and gave Calgary a taste of the new material during their set. The band was genuinely appreciative to their audience and gave fans an energetic set, showing off their technical skills. The sound was a bit muddy for this band unfortunately but the Calgary crowd enjoyed the technical death metallers anyway.
Devin Townsend Project
The Devin Townsend Project played an inspirational and fascinating performance. It was clear that Devin Townsend had a huge following here in Calgary. Townsend began interacting with the crowd the moment he stepped on stage with a huge smile and custom white flying V, wearing a tailored silver and black suit. Townsend introduced his band right away and when it appeared everything wasn’t actually ready for the set to start, treated the crowd to a two second interpretative dance before launching into “By Your Command”. (Incidentally, my favorite quote of the night from Townsend is “If you dance a certain way, dance that way”.) The Devin Townsend Project’s current lineup consists of extremely talented Canadian musicians: Dave Young on guitar, Ryan Joost Van Poederooyen on drums and Brian Waddell on bass. The floor was packed at this point in the evening and everyone was obviously enjoying the set, completely enthralled and delighted by the band and Townsend’s multitude of facial expressions. The whole set was amazing and concluded with two songs off the recently released Deconstruction [HevyDevy/InsideOut Music, 2011], “Stand” and “Juular”. Townsend finished off with saying, “See you a few months”. We can’t wait for the official tour announcement.
Children of Bodom
Headliners Children of Bodom have a strong following in Calgary and Canada in general as we found out in our interview (link HERE) with keyboardist Janne Wirman. The band kicked off their set with “Not My Funeral” off their newest album Relentless Reckless Forever. The backdrop of the Relentless Reckless Forever cover with ragged sheets of cloth hanging above them made for an interesting stage setup that fit the band’s sound. Children of Bodom kept the energy up for the entire set which was comprised of songs off the new album including “Shovel Knockout” and “Was It Worth It” as well as some of the older material like “Needled 24/7”, “Bodom Beach Terror” and “Are You Dead Yet?”.
The Finnish metallers seemed to be having a great time on stage. Bassist Henkka Seppälä and guitarist Roope Latvala kept moving around the stage and getting up close to fans while drummer Jaska Raatikainen performed effortlessly. Frontman Alexi Laiho ripped through solos, often wandering over to Wirman for the guitar and keyboard harmonies. The encore ended with “Hate Crew Deathroll” and had the crowd singing along.