The official start of the festival was a bit of a slow one. I spent most of my time at Dicken’s as it was the better venue to shoot in, but I did stop into Vern’s once during the evening. Vern’s seemed to have the larger crowd overall this night and the band’s playing the stage there had a bit more variety in styles than at Dicken’s.
After the Prophet a metalcore band from Siksika, AB with two vocalists was the first band up. They played to a handful of people who showed up to the venue early in the evening.
Calgary trio False Flag played a crushing and dynamic set reminiscent of mid-era Meshuggah.
Mass Control was on their last two songs at Vern’s when we strolled in. The band blends speed metal and punk together, though the two short songs were not enough to give an overall impression of what the band is like, except fast.
After Earth was a highlight for many at Vern’s. The progressive black metal band played a tight set featuring melodic elements, technical instrumentation and black metal vocals.
Back to Dicken’s we went to catch the insanity that is Doberman. They put an original twist on a mix of styles including metal core and death metal, and they are entertaining to watch on stage.
Stab.Twist.Pull. always have a contingent of fans ready to join in on vocals, headbang, dance and get rowdy. Just like the crowd the band was energetic and they dominated the stage.
Our Last Crusade had the final spot on the evening’s bill. They brought the most instruments with the most strings for their groove infused metalcore set.