Concert Review + Photography: Whitechapel at Kool Haus (Toronto)

Originally from St. John’s Newfoundland and now based in Toronto, Ontario, Ryan Hampton joins Mezzic this morning! With diverse tastes from Maria Taylor, M83 and others you’ll soon be reading below, he’s a welcome addition. You’ll be catching his photography and coverage from here on out. Welcome Ryan to Mezzic!

For Today (Sioux City, IA), Enter Shikari (London, UK), Whitechapel (Knoxville, TN) and The Devil Wears Prada (Dayton, OH)
December 16th, 2011
Kool Haus in Toronto, Ontario

Live Nation was proud to put off a show Friday the 16th, at Kool Haus in downtown Toronto, Canada.  The concert consisted of four bands which were; For Today, Enter Shikari, Whitechapel, and headlining the tour, The Devil Wears Prada.

For Today were the first performers of the night, and they were quite good. They had many people jumping in the crowd, warming them up for an awesome show. Playing second was Enter Shikari from London, England. With their fusion of dub step, techno and metal, made for a very upbeat performance. When Whitechapel came on stage they really set the mood. The crowd seemed more lively and excited. They definitely got people going for the final performance. The Devil Wears Prada walked onto the stage and the crowd was roaring like crazy. They another American performance from Dayton, Ohio with six members in the band made for a powerful delivery.  A smart combination of heavy breakdowns and clever synths made fans burst into dance and mosh, and voices could be heard chanting along with songs.

On arrival I instantly was able to tell that it was going to be an amazing show. Metal t-shirts and exotic hair styles galore.  Understandable that the turnout was so huge, because the band lineup was unusual, each of the three bands, (excluding For Today) usually are headlining their own tour and to have three of these bands playing the same show is not to be missed.

A big thanks to Metal Blade Records for landing me a photo-pass and putting me on the guest list, Metal Blade Records is known for signing many great metal bands, such as As I Lay Dying, Between The Buried And Me, Unearth, Cannibal Corpse and The Goo Goo Dolls. They we’re founded in 1982 by Brian Slagel who at the time was only working at a record store and started his label by releasing a mix cd called ‘Metal Massacre’ with various bands on them as a way to increase recognition of local metal bands. It was my first time doing this and it was a very interesting experience.  Seeing Whitechapel was memorable to say the very least. Being an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee I knew I was in for a great performance.  They did not let the fans down, with front man Phil Bozeman and his thunderous voice and growls. With ear crushing drumming, technical genius on guitar and bass made the entire performance quite a display of passion for what these musicians love to do.  Majority of the songs played were off of their new album ‘A New Era Of Corruption’, and a few off the second latest album, ‘This Is Exile’.  Fans were in an uproar, with bodies ‘surfing’ towards the stage being caught by security, and being able to hear hundreds of voices singing certain parts of songs certainly showed the dedication many fans feel for this band.

For me, seeing these bands has been truly a dream come true, and I feel that I can now say I’ve seen live metal music at it’s finest.

Thoughts?