The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion – SAXON/UFO in Toronto (Concert Review)

The British Invasion was in full force this week in Toronto as the Saxon/UFO co-headlining tour rolled through. This was a dream bill for me personally. That’s the only way to sum it up. The names of both Saxon and UFO appear in my full sleeve tattoo depicting a guitar case “stickered” with the logos of some fave bands. Both bands have been with me in listening rotations for years upon years. Both bands are…

Share This:
Read More

XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

XANDRIA/KOBRA and the LOTUS/ONCE HUMAN – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017

Xandria from Germany brought their first headlining North American tour to Toronto at The Garrison May 13th, 2017. First hearing Xandria in 2014 with their release of Sacrificium I was able to catch them open for Delain and Sonata Arctica. That was a tease with Xandria only playing 5 tracks as the opening band. This time around Toronto was able to see a full set and over an hour of Xandria. First up on this…

Share This:
Read More

Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

After naming their last album his #1 of the year, Decibel Geek staff writer/photographer Shawn “Animalize” Irwin finally had the chance to see Leaves’ Eyes recently in Toronto. He was also able to sit down with Alex Krull to talk about the current North America tour with Battle Beast and Sabaton, as well as the most recent music and what we can expect from the band in the near future. Alex Krull also touches on the…

Share This:
Read More

DELAIN – Live in Toronto April 19th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

DELAIN – Live in Toronto April 19th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

Inertia Entertainment presents Delain live in Toronto April 19th at The Opera House for the first date of the new tour. Delain from The Netherlands will be Co-Headlining their first North American tour with Hammerfall from Sweden. Also on the bill is Atmora from Windsor Ontario. Since 2013 Delain has been to Toronto 3 times opening for others. With the support Delain has gained in Toronto, it is time for the band to return with their…

Share This:
Read More

LEAVES’ EYES Live in Toronto April 27th 2017

LEAVES’ EYES Live in Toronto April 27th 2017

Leaves’ Eyes formed in 2003 in Norway and is a mix of Symphonic/Viking/Pagan/Folk music. When I first heard Leaves’ Eyes in 2013, I became an instant fan. In 2015, thanks to AFM Records, Leaves’ Eyes released their 6th studio album King Of Kings. This was my #1 album for 2015. As good as the album was, Leaves’ Eyes decided it was time to switch things up. In April 2016 the band and singer Liv Kristine decided to…

Share This:
Read More

ARKONA/SIRENIA North American Tour Announcement (News)

ARKONA/SIRENIA North American Tour Announcement (News)

For the first time in their career, Sirenia from Norway will land on North American soil and tour USA & Canada. Touring for their latest album Dim Days of Dolor released November 2016. Dim Days of Dolor did make my personal Top 10 for 2016. The new album and tour features new lead vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan.  Zoldan is a trained opera singer who has been with Sirenia as a choir singer for over a decade! Taking from the Sirenia official website:…

Share This:
Read More

DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

I am writing this review with ringing ears, bloodshot eyes, aching muscles, a “Metal Heart” and a huge smile on my face. This condition I find myself in comes courtesy of Dirkschneider, both the man and his incredible band. Last night Dirkschneider rolled into Toronto’s Mod Club on the Farewell To Accept tour and delivered heaping amounts of loud and wonderful heavy metal and then they delivered some more and then EVEN MORE! “Epic!” is what I…

Share This:
Read More

ASCENDIA & CIRCUS MAXIMUS In Toronto (Concert Review)

ASCENDIA & CIRCUS MAXIMUS In Toronto (Concert Review)

A perfect night for a concert in Toronto. Great weather and a Saturday evening September 3rd, 2016. Thankfully my wife and I came down early to enjoy some Vietnamese food at a nearby restaurant before going to the show. I decided to wear my 2014 Firefest shirt to see if anyone would have noticed that tonight’s headliners were listed on the back of my shirt. Next thing I hear someone at the table behind us…

Share This:
Read More

Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 13th, 2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Avantasia is a band I discovered in late 2013. New to the European metal scene I have discovered so many great bands in the last three years. Where have I been? I came across a band called Edguy, and then when I found that the lead singer, Tobias Sammet, was having a Metal Opera Project called Avantasia, I hit the jackpot. Founded in 1999 with…

Share This:
Read More