Heavy MTL: Metal Massacres Montreal With Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Gojira and More
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:35:59
Need an excuse to travel to Canada, specifically Montreal-a lovely city in the province of Quebec? Well, we've got one and it's the annual Heavy MTL festival, held at the Parc Jean-Drapeau in the love, French-settled city. I made the trek to North and East for the festival and it was worth the travel time and the rain that poured down from the sky on Saturday, Aug. 11, the opening day of the fest. Oh, it was damp, but my spirits were hardly dampened. How could they be when the likes of Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira, Overkill, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Trivium were among the many acts sprinkled across the two-day bill? While this bill won't be repeated next year, we're sure that the organizers will want to top what they did in 2012, so you'd be wise to check it out if spending two days at an outdoor metal fest in a gorgeous foreign city is right up your alley, headbangers!
Several tours intersected and were routed for this particular show, such as Trespass America and Slipknot coming off of their headlining slot on Mayhem.
On Saturday, Five Finger Death Punch were able to beat the rain with their performance, closing one of the main stages with their performance. They were colorful as always, with their bright attire and groove-centered music. Cast your assumptions aside. They write melodic metal with hooks. Lots of hooks. They aren't afraid to show their sensitive side either, with tunes like "Coming Down." Singer Ivan Moody's brass-knuckled microphone reminded us of the gun-shaped one that Marilyn Manson utilized the following night. Speaking of Manson, he covered Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and sang from a podium, too. He was certainly shown the love, courtesy of the crowd. Another standout? Killswitch Engage, now reunited with original singer Jesse Leach. There was an extreme metal side stage tucked in the park, which delightfully deafened with the likes of Goathwhore and more.
Sunday night's headliners Slipknot did something they didn't on Mayhem and that's perform "Everything Ends" from Iowa, which the masked marauders tore through before "Heretic Anthem" so that was a nice, two-thousand-and-one-two punch. Get it? Since the album came out in 2001, it was exciting to get that deeper cut from their classic, extremely brutal album. The Knot did it for Montreal. DJ Sid Wilson crowd-surfed amidst several tens of thousands of headbangers that were like marionettes puppeteered by singer Corey Taylor. Clown –aka M. Shawn Crahan- was also an eyeball magnet, thanks to his dramatic and theatrical stage presence. He's impossible to look away from and elevates the band's entire performance with his antics.
Slipknot should write a letter to metal. And it would go like this:
This is how it's done…right.
That's no joke.
And you know who else should pen a letter? The organizers of Heavy MTL. It would go like this:
Dear Festival Shows:
This is how it's done…right.
Heavy MTL was such a "must attend" fest simply because the mix of all styles of metal spread over three stages, combined with major tours toplining the dates, was unfuckwithable. It was manageable, well-run (no long lag time in between the two main stages situated side-by-side on the park grounds) and loaded with A-list metal acts.
If there is any metal festival you need to attend, this is it.
Now go dig around on YouTube for footage of the awesomeness that took place and plan to book a ticket next fall.
Were you there?