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KILLITOROUS release debut music video for “It’s Not Stanley, It’s Stan Lee”

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Heavy metal group Killitorous is making fan’s eyes bleed with excitement thanks to their debut music video: “It’s Not Stanley, It’s Stan Lee”. Meat and mead are all that comes to mind when listening to such berserk guitar and sardonic vocals. Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal have banded together to make the five headed offspring wind milling before you.  \M/

Starting up in 2006, the guys in Killitorous all share a tearing passion for fast paced metal. Technical teeth grinding music that has caught the attention of many people in the Ontario scene, Killitorous’s mandate can be summed up by their interests, party and grind. Their first album titled Party, Grind (appropriately) will be released in May. The mixing was done by Chris Donaldson (guitarist of Montreal’s infamous extreme metal band Cryptopsy) and the album will be available through their Facebook page. Incepted by, from and for the Canadian music scene, these dudes don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Oliver Leniuk

Photo taken from Facebook

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Exalt at UNITE & IGNITE FEST ’13 – Ottawa Live Review

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Who: Exalt

From: Kitchener, ON      

Where: Unite & Ignite Fest 2013 at the Montgomery Legion, Ottawa

When: Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Total Score: 8/10

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Style:  Raw, crass, brutal hardcore. Exalt brings a sound that is so emotional and chaotic it is just begging you to listen. Fitting into the hardcore or metalcore genre, Exalt has a tone sure to move their listeners. Some of the sound was lost to unbalanced levels during the live performance but you can hear it all on their recordings. Exalt has a very raw sound with emotion running through the veins of every song; this is not empty music and is not for the faint of heart. Exalt is here for a reason and they make that clear through musical undertakings.

Crowd:  Exalt hailing from Kitchener, Ontario played second to last on the Saturday date of UNITE & IGNITE.  The crowd was quite large in anticipation of Counterparts’ set, yet it seemed as if there was a select few that were there because of Exalt. As the band took their stage the crowd was listening with open ears and although it took a while for things to get going, eventually the audience response was just as chaotic as the sound Exalt encapsulates. Bodies thrashing everywhere, releasing emotion through the angry tone of the music, it was safe to say that Exalt had earned themselves a few new fans after they completed their set. Some audience members could not handle Exalt’s sound however this was to be expected due to the experimental nature of their music. Overall Exalt seemed to be accepted by most, as the crowd reaction was impressive.

Technicalities:  Heavy, distorted tone takes over Exalt’s sound with raw emotion pouring out of the vocalist, Tyler Brand. Through a chaotic almost messy sound, Exalt wraps up so much emotion and meaning it is hard not to appreciate.  Although not the most technical, the guitar tone radiates through the venue and expresses the feeling of chaos to the audience. Sharp drums fill out the sound, bringing it all together to get the loud, hectic music that Exalt brings to the table.

Image/Sex Appeal:  Scraggily, bearded individuals that look like musicians on the road. Their appearance is a perfect expression of their music and gives off a vibe that all they care about is the music itself. On stage the band portrays a frenzied attitude that goes along perfectly with the music and it lets the audience see and feel the sentiment draining out of the individuals on stage.

Memorable Moment:  Vocalist Tyler Brand has lyrical content that is so personal, and meaningful it is hard to go unnoticed, especially during a point in the set when he screamed a cappella to finish of a song.  The raw emotion pouring out of Brand was truly as touching as it was eye opening. Brand is known for doing this and it definitely turns the head of every listener.

Overall: Exalt’s sound may not be for everyone, the thrashing chaotic hardcore that it is.  However one thing is for sure and that is that Exalt is a force to be reckoned with and a band that truly cares about the quality of their music.  With a focus on lyrical content and a meaningful message, Exalt is catching attention with every live performance.  The best way to understand what this band is all about is to see them live, and I would recommend doing so.

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Reviewed and written by Jonathan (Jono) Del Pozo

Photos by Matthew Clark

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Three Crowns at UNITE & IGNITE FEST ’13 – Ottawa Live Review

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Who: Three Crowns

From: Kitchener, ON      

Where: Unite & Ignite Fest 2013 at the Montgomery Legion, Ottawa

When: Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Total Score: 9/10

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Style: Three Crowns bring to the table a fusion of hardcore elements and metal riffs; a fresh change in the metalcore scene that leaves listeners aching for more.  With catchy lyrics and a hard-hitting message Three Crowns are an up-and-coming band to take notice of. Three Crown’s sound is bouncy and makes sure you are muttering the lyrics to yourself long after there set. Technical riffs leave the ear pleased with a lower vocal tone overtop and crisp percussion, these elements give Three Crowns an edge on other bands within the genre.

Crowd:  With the crowd growing in anticipation of the more popular bands at the second day of UNITE & IGNITE, the room was as full as it had been yet and Three Crowns made sure viewers were not disappointed. Three Crowns were a little ways away from home in Kitchener, Ontario, yet some dedicated lovers of hardcore and metal music were sure to show up to the Montgomery Legion this evening to see the band’s set. The crowd ranged from a few diehards, to a lot of people who have heard of them before but didn’t know much about the band, to people who had no idea who they were, yet as soon as the set began the energy was infectious. Three Crows was there to play to impress and that they did. They had to warm up the onlookers but with the energy that Three Crowns brought to the stage as well as the few dedicated fans screaming back at the band, trying to strip vocalist Brandon Gatten of the microphone, it did not take long for the crowd to get going. By the third or fourth song the audience was popping off, old fans and new alike moshed and swarmed Gatten when he held out the microphone, it was truly a great thing to see. With more crowds like this one it is inevitable that Three Crowns will only continue to grow their following.

Technicalities:  Three Crowns’ music is hard to describe. While not blowing people away with a completely original sound the band sure does take the metalcore genre and make it their own. Guitar riffs ranging from heavy chugging tones to intricate melodies, Three Crowns bring multiple elements to their music. Catchy sections are often repeated throughout a song making the sound one that is super bouncy, leaving lyrics stuck in your head. Heavy parts give Three Crowns a powerful punch and add an emotional feeling to their music, although not breakdowns per say, the musical flow of their songs does not require it. The dynamic style gives a fresh experience to catchy sections within a metalcore composition, making it evident that breakdowns have a time and a place yet they are not necessarily needed to make a song popular. To summarize, Three Crowns give a very tight live performance, leaving you aching for more with their catchy hooks, melodic riffs, and sharp percussion to bring it all together. 

Image/Sex Appeal:  Pretty much what you would expect from many metalcore bands, tattoos, band merchandise, beards and more. Vocalist Gatten towers over his band, well over six feet tall and he owns it, remaining in his own element. Gatten’s energy is infectious and well received. His band doesn’t fall short either jumping in unison to the captivating nature of their songs, while having facial expressions that radiate how much they are enjoying playing. Three Crowns do not stray too far away from the norm yet they have elements that make them unique.

Memorable Moment:  This one moment really stuck out for me in many ways, it happened during the song “Barricade” off the band’s most recent album Commodity. As soon as the first word left Gatten’s mouth, a small kid standing stage right burst out of a group of people and started losing his mind.  Screaming every lyric back in Gatten’s face it was apparent that this song had deeper meaning for this one individual. Practically in tears, it seemed as if this guy had literally had the world lifted off his shoulders. I’m sure Gatten took notice as he put the microphone in the kid’s face a few times during the song. It was truly moving to even witness this, as music, specifically this one song by Three Crowns, had clearly affected the individual deeply. For a band this must be truly an honor and it did not go unnoticed as the musicians paid homage to their fan. 

Overall:  This is a group of hardworking guys that have a deep love for music in general. One of the most notable up-and-coming acts in southern Ontario, with a sound that is sure to grasp the attention of listeners, yet not straying too far from the norm the band has a promising future. Down-to-earth individuals with a great new album and an even better live performance, if Three Crowns are coming through your neck of the woods be sure to check them out.

Reviewed and written by Jonathan (Jono) Del Pozo

Photos by Matthew Clark

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Montreal Pick of the Week – Thursday December 19th 2013 -The Devil Wears Prada and others

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Montreal Pick of the Week – Thursday December 19th 2013 -The Devil Wears Prada and others

The Devil Wears Prada - Club Soda - December 19th 2013 - Photo taken from official Facebook page

The Devil Wears Prada – Club Soda – December 19th 2013 – Photo taken from official Facebook page

Who? The Devil Wears Prada
Where? Club Soda
When? Thursday December 19th 2013 @ 7pm
How Much? $24.50-$26.00 (Door: $28.50)

The first pick of the week is The Devil Wears Prada. The Christian Hardcore band has launched their new album 8:18 this September and is now touring to promote the show. They will are touring with Texas in July, The Ghost Inside and Volumes. Definitely an amazing show to be at. For tickets, go right here.

 

Milo McMahon - Big City Hustle- Album Cover

Milo McMahon – Big City Hustle- Album Cover

Who? Milo McMahon
Where? Casa Del Popolo
When? Thursday December 19th 2013 @ 9pm
How Much? Unknown ($10-15 most likely)

Milo McMahon and his band will be playing at the small and cozy Casa Del Popolo this coming Thursday. For fans of indie rock, this will definitely be the place to be. For some good grub, cheap drinks and a good show, swing by and check it out! Tickets at the door or contact Milo himself, through his faceobok page.


Her – Movie Review

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Her – Movie Review

Rating: A- (Great)

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When depicting the future, we are usually treated to dystopian cities, post-nuclear wastelands or very high-tech concepts that realistically won’t actually happen in the time frame predicted. As expected from the unique imagination of Spike Jonze, the future in Her looks realistic enough to conceivably happen in a short number of years and with this growing age of people paying more attention to screens, even its absurd storyline seems believable. By following the conventions of romantic comedies, the relationship between its two leads, who meet-cute in the most unusual way, actually becomes one worth caring about. It is Jonze’s ability as a filmmaker that allows this premise to be interpreted in a sweet way.

Like any romantic relationship worth rooting for, the main character has to have some degree of likeability and Theodore has a certain sincerity that makes the situation work. Joaquin Phoenix actually goes outside of his comfort zone a bit by playing somebody nervously going through life, but who has a good heart. Any past relationship depicted in Her does not fall apart through any malice on his part, but rather due to Theodore being somewhat detached and confused about the female mind. However, there is thankfully not a distance between him and the audience. There’s a careful line that needs to be drawn for the main concept of a human falling in love with his computer not to become too off-putting or strange. Under another director, the idea would probably be rather creepy and too absurd. However, Spike Jonze is a director who succeeds in the ridiculous becoming believable. When Theodore first plugs in Samantha, a connection is instantly felt and the screenplay develops that exceptionally well through the course of the film. Her uses the format and conventions of romantic comedies to its advantage to create a very endearing couple.

Another large reason for that is Scarlett Johansson’s vocal performance as Samantha, who while never having a face and expressions, has a lot of character and likeability to her. This makes the connection that Theodore feels towards her understandable and because of the depiction of this future, the fact that other characters don’t find this romance to be strange somehow works. The chemistry between them is very strong, made even more impressive since Samantha Morton was the original voice and the actress Phoenix was communicating with. This relationship becomes so engaging and touching that when the inevitable brief break-up happens, it actually feels sad when the two of them are quarrelling.

When Samantha becomes slightly jealous over the neighbour (played delightfully by Amy Adams), it is certainly felt, thus showcasing the sentient emotions she is gaining. Spike Jonze succeeds in the impressive task of making us care that a human being and an electronic tablet have gotten together. The one element that doesn’t entirely work is when Jonze explores the idea of sexual interaction. Her usually portrays the Samantha-Theodore relationship in an innocent, cute kind of way and the rest of the film shares their sense of wonder usually found in the beginning of romances. When characters start having orgasms, including the computer, it doesn’t fit the tone of the rest of the piece and becomes distracting.

Her also has a lot to say about our growing reliance on technology, but with the subtle magic Jonze is known for. There is rarely a scene where characters are not looking at or interacting with a screen, enough that when Theodore visits a cabin, it provides a certain bit of nostalgia for the “olden days.” One recurring joke throughout the film is Theodore playing a video game that engulfs the entire room, taking the motion-control of Nintendo Wii to another level. It all ties into the theme of how immersed we are with our shiny, electronic instruments, so it does not defy logic that he would fall in love with a computer. In this near-future, it almost seems like everybody is going through the regular motions of love and work and traveling. Even architecture has taken on a shiny, similar look for every building and IKEA seems to have gained a monopoly on the furniture industry (one wonders whether their meatballs and halibut have become the signature dish at every restaurant). Ironically, it takes an electronic device to take Theodore out of his mundane routine.

Her has a premise that could have easily come off as creepy with a character that we’re more repulsed by than actually sympathetic towards. It’s a credit to Spike Jonze’s talents that he makes a touching romantic comedy with a relationship that actually manages to be swooning and sweet. I bought that Theodore and Samantha were romantically involved and right for each other, despite Amy Adams living down the hallway. This film is pure science-fiction, but in an age where people fall in love with those online who they’ve merely seen and heard in video chats, it is not too outlandish of a story. Jonze is one of the most creative and imaginative directors of the current age and while he rarely releases a new movie, when he does, he brings something unique and special to the screen.

Review By: Stefan Ellison

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