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Magnus Rising at Distortion

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Mangus Rising

Mangus Rising live at Distortion

Who: Magnus Rising

Where: Distortion, St John’s, NL

When: Saturday, July 25th—2AM

Pre-show hype: It’s been several years since Magnus Rising has returned to their home base, and a few weeks before the show it was easy to tell the excitement was building from the comments floating about on facebook. The amount of metal heads gracing the deck before the show proved those excited comments to be very true.

Crowd: A sea of black, topped with long hair flying about, as spiked and studded arms threw up the horns in appreciation of metal.

Style: Metal filled with sick guitar riffs and lyrics that you can actually pick out the words to.

Technicalities: There were a few technical issues with batteries dying on the wireless for the bass and mic, and the mic kept moving away from the bass drum as well, but those problems were quickly sorted out and didn’t manage to put a negative tone on the show in any way.

Memorable moment: There were several moments during this set that I enjoyed greatly. At one point there was a guy crowd surfing as he was wearing Magnus Rising underwear over his jeans, at another point Aaron (vocals) was down in the middle of the crowd enjoying the set just like everyone else. Their old drummer appeared on stage with them during the show as well and shared some kind words, everyone was stoked to see his face again.

Sex appeal: Long hair, tattoos and incredible talent is pretty damn sexy isn’t it?

Mentionable song: “Someone Died.” It was awesome to see everyone loose it rocking out to this track, especially during the “hey, hey” parts where everyone would throw their fists in the air and sing along.

Total rank: 10/10 I’ve watched these guys play many times throughout their ten year existence, and the amount of improvement blows my mind. I loved a lot these songs back in 2005 when I would hear them on a regular basis, but they sound so much better now, and the new tunes are just as fantastic. The band also agreed that this was their best show on tour so far this summer. There’s no way I could give them anything less then a ten, the crowd was so stoked to have them back and it was obvious they gave the crowd everything they could to show their appreciation.

Review & Photos By: Christa Cram

Set List:
The Drill
Jaws of Life
Smoke Damage
The Shallow End
Dinner is Served
From the Ashes
Someone Died
Downtown Flu
Frankenstein’s Monster
The Journeyman
The Judge
Whatever it Takes
Hang On


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