Wacken Metal Battle Canada sponsored by The Scene Magazine – Round One – Winners
Break down for day 1 – Qualifying round 1 of 5 – Toronto
When: Sunday April 28,2013
Where: The Rivoli, Toronto
Who: Vernon Howell, Deathmarch, Fragile Existence & Eclipse Eternal –
WINNERS – ECLIPSE ETERNAL & FRAGILE EXISTENCE
Eclipse Eternal’s musical formula is pretty standard black metal with a twist of baroque melody thrown in by Keyboardist Carver and guitarist Lord Abaddon. “We’re honored to win” said vocalist Voldamares with enthusiasm. The songs might not be mosh-worthy but this didn’t stop punters from throwing the horns up towards the end of the set. Their extreme image should not be taken lightly, it matches the intensity of their music. The vocals were a hard to hear, let’s see if Eclipse Eternal can work on their stage dynamics in the coming round.
Fragile Existence was without a doubt the band of the night. The band provoked a mosh pit towards the end of their set, something that no other band managed to achieve. Frontman Dan Glover reminds me of the legendary Ross Dolan (Immolation), however he’ll need to work on his stage presence if Fragile Existence plan to move on in the next round. “We live and breathe metal!” said the vocalist upon winning. Drummer Morten Siersbaek (former Exmortem) was the star of the show. The experienced drummer has played with Dave Ingram who is well known from his stints in both Benediction and Bolt Thrower as well as Denmark’s Downlord. “I just joined 2 month ago but everything is building and growing!” said the optimistic drummer. I should also mention Matt Hems (bass) and 19 year old guitarist Eric Machacek were on the top of their game as well.
Deathmarch sounds good on record, but live the band is still finding its balance, there’s a lot of work to be done. Sporting studded leather wrist bands with matching black pants the band stood out like Vikings and looked like a real Power Metal band comparable to Hammerfall. They dedicated “Aurora Borealis” to the late Rob Cranny RIP, that was beautiful. Deathmarch did not win, however they are worth a notable mention, it’ll be interesting to see what they do next.
Vernon Howell’s ghetto/hardcore Metal doesn’t really bring anything new but they sounded tight. Drummer J.P. and bassist Mikey noticeably brought their A game. They worked their assess off and it showed on stage, however the crowd didn’t respond. The vocalist reminds me of Brain Fair from Shadows Fall.
About Wacken Battle Canada:
The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite line up of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet Wacken Metal Battle to Canada. Recruiting 37 independent Canadian bands after hundreds of submissions to compete, Wacken Metal Battle Canada will select one true champion to represent the nation with highest honour at this summer’s 2013 edition of Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany.
Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches of Bloods, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.
The next battle is Sunday May 5th at The Rivoli in Toronto and May 9th at the Katacombs in Montreal.
For more information please visit: metalbattle.ca
Judges (left to right)
Adam Sewell – Stereo Dynamite Records / Monster Voodoo Machine
Andrew Epstein – The Governor’s Ball
Darrell Shelley – The Scene Magazine
By: Giancarlo Cortez
Photos By: Stephanie Tran