Montréal’s biggest metal festival is happening this coming weekend, August 7 through 9. Unfortunately, because of scheduling and personal reasons, a few bands on this years lineup have had to drop off in the last few weeks. The bands that have pulled off this year’s lineup may disappoint a few fans but there are still plenty of bands still playing and the festival has added some in addition.
The bands that have pulled off the festival are Mastodon, Periphery, Intervals, After The Burial, Obscura and Pentagram. To make up for the ones that had to cancel, the bands that have been added as replacements are Venom Inc, Revocation and Ion Dissonance.
Each day of the festival there’s something to definitely please the crowd. But here’s some of the bands that are “must sees”. Friday night, headliner Korn definitely can’t be missed. Korn will be performing their self-titled album Korn which has only been done on select shows. That album featured songs such as “Blind,” “Ball Tongue,” “Faget,” “Shoots and Ladders” and “Daddy.” Another band playing Friday that shouldn’t be missed is Nothing More. This band takes the Blabbermouth Stage at 5:30 p.m. Nothing More have been on the road for quite some time now behind their self-titled album and they’re not running out of gas. Frontman Jonny Hawkins and the rest of Nothing More put on one hell of a show that will be sure to leave the crowd begging for a longer set.
On Saturday, fans need to check out more than just headliner Faith No More. In the middle of the day, two metal giants take the main stages back to back. Those two bands are Gojira and Testament. Gojira goes on the Scène HEAVY stage at 4:30 p.m. and plays until 5:15 p.m. Right as they end, Testament takes the Scène Molson Canadian stage from 5:15 until 6 p.m. Two other bands that festival goes should check out are the Devin Townsend Project and Battlecross. The Devin Townsend Project takes the Scène de l’Apocalypse stage from 7 until 7:45 p.m. After they end, Battlecross takes the Scène de la Forêt Blabbermouth stage from 7:45 until 8:15 p.m.
Hopefully by Sunday fans aren’t tired out because Heavy Montréal brings in “The Summer’s Last Stand Tour”. For those who haven’t heard of that tour, it’s Slipknot’s touring “festival” that has been hitting the biggest amphitheaters around the country. The bands touring with Slipknot are Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. This tour just had two stops in Upstate New York at Darien Lake and Saratoga Springs. Montréal better be prepared for what these four bands are bringing. Motionless In White had no trouble with their opening slot each night sporting their usual white and black makeup. These guys put on one hell of a show in a short period of time. Motionless In White can be caught Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on the Scène HEAVY stage.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, every single person at Heavy Montréal should be at the Scène Molson Canadian stage for Bullet For My Valentine. Fresh off a lineup change which brought in new bassist Jamie Mathias, Bullet is sounding rejuvenated. Touring on behalf of their upcoming album Venom, Bullet For My Valentine is back to their old self bringing their aggressive metal to the masses. The band has been playing songs off Venom, such as “No Way Out,” “Army Of Noise” and “Raising Hell” which is part of the deluxe version of the album. Be sure to pre-order Venom and be the first to get it when it’s released on August 14. For fans of the older Bullet style of music, there’s no need to worry. Not forgetting their roots, Matt Tuck and the rest of the band rip through classic hits such as “Your Betrayal,” “Scream Aim Fire,” “Waking The Demon” and one of their post popular songs, “Tears Don’t Fall.” Although die-hard Bullet For My Valentine fans may want a longer set with deeper tracks, the band puts on a perfect performance with the time they have. On top of that, Bullet fans will be happy to know the band plans on doing another tour run in the United States early 2016.
After Bullet For My Valentine is done, Lamb of God takes the Scène Molson Canadian stage for what will be a can’t miss set. Lamb of God just released their new album VII: Sturm und Drang and the band is incredible. Their setlist has been mixed with two new songs “512” and “Still Echoes” along with songs from albums, Ashes Of The Wake, As The Palaces Burn, Sacrament and Resolution. This mix of music has both new and old fans pleased in the crowd. Fans that aren’t into moshing better be alert where they are during Lamb of God because there’s surely going to be a pit, or two, or three. Randy Blythe holds nothing back and gives a performance like no other each night, so nothing less is expected Sunday in Montréal.
Sunday night at 9:15, two big red curtains with the letter “S” on them will open up, revealing Slipknot. For anyone who hasn’t seen Slipknot, be prepared for one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. Singer, Corey Taylor knows how to control the crowd and is a true leader. A true showman, Corey takes the time between songs to talk to the crowd and let them know how grateful he is for coming out to the shows and buying their new album .5 The Gray Chapter. Slipknot does a great job of balances new material and old material throughout each night. Fans who liked Slipknot’s latest album will be happy, as they play either five or six songs from it. Those songs include “AOV,” “Custer,” “Killpop,” “Sarcastrophe” and “The Devil In I.” The band also plays either “The Negative One” or “Disasterpiece” each night. Regardless of what they play in Montréal, Slipknot is going to give fans a spectacular show filled with a lot of pyrotechnics.
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