Concert Review: Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation, Toronto, Canada


Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch & Tribulation 

Venue: The Opera House, Toronto 

Date: April 10, 2016

On Sunday April 10, 2016, the Decibel Magazine Tour hit Toronto with Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation at the historic venue, The Opera House. There are few occasions when I’ve looked at a show’s lineup and been totally pumped for all of the bands as there is usually one that hits the “Meh” meter hard. But when I saw the lineup for the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour the feeling was one of joyous expectation for the entire lineup. Did the bands deliver?

First up was Tribulation from Sweden. I’d been spinning tracks from their latest album, “Children of the Night” on Too Metal For Church since release and was very interested to see them perform their variety of chillingly dark death metal. Their set, like the album, began with the haunting keyboard strains of, ‘Strange Gateways Beckon‘, the band drawing its audience in with brilliant execution, the guitarists prancing about the stage like demonic wraiths bathed in muted tones of green and purple that gave the whole affair a gothic horror vibe. Highlights included ‘Melancholia‘ and ‘Holy Libations‘. In short: Tribulation absolutely killed it, mesmerizing the audience with its moody, atmospheric sound.

Reverend Rock’s Rating for Tribulation: 10/10 – Perfection!

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Next up was Skeletonwitch from Athens, Ohio, USA. Again, having been a fan of the band since its inception, I was stoked to see them perform and hear new vocalist Adam Clemans. Beginning the set with ‘I Am Death (Hell Has Arrived)’, the band was tight as hell and played a good variety from their catalogue. Highlights included, ‘Beyond the Permafrost’, ‘This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill)’ and ‘Upon Wings of Black’. The band’s set was straight ahead blackened thrash/death metal and provided the very first serious circle pit of the evening. Skeletonwitch delivered everything you might expect and the audience had no difficulty embracing Clemans as the band’s new frontman.

Reverend Rock’s Rating: 8/10 – Awesome!

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About Reverend Rock

Reverend Rock is a seminary educated ordained minister who is unemployed pastorally due to his tendency to piss off judgmental religious people. A life long metalhead, he is truly Too Metal For Church.

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