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2019.03.31 – Concert Review: YOB, Voivod and Amenra Live At Thalia Hall

Submitted by on March 31, 2019 – 10:48 am


The life of the party, where all hell breaks loose on the main floor of Thalia Hall, a circle mosh pit is observed, splitting the main floor crowd into two, front and back, and what looks like a mosh pit in diameter of at least 20 yards in circumference.

There ya go- the build up to all things YOB, courtesy of Denis “Snake” Belanger, Lead Vocalist for Voivod.

They waste no time in building up a kinetic and frantic party frenzy, zipping about onstage to rally the masses, trying their best to hold true to there original material- but alas, things go off the rails on occasion, deliberate- who the F knows, and  we don’t care.

The crowd eats it up, what with the other original longtime member of Voivod- drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.

It’s Michel who does his absolute best to keep the band intact song in – song out, a time machine of epic proportions for a band as crazy as this- the main man responsible for the creation of the mythology of the post apocalyptic vampire Lord Voivod, and the man responsible for all the science fiction themes at the core of the band’s universe.

Crazy as that sounds- the chaos and mythology and utter weirdness works and works and works when these knuckleheads perform live, without a care in the world, except for the occasional hard swig of beer, and then on to the next tune of sorts.

Batted down with awesome Lead and Rhythm Guitar from Dan “Chewy” Mongrain, flailing away with unconditional abandonment stage right / audience left, eyes rolling skyward in all the fun as if he’s in on the joke, but who cares at this point, and the heavy bass beats supported by Dominic “Rocky” Laroche, who seems the most sane onstage as if that’s to be believed- but again- who the F cares..this is one of the most iconic of all Canadian thrash metal bands.

And you better be in on the party fellas.

I mean all in.

Again- fun times- even in the unpredictable moments.

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