What started as a quiet Wednesday evening, September 21st, in downtown Toronto ended anything but quiet, as Vancouver-based Ninjaspy stopped by Queen Street West and brought equal portions of loud and engaging hardcore, ska, metal and solid alternative rock.
On stage at the Nocturne Club, Ninjaspy was joined by the local metal dudes of Black Absinthe, Duel for King out of St. Catherine, Ontario, and Quebec City’s Never More Than Less.
Support bands’ performance
Black Absinthe kicked off the show with a blast from the past metal sound; imagine Motörhead with a doze of double pedal bass drumming, and you’ve got Black Absinthe. This stuff was very head bang friendly, and lured a small crowd of long-haired metal heads to the front of the stage. Black Absinthe had a great rough sound, perfect for beer drinking and head banging – even on a Wednesday night.
“Man I gotta sit down and hurt my neck a little less,” said one of the long-haired dudes as Black Absinthe left the stage, but that surely wasn’t going to happen for the next couple of hours.
Next up was Duel for King. Duel for King played, what this metal examiner would describe as, hero metal with tons of growling, squealing and double pedal bass drumming. The head banging continued, and a well-attended moshpit got started. There was, however, a little time for resting halfway through the set, during “a song about a girl,” as the band’s lead singer introduced it, before continuing, “every man and every serial killer has one that got away.” If you’re curious about Duel for King, check out “All as One” on the band’s Facebook page.
Never More Than Less turned down for the growling, but kicked up the funk a notch. The Quebec City band joined the line-up the day of the show, and definitely added some extra spice. Never More Than less’s sound lay somewhere in the proximity of funky metalcore, alternative hard rock and post-hardcore. Both the sound and the band itself had a great energy. Paul, the band’s vocalist, jumped off stage, joining the crowd for the most of the show, and initiated moshing. The Never More Than Less set ended with a well-attended circle pit.
Never More Than Less at the Hardluck Bar tonight
If you haven’t got any plans for tonight, Saturday September 24th, and Never More Than Less sounds like a band that you would dig, you’re in luck. The band is currently on an Ontario mini-tour and is stopping by Hog Town today. They will be playing at The Hardluck Bar, 812 Dundas St. West, Toronto.
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