Live Review: ohGr wsg Omniflux & Lead into Gold

Take it from a seasoned dancefloor stomper, friends:

No city parties like Montreal!

No scene in Canada is as fervent and so hell-bent to wreck havoc on any given night.

I’ve never been disappointed in the turnout to an event here, so when Ohgr slated to play Foufounes, I climbed into my stompiest boots and drove like a banshee across 500k for the show of the year.

Nevermind they’re playing TO the very next day.

EDIT: literally lacing on my boots for this encore show because it had to happen ūüėÄ

This was THE show to be at!

 

The adventure & live review below:

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Terminus: Impact 2017

Industrial summer camp take two: the dust is just starting to settle on Calgary after the explosive dark electronic music festival that has become a landmark of the Canadian west coast.

Hosted by the incredibly dedicated owners and operators of Dicken’s Pub power duo Chris & Ambor, Terminus: Impact¬†delivered no less than twenty four world-class acts over the course of three days.

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Before we dive into the performers, I have to call out again what an incredibly tight ship our gracious hosts run here. Artists took to the stage back to back in perfect cadence, and each sound, each lighting cue, each projection was just perfectly coordinated.

Six years of successes culminated in this production of Terminus 2017 and we can only hope the tradition is perpetuated with the next edition: Shockwave.

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MX1: Men of the Machine

Toronto is lucky to have seen a resurgence in live performances and concerts this past year, all through the diligent work of people like Dentata Music & Batty von Bats. This artist collective strives to bring new and exciting acts to our stages, connecting performers, promoters and local venues.

I had the pleasure of attended their most recent event, MX1: Men of The Machine at the legendary Cherry Cola’s Concert Venue. Coupled with the prior MX1: Women of The Synth, it featured solo performances by international dark electronic artists.

MOTM brought our city the fledgling futurepop project Distorted Retrospect and industry icon Steven Archer aka Stoneburner, performing along side three homegrown talents in the guise of Eye Steal, the ever-entertaining Peter Turns Pirate and a unique solo from Undulation.

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Stoneburner live at MX1: Men of the Machine

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Montreal Goth presents: Bal Infernal 3rd edition

This past weekend I was invited to the beautiful city of Montreal to be part of the illustrious Bal Infernal.

The third incarnation of the event featured performances by Psygore and End to End plus local DJ and Montreal Goth aficionado JC Tremblay.

What a phenomenal experience!

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Clad in their black finery, Montrealites came out in droves and were welcomed before the show outside the gates of Coop Katacombes.

The Montreal alternative community is very¬†different from¬†any I’ve encountered before. There is an unprecedented level of familiarity among the lovely patrons and their organizers. I felt like I was admitted into a big freaky family and had the pleasure to meet so many unique characters.

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E.S.A - Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt 3: Penance

Album Review: E.S.A – Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 3 – Penance

Rhythmic noise¬†is an¬†eldritch gem of the dark electronic music universe. It’s lullabies for people (like yours truly) who keep¬†Masonna¬†in their day to day playlists.

To make rhythmic noise, you take one part harsh industrial and whisk in some dramatic orchestral drums. Then sprinkle in some pan flutes or whatever other new age-y bright accent instrument you have lying around, and distort and overdrive the hell out of all of it.

It’s so¬†awesome.

Have you ever come up with one of those “songs to bring to a deserted island” lists?

All of mine are rhythmic noise. It’s my singularly favourite genre out of a few¬†terabytes worth of music.

So yuh, you bet I’m pretty excited about a new Electronic Substance Abuse¬†album!

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Aftermath dark electronic music festival 2015

Aftermath 2015: Toronto’s dark electronic music festival

If Terminus was Industrial Summer Camp,¬†Aftermath felt like an ultra distance triathlon¬†…through a minefield!

It was so intense.

Over the course of three days, no less than twenty-four amazing acts took to the stage in Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Aftermath was a rapid-fire drill of illustrious acts, spanning many dark electronic music genres: industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthwave, noise, darkwave, aggrotech.

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Aftermath Festival c. Darker Side of Light 2015

Aftermath is the only festival of its kind in Toronto and I’m¬†extremely grateful to Darker Side of Light Promotions¬†for bringing all this amazing talent to our doorstep. The 2015 edition was a mind-bending bombardment of incredible performances.

The afterparty of the festival also marked the end of a long-standing Toronto venue, Velvet Underground, and there was a lot of feeling packed into this farewell.

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Terminus: Velocity, Calgary dark electronic music festival

Terminus: Velocity – Calgary’s dark electronic music festival

We dubbed it Industrial Summer Camp, and it was glorious.

Terminus : Velocity¬†was the third incarnation of Calgary’s exclusive dark electronic music festival. With no less than¬†twenty-four¬†amazing acts, it was a superb opportunity to delight in long time favourites and discover new ones.

I use “dark electronic music” as a hypernym for a whole slew of synthesizer accompanied¬†genres: from the retro stylings¬†of synthwave bands, to stomping noise vibes, Terminus encompassed the¬†full gamut of¬†epic.

I don’t use that word thoughtlessly:¬†Terminus was indeed EPIC!

Here’s the lineup for 2015:

Digital Winter, Animal Bodies, Everything Goes Cold, High-Functioning Flesh, Iris, Ivardensphere, Velvet Acid Christ, Dive, Hello Moth, Glass Apple Bonzai, Statiqbloom, The Body, Perturbator, Ayria, Cocksure, This Morn Omina, Apollyon's Visage, Volt 9000, Seeming, Azar Swan, Decree, V>LH>LL, Aesthetic Perfection, Grendel
Terminus 2015 Lineup

This was my first time attending and I had the pleasure to travel with Glass Apple Bonzai. Amongst the dozens of bands, we also met local artists Spawn of the Dead & Twizted Eye Candy. The good folk of Storming the Base were in attendance with enough wicked pressed tunes to bankrupt me into the next year.

Here is the tale of the three days of Terminus that will leave you saying: What the dickens?

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Dickens Pub in Calgary has been the gracious host of Terminus for three years running. A huge thank you to Chris, Ambor and all the other staff for their tremendous hospitality, from booking hotels and transport to keeping the whole show on point for the weekend.

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