A Power Metal Night In Calgary - Stratovarius At The Warehouse (29.09.2009)

Event: Stratovarius
Written by: Doc Godin, ThePhotoMan
Published: 05.10.2009

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Stratovarius At The Warehouse - Calgary, Canada (29.09.2009) by Doc Godin (16)
Kobra And The Lotus

Admittedly, I was pretty sceptical of this band upon hearing the studio tracks on their myspace, but in the live setting they proved to be another one of those bands whose music gets a little hampered by the confines of the studio. Unlike many small-time local bands, these guys understand what a concert should be about - 50% music and 50% show, not just playing the most technical riff-raff while staring at the fret boards. Altogether a solid, entertaining performance despite a crowd turn out that left a lot to be desired. The crowd that was there responded very well.

http://www.myspace.com/kobraandthelotus



Viathyn

Next up was another local band - power/prog metallers by the name of Viathyn. Unlike the previous band, Viathyn seemed to be about technical prowess above anything else. While the band did make frequent attempts at showmanship, the stage performance came across as a bit stiff, which is entirely understandable when hearing what was being played - let's just say it required undivided attention at many parts. Although they were probably the weakest band of the night when it came to stage presence, they played flawlessly and were probably the best lead-in for the headliners.

http://www.myspace.com/viathyn



Stratovarius

When watching the openers it was no surprise the crowd wasn't all that big (showing up for the opening bands is never cool!), and that crowd participation was polite but not insane. The surprising part was how the crowd did not expand when the headliners came on. It seemed like an all-out failure in the ticket sales department, which is a bit of a disappointment considering the band played amazingly. Despite the small stage and the fairly empty venue, the band played like they were in front of a sold-out auditorium; the small turn out didn't seem to bother them at all, they were visibly having fun on stage and the crowd gave the same energy back. The pinnacle of the night came during a bass vs guitar duel, in which Laura Porra played possibly the most jaw-dropping bass performance I have ever witnessed.

The night ended without too much of a bang. The lack of massive crowd energy made the whole concert a little bit forgettable despite the fact that all 3 bands put on great performances. I guess Calgary just ain't a power metal town.



*All photos courtesy of James Frayn-Wilks
james@frayn.ca



 




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Viathyn - 05.10.2009 at 09:24  
That was a great show to play, thanks for the review and coming out to check us out!
Doc Godin - 05.10.2009 at 09:28  
Written by Viathyn on 05.10.2009 at 09:24

That was a great show to play, thanks for the review and coming out to check us out!

No problem! The site maybe based out of Europe, but we're everywhere, and we're always watching . If you're ever interested in having Viathyn pop on the site more often contact one of us and we'll do our best to do so! (Upcoming albums to review? )
Warrior_Of_Ice - 05.10.2009 at 19:04  
Kobra and the Lotus make me laugh really. Judging from their myspace site, the singer sounds like a female version of Dave Mustaine and the guitarists put together their solos before the liquor store closes...
Baz Anderson - 05.10.2009 at 22:18  
Weird to think of Stratovarius in front of a small audience.
The Shape 1973 - 05.10.2009 at 23:45  
Written by Baz Anderson on 05.10.2009 at 22:18

Weird to think of Stratovarius in front of a small audience.

They played 3/4 full Rescue rooms in Nottingham and that place is small, even with Firewind supporting. Think people forget about the place, I always forget to check out their website. Should have played Rock City and advertised it better.
Doc Godin - 06.10.2009 at 02:28  
Written by Baz Anderson on 05.10.2009 at 22:18

Weird to think of Stratovarius in front of a small audience.

Even I was surprised by the turn-out. The Warehouse isn't a very big club to begin with, but there were about 3 rows of people in front of the stage, a 4 person mosh-pit, then the odd people standing by the walls. I'd give it somewhere between 75 - 200 at most.
Shadowcross - 06.10.2009 at 12:40  
Hmm yeah I would have thought Calgary was more a death metal kind of place.. bit like the rest of Canada..
Doc Godin - 06.10.2009 at 12:59  
Written by Shadowcross on 06.10.2009 at 12:40

Hmm yeah I would have thought Calgary was more a death metal kind of place.. bit like the rest of Canada..

Actually more prog from what I've noticed. We do have our fair-share of death, melodeath, black, thrash, etc. But I've noticed the largest sub-genre here is prog, or various forms of prog-influenced stuff. Not much power though.

When it comes to death metal, that's a little more of a quebec/montreal thing...other side of the country.
Shadowcross - 06.10.2009 at 13:08  
Written by Doc Godin on 06.10.2009 at 12:59

Written by Shadowcross on 06.10.2009 at 12:40

Hmm yeah I would have thought Calgary was more a death metal kind of place.. bit like the rest of Canada..

Actually more prog from what I've noticed. We do have our fair-share of death, melodeath, black, thrash, etc. But I've noticed the largest sub-genre here is prog, or various forms of prog-influenced stuff. Not much power though.

When it comes to death metal, that's a little more of a quebec/montreal thing...other side of the country.

Mmm true.. most of the DM bands ive listen to from Canada are French Canadian..
I'll look forward to hearing some prog from the rest of Canada then
Doc Godin - 06.10.2009 at 18:30  
Written by Shadowcross on 06.10.2009 at 13:08

Written by Doc Godin on 06.10.2009 at 12:59

Written by Shadowcross on 06.10.2009 at 12:40

Hmm yeah I would have thought Calgary was more a death metal kind of place.. bit like the rest of Canada..

Actually more prog from what I've noticed. We do have our fair-share of death, melodeath, black, thrash, etc. But I've noticed the largest sub-genre here is prog, or various forms of prog-influenced stuff. Not much power though.

When it comes to death metal, that's a little more of a quebec/montreal thing...other side of the country.

Mmm true.. most of the DM bands ive listen to from Canada are French Canadian..
I'll look forward to hearing some prog from the rest of Canada then

Hahaha, I was talking about Calgary specifically. It's all kind of dispersed at this point, remember Canada is the size of several European countries combined, so there will be regional sounds, but a Canada-wide sound isn't going to happen.
PrettyMao - 06.10.2009 at 20:44  
Man, you would have thought more people would have gone to the Calgary show after Stratovarius' incredible show in neighbouring Edmonton where they apparently set the stage on fire!

http://www.megaplatinum.net/v5/html/ftopicp-118518.html
Viathyn - 08.10.2009 at 11:28  
Our album is in the works, we can't pass up shows like Strato when they come along but its hard to keep going from rehearsing mode to recording mode. We are only doing one more show this next little while and hope to have the disc done in a few more months. We'll definitely let the world know we exist when its done! It will kick ass!

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