Of Mice & Men and Blessthefall's Explosive Toronto Show

Explosive is a perfect word to describe the show that Of Mice & Men and Blessthefall put on Tuesday night at the Opera House. The heavy breakdowns in all of their songs were brought full force. Nothing lacked power.

Unfortunately, I was only able to see Blessthefall and Of Mice & Men. I felt like crap all day Tuesday and tried to rest up in time for the two main bands. I've never seen Cane Hill or Fire From The Gods, so it sucks I had to miss them. But BTF and OM&M actually make for a pretty awesome tour. Both bands have so much energy in their music and they both have music that sounds incredible live.

 

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Blessthefall

If I'm being honest, I mainly went to this show for Blessthefall. I've seen them tons of times and they never fail to put on a good show. Every time that I've seen them, they always make the environment fun and interactive, and always provide a sense of community among metal fans. Singer, Beau Bokan always communicates genuinely with the crowd and encourages fans to crowd surf during their shows. I love when a frontman/woman genuinely interacts with the crowd. It just gives me the sense that the band want to be there, not that they have to because of touring.

Blessthefall played for about 40-45 minutes, I'd say. They played their old, popular songs like "Hey, Baby" and closed out with the kickass song "Hollow Bodies". They also played their new song "Melodramatic", which I'm still not a fan of, but obviously they have to promote it. They have a new album coming out on March 23rd.

 

Overall, Blessthefall really got the crowd warmed up for the headliners, Of Mice & Men who are their new label mates. As I mentioned in my last post, BTF signed with Rise Records!

Of Mice & Men

I know I said I mainly went to the show for Blessthefall, but that doesn't mean I didn't want to see OM&M. I've been a fan of OM&M for awhile. But ever since Austin Carlile had to leave the band, I've been iffy on the band's new music. Sometimes Aaron Pauley's voice gets on my nerves after awhile and I just find their new music to be a tad generic. I was curious though to see what songs Of Mice & Men would play and how they would sound since Austin isn't singing/screaming anymore in the band - it's all Aaron now. Needless to say, I was blown away from their performance on Tuesday night! Stunned actually.

Of course, the band played mainly songs that Aaron originally sang on with Austin, but even the band's new music sounded unbelievable live! It was so heavy and just so good! They even played some songs that were before Aaron joined the band.

I was shocked when they played "YDG" which is from the first Of Mice & Men album, long before Aaron joined the band! I don't think I ever heard the band perform that song live when Austin was in the band. I get why they played it though - the band has 3 YDG-related songs, so they played all three. The new YDG song from their new album, Defy is such a good song. This was all near the end of their set, before the encore.    Midway through their set though, they did a cover of "Money" by Pink Floyd which was groovy.    And of course, one of the two encore songs they did was "The Depths" which I was so happy about. I think that's one of the best OM&M songs. It's just so full of raw emotion and is super heavy. If you've never heard that song, then you need to  listen to it .        Final thoughts    Although I was pleasantly surprised by Of Mice & Men's energetic performance, I missed Austin being there on stage. The band doesn't feel the same without him. But I'm really proud of the band with how far they've gotten despite Austin's departure. Aaron took over both the singing and screaming parts really well. And Aaron's voice sounds exactly the same as on record! Or maybe even better live.    I'm definitely going to have to give Of Mice & Men's new album, Defy, another listen after seeing their amazing performance. They really brought the energy and the sound was crystal clear on Tuesday. Check out my Instagram for some videos I took of OM&M as well as Blessthefall:  https://www.instagram.com/thequietrocker/ .    I went in mainly wanting to see Blessthefall, but I came out from the concert absolutely amazed with Of Mice & Men's performance.     I hope OM&M and Blessthefall tour more together now that they are label mates. It really was a good night full of good music. Check to see if OM&M's  Defy Tour  is coming to a city near you!

I was shocked when they played "YDG" which is from the first Of Mice & Men album, long before Aaron joined the band! I don't think I ever heard the band perform that song live when Austin was in the band. I get why they played it though - the band has 3 YDG-related songs, so they played all three. The new YDG song from their new album, Defy is such a good song. This was all near the end of their set, before the encore.

Midway through their set though, they did a cover of "Money" by Pink Floyd which was groovy.

And of course, one of the two encore songs they did was "The Depths" which I was so happy about. I think that's one of the best OM&M songs. It's just so full of raw emotion and is super heavy. If you've never heard that song, then you need to listen to it.

 Final thoughts

Although I was pleasantly surprised by Of Mice & Men's energetic performance, I missed Austin being there on stage. The band doesn't feel the same without him. But I'm really proud of the band with how far they've gotten despite Austin's departure. Aaron took over both the singing and screaming parts really well. And Aaron's voice sounds exactly the same as on record! Or maybe even better live.

I'm definitely going to have to give Of Mice & Men's new album, Defy, another listen after seeing their amazing performance. They really brought the energy and the sound was crystal clear on Tuesday. Check out my Instagram for some videos I took of OM&M as well as Blessthefall: https://www.instagram.com/thequietrocker/.

I went in mainly wanting to see Blessthefall, but I came out from the concert absolutely amazed with Of Mice & Men's performance.

I hope OM&M and Blessthefall tour more together now that they are label mates. It really was a good night full of good music. Check to see if OM&M's Defy Tour is coming to a city near you!

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