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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Lauren is a Pickering-based blogger and aspiring model who loves to talk about rock and metal music, vegan/cruelty-free beauty and hygiene products, and anything to do with an alternative lifestyle (skull décor, gothic fashion). She’s passionate about music, animal rights, and mental health. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology, and also majored in Media Studies. Aside from blogging and modelling, Lauren loves to travel, work out, and spend time with her two yorkies.

Stone Sour Concert

I'm actually kind of glad my boyfriend had to work late on Valentine's Day. That meant I could go see Stone Sour and In This Moment who was here in Toronto at Rebel. I'm so glad I went because Stone Sour put on such a lively, energetic show!

Maria Brink, singer of In This Moment, and Corey Taylor, singer of Stone Sour/Slipknot, are two of my rockstar role models, so to see both of them the same night left me feeling inspired. They both have so much control over the crowd. Both bands played for the same amount of time (75 minutes-ish) so it's safe to say everyone got a good dose of both.

 

In This Moment

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I got to the show just in time for In This Moment and I hate to say it but they were awfully boring - I think more boring than the time I saw them last April. In This Moment is all about putting on a theatrical-like show. Maria had about four or five wardrobe changes so in between songs, the energy and interest of the crowd died down in between each song it seemed. It took a long time for the band to move from one song to the next.

But during each song, ITM rocked it. They played all of their well-known songs and songs from their new album, Ritual, including their cover of "In The Air Tonight" originally by Phil Collins. I love that cover. It's so dark and eerie.

What amazed me the most was how much control Maria had over the crowd, especially as a woman in a male-dominated crowd. Actually, I think the crowd was a good half-and-half of men and women. With it being Valentine's Day, I saw many couples at the show. But anyways, it was so good to see a woman control a crowd like that which is why Maria is one of my favorite rockstars that I look up to. She has so much confidence in herself and is a strong woman. Every time she would wave her hands in the air, the crowd would just scream and continue to scream until she stopped waving her hands. And the crowd would respond well to every question she asked.

I feel bad for the rest of the band though. All eyes seem to be on Maria most of the time when the four guys are the ones who actually make the music what it is, so you can't forget about them. They played crystal clear.

 

Stone Sour

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This was my first time seeing Stone Sour in Toronto. I've seen them play at Rock On The Range a few times but never at one of their headlining shows. I actually don't know a lot of Stone Sour songs, except for their popular (and amazing) songs. But I like them enough to go see them. Honestly, every single of theirs is so good.

 

As soon as Corey Taylor got on the stage, the crowd went ballistic, chanting his name. I think even Corey was surprised. I know I was surprised. It amazed me how many people like me look up to and respect Corey Taylor. I think it's because he makes everyone feel invited and okay to be who they are. And he's also just such an amazing, versatile singer. How can you go from screaming in Slipknot to singing so beautifully and melodically in Stone Sour? He's a legend in today's world of rock music. The crowd chanted his name two or three times throughout their set. It was quite funny when he decided to be a d*ck and throw water up at some girl on the balcony level who was on her phone. It was hilarious.

Okay, I'll stop rambling about Corey now. Musically, the night was so much fun. The band sounded so good. There was a confetti gun. People were crowd surfing and singing their hearts out. It was just a very energetic, fast-paced night. Both the crowd and the guys in the band were feeding off of each others' energies. Even Stone Sour's slow songs were full of energy and emotion.

They played the song that I was so anxious to hear - "Song #3". Words can't explain how you feel when you hear one of your favorite songs live. It just makes you feel so good inside and helps you forget about everything outside the concert walls. That's the beauty of live music.

I do wish they played "Bother" since that's another one of my favorites. It's a sad song but so powerful. They ended the night playing "Fabuless" which was the perfect song to end with. It left everyone on a good note. And the band even had the blow-up figures seen in the video for the song. It was great!

You can see my videos of the show on my Instagram www.instagram.com/thequietrocker. There are clips of In This Moment and Stone Sour.

Unfortunately, the band's Hydrograd Tour is over now, but I highly encourage you to see them some time in your life. They're playing some festivals starting in April, including Rock On The Range. I have to say, the American festivals aren't complete without Stone Sour. They're your ideal rock band for a festival that just always provides a good time.

 

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Lauren

Lauren is a Pickering-based blogger and aspiring model who loves to talk about rock and metal music, vegan/cruelty-free beauty and hygiene products, and anything to do with an alternative lifestyle (skull décor, gothic fashion). She’s passionate about music, animal rights, and mental health. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology, and also majored in Media Studies. Aside from blogging and modelling, Lauren loves to travel, work out, and spend time with her two yorkies.