Sean Harris: My Top Ten Concerts Of 2013
I hope all of you enjoyed Part 1 of my Top 10 Concerts of 2013. Here’s the second part in all of it’s headbanging glory!
5. Expain – Charqui Grill, Vancouver, BC July 13
Now get this: Take the craziest thrash metal band in Vancouver. Put them in an upscale, high class restaurant in neighboring Kitsilano. Take that busy place full of fancy dining couples who wear monocles, top-hats and suits and while they’re chowing down on caviar and grey poupon, close to 100 metal heads come in and ransack the place with headbanging and screaming. Gone are the preppies and in are the loud mouthed drunken fans of the heavy stuff.
You also know it’s a good show when they play “Freebird” three times and “Raining Blood.” Add in a cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and you’ve got yourself a good time.
4. Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC March 30
Exodus sold me on this show alone but add in one of today’s best crossover thrash bands, stupidly insane virtuosity in Holy Grail and fucking Anthrax and you’ve got a winner. ‘Thrax played Among The Living in it’s entirety, Exodus was Exodus and I discovered the almighty Grail.
Yes, Scott Ian is still a dick though.
3. Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Beyond Creation, Archspire – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC May 21
I forgot my fucking tickets by the time I got into town which stressed me out majorly but I managed to drive an hour back home, grab them, drive back to Vancouver and get some food, all in time before interviewing Barney Greenway. Phew. That was the only guffaw that day as some of the best death metal acts around absolutely tore off my face that night. Corpsegrinder blew the roof off the place, Napalm played the worlds shortest song and the front man of Archspire, Oli, told the best joke I’ve ever heard at a show.
Why couldn’t the deathcore band go on tour?
Because their van kept breaking down.
2. Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Testament and Huntress – Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver, BC Nov. 12
Interview with Gene Hoglan. Met Randy Blythe, Mark Morton and Chris Adler. Talked about The New Order with Greg Christian. Cool Testament merch and got to meet the rest of the band. Jill Janus gave me a hug. This all took place before the show. Testament killed, KSE set the crowd into a frenzy and Lamb of God once again proved they’re a fucking force to be reckoned with.
It would be number one but two things brought down the experience. Lamb and Testament didn’t play for nearly long enough and it was at a seated venue. SEATED!
So we moshed in the aisles. Take that, security.
1. Gojira and Devin Townsend – The Vogue Theater, Vancouver, BC Jan. 19
My first time seeing both bands. My second all time interview, with Joe Duplantier, no less.
Devin Townsend is one of the greatest performers I’ve ever seen in my life and he was even getting kids with Vital Remains shirts to do the “jazz hands.” He kept notifying the crowd how gay they were and ZTV was played for about an hour before his set. Top it off with him getting off stage and shaking the hand of everyone in the front and thanking them for coming. What a class act.
Not many can follow Hevy Devy. One band can.
They fucking played “THE ART OF DYING!” Not many songs are as epic as that. Cue a Mario Duplantier drum solo and the whole band crowd surfing after their set.
It doesn’t get much better than that folks.
Here’s to 2013 and a happy, healthy and very metal 2014.