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Deftones and Gojira @ Place Bell

Saturday night was a big metal night for me ! Deftones was coming to Montréal for a big show with Gojira @ Place bell

I must say that I was more interested in Gojira, I am a big fan of them, than Deftones, who I know less. But still, I was very happy when they played two of my favorite songs, My Own Summer and Changes. It would have been perfect if they also have played Root. But I think this one is a bit more confidential.

Both shows were great, with amazing lighting ! Which is always a pleasure for photographers like me. I was a bit disappointed to not have some fire, like the last time I shot Gojira at Heavy Montreal. The big lighting cube of the Deftones show, providing an amazing lights setup, compensated a bit for the lack of fire.

Thank Thorium Mag, who allowed me to get to Place Bell to shoot the event. And thanks Evenko and Deftones manager to allow us in there.

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Symphony X @ Theatre Corona

It was my first time seeing Symphony X live. I have not listened to them for a long time, but nostalgia kicked in anyway.

I was not expecting much, so I was really pleased when I faced a band moving a lot on stage and interacting with the audience. It was really nice to see them with that level of energy.

The band was supported by Trope and Haken. It was not my first time with Haken, but it was for Trope who was a pretty nice discovery. It was a really nice metal night !

Thank Thorium Mag, who allowed me to get to Theatre Corona to shoot the event.

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Hypocrisy @ Studio TD

For the first time, I was able to see Peter Tägtgren with his band Hypocrisy at Studio TD in Montréal. He is a genius musician and I am a big fan of his project Hypocrisy and Pain.

It was a bit sad that the sound was not that good and the lighting was also really cheap… the photos could have been far better. Usually, lights are good at Studio TD. Not sure what happened.

Anyway, the band was not alone and was playing with Hideous Divinity, The Agonist and Carach Angren.

Thank Thorium Mag, who allowed me to get to Theatre Corona to shoot the event.

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Concerts

Era9 @ Tubohaus – 14/12/2018

After good pictures at Petit campus some weeks ago. The local band Era9 asked me to come and photograph them on their next show at Turbohaus. This is also gonna be my last show of 2018.

Capinaine Salaud was opening the evening. Its music is a large mix of punk, folk traditional quebec music, country… In the end it will make you want to move around and dance. I liked it.

Wolves at Midnight playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Wolves at Midnight

Next was a really nice discovery, the band Wolves At Midnight. Their alternative rock music was more the kind of music I am listening to. My biggest critic would be the lack of lights, but this is not totally their fault, Turbohaus is not the best place to do concert photography.. I hope to see them again on a biggest stage to see their full potential.

era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9

Finally was Era9, the band was good on stage. For a young band they are moving well and not just stay static. I like their music even if it sometimes feel a bit the same. With one or two more albums I think they will be able to add some variety in their setlist. They even bring some light, that made me very happy.

Here are my photos:

Wolves at midnight playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Wolves at midnight
Wolves at midnight playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Wolves at midnight
Era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9
Era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9
Era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9
Era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9
Era9 playing at Turbohaus in montreal
Era9

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Three days grace playing at Mtelus Concerts

Three Days Grace @ MTelus – 25/11/2018

What a hell of a show ! I must say that I was more there to see Nothing More than Three Days Grace. And I was not disappointed as Nothing More delivered a crazy performance.

Fozzy playing at Mtelus
Fozzy

The night was opening with Fozzy. I never heard of them before and it was one of the best surprise from 2018 for me. This band is awesome, and certainly the best opening band I have seen in a while. They were just awesome on stage and their music is pretty good. If you like classic old school heavy metal, go check them and see them live! I hope I will be able to see them as an headliner in the future.

Nothing More playing at Mtelus
Nothing More

Nothing More was next. I was not really familiar with this band before, just knew their name. But they already stopped by Montreal during the year and I was just blown by the pictures I saw from the show. I had high expectations, and they totally met them. The front man is just a beast doing crazy stuff with the gear he has on stage. He is moving everywhere, it looks like no one can stop him.

Nothing More playing at Mtelus
Nothing More

On top of that they clearly worked on their light show. This is creating the perfect mood and energy for every songs. A real pleasure to photograph them. Be aware that it is not a really heavy band, it sometimes almost feel more pop than metal. But I love their songs anyway. For me it was one of the best show I saw in 2018.

Three Days Grace playing at Mtelus
Three Days Grace

Hard job to come after Nothing More. And as you imagine I would have prefer them to be the headliner. But is was Three Days Grace who will be closing the night.

Do not get me wrong, Three Days Grace gave us a pretty good show. Even if I am not a big fan of their music, they were good on stage. The musicians and the audience were having a blast. But yeah I do not think they were able to make me forget Nothing More who kind of steal the show for me.

Here are my photos:

Fozzy playing at Mtelus
Fozzy
Fozzy playing at Mtelus
Fozzy
Nothing More playing at Mtelus
Nothing More
NOthing More playing at Mtelus
Nothing More
Three Days Grace playing at Mtelus
Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace playing at Mtelus
Three Days Grace

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Review (in French): here.

Concerts

Pop Evil @ Petit Campus – 18/11/2018

I was not supposed to be shooting, but I filled in for my friend Thomas as had an unforseen event. Tonight, two bands were opening for Pop Evil.

Era9 playing at Petit campus
Era9

First one was Era9, a local Montreal band that surprised me in the good way. Their musician were really good moving on the stage, which is something rare was this kind of young bands. On top of that, the two singers were full of emotions while singing. Great to photograph despite the lack of lights.

Royal Tusk playing at Petit campus
Royal Tusk

Next was Royal Tusk, with better light but a bit less of energy. Except for their front-man. This guy was crazy and compensate for the other member of the band who were more static.

Pop Evil playing at Petit campus
Pop Evil

Finally it was time for Pop Evil. It was a great discovery for me. Their music is good, the are energetic on stage and they have good light. What else do I need? I would love to see them again on a bigger stage as it sometimes felt a bit small for them.

Here are my photos of the night:

Pop Evil playing at Petit campus
Pop Evil
Pop Evil playing at Petit campus
Pop Evil
Pop Evil playing at Petit campus
Pop Evil

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