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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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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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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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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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Augury band playing at Foufounes electriques Concerts

Augury @ Foufounes Electriques – 04/11/2018

Long time no see between me and the Foufs. This time I am shooting a local death metal band: Augury. I manage to make it for one of the opener Necronomicon, but was too late to see the one before them.

Necronomicon band playing at Foufounes electriques
Necronomicon

Necronomicon is not a new band, they are playing for about 30 years. They gave us a really good show. Not enough lights, this is not really a surprise at Foufounes Electriques, which made my job kind of difficult. But at least I had a good time listening to their music.

Necronomicon band playing at Foufounes electriques
Neceronomicon

Like most of “technical” bands, just sitting and watching the musicians of Augury playing is a pleasure. I even sometimes prefer to watch them than listening to them as Technical Detah Metal is not necessary my kind of music. Anyway the band deliver a great performance even for a newbie like me. Unfortunatly the scene dynamic is not their strength and neither are their lights. So it may not be the best band to photographs.

Augury band playing at Foufounes electriques
Augury

But if you like this kind of music go see them live, grab a stool, a beer and enjoy your time.

Here are my photos:

Augury band playing at Foufounes electriques
Augury
Augury band playing at Foufounes electriques
Augury
Augury band playing at Foufounes electriques
Augury

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Concerts

Behemoth @ MTelus – 04/11/2018

What a beautiful evening this was. The opening was done by Wolves In The Throne Room which I had already seen with Enslaved not so long ago. But this time the sound was really good. And this is kind of an important thing for a black ambient metal band. On top of that the scenic performance was really nice. It was a fat better performance compared to the last time I saw them. Congrats.

wolves in the throne room playing black metal at Mtelus in montreal
Wolves In The Throne Room

Next we had the old but awesome At The Gates, that I was seeing for the first time. I am a real fan of their music and am listening to them since a long time and I was happy to finally see them live. It was a solid performance with a mix of new and old material. Perfect to make me happy.

at the gates playing metal at Mtelus in montreal
At The Gates

To end the night we had the polish band Behemoth. certainly not the first time I was seeing these guys live, but first time photographing them. As always I had a blast. At some point I discovered Behemoth and found it the most hardcore band that I knew. With time I learned to love their music and now I am a big fan of them. And I must say that seeing them live is pushing the experience further. Nergal is one of the best frontman I have seen in metal bands.

Behemoth playing black metal at Mtelus in montreal
Behemoth

Here are the photos:

Behemoth playing black metal at Mtelus in montreal
Behemoth
Behemoth playing black metal at Mtelus in montreal
Behemoth
people crowd surfing during the behemoth show at Mtelus in montreal
The crowd went crazy durng this Behemoth show

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