Show: Vektor / Fatality / Invective / Psyothic
Where: Mountain Theatre
Photos By: Albert Mansour [Thanks big guy for helping us out!] (Click to enlarge photos)
Where to begin with these miscreants? If you’re not familiar with these Toronto thrashers, you should rectify that problem immediately. Fatality brings the energy and charisma that is so integral to the live experience. Once they took the stage, there was a feeling of electricity and energy in the air. They immediately went right for the kill, and opened up their arsenal of sonic excellence, and also gave the crowd a hefty dose of new material. If you are familiar with the band, then the new material is definitely a new direction. It’s still enough to keep older fans interested, and being that this was the first time I heard most of this material, I was very impressed. The songs completely worked live, with their monstrous grooves, infectious riffing, and varied tempos, it wasn’t long before hair could be seen flying in the air, as the first set of moshers began to rage. As the set rolled on, more and more people were “feeling” it and the band saw this, and began playing ping-pong with the crowd and as they heightened their intensity, so did the crowd. When they got down to their last few songs, and especially when they began to play Hammerfist, the moshing crew had doubled in size and the smile on Spencer Le Von’s face was priceless. [more on him later] By the time they got into the last song, the ever popular Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep, it was all out mayhem, bodies were flying and heads were banging, it was definitely a site to see. If I could sum up this set and Fatatlity in a nutshell it’s a band that knows how to play the crowd, and are extremely tight and well practiced. Set’s such as this one, are tough to top.
As mentioned previously, the devious Spencer Le Von was definitely one of the most charismatic frontman I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. With his off-kilter sense of humor, and his wise cracks made throughout the set, it made for a more personal experience and added a nice flare to a ridiculously strong performance. All in all Fatality put on a fantastic show, and their set was one to remember. If these dudes roll through your city, please, make it a point to catch them. You’ll thank me later.
After Fatality destroyed the place, it was time for the main event, Vektor, to take the stage … and when they did, the place utterly exploded. The Mountain Theatre is a venue where there are pews, pews resembling the ones you’d find in a church, and therefore it’s a seated concert experience,
and even though moshing took place during Fatality’s set, the majority of spectators were seated for the duration of the set. But once Vektor took the stage, this all changed, frontman Dave DiSanto demanded everyone get up to the stage and everyone happily obliged. As soon as the eerie Cos mic Cortex intro began billowing out of the PA, there was an energy and a feeling that couldn’t be ignored, it was the sort of thing that makes the hair on your neck stand up. Being frank there wasn’t a huge turnout, [it was a Wednesday night after all!] but the people that did show up, were eating it all up, and you could tell there were a lot of die-hard Vektor fans there, which led to a breath taking environment. Vektor is a ridiculously tight and well practiced band and as the set rolled on, fans would shout different songs, and the band would oblige, and played all the requests, spanning from deep cuts from Black future, and Outer Isolation respectively. The fact that Vektor could play any song on command was impressive to say the least. To describe the Vektor live sound is take your Vektor CD’s, put them on your stereo, and listen … that’s how they sound live. Dave DiSanto’s vocals were stellar and his hellishly high pitched screams pierced right through your being.
As the set rolled on the intensity and ferocity grew. The pit became a slaughterhouse and bodies were strewn in the wake. It was such an experience to see how rabid the Vektor fan-base can be, and the pure love that was mutual between the band and the fans. It almost felt that the band was playing those songs for you, and I’m sure anyone who attended this gig would feel the same way. The intimacy between the crowd and Vektor was phenomenal; all bands should strive to achieve this feat that Vektor so easily accomplished.
Unfortunately as great as the band played they had a shortened set and Dave DiSanto was plagued with guitar difficulties, as he broke two different strings, on two separate occasions, but in the face of adversity, Vektor stood strong and still managed to keep the crowd happy during the downtime of the re-stringing process, this was courtesy of Blake Anderson, and Erik Nelson. These two had solo duels and pushed each other to their respective musical and speed limits and put it on display for all to see. Witnessing the guitar wizardry of Nelson, with his mesmerizing solos, and Anderson’s frantic and enthralling drum fills ensured that the crowd was well entertained and sounds of cheering and big smiles could be found throughout the dedicated crowd. Oh and Frank Chin not to be out done, joined in on the antics …
Overall barring the unfortunate problems, Vektor, came, saw, and destroyed Hamilton. This is a band at the top of their game.
Also Paul [Fritz] had the opportunity to interview Dave DiSanto backstage, listen to the chat HERE.