Where: Doors Pub [Hamilton, Ontario, Canada]
Photos By: Paul Ferritto [Click To Enlarge]
You know, I’m starting to see a pattern this year. Every show I go to – for reasons other than actually seeing the band – I end up falling in love with said band, and find myself completely blown away by their performance. This time, the band that has brought me to yet another case of enlightenment was Boston, Massactheus’ own, InAeona.
It’s really hard to describe the InAeona sound, but that’s not what important here; what’s important is that this power trio is legit. They were tight, well practiced, and pummeled me into utter oblivion. The guitar work sounded like bolts of lightning at times, with the drums roaring like a goliath pounding away on those skins, with a low-end, present and thick. The sound of InAeona live is no joke.
Albeit, not having moved around a lot or jumping into the crowd like a hardcore band would – InAeona tastefully incorporated a wave of headbobs, lashings of hair, and instruments which kept the audience more than entertained. A nice flare was added by Bridge, lead singer and guitar handler, with her theatrics and almost movie like antics on stage – it was as if she was portraying her music through her gestures. As I mentioned earlier, the InAeona sound is odd. It’s not doom, but it feels doomy. Spacey, yet not over the top psychedelic. Heavy, but not too metallic. To save you from the bad comparisons – they’re a nice amalgamation of sound that never jars too far to one side/direction, but instead, are a nice journey through metal’s vast and illustrious soundscape.
Barring their incredible live performance, there’s another noteworthy point – of all the shows I’ve attended at the Doors Pub, never have I seen a band bring such professionalism to that particular venue. They brought their own light show, and somehow managed to sound-check properly and sound better than ninety-five percent of bands that have played at this venue (The acoustics in particular, are tough here, and not understanding how to soundcheck properly can turn a great band, into an awful disaster). It just goes to show that anything could be lurking right in your very own backyard. Support local metal shows, Yea? It was quite the treat to be treated to something of that quality for a measly ten dollars.
Overall, all I can say is that InAeona came, conquered, and completely blew up the Doors Pub on that cold and dry October night. If InAeona roll through your town, don’t be a fool and miss the show – you’ll be treated to musical majesty of the highest accord.