Heavy MTL 2013 – Bands To See This Weekend (Day 2)

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Technically, Heavy MTL 2013 gets underway today, August 9th, at the Metropolis club on St. Catherine in downtown Montreal. What’s being presented there is a part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. However, when we reference Day 1 and Day 2 of Heavy MTL, we are talking about the days at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

So, same thing as yesterday with the Bands to See on Day 1, here is my opinion of the bands you should see on Day 2. In order to be slightly less Captain Obvious than yesterday, I’m going to assume that you’re already going to see Rob Zombie.


We first saw Huntress when they were opening up for Dragonforce, and to be honest they absolutely stole the show — even with Herman Li’s fancy guitar tricks. I’m happy to inform you that we will be conducting an interview with Huntress’ frontwoman, Jill Janus, shortly after their set. Unfortunately, it will be during the Amon Amarth set. Nonetheless, I’m excited to hear the new Huntress material, from their recently released Starbound Beast album, live.

Amon Amarth

Oh, how the Vikings must beam with pride. Amon Amarth is one powerful band and their latest album, Deceiver of the Gods, is taking the metal world by storm right now. It’s the band’s best-selling album to date, and for good reason. I cannot wait to be ear raped by these guys (even if I only get to see a portion of their set). Plus, we have an interview with Ted Lundström.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals

I said yesterday that Hellyeah would be the closest thing that you’d hear/see to Pantera as you’d get… until Day 2 of Heavy MTL. If you haven’t checked out Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, I highly recommend that you do. It is brutally intense. Having never seen Pantera or Down, I’m really excited to see Anselmo deliver on stage.

Machine Head

We are no strangers to Machine Head. We’ve seen and interviewed members on a couple of different occasions. The band is tight and heavy and one of the best live performances out there. If Machine Head is performing at a festival, it’s kind of a rule that you have to watch them — and you’ll fucking enjoy it.

Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom is a favorite of my partner in crime, King Hazard. I can’t really blame him, the musical wizardry in this band is phenomenal and I’m sure a crossroads deal was brokered somewhere in Finland. With a new album to promote, Halo of Blood, there’s no doubt these guys are going to tear down the stage.


Just as I said yesterday about Baroness, you’ll want to burn your substance when Pallbearer takes the stage. But really, with not much more than a 5-track full-length, Sorrow and Extinction, and a 3-track EP, how can they expect to fill a 45-minute set? Well, said full-length runs 50 minutes long of pure doom transcendence and beautifully cathartic riffs. Though it won’t be the most visceral of performances on Day 2, it may be the most memorable.


Cryptopsy is legendary in their hometown of Montreal. Formed in 1988 under the moniker of Necrosis, the band changed its name to Cryptopsy in 1992. Masters of Tech Death, Cryptopsy will rip your intestines out and eat them raw.

Rock Hard \m/

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