Finntroll + Moonsorrow + Swallow the Sun + Survivors Zero

12.April.2010 - Toronto

by Dave MacIntyre

19 April 2010

A Finnish black metal delegation visited Toronto's Opera House last Monday night.
 

Heavy metal at The Opera House has become a tradition in Toronto, but the gathering of four metal bands all hailing from Finland was a rare novelty.  Survivors Zero, Swallow The Sun, Moonsorrow, and Finntroll entertained an all-ages crowd on Monday night that made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in numbers.  The appearance of each new band onto the stage was a theatrical moment which included apocalyptic entrance music and the hoisting of banners, like armies storming a battlefield.  The effectiveness of the mood preparations was underscored by the fact that each band was given ample time to perform complete sets.  The resulting steady flow of black metal infused with Finnish folk music had heads banging, hair swirling, devil horns pumping, and mosh pits in full swing even before headliners Finntroll had their instruments in hand.  At the end of each set, fans feverishly chanted “one more song”, and thanks to the efforts of a highly efficient stage crew, gap times between bands were mere minutes.  The Finn rockers clearly fed off the crowd’s energy and they willingly expressed their appreciation for the zeal.  There were many highlights but the overall upshot of seeing these strongly unified metal bands was a bona fide treat.
  
Photos by Dave MacIntyre

Swallow the Sun

Moonsorrow

Finntroll

 

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