This year marks my third time at Heavy Montreal as a journalist and fifth time as a fan. To celebrate the big 5, I decided to pick the 5 acts that will mark this year’s edition!
5. I Prevail — SUNDAY — Molson Canadian Stage — 1:00PM
In the last few years, Michigan has provided us with some solid hardcore acts. Among them is I Prevail: they gained popularity a few years ago with their cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space, racking up over 20 millions views! They’re embarking on a tour including Heavy Montreal’s stop and will soon release their new album, which we can’t wait to get our hands on!
4. Mastodon — SATURDAY — Molson Canadian Stage — 7:30PM
I don’t think there are a lot of bands quite like Mastodon out there: only four members on stage, no lead singer (they all participate in the singing) and very low visual on the scene. This Georgian band brings a very different vibe to the Heavy MTL stage!
3. We Came As Romans — SUNDAY — Heavy Stage — 1:30PM
It should be no surprise that this Detroit based band ranks so high on my list. I’ve had the chance to see them twice and each time, they delivered a close to perfect show. If you have any objections about them being too mellow, I highly suggest you look for the side project of three of them (Cotton, Glass and Stephens), Crucible: it will show you how heavy these dudes actually are.
2. Nightwish — SATURDAY — Heavy Stage — 8:30PM
Nightwish is one of the best North European metal act and this year they’re celebrating two decades together. Allying heavy instruments and soft feminine vocals, Nightwish has always had huge success in Montreal, and it won’t be different this time around!
1. Beartooth — SUNDAY — Blabbermouth.net Stage — 3:05PM
Caleb Shomo has come a long way from his Attack Attack! days; his undeniable talents (he wrote and recorded the whole album, including all the instrumental) gets a new twist on stage as he’s joined by his band mates and friends, including Oshie Bichar and Kamron Bradbury (City Lights).
What is your must this weekend? would you have put an other band in the top 5?