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Throne of Vengeance at Lord Nelson’s – Show Review

Throne of Vengeance has a killer reputation for their live shows, and having been to my fair share of them I can say that their reputation is completely deserved. It is the winning trifecta of tunes, talk and tattoos that makes TOV a band to watch. Their sound is awesome (we’ll get to that later) but their presence on stage and explosive personalities are the real kicker. Lead vocalist Tommy “Shakes” Holt is simply nuts: he says things that make you question even your own sanity, a mix of randomness and hilarity that may make you piss yourself with laughter when you remember it later. And I mean that in the best way: Tommy is a stage man, and it is the live show that pushes TOV from a mere band to a FULL-OUT COMBO OF ROCK AWESOMENESS.

But don’t get me wrong: this isn’t a comedy show or the super fun happy hour. TOV is a metal band, and a super-talented metal band at that. Thursday’s show at Lord Nelson’s was the Calgary kick-off for Throne of Vengeance’s Flesh Injection Tour, and they definitely kicked it off in high gear. Opening for Throne were heavier bands BDFM and Stab.Twist.Pull, who set the tone for the night by pumping up the crowd and moving bodies around. Lord Nelson’s is a cool venue: with a stage that’s hidden around the corner from the main doors and a dropped-down floor that makes a perfect pit for moshing and dancing, it’s a great place to watch and listen to music, and we lucked out on Thursday night by having a sound tech who actually knew what he was doing. By the time TOV came on stage at 11:30, we were pumped and ready.

On stage, the boys show amazing chemistry. They are so in sync with each other that they seem to communicate without words, and every sound and movement seems completely effortless. This is something that has developed over time and has made them so cool to watch — even the hair puts on a show. Bassist Riley Cobb looks like he should be on the cover of a romance novel, and the screams of “Riley is sexy!” from the crowd (usually from the men, disturbingly) just add to the image. The other boys aren’t bad either: with Brad Weidlich on guitar, Trevor Cobb on drums, and Tommy singing and playing additional guitar, even the eyes get a treat when TOV is onstage.

But enough of my girlish fawning. Throne of Vengeance deserves to be recognized for their music and the sound that they’re known for. The classic and raw metal sound that comes from these guys is on a completely different level than most of the other bands out there, and each song is so flawless that their talent seems almost unnatural. Tommy’s voice is incredible: he has one of those gravelly, growly rock voices that you can feel right down in your gut, and the screams he occasionally throws in are like the mating call of a wolverine. Simply delicious (albeit a little scary). Guitars are smooth and crisp, and on explosive drums, Trevor shows why he’s nicknamed ‘Animal’. From start to finish, Throne’s performance is stellar and just gets better and better.

As a whole, Tommy summed it up best: “It’s fuckin’ rowdy for a Thursday!” Definitely true, and thank you, TOV, for making it so! They’re now off performing a solid series of shows from Winnipeg Beach to Montreal and back again. Check out their tour schedule here, get to a show, and then follow TOV around like a groupie, because, really, you need to.

Set list:
Undertow
Big D
White Widow
Flesh Engine
Devil’s Captain
Blunt Force Trauma (Damageplan cover)
Hooligan Hunter
Perfect Plan
World War Everything

Encore:
Outlaw

Kaptur – “Thousands”

There are few new artists who are capable of releasing a great first album. While many albums are good, they are usually missing the precision and smoothness that will typically come only after a few recording attempts and years of practice.

“Thousands”, the first studio release from new artist Kaptur, is an exception. The five-track EP is near perfection, an unexpected surprise that restores faith in new music and pure talent. Jumping onto the surprise ride is the additional fact that Kaptur is only one person: Riley Jensen shows incredible and enviable skill by singlehandedly performing each song, personally playing each instrument on the EP and showing off a phenomenal voice that is – somehow – both soothing and invigorating. Jensen’s talent defies all explanation, seeming incredibly sophisticated and flawless for a young man of only 22.

With the help of Toronto recording engineer Josh Korody, Kaptur has created a fantastic collection of songs that shows the influence of such acts as Radiohead, Matthew Good, and Death Cab for Cutie. These are songs that can be listened to again and again, liking more each time, and the medium-rock sound can find a place among many tastes. Jensen’s voice is just cool – there aren’t many singers like him out there, and that just adds to his appeal.

The only negative side of the EP is shockingly obvious: it is a tease! Yes, it’s just an EP, but it’s an EP so good that the small taste of Kaptur’s music is just plain mean. At only $4 (correct – $4) Kaptur’s album is a steal. “Thousands” can be streamed and purchased here, and check out Kaptur’s Facebook page for more details on live shows in the Niagara Region and future releases.

One listen and you’ll be hooked. Enjoy with a drink in hand, dreamy thoughts, and reluctant patience for Kaptur’s next release.

Kaptur - "Thousands"