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 â€œRiley is sexy!â€ 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.
Blunt Force Trauma (Damageplan cover)
World War Everything