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Review: Various Artists - Ottawa Deathfest 2000
Various Artists
Ottawa Deathfest 2000
Venue: Barrymore's Music Hall
City: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Show date: July 15, 2000
Guests: Internal Bleeding (New York), Solus (Toronto), Blood Of Christ (London, Ontario), Martyr (Montreal), Nihility (Ottawa)

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 17, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Five death metal playing the same night in Ottawa.  Quite unusual!  I won't be commenting on set lists as the only band I knew was Nihility.

The show started, as promised, at 8:30pm sharp with local band Nihility, which delivered a very good performance and was very appreciated by the public, although still quite small at that time.  One of the guitarists was sick and couldn't play that night, so they had a replacement perform for 6 of the 9 songs they played.  I must say he was pretty good, especially considering that he learned them in only 3 days!   Starting the mosh pit took longer than usual, it started near the end of the set when they played a Deicide cover.  I had only heard Nihility on CD before and was glad to finally see them play live.

Next came Montreal's Martyr, who delivered a solid performance, well earning their reputation as a great live band.  I didn't know any of the songs so I just "went with the flow".  After them came London's Blood Of Christ, who didn't seem to have much stage experience, and the performance was good but nothing more.  Personally I would have let them play first, not in-between two strong live acts.

Next was Toronto's Solus, which as far as I'm concerned (some may not agree) delivered the best overall performance.  I don't know, it might just have been their attitude on stage, in fact the frontman did talk a lot to the crowd and was pretty cool all along.  They were followed by headliners Internal Bleeding from New York.  They also did a great show, the guitarist even coming down to play on the floor near the pit for a few minutes.  I didn't like their musical style as much as Solus', however.

Considering there were five bands, it was impressive to see that all bands started on time, and everything went smoothly.  Two thumbs up to the organization.  The event was also a test to see if a big metal show could be successful in Ottawa.  It would seem that both the promoter and the Barrymore's were satisfied with the result, so hopefully we'll see more of those in the future.  Maybe then I won't have to spend a fortune in hotels going to shows in Montreal and Toronto.


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