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Review: Goat Horn - Goat Horn Eastern Canadian Tour
Goat Horn
Goat Horn Eastern Canadian Tour
Venue: Blue Zone
City: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Show date: April 24, 2004
Guests: Joe Thrasher and Rammer

Review online: May 4, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Goat Horn Eastern Canadian Tour

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Oh thrashing frenzy. It had been a while since I last attended a metal show in Ottawa, but I'm sure glad I didn't miss this one. Quite a shock on entering the Blue Zone bar (which is usually a sports/karaoke bar-yikes!), the place was about a third filled with long hairs and leather jackets. Where the hell did they come from? I don't know, but it was nice to walk into a place where the attendees made it obvious a metal show was about to start.

Local openers Joe Thrasher were playing live for the first time, and instantly it was the 80s all over again: Small, dark bar stage, long-haired band members headbanging while playing, and the crowd headbanging along with the pounding, raw thrash. The band played their compositions as well as a few covers and did great on stage, and the crowd really showed its appreciation. The band played for a little over half an hour. Overall, an excellent first performance and I look forward to seeing them again soon (hint, hint... ;))

Toronto's Rammer were next. This is more of a thrashy outfit with some death/melodic death type of vocals. I had reviewed one of their CDs several months ago but didn't remember them much, and the show didn't trigger any memories, which is kind of weird. Minutes before the show I had been told that they were currently one of the best live bands out of Toronto, and that proved right as soon as they hit the stage. The singer in particular was using every little bit of space he had on the very small stage and really got the crowd doing. He is a bit tall and a couple of times I was afraid he was going to hit his head on what seemed to be a sprinkler on the ceiling. :) I must admit I didn't get into the set much, mostly because I was trying to snap pictures and not get killed by an out-of-control mosh pit (in such a small place, there's no safe place to be.) I wonder if these guys actually saw the band. I fucking hate mosh pits, in case you were wondering (especially with glasses and an injured hand.)

Headliners Goat Horn were next and by then the crowd was just nuts - it was obvious that many of them knew the band very well and were very enthusiastic about seeing them here in Ottawa. Of course that made for another out-of-control mosh pit. Anyway, I thought Rammer's performance would be hard to top, but Goat Horn had a little something extra, a presence on stage that just blew everyone away. It's very difficult to describe, kind of a "you had to be there" type of thing - it was almost like there was magic in the air. The band played a lot of songs from "Storming the Gates" and also from their debut "Voyage to Nowhere" (hearing those songs reminded me I didn't have this album, good occasion to pick it up cheap...$10! :)) I suck at remembering set lists, so I won't even try. Notably, the band ended with a cover of Grim Reaper's "See You In Hell" much to the crowd's pleasure.

Overall, this was one one of the best shows I've seen. Three great performances, my personal favourites being Joe Thrasher and Goat Horn. The place wasn't packed, but there was a healthy crowd that proved there is interest in real metal shows around here (not just the hardcore junk we were stuck with for a while.) Note that this review was written over a week after the show due to a hand injury that prevented me from using the keyboard much, so a lot of details are missing, but suffice it to say that these are three bands well worth dragging your ass off the couch for. :) Also hats off to Reverie Creation for organizing this event and running it smoothly. \m/


Joe Thrasher


Goat Horn

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