Bison B.C. Destroys Vancouver, Again
In an extremely short amount of time Vancouver, Canada's Bison B.C. have gone from local bar hoping metallers to international headline touring act. With three full length albums released and countless tours throughout North America and Europe Bison B.C. have become an unstoppable force, notorious for its intense live performances. Fresh off an extensive European tour the band returned to its home city of Vancouver to treat its loyal hometown fan-base to undoubtedly one of the city's most destructive concerts it has seen in years.
Having its welcome back show take place at the severely under-rated Biltmore Cabaret meant that the show would be a definite sell out, which it was was well before the doors were to even open. People of all different backgrounds were in attendance; from patch vest metalheads to flannel engulfed hipsters and everyone in between but while the crowd was diverse they all came for one thing, to watch Bison destroy everything in its path. But more about that later. Unfortunately, due to some issues not in my control, I was forced to sit out on the opening act Purple Rhinestone Eagle. I was told they were a female fronted power rock act that kicked out some decent and heavy tunes. That's all I can pretty much say as far as they are concerned.
The first band I was able to catch, and the second band of the night, went by the name of Weapon and they were as heavy and deadly as their name would suggest. Weapon fired off a sludgy metal assault that had the headbangers swaying in full, spine damaging force. Without any fan interaction Weapon tore through its eight song set with a determination to leave a lasting impression on the Vancouver faithful. Despite the level of intoxication of the crowd due to endless consumption of Pabst Blue Ribbon it was obvious the crowd had fully embraced Weapon's brand of thick, heavy metal.
Playing as direct support to Bison B.C, Vancouver's newest metal favourites in Haggatha took to the stage. Haggatha have become the city's top underground act through its devastating live show, dealt out with some of the heaviest riffs you will ever hear. Haggatha keep it simple, slow, straight to the point and heavy beyond belief. Featuring former 3 Inches of Blood and Pride Tiger drummer Matt Wood, who absolutely destroys the drums - literally, Haggatha played to a packed and adoring crowd. Fresh of the release of its second Vinyl LP Haggatha further extended its legacy as being the heaviest band in Vancouver, and possibly in all of Canada. If you ever happen to see Haggatha's name printed on the bottom of a show poster in your city you need to do eveything in your power to check them out, live and in the flesh. You'll be in for one hell of a beating.
It wasn't long until Bison B.C. were on stage and ready to show Vancouver why they were the city's most beloved metal act. Just seconds after the Biltmore stage curtain was pulled back the sold out crowd rushed forward and kicked into motion one of the city's most hectic and damaging shows it has ever seen. I was lucky enough to witness the madness from the back of the stage, with the same point of view of the band, instead of in the sea of people crushing each other. Throughout the hour long set and with the lack of any crowd barrier the audience were literally fighting for the best spot in the small, tiny venue. Things were getting so out of control that two security guards had to stand center stage to try and hold the people back, all while Bison poured their hearts out for its hometown crowd like this was a normal, everyday gig. It was apparent the madness was starting to bother the band slightly, since James Gnarwell [guitars] had to struggle with the crowd to maintain control of his mic stand. But through all of the troubles Bison B.C. stood its ground and began a battle with the crowd to see who could come out on top - themselves or the fans. Once the show came to an end and the band collapsed with exhaustion the Vancouver crowd left the Biltmore, knowing it will be a long time until they get to witness such a heart-felt and deafening live performance like that again. Simply put, Bison B.C. slay.
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