We seem to be living through a bit of a thrash renaissance right now, with many bands either directly following the lead of the pioneers of the 1980s or at least stealing a trick or two. Perhaps it's because the form was a bridge between punk and metal. For a good example, just look at last Saturday's show with Montreal's Dead Brain Cells. The band formed in 1985, went into suspension in the mid-1990s, then started up again the new millennium. For this gig they were joined by Entrenched, Ominous Eclipse and Wacken fest winners Mutank. I had hoped to catch Entenched again since they impressed me at the Daily Grind benefit back in December but I arrived too late to catch them, so local death-tech-thrashers Ominous Eclipse were the first act in front of the lens. Here's guitarist and singer Graham Murphy (and a blurry Andrew Poskus on drums).
A shouty bit, with James Close at Left.
Rhythm section action with Ryan Clements!
Tippy tappy action!
James sings a bit!
Vocal action with Graham!
Montreal's Mutank put on a really good show, their thrash sounds take a punkier turn.Here's Stephen Reynolds pointing out a bit of guitarwork.
And singing a bit!
Steven Breen riffs away.
Faceoff action with Lee Whiskey!
Ahmed Saad hits!
Dead Brain Cells wrapped things up; there was a lot of moshing and audience singing along. Here's bassist Phil Dakin!
Guitar action with Bill Thompson!
Percussive action with Mark Prevost!
And so on!
More guitar with Eddie Shahini!
And er, that's it, since there was a bit too much of a crush to get in for more photos.