As summer begins to wind down and music fans prepare for the glut of autumn’s touring bands, one braces for the inevitable scheduling conflict that arises when more than one show is booked for the same night. While we regret missing Mutoid Man at Venue on Sunday, Insomnium’s packed show at Red Room was an unforgettable experience: Vancouver metalheads seem to have a soft spot for Scandinavia, judging from Sunday’s turnout (as well as similarly well-attended shows over the past year, e.g. Ensiferum, Nightwish, or Eluveitie) – and Europe’s northernmost bands have always reciprocated the enthusiasm through joyfully consummate performances.
Local openers and hometown favourite Pyramidion delivered a masterful set of signature-style death metal that takes a page from the book of Nile, with songs inspired by Middle Eastern culture and mythology, and both Omnium Gatherum and Insomnium played comprehensive, crowd-pleasing sets of songs that spanned each of their lengthy discographies.
While some will undoubtedly spotlight Slipknot’s show at Rogers Arena last night as the end-of-season closer, Sunday’s show at Red Room gets our vote as the high point of summer metal gigs in Vancouver. \m/ \m/