Front Row Pics: Day 2 of Metal CornFest in St-Jean-Baptiste, QC
After the stellar show on Day 1, we were excited to get to the festival grounds on day 2 which featured all-original music from well-known Canadian bands, with GrimSkunk and Bookakee headlining the bill.
My personal revelation of the day was T-Bone, a band from Repentigny QC whose heavy, in-your-face rock riffs are supported by an actual barbecue grill in front of the stage serving up fresh strips of bacon to the head-banging crowd. Yep, bacon and metal — and of course beer. Best. Show. Evar.
But culinary antics aside, T-Bone is set to break out big-time on the metal scene. Don’t believe me? Check out these tracks, right now, then come back here and apologize for your undue skepticism. Go on, I’ll wait…
Anyway… T-Bone’s brilliant set was unfortunately followed by a 90-minute hiatus — a total bummer since we were all riled up and ready to rock some more. But all was quickly forgiven when the hilarious-yet-hardcore band Vas-y Line finally took the stage and blasted us with rapid-fire jokes and punk numbers (I like to call it “Pure Quebec Punk”), which ended (too soon) with members from T-Bone invading the stage to sing and dance with the band for the finale. When they’re having that much fun on stage, you can bet the fans are too! Those two bands alone were worth the trip, and the evening was just getting started…
GrimSkunk came on around 10pm and everyone in the crowd was good and ready for the show — down to the many staff members that were right in front of the stage head-banging with the rest of us. The band was in full form and gave us a nice long set that dug deep into their music catalog, closing with the fast-paced “Perestroiska”. But of course that only left us begging for more, and they thankfully obliged with a 3-song encore that included the instrumental “Gormenghast” and their traditional, lighthearted “Mange d’la Marde” finale.
The theatrical Bookakee brought their arsenal of visual effects and dropped a nuclear bomb of melodic death metal on us. It was easily the heaviest act of the night — and the most spectacular, featuring knives, chainsaws and gore galore. A fitting exclamation point to a weekend of first-rate music!
Metal Cornfest 2015 was definitely a success, and its mastermind Bruce Francoeur has already announced the dates for the 2016 edition: August 26-28. (Three days instead of two? Yes please!) So mark your calendars and start planning your trip now!