Starring Janet Leigh / The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza / Titan

Kathedral, Toronto ON May 23

Seven acts helped a CD release show for Toronto ON's Starring Janet Leigh (pictured) but, although there were a plethora of opening bands, only a few are worth mentioning. The first of the commendable contenders was Toronto's Titan. The band combines technical hardcore with down-tempo, sludgy doom for an extremely heavy and powerful sound. Titan included tunes from their debut The Chrysanthemum Pledge in their set, which was intensely strong throughout. Their performance included the fast and heavy "Mothlike," as well as the slow-tempo chugging guitar driven tune "His Eminence," which ended their dynamic set.

Following Titan were two mathcore bands that echoed generic mathcore. What brought the show back to life, however, was the entertainingly energetic, non-generic mathcore masters the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. The Tennessee band's set was comprised of tunes from their 2005 self-titled release, including the incredibly technical "Big Pun's Not Dead Because I Just Saw Him at Krispy Kreme," as well as "Go Greyhound" and "You Gonna Buy the Beer or the Whole Damn Bar" from 2007's Danza II: Electric Boogaloo.

But this show was in honour of the release of Spectrum, the debut full-length from technical metal band Starring Janet Leigh. Except for one track, the boys in SJL performed the album in its entirety, including opener "Noire," the intense "Mistress," and the intricate "Creation." Their progressive mix of death metal, hardcore, and modern jazz made for a vibrant yet severely powerful performance. The album's title track and "Ex You" transition especially well live, as the band's synchronized musicianship is displayed through an organized chaos of sound. With extremely technical instrumentals and unrelentingly vicious vocals throughout their set, SJL officially released Spectrum upon Toronto with a bang.