Black Hat Brigade Toronto ON, March 11 to 14

Black Hat Brigade churn out the dark, brooding rock that I didn't realize had been missing in my life, and I was surprised to see that they managed to have band members swap instruments without losing the tightness of their performance. The sweaty room was just the right setting for the chugging riffs and laidback attitude of the band, who lulled the room into a trance with their even, baritone vocals. With mesmerizing music like theirs, Black Hat Brigade could persuade anyone to check out their shows.