Published May 20, 2011With a lineup recruiting Vancouver thrash titans 3 Inches of Blood and Montreal heavy metal stoners Barn Burner, this show marked Cancer Bats continued journey into heavier territories. The Mod Club was occupied with loyal lifers who have been with the band since the start, emanating love and appreciation shared by both the group and their fans.
Barn Burner kicked off the early night to a near-empty venue. But the lack of attendance didn't phase these Montreal heshers, as they pummelled through their riffs and shredded their leads with no regrets. Kevin Keegan, vocalist and lead axe-wielder, charismatically entranced the few in attendance with his flawless and grizzled vocal tone, periodically and passionately grasping the air in tune with his lyrical interludes.
3 Inches of Blood took the stage next, filling the venue with their legion of loyal thrash minions. Long hair flew and filled the venue, chaos ensued in the mosh pit, and the crowd clapped and chanted along as the band delivered old-school thrash riffs and immaculate falsetto vocals. The band finished off their set with their metalhead anthem "Battles and Brotherhood," drawing their followers together, headbanging with arms around each other's shoulders.
Cancer Bats played a heartfelt set for their hometown of Toronto. Vocalist Liam Cormier profusely shared his love with the crowd throughout the night, thanking the fans, friends and family who have supported the band through thick and thin. The crowd was treated to a special performance that won't be forgotten, with a set list consisting of key new songs and an array of classic anthems, including the likes of "Pneumonia Hawk," "Deathsmarch" (with surprise guest vocals and stage dive by Alexisonfire/Black Lungs' Wade MacNeil) and the scarcely performed "Grenades," dedicated to the hometown crowd. Cancer Bats closed off the night with "Hail Destroyer," sending the night into a climactic frenzy with Toronto's hardcore legends.