Heaps of Dead / Blastomycosis / Abyssal Throne / The Unborn Dead Blue Moon, Toronto ON April 17

Heaps of Dead / Blastomycosis / Abyssal Throne / The Unborn Dead Blue Moon, Toronto ON April 17
Photo: Denise Falzon
The CD release show for CDN Records bands Heaps of Dead and Blastomycosis was an onslaught of brutal death metal right from the start with the opening bands. Toronto ON's Abyssal Throne and the Unborn Dead started the night with their brands of powerful and vicious death metal.

As an unsigned favourite in this city's underground death metal scene, the Unborn Dead performed a set to their usual standards of utter intensity, which included the brutal "Pieces." The band also brought up label mate Olivier Nabico from the fellow Torontonian death metal band Mortify to do some guest vocals on one of the band's fan favourites.

In celebration of their debut full-length, The Putrid Smell Within, Blastomycosis' set was filled with tunes from the release, including the severely brutal "Masochistic Pleasures" and "Ripping Dead Flesh." Despite some technical issues with the guitarist's amp, which caused a delay in the middle of their set, the grimy death metal specialists showcased each member's individual skill as well as cohesive unity as a band.

Blastomycosis' performance of their tune "Decomposition" especially displayed Phil Baker's guttural vocal dexterity as well as Tristan Biggar's proficiency in his guitar work.

From Peterborough ON, Heaps of Dead unleashed their debut release Deceased Dismembered and Left to Decay on Toronto fans. The band ended the show with even more intensity than when it started. Vocalist Tyler Clements demonstrated strong and violent death metal growls while drummer/backing vocalist Jason Kurz supplied intense blasting drum beats.

Performing tracks from the album, including "Ebola" and "Vollum Strain," the band raced through their set with passion and precision unlike any other. The show in its entirety was overall as brutal as death metal gets and Heaps of Dead's performance especially left Toronto's death metal mosh-pitting fans in heaps of booze-numbing pain.