The Weir Dickens Pub, Calgary AB, June 20

The Weir Dickens Pub, Calgary AB, June 20
Photo: Megan Cole
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Calgary lurch-metal crew the Weir seemed completely unfazed by the impending disaster of their hometown, although their atmospheric, doom/Neur-Isis tomes made a suitable soundtrack to one of the worst floods in Alberta's history. Opening up for riff-lords Torche is no easy task, but this four-piece locked into their deep, heavy, almost forlorn grooves and stayed right in that sweet spot between early-era Sleep and later-era Neurosis. Sure, the whole "post-metal" genre can be same-y as heck on album, but in a live setting, with the right lighting, and the right amount of fog, it can be an entrancing live experience — and it was. The 11-minute-plus "…Of Wounds" was a set highlight, showcasing the Weir's ability to let their riffs bake, then let them burn. This set of dudes looked way too nice to truly be that angry and malevolent, but their set proved otherwise.