Blood Ceremony NXNE, Toronto, ON June 17 to 21, 2009

Saying that Blood Ceremony sound like Black Sabbath is like saying Ozzy was fucked up on drugs for most of the 70s. Led by Alia O'Brien on vocals and the occasional flute jam, the quartet pummeled their way through their 40-minute set to a very receptive crowd that included a fair share of banging heads, proving that it's better to acknowledge your influences than ignore them. Ian Gormely