Published Dec 11, 2008The underage crowd was out in thick numbers on this night accounting easily for three-quarters of the bodies that packed a sold-out Opera House. They flooded the lower area and created a homogeneous standing area that would later be infected by some serious dancing. Word spread quickly that Misery Signals would not be playing this show after a little bird told me vocalist Karl Schubach was suffering from a hefty case of bronchitis but no replacement band was offered, doors were on time and set times weren't elongated. Bollocks.
Los Angeles' the Ghost Inside hit the stage running with their brand of metallic hardcore and played a large chunk of Fury and the Fallen Ones with respectable vigour. With their own style of hardcore punk, they sped through "Provoke" and "Shiner" where the first taste of a circle pit for the night appeared, while "Destined," "Faith or Forgiveness" and "Disintegrator" used breakdown rhythms that broke the cycle and sent the pit into flailing furry. The Ghost Inside's combination of ire and speed was tight and malicious making for a great set-up for headliners Bring Me the Horizon.
After a super lengthy sound check the crowd began to chant at the stage, although what was exactly being said is well beyond the coherent ear. With just an inkling of BMTH about to enter centre stage a massive roar of appreciation was expelled and the band quickly readied themselves as vocalist Oliver Sykes immediately broke into the chant-heavy "Diamonds Aren't Forever" from their latest album Suicide Season. Surprisingly their set list was split between Count Your Blessings and the aforementioned disc and their performance was energetic and fierce.
The entire bottom floor of the Opera House moved up and down, left and right, as it was thrash danced and body surfed through the entire set. Their encore proved to be the most entertaining moment of the night when Sykes told the crowd he wanted high-fives from all of them as well as to be joined on stage. A rush of youngsters made their way forward to slap some skin and security found themselves overwhelmed with nearly 100 BMTH hungry fans as they ventured to the stage to join in on the screaming and stage diving. This was a stellar sight to behold for an encore and displayed the love Toronto has for BMTH.