Life Chain Halifax North Memorial Library, Halifax NS, May 22
Published May 23, 2015If not for the slight mitigating effect of throbbing fluorescent lights overhead, Halifax hardcore quartet Life Chain's menace would have been absolute. Taking a crusty approach and beating it black and blue, the band's wall of sound and tightly closed eyes blocked out the surrealism of playing in a brightly lit public library amongst children's books and powered down computers.
Overdriven amplifiers sizzled and there was a smell/taste of melting plastic as they tore through a seamless opening 1-2-3 track chunk, echo-effected banshee vocals slicing through the noise. Only in the slight pause to reload and hydrate for the next attack did anyone realize the front-of-house reggae music was still chugging underneath the din. I don't think my ears have ever rung so badly in a library before.