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9 Questions with… The Catalyst

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June 18th, 2009

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I’m used to feeling quite safe whenever Matt Bailie is around. As one of the doormen at well known Montreal watering hole MadHatters (slogan: The Best Dive in Town!), Matt is charged with protecting drunken morons (i.e. me) from themselves and other equally inebriated patrons. So when I first heard his band The Catalyst, I was a bit shocked.  You can’t help the uneasy, ominous feeling that develops in your gut as a result of their ultra heavy sound. Drums pound with an almost inhuman ferocity, while discordant guitars chug out machine gun rhythms and virtuoso-level leads. All this is topped with Bailie’s tortured howls and (let’s face it) downright scary grunts. Proving that our music scene is more than pansy-asses with tight jeans, bad haircuts and limp wrists, The Catalyst brings the metal like few others, combining the intricacy and melody of early Metallica and Pantera with the death metal vocals and breakdowns of New Wave of American Heavy Metal bands like Lamb of God. But enough from me. Here’s bassist Mike Marino, telling you what the metalheads of need to know. [ Continue Reading ]

Kamelot Concert at B.B.Kings 10.15.2008

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October 16th, 2008

I feel pretty lucky when it comes to concerts this year, almost every concert I have been to has turned out to be great, and this one is definitely one of them.  This concert took place at New York’s own B.B.King Club in Times Square featuring Edguy as an opening act and Kamelot as the main act.  Both of the bands put up amazing shows.  I am not going to bore you with details, but if these bands are doing shows anywhere in your area, it’s a must see show.  Kamelot’s obsession with mysticism is something I find very amusing and it was very interesting to see it being done live on stage.  Here is a video of one of their latest singles…