SHOW REVIEW: Asking Alexandria & Black Veil Brides at MTelus, Montreal

Almost like a yearly feature now, Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides came to Montreal. Both were in support of their newest album.  This year, however, they had to face the Super Bowl game and a snowstorm.  It was a match between metal music and popular, family fun.  Who would win the odds?

Asking Alexandria. Credit: Asking Alexandria Facebook page, Sanjay Parikh Media

As a sign of the time perhaps, Asking Alexandria took the stage after Crown the Empire but before Black Veil Brides.  Danny Worsnop (as naughty and crude as ever) and his band gave a strong, ferocious set, full of classics (“To The Stage”, “Not the American Average”) and their newer successes like “Into the Fire” and the bitter “Where Did it Go?”.  The crowd enjoyed the show and was probably louder than Justin Timberlake’s half-time show (yep, that’s a sports joke).

Black Veil Brides took the stage to the screams and cheers of their fans, already knowing the lyrics to the songs from the newest album, “Vale”.  Their set was full of energy, led by Andy Biersack in full control.  Their set was however fairly short compared to Asking Alexandria (one or two songs), leaving fans wanting more.  Without any surprise, the songs gaining the most reactions were their early hits like “Fallen Angels” and “Knives and Pens”.

The show brought by the bands on this tour might seem like any other, but will actually be memorable; for way too long, both bands have been labeled as inferior and catering to a younger, less connoisseur group of fans.  With their latest albums, both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides established their mature presence on the scene, even stronger from a decade of touring.  We can only hope they keep bringing their A-game to gridiron — err, I mean stage  (I’m done with the sports metaphor).

Anne-Marie Maccio

Anne-Marie is a business counselor and music journalist from Montreal. Strongly involved in different social initiatives, most of her work includes music as a catharsis. Anne-Marie only believes in three things: art, coffee and loud music. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @amaccio

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