GIG REVIEW: BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME with Enslaved & Intronaut Live at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
As the Coma Ecliptic tour rolled into Toronto on December 10th, the insane lineup was all anyone could talk about. Unfortunately, the rapidly up-and-coming Native Construct didn’t make it due to stolen passports and equipment, but I was pleasantly surprised by the last-minute addition of local openers Earth’s Yellow Sun. As they introduced themselves, they seemed humbly shocked to be up on the Danforth Music Hall’s stage, opening for what is likely to be a few of their favourite musicians. Featuring three different saxophones, the instrumental outfit wowed the crowd, and as these fans can be quite picky in their taste, I would say that the hometown boys earned their spot on the bill.
Next up was Intronaut, and I think it goes without saying that they just keep getting better every time. Their set was far too short in my opinion, simply playing four tracks off of the new album, ‘The Direction of Last Things’. However, those four tracks (“Fast Worms”, “Digital Gerrymandering”, “City Hymnal”, and “Sul Ponticello”) happened to be some of my favourites, and as usual, they performed them brilliantly. Witnessing a performance like that can make a fan out of anyone.
Norwegian legends Enslaved then took the stage, and the level of energy in the room exploded. While only playing one track from the latest release, ‘In Times’, the band opted to perform a variety of songs from their extensive discography. “Death In The Eyes Of Dawn”, “The Watcher”, and “Fusion Of Sense And Earth” were definite highlights, representing some of my favourite albums of theirs. Out of all four of the bands on the bill, Enslaved engaged the crowd the most, their usual comical banter in full swing.
Finally, it was time for North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me to hit the stage to rather tumultuous applause. Particularly since the release of their new album ‘Coma Ecliptic’, their popularity has grown immensely, clearly demonstrated by the fact that they headlined over a well-established band like Enslaved. Opening strongly with “The Coma Machine”, fans were in ecstasy. Following that was “Informal Gluttony” and “The Sun Of Nothing”, which was fantastic even as I expected an onslaught of newer material. The guy beside me in the crowd clearly approved of the setlist, as he sang (and growled) along to every single song throughout, and didn’t miss a syllable. A few stellar performances later, it was time to close the set with fan-favourite “Fossil Genera”, but the cherry on top was an encore of “Silent Flight Parliament” into “Goodbye To Everything Reprise”; an epic and emotional finish to a fantastic evening of live music.