Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oliver Ridge: Film Producer, Filmmaker-- Interview for Whistler Film Festival 2016


I was contacted by Sandro Monetti with BAFTA LA  for a request for an interview with Oliver Ridge from London , England who is here to have his film "The Last Days of Summer" that had it's debut at 
Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec earlier this year.
It was also played and received Best Film at The Rhode Island Film Festival. I had congratulated him and asked Oliver what his thoughts were on the win:

Thank you! To win was an incredible feeling, and when you talk about highlights, that has to be one. My favorite moment however, has to be seeing the credits roll at the end of my first film and knowing it was finished. I made a movie, and no one could ever take that away from me.  

Oliver has a talent that covers not only producing but past years as an actor , assistant director all coming after working as an unpaid intern. I asked him a few questions about producing and some other things as well:


Having worked in both your home country and now working in the USA do you find any difference in terms of support for the arts? film or the written word?

 Both England and America share a wonderful respect for the arts, and I am lucky to have been able to have projects in both markets. The main differences I have found are in the tastes of the audiences, rather than in the support of my peers.  

  For those not familiar with producing and all it's aspects, could you please explain it?

 As a producer, you are responsible for overseeing a project from the start, until completion. It includes pieces of everything… budgeting, casting, scouting, dealing with different departments heads and finally working on bringing your film to your audience. I love to be involved as much as I can.

 Also explain your interest in producing films and wanting to pursue it? 

 I worked on a variety of film sets both big and small to get a feel for filmmaking. I started as an unpaid intern before becoming an assistant director and after that I trained as an actor for a number of years. I feel I covered my bases for film, both in front and and behind the camera and my interest in producing came from the desire to combine all my experiences and knowledge I have gained through the many people that have helped me get here. 

Any people you look up too in the field you work in?

 The film industry is full of people I respect. Having said that, Nicolas Winding Refn is without question my favorite film maker. The films of David Fincher and Denis Villeneuve have also influenced me a great deal. 

 Is this your first time attending the Whistler Film Festival & what do you think of Canada?
It is my first time attending the festival in Whistler, but it is a home coming of sorts as I spent several years living in the area and was addicted to their mountains. I also studied at university in Vancouver, where I did my degree. It will always have a special place in my heart. 


   Above : William Fichtner stars in "The Last Days of Summer"

 Story Synopsis:A middle-aged man in a stagnant marriage, finds his life upended when an attractive young woman and her seemingly abusive husband move in next door. 
Here is the trailer:


 Any films in your future and are they short or feature films?

 Three films are in my diary right now, two features of different genres and one short film that I will be directing. 

Also directed a short film starring Eric Roberts called "Bluebird" that has also been gaining a lot of attention at festivals across the globe.


How does you being a member of Bafta's LA Newcomers Program help you or other individuals?

 To be part of such an incredible organization and to be highlighted by them in such a way is a huge help and a massive honor. They offer classes from industry legends, they network with you and they push you to be a better artist. I am very lucky.

If you could choose one director or actor/actress you were told you could produce their next film, it would be...?

 I would cut off a limb to work with Refn, I hope one day it will happen. Hopefully with all of my limbs!


Thank you for reading this
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, November 28, 2016

CD Review: Distant Sun: Into The Nebula(Available Now)Clawhammer PR



From the opening riffs  of "My Trust" it is then I realize this is some great classic sounding band. Reminiscent of bands of old in their notes from the label it states:
 Into the Nebula is sure to appeal to fans of MEGADETH, ANNIHILATOR, ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN.
With a great mixture of the classic sounds this band has some killer songs listen to the brutal pounding of "God Emperor" and the great vocal bridge(chorus). Below is the lyric video for it:





This is just one of those albums that you cannot stop playing , great song after another , love the heavy riffs and constant beating of the drums.It's albums like this that make me happy for what I do. This is the first album review I have done in sometime , there is this and some others that have brought me out of the brink that shall soon show up here.
"Andromeda" is a powerful musical interlude, no lyrics just some great musical talent all around, for this and the entire album.

https://metalism.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-nebula

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/god-emperor-single/id1162266762

https://www.facebook.com/distantsunband/


https://vk.com/distantsun

Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau



Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Blood In The Snow Canadian Film Festival--The Shorts

I was sent the majority of the short films that are appearing at the festival.I will review them alphabetically.



This is easily one of the best shorts of the festival , opens with a woman taking a breather on the couch and on the baby monitor we hear a baby start to cry which is quickly soothed it quiet. Then a voice appears on the monitor soothing the baby and the mother. Not all is as it seems , there is something-someone else with the baby, soon she will find out.
This puts an interesting twist on a family that has had a loss and one of the young boys makes a wish for the other to return. Upon meeting a man at a garage sale he gets these special rocks that can give you anything you wish he is told, no matter what it is your wish will eventually get to you. But you know what we have always been told, careful what you wish for.


Interesting film of a chair with a entity that possesses the chair and the people that sit on it. Weird and scary dreams happen upon sitting on the chair -to the point of torching it in a big bonfire, but is that enough?


Constance tells the story of a young woman that is haunted by the spirit of Constance. The story is well told and the flashback scenes work very well for this 8+ minute story. The end result is something that will stick with you for sometime after watching it.
This was an odd little tale. Not a word is spoken in all the 6 minutes of something strange happening in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. 3 men wearing gas masks and work pullovers are working on another man on a table. This seems to be a dead person who is brought to life , terror ensues for a few moments and then left scratching our heads.
For me this film seemed a little forced and did not include the audience enough. Just when we felt we knew a little about the man in the film , they throw another curve ball not sure if they had intended this or not. The film lost my interest about half way through.


This is a little gem of a film again. Here we have a can that has a ghost in it but not sure what kind of ghost or what the end result may be.He wins the ghost can for his girlfriend on an actual loss of a baseball toss at a fair , taking her home he slips it into her bag and is on his way. At night alone she hears the can hit the floor in the kitchen. Good little mystery of what happens next , & a chuckle as well.



This is easily my favorite short of the festival. Here we have some flashback's to days earlier in Ingrid's life and the life of her son. Here we are touching on Alzheimer's , there is nothing horrific here there is just a touching story of a woman and the disease that has taken from so many. Well done little film will be watching for more from this crew.
Jason & his buddies have gone to a strip club and unknown to Jason they have bought him a lap dance. The young woman he gets is new to the scene of this sort of thing. Unknown to everyone involved and each of us watching , we were never prepared for this to happen. Creepy little story once it hits the end of the film , came out of left field did not see that coming.
I had seen this short at the 2nd Annual Badass Film Festival earlier this year also  met the director Gigi Saul Guerrero & her star Tristan Risk as well.
Very interesting premise and found the subject matter like nothing I had seen before & probably won't for sometime. Gigi & her production company Luchagore Productions have such a different approach and feel to each of their films that they do, creative & exploratory in the different subject matters they do.


My Brother Charlie is the title of the next film. It is about Charlie told through the eyes of his older brother David. Charlie keeps getting locked away for things that he has done to other, or is there something else going on here? Good performances from both of the young actors makes for a better little film.


No Trespassing is our next film and unlike many of the other films this is truly a film that allows the viewer to make their own mind up of what is really happening. A young woman and her friend go on a walk and suddenly her friend vanishes when they trespass on someones property. This enchanting little film finds her followed by a shape and some are visions she has and others?....well, just watch it....
Spread is a uneasy film  in the subject matter of contact with someone who is not well physically or mentally.But this was a very interesting movie.  I liked the music and cinematography that was chosen for this film.She was crazy, she wanted revenge.  She also wanted to be loved.
This is an  short with an odd premise that is full of subjectivity that has little or no dialogue. Now unlike a lot of the shorts here it is hard for me to go into too much info on this one without giving away the premise of the short, or spoiling it.
Storm of the Century is a great piece of a robbery gone wrong on the snowiest day of the year in Quebec. The film is subtitled but flows so well it should not distract from the film itself. Some great use of camera work and the acting is top notch here.

Summoned is another film I saw this year at the Badass Film Festival. The film is directed by Victoria Angel and tells the story of a person possessed by a demon she wished for but now wants her soul back before it's too late. Some great visual story telling here.There is a reason she asked for this to happen watch it and find out.
Taking Possession is not like The Exorcist , but of someone buying a new house. The man taking over the house keeps hearing noises as usual for being in an older, large house it comes with the territory. He hears someone calling Daddy throughout the house, the Realtor has not told him all he needs to know.


The Jogger is the next film:
This tells the story of a man that wants to lose weight and heard that jogging was a great way to do it. Along the way of his jog he has doubts and comes across a couple that is in great  shape and they of course ridicule him and he is bent on revenge, oh and he is also hungry--be warned!
Tik-Tik is an interesting film about birthing and a story of a demon that comes and takes newborn babies. Like many a short film I wish this one was longer. Has a great story to it and one of the better shorts of the festival.
This film gets you from the word go and does not let go. Young woman running along the road and looking behind and heads to a house where she rings the bell and is welcomed into the house by a young man to whom she apologizes. Unsure why she is there but totally engrossed on what is happening and what did she do to these men that are so willing to help her .....??


Thank you for reading this
Sincerely 
Anthony Nadeau

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Movie Review: TRI-Award Winning, Inspiring Movie(Available December 13th)Under The Milky Way

This very touching and inspiring drama has won many awards already at many film festivals , take a look:

2016 Boston International Film Festival
                WINNER - Indie Spirit Best Story Line Award

2016 Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival (NOVA)
                WINNER - Film of the Year
                WINNER - NOVA Award
                WINNER -  Best Inspirational Feature Film 
                WINNER - Best Family/Faith-based Feature Film 
                WINNER - Best Actress Feature Film - Jensen Jacobs
                RUNNER-UP - Best Cinematography 
                RUNNER-UP - Best Editing

2016 Atlantic City Cinefest
                WINNER - Best Feature Dramedy
                WINNER - Best Actress Feature Dramedy - Jensen Jacobs
                WINNER - Best Supporting Actor Feature Dramedy (Chris Dyer)

2016 Chesapeake Film Festival
                WINNER - Best Narrative Feature Film 
                WINNER - Best Actress Feature Film (Jensen Jacobs)
            WINNER - Best Actor Feature Film (Chris Dyer)


Not also an award winning , inspiring film but the cast touches your heart in their performances , here is the synopsis of the film.

TRI movie is the story of a young woman moved by the cancer patients she works with to complete her first triathlon. Using 
triathlon as a metaphor for life the movie chronicles the challenges of making a dream come true. 
Not having been in a triathlon the young women Natalie(Jensen Jacobs) was challenged by one of her patients to try this event and she amazingly agrees to do it.
 Her constant determination to continue even with her shortcomings of having not doing this before and most mornings have to be up and out for 6 am is motivating to anyone watching this film and has me wanting to do more physically, no not this but something more.
Everyone she meets along the way is helping her the best that they can, however it is up to her to find her own inspiration and tenacity to get her where she needs to be. Regardless of where she finishes in the competition all that matters is that she persevered & did the best that she could, that is all we can do as humans.
This is easily the most inspiring film  I have seen all this year!



Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau


Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival(November 24 to 27)Toronto


                         Here is the festival intro or bumper as they call it.

I have been honored once again to have been able to cover this festival from my home this being my 2nd year doing this for them.
The films (most of them have been sent to me through a private streaming service, where I can watch them at home.
So far I have watched all the short films and will note with a * of the films I will soon have reviews of.

Blood in the Snow announces its 2016 Line-up

The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (“BITS”) is proud to announce its 2016 line-up, showing a record number of 33 films (9 features and 24 shorts) over 14 exciting programs. The Festival runs this year from November 24th to the 27h, 2016 at its new location at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas in Toronto ON.

The Festival opens with the festival’s first ever documentary feature, 24X36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS which recently premiered at Fantastic Fest. The lineup includes three World Premiere features including Torin Langen’s silent horror anthology 3 DEAD TRICK OR TREATERS, the dark drama STREAMER by Jared Bratt and Vincent Pun, and Jason Armstrong’s long-awaited feature INSPIRATION, as well as Toronto premieres of Fantasia critical favourites THE UNSEEN and KIDNAP CAPITAL.

Also on Friday, November 25, BITS is hosting three educational panels covering essential topics for indie filmmakers in distribution, funding, and legal issues for movie making.

On Saturday, November 26, Thom Ernst, known for TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies, is hosting “Making Movies the Canadian Way”, a panel with legends of Canadian horror, which will be filmed for the Bell Fibe TV-1.

The Festival also has the return of the fan-favourite BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE at primetime on Saturday night, Canadian indie giant Black Fawn Films close the Festival with the Toronto Premiere of THE SUBLET.

Festival passes are $85 and Industry Passes for the educational panels are $40. Individual tickets will be on sale soon.

For more information and tickets follow us online at:
Website: http://www.bloodinthesnow.ca
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BITSFILMFEST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodinthesnowcanadianfilmfestival


FULL LINEUP DETAILS

Thursday November 26

9:00pm
OPENING PARTY
Duke’s Refresher + Bar
382 Yonge Street, Unit 8 (near Yonge & Gerrard)


Friday November 25

12:00pm – 5:00pm
BITS SEMINARS
Three one-hour seminar panels on entertainment law, film funding and film distribution followed by a networking mixer. Guests to be announced soon!


7:00 pm – OPENING FILM



*24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS (dir. Kevin Burke)
TORONTO PREMIERE
This new documentary looks to explore how the beautiful movie posters from decades past gave way to the generic designs of today, and how fans and inspired artists have resurrected the art form.

Opening with the short film *GHOST CAN (dir. Jordan Barnes-Crouse)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Following a date gone awry, Josie returns home with an unwanted souvenir and an unexpected visitor.


9:30 pm
*CAPTURE KILL RELEASE (dir. Nick McAnulty)
TORONTO PREMIERE
A couple plots to murder a random stranger just for the thrill of it, but things turn ugly when one of them decides not to go through with it.

Opening with the short film *MY BROTHER CHARLIE (dir. Evan Hamza)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Bored and without a friend in the world, a young boy eagerly waits for his little brother to return home from a psychiatric facility for violent children.


Midnight - BITS GRINDHOUSE AT MIDNIGHT



*HOLY HELL (dir. Ryan LaPlante)
TORONTO PREMIERE
HOLY HELL is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the gangsters who killed his parishioners. Having been described as "DEATH WISH meets THE TOXIC AVENGER, by way of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN", HOLY HELL is a modern take on classic Action, Horror and Exploitation film tropes. The goal of this feature length movie is to break through every limit set by film, taste and reasonable societal behavior: all with anarchic glee.


Opening with the short film *INFERNO (dir. Dionne Copland)
TORONTO PREMIERE
The new girl at club INFERNO, Bambi, struggles to fit in with the other dancers. Meanwhile, Jason, arriving to celebrate his 18th birthday, is nervous, but wants to fit in with his boisterous, much more experienced friends. Bambi and Jason cross paths, with Bambi finally able to take the plunge, but this lap dance may be more terrifying than Jason originally expected.


Saturday November 26

2:00pm
MAKING MOVIES THE CANADIAN WAY LIVE TV PANEL – 2:00 pm
Join host Thom Ernst for a special panel with some of the legends of Canadian genre cinema. This panel will be recorded for a two-part TV special for Bell tv-1. Guests to be announced soon!


4:30pm
3 DEAD TRICK OR TREATERS (dir. Torin Langen)
WORLD PREMIERE
Four years in the making, this film combines the highly acclaimed segments Fondue and Malleus Maleficarum along with 3 other new segments into the first silent horror film anthology.


Opening with the short films:

*STILLBORN (dir. Tyson Carlson)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Follow the back roads. Look for the signposts that guide you to her. Find the old house in the shadow of a dying oak. The house of pleasure. The house of sin. Don’t forget to bring an offering.

*NO TRESPASSING (dir. Charlie Lawton) 
WORLD PREMIERE
A girl walks into the woods, and feels like she is being followed by a unseen evil.


7:00pm - BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

THE FIGHT (dir. Clint D'Souza)
A couple having a fight in parallel timelines, but what is really happening?

*A QUIET MOMENT (dir. Steve Villeneuve)
A mother learns that, even on a quiet night, parenthood can be full of dark surprises.

*IT WANTS TO BE BORN (dir. Fil Santos)
Following a traumatic incident, a young woman embarks on a journey of sex, violence, and self-discovery.

*THE JOGGER (dir. Jay Randall)
An overweight man, obsessed with shedding some pounds and calorie counting, has his sanity destroyed by evil fitness freaks on the jogging trail with horrific results. This oddball comedy will make you question ever going for a jog again.

*STORM OF THE CENTURY (dir. Renaud Gauthier)
From the Director of BITS14 Best Feature, Discopath, a young man’s tropical dreams are shattered by a violent change in the weather.

*MRS. RAFFERTY'S RED RED ROSES (dir. Greg Kovacs)
The Post-Lifers team are back in their record 5th entry in BITS. Mrs. Rafferty meets an intriguing door-to-door salesman who might help her to solve a little problem.

*SUMMONED (dir. Victoria Angell) 
In order to stop her abuse at home, Amanda decides to summon a demon for help. What she gets is not what she wanted, but it is exactly what she asked for.

*BROTHER(S) (dir. Nick Pusic)
A young boy who has lost his brother, wishes him back to life.

*SPREAD (dir. Samuel E. Mac)
A woman with a dark secret preys on prowling single men through dating apps. Body horror meets hook-up culture.

*EVERYBODY KNOWS ME (dir. Reuben Ward)
Struggling with the realities of marriage, fatherhood and the spectre of his past, Don Biggs does all he can do maintain his reputation, and his sanity.

*ENGINEERS (dir. Tyler Williams)
A short snapshot of a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, where 3 engineers conduct an experiment... on a dead body. An ode to the silent era of horror, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 

*WHAT DO YOU SEE (dirs. Charlie Hamilton and Zach Ramelan)
A damaged, young woman visits a hypnotist to get answers for a recent string of hauntings.

*MADRE DE DIOS (MOTHER OF GOD) (dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero)
A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.


9:30pm
*THE UNSEEN (dir. Geoff Redknap)
TORONTO PREMIERE
A man who abandoned his family now risks everything to find his missing daughter, including exposing the secret that he is becoming invisible.

Opening with the short film *“INGRID AND THE BLACK HOLE” (dir. Leah Johnston)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Ingrid and her best friend Conrad experience a lifetime of memories together when they imagine what it would be like to travel through a black hole.


Midnight - BITS UNDERGROUND AT MIDNIGHT


*STREAMER (dirs. Jared Bratt & Vincent Pun)
WORLD PREMIERE
A loner develops a mind-bending obsession with an online cam girl.

Streamer Trailer(click here)

Opening with the short films:

*GLIMPSE (dir. John Nicol)
TORONTO PREMIERE
A madcap horror short exploring the damaged mind of a cinephile and the madness he succumbs to.

*CONSTANCE (dirs. Ian Pozzebon & Kevin Prystanski)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Following a break-up with a long-term boyfriend, Sam moves into a basement apartment with her friend. A series of terrifying dreams and sleepless nights leave Sam exhausted, disturbed and determined to figure out what exactly is in her bedroom wall.


Sunday, November 27

2:00pm
*KIDNAP CAPITAL (dir. Felipe Rodriguez)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Illegal immigrants to the United States are kidnapped, tortured, and forced to call home for ransom money.

Opening with the short film *TIK TIK (dir. Larica Perera)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Fearful villagers gather at the bedside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature.


4:30pm
*INSPIRATION (dir. Jason Armstrong)
WORLD PREMIERE
When a young author moves to an isolated town to return to her horror roots, bad things begin to happen. An accident leaves her questioning her grip on reality, but perhaps something more sinister at work?

Opening with the short film *TAKING POSESSION (dir. Peter Campbell)
WORLD PREMIERE
Powers within an isolated century-old farmhouse force its new owner to battle his mind, his conscience, and the memories of the house itself.


7:00pm – CLOSING FILM


*THE SUBLET (dir. John Ainslie)
TORONTO PREMIERE
Joanna, a new mom coping with her baby in an odd sublet apartment as her husband neglects her to focus on his career. Joanna begins to question her sanity as she suspects that the building is haunted. As the walls literally close in on her, she discovers a violent past to the apartment, but is it postpartum depression or does this building want Joanna to give the most ultimate sacrifice?


Opening with the short *CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ (dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc)
TORONTO PREMIERE
When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home.


10:00pm
CLOSING PARTY
Duke’s Refresher + Bar
382 Yonge Street, Unit 8 (near Yonge & Gerrard)

General inquires:
Kelly Michael Stewart
Festival Director, Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival
info@bloodinthesnow.ca
416-995-5275
http://www.bloodinthesnow.ca

Media inquires:
Kirk Haviland
Media Coordinator
kirk@bloodinthesnow.ca



Friday, November 4, 2016

Concert Review:Death Angel, Anthrax & Slayer October 20, 2016-Abbotsford BC, Canada

Something that I could have never imagined or dreamed of happened , not only 3 bands that I have followed since they all started making music but would actually be touring together--above all that touring in my neck of the woods and I got to see this all happen? Pinch me I must be dreaming--ouch! not so hard.
The first stop was at the building at 2 pm to meet this great man Ted Aguilar(above) guitarist for Death Angel. Went to security they called down Dustin Bodnaryk who is Director of Marketing and he lead me to the room where I met with Jeramie Kling Death Angel's tour manager. He went and got Ted and we started the interview.
Here is the interview below:

It was then still a number of hours away until show time as we headed back to security office Joey from Anthrax was also downstairs walked right by him and Slayer was onstage doing their soundcheck, pretty awesome feeling at that moment.
Went across the way to a pub called Finnagen's Pub & Grill really nice place, good food. Also met some really awesome guys from Tofino that came over to just see the show, shared some good stories about past concerts with them.
Then when I went and got my tickets saw my friends Char & Rita Tupper from Metaltitans: Guardians of Metal who were also there to cover the show, always nice to see these two women.
The photo pass is something that I have had before but not where you are so close to the stage that you can reach out and touch these icons in Heavy Metal, looked more than I shot just being of awe of this actually happening for me. Imagine a band that you have followed since their beginnings and then seeing them this close, kind of a powerful thing to happen as far as I am concerned--this does not happen everyday I am so thankful.
I was also lead into the Administration Office of the building with the other professional photographers that do this very often, Char with Metaltitans was of course there as well as Derek Carr who I just met for the first time that night. We all were given permission to shoot the first 3 songs of each of the bands , then go back to the room and leave the cameras and go to our seats and watch the rest of the bands performances.


Death Angel was on first and had an amazing set --short but sweet either way being my first time seeing any of these bands live I was impressed with the tightness of the group and the vocal range of Mark hitting some amazing high notes and the scream held for a few seconds added to the great set of music.

Band Members:
Mark Osegueda – vocals (1984–1991, 2001–present)
Rob Cavestany – lead guitar (1982–1991, 2001–present)
Ted Aguilar – guitars (2001–present)
Will Carroll – drums (2009–present)

Damien Sisson – bass guitar (2009–present)


Next onstage: Anthrax
Seen them onstage a number of years ago when they were on The Big Four tour me and my buddy Tony saw in the theaters when it was simulcast live they shared the stage with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. This was better seeing Joey and Scott Ian & the rest of the band --this was so amazingly awesome.
Was on cloud 9 all night hard to remember most of the songs, but Joey sure got the crowd going early and kept it all through their set amazing entertainer he is. Indians has always  been my favorite song of theirs and getting goosebumps as I write this, remembering the crowd going nuts for most of their set, with his encouragement.





Band Members:
Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals (1981–present)
Charlie Benante – drums, percussion, occasional lead guitar (1983–present)
Frank Bello – bass, backing vocals (1984–2004, 2005–present)
Joey Belladonna – lead vocals (1984–1992, 2005–2007, 2010–present)

Jonathan Donais – lead guitar, backing vocals (2013–present)

Next Band--Slayer
I remember first seeing War Ensemble on Much Music's Power Hour and then being impressed of the speed of the band and the immense power of the drums of Dave Lombardo. Slayer is not a band for all and also having followed them for most of their career , this once again like the other bands prior to them in the evening is my first time seeing them. Not the case for many there , they have seen them before.
For this group as they are the headliners had a curtain up before their entrance and we were to stand to the far left of the stage for the curtain is heavy when it drops and they need to catch and carry it away fast and get it out of the area. That allowed us to see the band enter the stage and ready for the intro to finish and the curtain to drop--when the lights dimmed the crowd went completely mental , curtain dropped even more insane.
They started their assault on the ears and in true Slayer fashion they kept a strong menacing impact on the crowd even after the last song. Gary Holt was thrashing his head around all night , like Angus Young on acid it was amazing to watch--how he could play the guitar for an hour and a half set is beyond me.
One of the few times I got lucky with an out of focus shot--just showing how fast his head thrashes around.
They played a ton of their classics and some their new stuff from Repentless as well, did not matter what they played it went over well with the crowd, they loved it all. I admire their dedication to the Heavy Metal scene but felt they were possibly off that night , just felt that Death Angel & Anthrax were more into their sets that night. Some would agree but many I spoke too did not said they  loved it.





I would like to personally thank Liz Ciavarella-Brenner of Earsplit PR for the interview with Death Angel's Ted Aguilar.
David Monnich for the ticket and photo pass. 
Dustin Bodnaryk for being a good host at the Abbotsford Centre and escorting me and the other photographers to the photo area, back to the room and even to our seats when we were confused where to go.
All in all a memorable day/evening not sure of many other opportunities like this I may have , therefore so very thankful for it all.
Upon seeing my fellow photographers shots through the night and after they all posted their photos on their respective websites and seeing their gear that night, if I want to do this more often I need to upgrade my camera and fast. I did not have much to work with when most of what you shoot is out of focus , sometimes that worked in my favor though.

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau