The double-headlining tour of Baroness and Deafheaven was a metal-marriage for the ages.
Following a near-fatal bus crash in 2012, Georgia-natives Baroness made a miraculous rebound. Ascending onwards and upwards ever since they released their critically acclaimed Purple album in 2015. Likewise, the trajectory of San Francisco’s Deafheaven has developed an impassioned fanbase, successfully blending “black metal” and “screamo” since their 2010 inception.
At Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, the excitement was visible, as patrons from all walks came with earplugs and moshing aspirations.
With Baroness first taking stage, leader John Baizley walked out to the eager audience in a wash of lights and piped-in symphony music.
An exemplary live outfit of technique and gratitude, songs such as Green Theme and Isak threw the audience into a frenzy. Closing with open arms and wide smiles, they left Deafheaven with exceedingly tough shoes to fill.
Luckily, both bands would prevail. Although consisting of five members, it was impossible for the crowd to take their eyes away from Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke. Slithering and dripping on-stage like a demonic Axl Rose, his shrieking vocals meshed unexpectedly with the soaring guitars of Kerry McCoy and Shiv Mehra.
Playing a welcomed serving of their latest album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (with tracks Honeycomb and Worthless Animal), Deafheaven closed out the night with the 10-minute fan favourite Dreamhouse. A triumphant, hard-hitting conclusion, they poured their blood and sweat into the entire set until the last chords.
Everything from the complex guitar lines, pounding drums, and confrontational vocals converged into an unforgettable evening with two of metals most acclaimed bands at the helm.