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CMW off to a rabid start in Toronto

Submitted by on March 20, 2013 – 4:23 pmNo Comment

Day one of Canadian Music Week took us to the infamous Bovine Sex Club. The Bovine has played host to many household names in the rock and metal scenes, but on this cold March night a band that’s been carving a name for itself since 2009, The Rabid Whole, lit the torch.

The band recently dropped their second album, but it feels and sounds a lot like their debut. Don’t get me wrong, consistency isn’t a bad thing in this case as the new album features almost entirely new faces to the group, who bring a tone that teeters between alternative and electric rock .

If you’re wondering how this works, their producer and audio engineers were none other the Karl Schuback (Misery Signals, Solace,) and Dave Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marilyn Manson,) making for an eclectic ambiance.When you reconstruct a band like The Rabid Whole did, you would expect them to take a while to find themselves as a cohesive unit. But what was witnessed last night was a well-oiled machine from the start with what gave the impression of a Nine Inch Nails influenced tune, the likes of “Stargazer,” and then flowing into dynamics used to fill breaks in the song with heavy guitar riffs. Their compositions like “Metro” and “Delusion” have a basic straight forward rock feel to them.

The Rabid Whole radiate a great unifying aura and they keep the same high energy from their album and bring it to the stage.

Their latest release, Refuge,  as a whole is a very good record for fans who like edgy, pushing the borders rock and also for those who have an affinity for experimental music.

If the entranced fans aren’t enough of a validating factor for the band, you know you have to be someone when Kermit The Frog graces you with an appearance for a photo-bomb.Story and photos by Tee Onek

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