Crimson Shadows advances in Wacken Metal Battle
It was no secret going in to Sunday’s show at The Rivoli in downtown Toronto that Crimson Shadows would take the night, but they truly dropped the axe.
Their drummer, Cory Hofing, said they just took stage and did what they did best, and hoped for the best.
“We just got up there, and played our songs, and ended up coming in first,” said Hofing modestly. “The other bands were great, I was really surprised Pyramid Theorem didn’t make it through because they were phenomenal.”This prestigious metal battle recruits dozens of Canadian metal bands, to compete for the ultimate prize of representing Canada at the Wacken Open Air, which collects the best of the world’s metal bands.
Obviously, Crimsons Shadows had the home stage advantage, being that they’ve garnered a solid fan base in Toronto, because no one out there is touching the European metal style they do.
Their fans were nothing short of supportive, giving them as much energy as the band gave on stage.“We play a really extreme type of metal, that makes us stand apart from everyone else,” said Hofing. “Maybe we won because we played last, but we have a solid following in Toronto.”
This is definitely the defining factor of Crimson Shadows, and what gives them the competitive edge over the other bands in the competition.
Crimsons Shadows return to the battle on May 31, at the Hard Luck, to battle against other qualifiers such as Adrenechrome (who also destroyed the stage on Sunday night,) Eclipse Eternal and Fragile Existence.
“It’s a little more serious going into the next round, the bands we’re facing have obviously qualified too on the same level,” said Hofing.Two more qualifiers will take place in Toronto before they hit the stage again, May 15 and May 22 at the Hard Luck, not to mention the other bands competing in Montreal for the same holy metal grail at stake.
Canadian icons such as 3 Inches of Blood and Anvil have graced this stage, and now Crimson Shadows aims to join that list.
“We’re confident in our music, and our live show, so we’ll just let that speak for itself.”Crimsons Shadows formed in 2006, after the decomposing of bands the members were previously in. They bonded on a lust for unequivocal metal mastery that could incorporate gruesome growling with melodic power metal. They do so well.
They’re set to release a new EP soon to come, which fans got a taste of on Sunday when they sampled two of their upcoming song destined for the 3 track EP. They will be hitting the studio in late 2013 to shred out another full-length, to follow the success of their last album Glory on the Battlefield.
This time, they’re dabbling in orchestral music and new conceptual ventures.
“We just want to do something that no one else is doing.”