It was my first time attending the festival and I had a blast listening to amazing music and occasionally discussing everything from the music to politics with people I have never met.
The two-day festival is held at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the best site possible considering that this year’s edition was attended by 44, 250 rock enthusiasts and metal heads from all corners of North America and beyond. I met a guy, Christophe, from France who came to Montreal just to watch France’s metal band Gojira.
It was truly amazing to see the likes of The Deftones, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and rock veterans Overkill on the same weekend. My personal favorite was watching System of a Down live. They havent performed in Montreal in six years. What a treat it was to finally see one of my favorite bands perform 23 of their greatest hits.
There was another band I was really looking forward to seeing live. Montreal’s very own The Agonist who played on sunday. It was clear to see that they were proud to play Heavy MTL as much as we were proud to see a hometown band on one of the festival’s three stages. Frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz was awesome in her use of both vocal fry and clean vocals. They played a great energetic set and got the crowd involved by throwing free merch to fans in parts of the pit that made the most noise.
When Manson came on I was expecting to be wowed. I always heard that being at one of his performances was something unforgettable. After watching his one hour set I can confirm that it is all true. Marilyn Manson does not play a concert, he puts on a show. It was quite an impressive production; so many lights, so much smoke and all the costume changes. It was very impressive.
The same can be said about Slipknot. They had so many things going on at the same time on stage that I almost didn’t know where to look. Good thing that there were giant screens so I was able to take it in all at the same time.
We were also able to have a good laugh and just enjoy yourselves. The Jagermeister girls we’re giving free swag on the condition that you impressed them. For instance, I had to take shots of jager and then scream the alphabet backwards. It was fun and it earned me a free hat. The funniest moment of the whole festival came at the Apocalypse stage between bands. Festival crew had been playing some good music the whole day, but when they played New York, New York by Frank Sinatra, a few metalheads demonstrated that music really does bring people together:
Overall it was a great festival. The bands were great, the security did a great job and the metalheads themselves were awesome. If you’re into heavy metal and hard rock you should definitely try to go this yearly festival if you havent already.