Heavy MTL post-mortem

Heavy MTL’s fourth festival in five years turned Montreal up to 11 many times over the course of the weekend, with a significant heaping of major mainstream acts attracting a record number of concert-goers. Despite calls for bad weather and a rash of cancellations (Lamb of God, Dethklok, High on Fire), the festival was nothing if not well attended.

Heavy MTL: Big James names five bands to see

James Arsenian, aka Big James, aka that guy with the microphone in Endast — one of Montreal’s hardest working metal bands — knows a thing or two about heavy music. He and his brothers Chris (also Endast) and Sean (the Great Sabatini) form a dynastic triumvirate overseeing this city’s metal scene. Who better to trust for your must-sees at this weekend’s Heavy MTL festival?