THE CHAPTER AND CURSE TOUR
W/ ICE NINE KILLS, SOMETHING YOU WHISPER, WIND CRIES MARY, AND THE/ORDER
01/14/16 - RUM RUNNERS - LONDON, ON - PHOTOS AND ARTICLE BY LOGAN REID
Featuring all local acts for the support of this tour, theatrical metalcore group Ice Nine Kills brought the Chapter and Curse Tour to Rum Runners in London, Ontario on January 14th, 2016 in support of their latest album, Every Trick in the Book. This would be my first time seeing any of these bands performing which including Ice Nine Kills, Something You Whisper, Wind Cries Mary, and The/Order.
Local metalcore group The/Order made their live debut which included climbing the speaker systems to start off the night to an amazingly enthusiastic crowd that I don't think anyone could have anticipated for such a new band.
Wind Cries Mary
5-piece metal band were the second of the local acts on stage for the night. Sporting a small local following, Wind Cries Mary had quite a few in the crowd headbanging during the duration of their set.
Something You Whisper
While considered a local act for this tour, Something You Whisper come from a short trip down the 401 out of Cambridge, Ontario on their first of two nights playing this tour. Having built up a sizable fanbase over the past year, many people from all over came out to see this group and sang along to every lyric of every song alongside vocalist, Wes Will. Playing mostly songs from their latest EP, Beautiful Sins, Something You Whisper finished off their set with the title track of this EP which would get the most reception from the crowd during their set.
Ice Nine Kills
Ice Nine Kills of course headlined the show being the entire reason there even was a show to begin with. While there actually was a lot of support for the local acts, it was clear to see that the theatrical metalcore group out of Boston, Massachusetts were the main reason for the majority of the people who were there. The fans all got extremely involved and it was clear to see many of the crowd member singing along to every song which even got vocalist Spencer Charnas to hand off the microphone a few times throughout their set.
Charnas as well as bassist Justin Morrow would practically put themselves in the crowd taking advantage of the venues structure which has a support beam directly through the front of the stage which Charnas and Morrow would fling themselves around and hang their bodies overtop of the crowd. Being a band with theatrical music, it should come as no surprise that Ice Nine Kills brought along some great stage production. Playing their set mostly in the dark, the band had a couple spot lights placed along the edge of the stage which Charnas would regularly illuminate his face with using when it wasn't blast fog into the air for some of their breakdowns. Ice Nine Kills also had with them a large backdrop with their name that took up the entirety of the wall behind drummer Conor Sullivan as well as two of their signature IX logos placed in front of the guitar cabs in the form of colour-changing backlighting.
For their setlist, Ice Nine Kills naturally used about half of their set to play many of the songs off their latest album, Every Trick in the Book which was released only a month ago including starting off their night with their latest hit Communion of the Cursed as well as Star-Crossed Enemies, and Bloodbath & Beyond. Ice Nine Kills would end their set with fan favourites What I Learned in Study Hall as well as Let's Bury the Hatchet… in Your Head. These wouldn't be the last songs of the evening though as the band would return to the stage with acoustic guitars to the chanting of an encore to perform Tess-timony as well as finishing off their night with The Coffin is Moving. As the years have passed, Ice Nine Kills only continue to grow a larger crowd wherever they play starting as an elite level DIY band or now with Fearless Records and a huge year ahead of them, I only expect a that when Ice Nine Kills do return to London, they will be performing on the larger stage in the lower levels of the venue to a larger crowd.
Ice Nine Kills Setlist
Something You Whisper Setlist