Concert Review: Necrot, Phobophilic, Street Tombs, and Hexoffender at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto (July 1st)

Concert Review: Necrot, Phobophilic, Street Tombs, and Hexoffender at Hard Luck Bar, Toronto (July 1st)
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On July 1st, the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto was transformed into a haven for metal enthusiasts, with a night of blistering performances from Necrot, Phobophilic, Street Tombs, and Hexoffender. The energy was palpable as fans packed the venue, eager for a night of intense, raw, and unrelenting metal.


Kicking off the night, Hexoffender set the tone with their gritty and aggressive sound. Their blend of metal punk and Black 'n' Roll got the crowd pumped early, with some ferocious head banging almost immediately. The band's raw energy and fierce stage presence made for an exhilarating start. Highlights included their tracks 'Blood Fuck' and 'I Want Sleaze,' which showcased their ability to fuse chaotic riffs with pounding rhythms.

Photos by: Alicia Miranda (@blackmetalbarbiiiie)

Street Tombs

Next up, Street Tombs brought an absolute banger set, with darker ruinous vibes to the stage. An absolute banger set to say the least. As the lights dimmed and the first notes of their set reverberated through the bar, the crowd was instantly drawn in. Their thrashing death metal sound filled the venue with a sense of impending doom.

The band's epic performance, chilling vocals and crowd engaging facial visuals amped up the mood and captivated the audience. 'Wretched Remains' and 'Volcanic Siege' were standout tracks, enveloping the crowd in a wall of sound that was both haunting and mesmerizing. The combination of heavy, distorted riffs and emotive shredding set the tone for the rest of the night.

Photos by: Alicia Miranda (@blackmetalbarbiiiie)


North Dakota riff lords return once again to rip Toronto a new one. Phobophilic's setlist was a well-curated mix of tracks from their latest album and earlier work.

Phobophilic continued the onslaught with their technical prowess and nauseating death metal assault. Their set was a masterclass in precision and brutality as usual, with complex riffs and relentless drumming. The crowd was visibly shook by the band's shred skills and intensity. Tracks like 'Cathedrals of Blood' and 'The Bottom of Creation' left a lasting impact, with the mosh pit reaching its peak during their set.

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Finally, the legendary Oakland based Death Metal trio; Necrot took the stage, and the anticipation in the room was wild, from their first step on stage the crowd went berserk.

Known for their old-school death metal sound, Necrot obviously did not disappoint. Their performance was a relentless barrage of heavy riffs, thunderous basslines, and guttural vocals. The band's chemistry and stage presence were undeniable, driving the crowd into a frenzy. Songs like 'Drill The Skull' and 'Lifeless Birth' were delivered with precision and passion, solidifying Necrot's reputation as a powerhouse in the death metal scene.

The highlight of the evening came from their encore track 'Sinister Will' that exemplifies Necrot’s ability to combine memorable riffs with bone-crushing heaviness. The song's mid-tempo groove had the entire audience headbanging in unison, a testament to the band's skill in crafting anthems that resonate deeply with their fans.

Photographer: Marta Chilina (

Overall Experience

The Hard Luck Bar provided an intimate yet energetic setting for this night of metal mayhem. Each band brought their unique sound and style, contributing to an unforgettable experience for the fans. From Hexoffender's raw aggression to Necrot's commanding presence, the concert was a testament to the diverse and vibrant metal scene. For those in attendance, it was a night of pure, unadulterated metal bliss.

Photos by: Alicia Miranda (@blackmetalbarbiiiie)

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