Who wants to spend Thanksgiving with your folks when you can spend it with Truckfighters? Hitting Toronto for the second time in nine months, the Swedish stoner rock pilgrims brought plenty of good tidings and cheer on a balmy Monday night. The crowd was noticeably smaller than their previous appearance, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm on this evening.
Local riff rock stalwarts Electric Magma opened the show with a trademark fuzzy instrumental set, using the bass wah pedal to its full effect. These guys are currently working on their ninth album and played us a few new tunes in the process.
Telekinetic Yeti is a doomy duo from Iowa that blew their bass amp before their set even started. But despite the lack of low end, they still put on a spirited set with some Sleep-style stoner doom riffs. Their drummer could definitely win a Best Beards of Doom contest!
If these pictures are anything to go by, Truckfighters weren’t quite as energetic as last time. Although I don’t really remember it that way, with Dango adding a 360 and a jump kick to his arsenal of stage moves, and Ozo even getting in on the arial action. The highlight of the set had to be “Chameleon,” a 10-minute tune from their second album, that made the ground shake with its heavy-as-balls intro. They mixed in a couple new songs as well, but those first two records, Phi and Gravity X are still where it’s at!