Eternal Sleep Association Récréative de Gatineau (ARG), Gatineau QC, September 6

Eternal Sleep Association Récréative de Gatineau (ARG), Gatineau QC, September 6
Photo: Calum Slingerland
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It has to be a challenge to play dark music in the daylight, especially when the venue is awash in it thanks to a wall of windows. Eternal Sleep were stuck with these circumstances for their Heart Fest set, which occurred right after the fest's daily break — a welcome reprieve from constant cacophony.
 
The Pittsburgh band wasted no time putting an end to that, with the chainsaw tone of the HM-2 lopping off heads to the beat of '90s hardcore. The most impressive part was the fact that there weren't heavy and un-heavy parts; there were heavy and heavier parts. But it was when the heaviest parts hit that the reactions were most explosive. By the time they dedicated closer "Small Talk" to "all the Midwestern goons in the house," they'd won over a whole new audience of goons. 
 
Heart Fest Day 3, Gatineau QC, 2015 09 06