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Sunday February 24th, 2013

Posted at 11:00am

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On Friday night at The Room NiteClub Windsor music fans said goodbye to one of the area’s top metal acts.

After three years together, progressive metal band Perpetuate played their last show together. They were joined by two other local acts, Awake to a Dream and Falling With Glory.

Awake to a Dream has been playing shows since sometime in 2010, and always seem to impress. Friday night was no exception. The club was already getting full by the time they took the stage as the opening act, and they drew the audience right in. While everyone might not have been singing along, they were certainly giving their full attention to the stage. Their heavy-sounding progressive set was spiced up with a Rammstein cover somewhere in the middle, with front man Chris Wilbur singing some impressive German.

Falling With Glory’s set was interesting all the way through. From dealing with technical difficulties to hardcore make out scenes on stage, there was always something to watch.

Their music is an interesting blend of metal, hardcore, and pop punk that got the crowd riled up and brought all the girls (that I didn’t even realize were there) to the front of the stage.

When Perpetuate took the stage, there were a lot of fists in the air and maneuvering around the front of the stage became difficult.

This show was as energetic as any other show they’ve played in Windsor, on both the part of the band and audience. The turnout really shows how much this group will be missed.

This is the way things go with bands, unfortunately, but the musicians will, for the most part, be continuing on with other things.

“I have completely and 100 per cent sold out,” laughed guitarist Jamie Hush in an interview on CJAM 99.1 FM earlier this week, “I am starting a software company with one of my friends in Toronto. This isn’t the reason the band’s breaking up, this is just one of those pure coincidences that the band was going down.”

Drummer Mike Wiznuk is starting a new project with guitarist Chris Rafinski and bassist Calvin Love. At the moment they are going by Abiogenesis and will have some music up soon.

Frontwoman Kim McInnis will likely keep herself busy with musical theatre projects like Next to Normal, which ran in early February.

But is there any hope of the band reuniting in the future?

“Honestly, it doesn’t look like it right now,” says Love, “I mean, if someone asked me in five years if I want to get together for another show or something, I’d say yes, but I think for now this is it.”

Find more photos from the show here.

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