CALGARY METAL FEST
JUNE 5-8, 2013 Calgary, Alberta.
JP: Calgary Metal Fest is the brainchild of Metal man-about town Nathan Renaud. A fixture of the Metal scene for years Nate has been involved with recording, production a member of Kilyakai and Kyoktys, and most importantly a fan and supporter of the Calgary scene. Last year (June 2012) he decided to throw himself a birthday party and invited a few friends to play at a local bar. The event started to grow and before he knew it 40 or so bands had signed up! It was a complete success. Inspired by the support and fun of the first event in 2012, Calgary Metalfest 2013 really took flight.d. This year’s four day event ran from June 5 to 9th and expanded to include two venues, an all-ages component, a convenient shuttle that runs between the two venues and a merch area. Most notably the event actually doubled in size to include over 80 bands. In addition to a host of local, Albertan, Western Canadian bands, Nate added a handful of international touring acts including Scale The Summit, Intronaut, and Skeleton Witch. While featuring dozens and dozens of Calgary bands, some of the heavy hitters from around Western Canada came out, including Disciples of Power, Into Eternity and Mortillery. What is surprising that there was virtually no duplication from last years line-up and in a testament to the strength of the local scene there are another handful of bands that weren’t on the bill. CMF generally focuses on the heavier end of the spectrum of Metal with Death, thrash and black metal scattered about. It is hard to cover 80 bands but I did catch a couple of shows and our intrepid photographer, Monika Deviat, was there the entire time catching tons of great shots and she has included her thoughts as well. For more information please check out www.calgarymetalfest.com. Deviat: CMF was an incredible four days of metal. I managed to photograph over 40 bands and I spent most of my time at Dicken’s Pub (best venue for the photographers). The majority of the bands delivered great sets and everything ran efficiently and even mostly on time thanks to the stage crew.
DAY ONE JUNE 5TH, 2013 – Monika Deviat
The first night of CMF was a well-attended short but heavy offering of three Calgary based metal bands and a set by comedian Jason Rouse at Dicken’s Pub. Stab.Twist.Pull kicked off the festival with a fast and loud set, literally getting in people’s faces.
Political death grind band Exit Strategy played an extremely intense set and featured a new tune off their upcoming album “The Atrocity Machine”.
Jason Rouse delivered a brutal set that had most people laughing but also struggling with the grotesque imagery that Rouse described and acted out. A few female audience members good naturally became the subject matter of some his vulgar jokes, even playing along and encouraging the comedian.
Ending off the night fairly early for those who had to work the next day was Kyoktys. Festival organizer Nate Renaud had already done his job as promoter and sound man and now took the stage with his bass. The band played a crushing set to an audience that stuck through the entire night.
It was a successful first night of CMF and a good indicator that the next three days were going to be even better.