DAY FOUR-JUNE 7TH, 2013 Dicken’s Pub – Monika Deviat
The last night of Calgary Metal Fest at Dicken’s Pub was an intense one. There was a good line-up featuring a variety of metal styles as well as international headliners Skeletonwitch. For Calgary metal fans, another big draw was the reunion of tech metallers Caveat. Towards the end of the evening festival organizer Nate Renaud and acting MC comedian Jason Rouse auctioned off a massive festival poster feature all the bands on the bill and many signatures from the band members. The poster was won for $500 and all the proceeds were donated to the Southern Alberta chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation.
Quietus from Edmonton played a furious set and although they took the stage early on in the evening a lot of fans were up front at the stage to check out the band.
Slagduster from Grand Fork B.C. delivered a crushing and melodic set that was very dynamic.
Saskatoon’s Untimely Demise gave the crowd solid riffs to headbang to. Their execution of snarling vocals, tight solos and thrashing riffs was enthusiastic.
Six piece melodic death metal band Laika brought a quite different sound and atmosphere to the day’s line up.
Calgary’s Viathyn livened up the venue with a power metal set that had the crowd moving. Frontman Tomislav Crnkovic’s grin was infectious and you could see their fans really enjoyed the set.
Black metal band Wilt from Manitoba received a really good response from the crowd. Although coming in after a power metal band they were able to quickly create an atmosphere appropriate to their English black metal style.
Some technical difficulties had Calgary’s Divinity started a bit later than planned (the only really time during the whole festival that the set times ran noticeably late – Nate’s and crew had everything running so smoothly). When they finally took the stage it was with an aggression that had the waiting crowd hooked into their their intricate brand of metal.
The venue was packed with fans who couldn’t wait to see the reunion of progressive metallers, Caveat. Casey Rogers, Joe Sikorski and Greg Musgrave were joined by bassist Matt Petti (Verbal Deception) to play a short set at CMF by request of Renaud. Caveat played an excellent set, showing off their musicianship with a handful of well chosen songs. It was really quite amazing.
Into Eternity were very animated on stage and looked like they had a good time playing to the CMF crowd. Touring vocalist Amanda Kiernan was leaning out into the crowd, holding out the mic for people to sing along. Founder Tim Roth shredded expertly, showing off a bit for fans.
The last band of the evening played a late set, but the venue was still packed when Skeletonwitch took the stage. The five piece from Ohio brought a high energy stage presence that had the mosh pit raging from start to finish. Frontman Chance Garnette was charismatic and aggressive on the mic, snarling right into people faces. Skeletonwitch provided a brutal and heavy end to the festival.