Over the last two years since 2013, Wacken Metal Battle Canada has seen Canada’s top metal bands battle each other for one to rule them all and perform at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners –video at Wacken) have had that honour, playing in front of thousands. Now with Wacken Metal Battle Canada’s 2015 submissions set to open on November 20th, 2014 till January 6th, 2015, WMBC is also proud to announce its expansion to Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to join Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal as the official battle grounds.
NOVEMBER 20th UPDATE:
More exciting news! Just got news that Victoria is another city added to the battles for 2015 for a total of 10 cities across Canada.
“We’re happy to be expanding again this year again with the addition of Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon. As pillars of the metal community it’s our duty to provide the opportunities of Metal Battle to as many Canadian bands as possible.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Saying that Alestorm have been a busy band is an understatement, with a new album just out and the Scottish pirate crew are ready to release the Kraken that is their new album “Sunset on the Golden age”.We caught up with Dani Evans, who lends his guitar talents to Alestorm, for a quick chat about the new album, the current tour and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick off 2015 with a bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”, released on January 23rd EU and on January 27th in North America. The album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge feat. Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) plus an all star metal line-up incl. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween, etc.) & Alexander Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force) on lead guitars, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear, etc) on drums & Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards. Song samples are available below.
Coming in 2015 – LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!
Satan’s Fall 2014 tour only had one exclusive Canadian data in Toronto. So in order to the see the band and have a vacation in an interesting city, I travelled to San Francisco, arriving on October 25, 2014, the same day Satan was playing in the Bay area. It was Satan’s first time in the west coast city and tickets to the show at the Elbo Room put on by Lucifer’s Hammer had sold fast. It was a cool experience to see the legendary NWOBHM band in a venue that has so much history in the punk and metal scene of San Francisco.
Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk have issued the following statement regarding the passing of bassist Jonathan Athon who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident with his girlfriend Emily on Friday night (November 7th):
“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”
The numbers already look impressive: 91 bands announced, 13 cities in 7 states & territories and it’s all 1 show – 1 single show under 1 banner in 1 night all over Australia.
This is the first time in Australian metal history that promoters, venues and bands get together for METAL UNITED DOWN UNDER. Capital, medium and smaller cities host this huge event, some as all day festivals, some as evening only shows. Underground metal bands from all over the country play in their city or travel to another Metal United Down Under show as part of their tour. Metal United Down Under connects all of them.
PRIME CUTS MUSIC, MAPLE METAL RECORDS & CLAIM THE THRONE PRESENT CLAIM THE THRONE (AUSTRALIA) & PRIMALFROST (CANADA) ON THE ‘FORGED IN FROST’ USA & CANADA TOUR 2015
Ruthlessly tearing the boundaries of folk metal in the heaviest of ways, Australian warriors CLAIM THE THRONE are ready to hit US & Canadian soil for the first time! The band’s latest album FORGED IN FLAME has received triumphant reviews worldwide and has seen them raid stages through Australia, New Zealand, UK and Asia.
Toronto’s PRIMALFROST are fast becoming one of the most promising bands on the Canadian metal circuit. Fronted by the driving force of Dean Arnold they further bring a blackened melodic death approach to folk metal, and will be performing in Montreal, Rochester and Burlington on the back of 2014’s massively epic PROSPEROUS VISIONS album.
For a band with such a long history that have retained strong popularity 30 years on, it seems strange that Skid Row would be booked to play a venue as small as the London Underworld that evening. Any fan hoping to purchase a ticket on the door would have been severely disappointed with the gig long sold out. Perhaps it was the reputation of the first band, or maybe everyone was out to party that night as walking into the Underworld I was greeted to a packed out room, a rare sight on a school night. Read the rest of this entry »
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, will enter the studio next January to record the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The band has released the following statement:
“There is no rest for the wicked as they say. KATAKLYSM has been full of inspiration and are in full determination mode lately; a rejuvenated band that is out to conquer the world with no sign of stopping! We’ve been secretly working hard on a monstrous new album, and will enter the studio next January to start tracking. The process will take three months to complete, with three different producers at the helm. Seasoned guitarist and longtime studio engineer J- F Dagenais will be tracking drums, guitars and bass, while traveling between Montreal and Texas. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono will be tracking vocals in Florida with producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMONAMARTH).”
The pirate crew re back on this stop of their swashbuckling journey they are in Reading’s prime venue Sub 89, famed for their wench at the ready tunes that make you want to crack out a bottle of rum in an instant, have three valiant support acts for tonight’s debauchery. Rainbowdragoneyes, Red Rum and Lagerstein and of course the evenings head line act Alestorm.
Without further ado it’s time for some merriment, first up are Rainbowdragoneyes [4/5] who on paper might sound like am audio disaster, but in reality are surprisingly infectious. Opening up with a dance-chip-core sound, the corpse painted one man band is met with a crowd who look almost anxious about the lack of fellow musicians on stage. His sound is somewhere between the soundtrack of fighting dragons with majestic 8-bit trumpets, stomping dance beats and topped off with death metal growls.
It’s not long though before the slowly trickling in crowd start to enjoy the strange sound flavour before them. There is an aura of uncertainty around the frontman until he asks the crowd an obvious ice breaker “do you like video games” before proceeding with his 3D game boy antics.
With slices such as “the rift” which sounds like Nintendo dubstep and other notable wonders such as “Primordial ooze” which is not without some killer electronically created riffs. It would be fair to say that this band have a very old school sound to them, with childhood rekindling in every chord. A thoroughly enjoyable if not unexpected set from the American gamer.
Red Rum [3.5/5] are up next with a full band on board, it’s a visual re-adjustment for the crowd (which has filled out by quite a long way). With music that sits somewhere between Neoclassical Pirate Metal and fairy-tale land infused folk. The crowd lapped up the chance to interact with the band and show them their “claw/hook” instead of the traditional metal horns.
The six piece from the Midlands step up the pace with a heavy rendition of Lord of the Rings famed “Taking the hobbits to Isengard” among other delightful offerings that are as addictively danceable as they are drinkable too. It’s not long before the crowd are thrown by command into a tundra of excitement, whirling its way into a circle pit.
The bands bring with them rhythms that are drenched in a sound that is a combination of Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, and Eluviette influence.
It’s time to say bye to the plush pirates who needless to say may have felt a bit underdressed in compare to the crowd, which had finally filled out the venue completely and just in time for the gigs second to last act.
Lagerstein [4.5/5], the troupe who hail from Australian, have travelled across the seven seas to be here tonight. The outfit who are self-described as being formed in 2010 after a 12 Kings hangover and decided that there weren’t enough drinking bands out there so formed Lagerstein and did something about it!
The band don’t waste too much time with formalities as they get stuck in with the first guitar chords ringing out from band members “The Majestic Beast” and ” Neil Rummy Rackers”. They work in fruitful harmony and start off the bands musical journey packed with story- telling antics, which serve as the backdrop for the beer guzzling.
Highlights of the bands set included a swashbuckling cover of “I’m on boat” that gets everyone familiar with the lonely island masterpiece to sing along, after downing multiple beer bongs of course. Shared with one man band Rainbowdragoneyes and the evening’s headliners Alestorm it’s needless to say that the stage is pretty packed.
The excitement for Alestorm [4/5] has begun to boil as the band are about to kick off with an instrumental sea shanty followed by new found classic: “Walk the plank”. Which kicks off the “First annual Anglo-Irish pie rating festival 2014” according to the set list.
The ‘True Scottish Pirate Metal’ band were welcomed onstage by the packed out crowd. The band who are nearing the end of their nineteen day tour of the British Isles, most bands at this point would be faltering but the crew are roaring to go helped by a power punch of excitement in their bellies to add fire to the hearth.
Working their magic all over the intimate stage, Alestorm show their ability to play to a large and relatively small crowds. Displaying their calibre as musical geniuses and as theatrical master minds. With no stopping except for topping up the dosage of alcohol as the band continue onward on their high energy rampage.
The twenty strong set list has been one killer track after another, with the likes of “drink”, “Nancy the tavern wench”, “wooden leg” and of course the awesome “Wenches and Mead” .It’s fair to say that when final fun filled tracks “Captain Morgan’s revenge” and simply named “Rum” rung out the crowd wouldn’t have asked them to walk the plank in punishment.
The concert tonight has been a fine display of how an intimate stage can really bring out the most excitement in a crowd and the best in a band. Helped, naturally by lashings of beer, plenty of whirlpool worthy circle pits and more antics than a circus. It’s fair to say that Pirate fest 2014 in Reading has been a success.
The band’s latest release Sunset on the Golden age here