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Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

August 19th, 2016

Nate Renaud – Founder – Calgary Metalfest

On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

Nate and Nancy auctioning off the CMF Poster. Photo © Monika Deviat

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain: Calgary AB Mar 5, 2016

March 19th, 2016

Nightwish
w/ Sonata Arctica & Delain

March 5, 2016

Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

I have not seen the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall sold out for a Metal show in a long, long time. Not even for bands that also pull in the more mainstream crowds like Blind Guardian and Gwar. But Nightwish did it!  At their second concert in Calgary in over 20 years, the place was packed for an extra-ordinary bill of Euro-Metal. Delain and Sonata Arctica have also been through Calgary before and the crowds were out in force to see the triple stacked show. I’m not surprised Nightwish is riding a career high with a triumphant North American tour with their new signer as they just recently won the award for Best Metal album in their homeland of Finland.

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Metal Alliance Tour 2014 Hits Calgary

May 7th, 2014

Metal Alliance Tour 2014

MacEwan Hall, Calgary Alta.

April 29, 2014

Review and Photos by Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

On April 29, 2014 the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into Calgary Alta. for a very early show. The venue at the University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, had a very early curfew for the show and so doors were opened at 5pm with the first band on at 5:45pm. The early start time unfortunately reduced the number of attendees, as did the lack of Inquisition on bill who were unable to cross the border. The three more well-known acts on the bill, Goatwhore, 1349 and Behemoth have played packed venues in Calgary previously. Due to the size of the hall and the division between the beer gardens at the back of the room and the all age’s section in front of the stage, the crowd looked a little thin.

It was a slow start when Black Crown Initiate came on stage. There were very few people in the venue and no line up outside because of the early start time. A few more people trickled in over the course of the set but it was a very noticeably small crowd. Their technical death metal infused with progressive influences was enjoyed by the audience, and a sizable amount of people moved up towards the stage to show their appreciation of the music. The songs flowed seamlessly from an instrumental introspective intro into their heavier catalogue.

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Black Crown Initiate, © Photo Monika Deviat

Louisiana’s Goatwhore always gets a good response in Calgary, filling larger bar sized venues with raucous fans. Although there were considerably more people for Goatwhore’s set, it still looked like small crowd due to the room size. Frontman Ben Falgoust demands the audience’s response with his intense stage presence as he prowls around the stage striking epic poses and headbanging in between ferocious vocals.  Sammy Duet shredded through driving riffs and razor sharp solos. Bassist James Harvey was an indomitable presence as he delivered tight bass lines and Zack Simmons was menacing behind his drum kit. The set sampled from the bands previous albums with songs like “The All Destroying”, “When Steel and Bone Meet”, along with a new tune from the upcoming album Constricting Rage of the Merciless [Metal Blade Records, 2014] called “Baring Teeth For Revolt”. The set finished with favorites that really got the crowd moving “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” and “Apocalyptic Havok”.

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Goatwhore, © Photo Monika Deviat

Norway’s 1349 brought a more malicious atmosphere to the line-up. The stage was awash in red as the band took the stage. Vocalist Ravn was an intimidating force, holding up gauntleted fists to crowd to emphasize his venomous vocals.  Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) was filling in once again on drum for Frost and did an excellent job with the relentless drum beats. “Sculptor of Flesh” started off the set and after a few songs the band gave the crowd a taste of upcoming album with “Slaves” which seemed well liked by the crowd.  They finished off with “When I was Flesh” and “Atomic Chapel”.

1349, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

1349, © Photo Monika Deviat

1349, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

1349, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth never fails at putting a performance that shows thought put into every detail. From costumes and backdrops and sets, to stage presence and character, it all holds the audience enthralled. Whether or not you are a fan of their newest offering the Satanist [Nuclear Blast, 2014], which was heavily featured in the set list, the performance delivered entertained and engaged. The band strode on stage with Nergal following last, ceremoniously walking out with fire torches held in both hands. Nergal stood with his back to the audience, torches crossed, and the anticipation was built up until they launched into “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”. Orion was towering and ominous with his bass. Inferno pounded into his drums, though was mostly hidden behind his kit for the majority of the set. Seth shredded on his guitar with Nergal and stalked around the stage.  Behemoth gave fans some older favorites like “Conquer All”, “Christians to the Lions”, and “Chant for Eschaton 2000” mixed in with the new, including the title track from The Satanist. Their excellently executed set ended with “O Father, O Satan, O Sun” and the band donned horned masks to finish with a very evil atmosphere.

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, ©  Photo Monika Deviat

Behemoth, © Photo Monika Deviat

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