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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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King Diamond @ The Forum, London

July 2nd, 2016

King Diamond + Angel Witch

@ The Forum, London

21st June, 2016

Review by Jarod Lawley
Photos by Talie Rose Eigland

King Diamond - O2 Forum 2016

King Diamond – O2 Forum 2016

The King’s return to the UK after a seven year long absence at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 must have impressed a lot of metalheads, because now the band haunt London again for the first time in ten years, they are playing to a crowd that is over twice the size to the that back out the Electric Ballroom in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

June 30th, 2016

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2016

@ Hammersmith Apollo, London

13th June, 2016

Review and photography by Sabrina Selkis

 With hardly any time to recover fully from Download Festival in the Midlands of England, it is already time to go to the 14th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. Also it is the birthday celebration of 30  years of Metal Hammer Magazine, and what a ride it has been!
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Diviner – band leader/singer Yiannis Papanikolaou

June 10th, 2016

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Band leader/singer Yiannis Papanikolaou- Diviner

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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The Greek heavy metal act Diviner released their debut album FALLEN EMPIRES last year and since I thought the album was great I hooked up with one of the band’s leaders, singer Yiannis Papanikolaou, to learn a bit more about them. The band is jammed with experienced and skilled musicians like guitarist Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) and drummer Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish). Innerwish is one of the biggest metal acts from Greece and Yiannis was also a member of that band before joining Diviner. Besides Diviner this busy man also leads and fronts the Dio cover act Rock N Roll Children, whom we discussed during our interview. To learn more about Greek heavy metal lean back and enjoy…

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Exodus + Lost Society @ The Underworld, London

March 20th, 2016

Exodus+ Lost Society +Striker

@ The Underworld, London

March 5th, 2016

Review by Ann Sulaiman

Photos by Inty Malcolm

31 years since the release of debut album “Bonded by Blood” and Bay Area legends Exodus hit the road with a European and UK tour to mark the occasion.

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Exodus

Carrying Lost Society and Striker in tow, they paid a visit to The Underworld in London (admittedly one of their favourite spots to play, according to frontman Steve “Zetro”) for what was to be a consistently crazy night of crowdsurfing and moshing for all to enjoy.

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Slayer, Testament & Carcass: Calgary AB March 14, 2016

March 16th, 2016

Slayer
w/ Testament & Carcass

March 14, 2016

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

Slayer © Monika Deviat

Slayer © Monika Deviat

It is not too often that the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall gets completely sold out for Metal shows, but Slayer, who have performed at this same venue a few times before, managed to do just that on their most recent stop in Calgary, Alta. Slayer is riding high on what many people are saying is their best album in years (REPENTLESS [Nuclear Blast, 2015]) and the legions of Metal were out in force! Managing crowds and traffic flow is a complicated endeavor at the best of times and it was a bit of a struggle on Monday night.  

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Judas Priest @ The Barrowlands, Glasgow

December 2nd, 2015

Judas Priest

Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, United Kingdom

November 24, 2015

Review by Andrew Watson

Judas Priest - REDEEMER OF SOULS

Judas Priest – REDEEMER OF SOULS photo 2015

Tuesday night saw classic performances from both support and headline acts at what is arguably Glasgow’s most famous music venue; the Barrowlands.

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WOLF: INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST SIMON AND DRUMMER RICHARD

October 24th, 2015

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Interview with guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren

18th October 2015
@ Limelight, Belfast

Just ahead of their co-headlining gig with fellow Swedes Enforcer in Belfast, we got the opportunity to chat with gregarious Wolf guitarist Simon Johansson and drummer Richard Holmgren, who revealed what it’s like being on the road for much of their twenty year history, why they love Bloodstock and what was behind the decision to use the ‘Wolf’ name to sell absinthe, ale and their special hot sauce. Read the rest of this entry »

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Venom INC and Vader live @ The Underworld, Camden

October 7th, 2015

VENOM INC
With special guests VADER, DIVINE CHAOS and WITCHES

 live at The Underworld Camden, London

September 21st 2015

Review & Photography by Fernando Bonenfant
https://www.facebook.com/fernando.bonenfant

The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.

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EDGE OF PARADISE Interview with Vocalist Margarita Monet

May 5th, 2015

Edge Of Paradise Interview with Vocalist Margarita Monet

Interview by Jo Blackened

http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com

Edge of Paradise (3)

LINE-UP
Margarita Monet – vocals
Dave Bates – guitars
John Chominsky – drums
Nick Ericson – bass

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Alestorm interview @Sub 89 Reading 23/10/14

November 13th, 2014

Alestorm Interview with Dani Evans

Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Photos by Graham Hilling

23rd October 2014

@ Sub 89, Reading

Alestorm

Alestorm

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.
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Calgary Metal Fest III June 4-8, 2014

June 16th, 2014

Calgary Metal Fest III

June 4-8, 2014

Calgary, Alberta

Review and Photos by Monika Deviat

Big James and Big Nate at Calgary Metal Fest

Big James and Big Nate encouraging people to donate more money for the charity auction.

 Introduction

Calgary Metal Fest (CMF) started out as a two day event in 2012 put on by Nate Renaud to celebrate his birthday and this year it expanded into a five day party. Along with the expansion of the fest Renaud has expanded his repertoire and is now running shows and this event under his company Big Nate Productions.  This year’s event started out with a free kickoff party at the Ship and Anchor, three nights of line-ups at Dicken’s Pub and Vern’s Tavern and ended with an impromptu hangover party at Dicken’s pub – the idea for which was drunkenly conceived in a kitchen by organizers and bands partying late into what was supposed to be the final day of the festival. Unlike last year there was no all ages venue, all five nights being 18+ shows.

The MC of this year’s CMF was James Arsenian aka Big James, known for his vocal work in Endast and Exes for Eyes and his YouTube show “The Big James Morning Show”.  Big James was an excellent choice as shown by his gregarious and witty personality. He did his research on bands and was able to help promote upcoming tours and albums when he introduced the bands.

Big James and Big Nate

Big James and Big Nate

CMF MC Big James

CMF MC Big James

On the final night of the festival there were prizes auctioned off between bands Renaud joined Big James on stage to auction off tickets to some western Canadian festivals like Farmegeddon and Armstrong Metal Fest. The big prize was the massive poster with the CMF logo, band logos and signatures of bands and, as requested by the winner, fans. This year $1400 was raised for the Make a Wish Southern Alberta charity. We have to say thank you to Big James for giving us the best photo of the festival (featured above after the title) during the auctions between bands.

Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction

Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction

Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction

Big James and Big Nate during the charity auction

Giant CMF Poster for auction.

Giant CMF Poster for auction.

Winner of the giant poster.

Winner of the giant poster.

Big Nate and Family with the Big Check. Photo courtesy of Jaelle.

Big Nate and Family with the Big Check. Photo courtesy of Jaelle.

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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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Signus Regis – bandleader/bass player Ronnie König

April 16th, 2014

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Bandleader/bass player Ronnie König – Signus Regis

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the additional live pictures of the band taken by: Daniele Fuligno, Michael Bolli and Nate Summer-Cook

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Signus Regis – the Slovakian heavy metal band unleashed their third album EXODUS last year. The album is a theme album with guests vocalists like Göran Edman, Daisa Munhoz, Michael Vescera and Lance King. Since I thought the album was great I thought I should hook up with bandleader/bass player Ronnie König in order to get to know a little bite more about the band and their history. We handled issues like EXODUS, the matter of guest vocalists, the line-up and labels. Another topic that was handled was also the status of heavy metal/hardrock in Slovakia. Enjoy.

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Wizard – bandleader/drummer Soren “Snoppi” Van Heek

January 11th, 2012

 

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Bandleader/drummer Soren “Snoppi” Van Heek

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack at Massacre Records for setting up the interview.

Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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If you’re into power/heavy metal music then you should check out the brand new Wizard album  ….OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES from the German act Wizard. The band have been active for 22 years so I thought it was time to get a hold of bandleader Soren “Snoppi” Van Heek and to have a long talk about the band, its history, the new album, and of course the future.

 

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