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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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Slayer @ The Big Four, Calgary AB

November 12th, 2013

Slayer

With Gojira and 4ARM

Big Four, Calgary AB

November 3, 2013

Photos and Review by Monika Deviat

Photo © Monika Deviat

Photo © Monika Deviat

The concrete confines of the Big Four building in Calgary Alta., are not the ideal choice for a concert venue – especially for legends like Slayer, a band you would want to hear no matter where you are standing in a venue. However, on November 3, 2013 over 2,500 fans came out to see Slayer deliver an old school set on their first North American tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman in May this year. French heavy hitters Gojira and Australia’s 4Arm were support for the tour.

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Barge to Hell Dec. 3-7 2012

December 16th, 2012

Barge to Hell 2012

Review and photos by Monika Deviat

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