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Dark Harvest
December 2017
Released: 2017, Indie
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Carnage! Because I am a true patriot, once or twice a year I like to do a quick spotlight and some short reviews on newer, independent, underground Canadian Metal bands. That time is now! Thanks to all of the bands who sent me material for my spotlight. In the spirit of the PMRC, I have chosen a ‘Filthy Fifteen’ (+1!) as some (but not all!) of the bright lights, innovators and leaders of Canadian Metal. Most of them are independent bands releasing their debut album or EP in 2017. Check these bands out, they are the future of Metal! They are (listed alphabetically)…

Abomb (Calgary)

Decatur (Toronto)

Emblem (St. John’s)

Evereal (Mission)

Hammerdrone (Calgary)

Heaven’s Fire (Toronto)

Hounskull (Mississauga)

Ice War (Ottawa)

Maglor (Calgary)

Monarch Woods (London)

Operus (Toronto)

Osyron (Calgary)

Solarus (London)

The Lightbringer (Quebec City)

To The Mountains (Lethbridge)

Votov (Winnipeg)

I have to apologize to the boys in Hammerdrone. I’ve had this CD for months and I’ve not given it the attention it deserves with a review. This Calgary band is one of the more experienced in my Canadian Carnage feature with an EP and now two studio albums under their belt.

DARK HARVEST is an independent release by this five-piece Death Metal band. Death Metal might not be the best description; they are not your straight up Cannibal Corpse/Obituary style band but certainly extremely heavy. I suppose ‘Blackened Death’ might work but that still might sell the band short as there are some very nice melodies in here as well.

The CD is very nicely designed. Vocalist Graham has included notes fro each song, explaining the meaning behind the lyrics, I really like when bands do this, it makes the songs more personal to me and easier to understand and/or relate to. The vocals are pretty guttural and the band really let loose on songs like ‘Ancestral Weight’. They almost have a slightly European sound, dare I say I maybe hear little hints of Septic Flesh, Keep Of Kalessin, Moonspell, stuff of that ilk?

Hammerdrone are the complete package; professional, talented and heavy as hell. It is certainly worth your time to investigate one of the more exciting bands in Canadian extreme Metal these days.
Track Listing

1. Echoes
2. Karakoram
3. Ancestral Weight
4. Dark Harvest
5. Black Bison
6. The Wasting Throne
7. Harvest the Void
8. Collapse of Reality
9. Lost in an Instant


Graham Harris Vocals
Rick Cardellini Guitar
Curtis Beardy Guitar
Tehran Wyer Bass
Vince Cardellini Drums



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