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Released: 2017, Indie
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)…
Emblem (St. John’s)
Heaven’s Fire (Toronto)
Ice War (Ottawa)
Monarch Woods (London)
The Lightbringer (Quebec City)
To The Mountains (Lethbridge)
It has been seven long years since The Lightbringer released their debut album, QUINTESSENCE OF DAWN and it is well worth the wait. This is probably the heaviest of the bands in my Canadian Carnage feature.
This quartet from Quebec have one of the coolest band photos I have seen in a long time. It matches their style well. Normally I would not quote from a band own press but they are self-described as “Melodic Black Power Metal inspired from the 90’s”. They list influences as “Septic Flesh, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Hecate Enthroned, Summoning, Ulver, Dawn, Lord Belial, Dark Tranquility, Arcturus Dismal Euphony, Theatre of Tragedy, Tristania, Cemetary and Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian! I think I have almost every single album that all the above bands listed in my library so how could I possibly NOT like this album? They didn’t really have to list all those bands, they had me at Melodic Black Power Metal!
HEPTANITY is a monster record, seven songs running just under an hour, they are not afraid to write long, complicated (and enjoyable!) compositions! This band throws almost everything into the mix, I think I can count five distinct voices and vocal deliveries on here, operatic female, clean, growled, shrieked and more! The intense raging, multi-layered songs do not make this an easy or causal listening, but ‘easy-listening’ is for wimps! The extremely proficient players deliver a stunning wall of noise and do it effortlessly! Their blackened Power Metal sound is so engaging.
Not as many bands do this style anymore and it is so good to hear it executed virtually flawlessly on HEPTANITY.
1. The Infinite Stars of Creation
2. The Sword of Crystalline Light
3. The Fire of Life and Death
4. The Sundering Hammer of Earths
5. The Crushing Thunderbolt of Skies
6. The Emerald Pearl of the Oceans
7. The Scepter of Fundamental Darkness
Auraeon Guitar, Drums
Aethera Piano, Keyboards
Archan Vocals, Bass, Guitar
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