LAIKA: Laikaruptour 2012 With ABHORUPT Starts Tonight

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Canadian Melodic Death Metallers LAIKA will perform in front of their hometown crowd at Ozzy’s in Winnipeg, MB tonight as the band kicks off the Laikaruptour with tech deathers ABHORUPT. The band will then head to the Western part of Canada for a string dates before wrapping things up on July 31st. Upon completion of the tour, LAIKA will be heading into the studio with Ryan Forsyth again to record the long overdue follow up to 2010’s Crafting the Cataclysm, which was self-released and made available for free download at this location. The band has issued the following statement about the upcoming tour (dates below).

“With this new tour we are showing the newer sound of Laika and exposing fans to true Winnipeg Melodic Death metal. We have enlisted Ronnie Ladobruk on guitar to join us on the journey out west. If this name sounds familiar, you may know him from this year’s Canada’s Got Talent! He was part of the Winnipeg Auditions. Ronnie has been putting a crazy amount of effort to make this tour a successful one. He’s an awesome guitarist and we can’t wait to show him the tour life.”


July 20th – Winnipeg, MB – Ozzy’s
July 23rd – Regina, SK – Exchange/the club
July 25th – Prince George, BC – Pizzaricos
July 26th – Vancouver, BC – Red Room Lounge
July 27th – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theater
July 29th – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelsons
July 30th – Saskatoon, SK – The Fez
July 31st – Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn

Laika is a six-piece melodic death metal band. They combine the modern metal feeling and progressive tone of new wave North American metal with European influences from hard hitters Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth and Insomnium. With inspirations originating in both classical music and folk metal; Laika delivers a truly surreal sound experience. As a band Laika is constantly evolving, refusing to become complacent. This thirst for evolution drives the writing process as successive tracks learned from their predecessors, giving the impression that each new song is bound for glory. As the band evolves it also gains new experiences including a healthy dose of touring and big ticket shows. Approaching their third year in live performances Laika has already shared the stage with fellow metallers Abysmal Dawn, All Shall Perish, Conducting from the Grave, Kampfar, Kataklysm, Nylithia, Necronomicon, Obscura, Unleash the Archers, and Vreid among others.

Laika is currently deep in the works of producing their second full length album which is due to be released within the year. A sneak peak of two tracks planned to be release on the second album can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page ( As most of their new and best material is yet unrecorded; the best way to hear it is to go to one of their shows and check it out. Watch for dates and venues on their upcoming tour featuring Abhorupt and check them out live!

Jordan Dorge – Vocals
Steven Tedham – Keys
Mike Mason – Bass
Ian Garraway – Guitar
Blair Garraway – Drums
Ray Mackelson – Bass (2009-2010)
Brandon Hamilton – Guitar (2009-2012)

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