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Free Stuff! Shredmonton Digital Sampler Download!

Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference SHREDMONTON, presented by Prairie Fire Events Ltd, is offering metal fans a free digital sampler of headbanging tunes from bands on this year’s line up.

To get your FREE download, click here.

The Acts

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s ShrEdmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s funereal doom outfit Psychotic Gardening and Edmonton gore masters BLËED from Friday May 12th to Sunday May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room. This year’s festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording/live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on www.Shredmonton.com and at the following Edmonton locations: Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus also available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Social Arsonist Tour Dates

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid SOCIAL ARSONIST will be hitting the road soon. With dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May,  followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned to the internet. They found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton. The duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the “fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal” to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases. Their 2016 full length Duality of Perception and 2014 debut EP De-Evolution of Thy Self both demonstrate the band’s sound: aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.

Bassist Dario Zuniga reveals that SOCIAL ARSONIST take inspiration beyond metal clichés:

“The whole album carries the Social Arsonist aggression and message of rebellion and anguish against the institutionalization of society plus we have a wide range of influences, including a South American flavouring that everyone seems to enjoy, and coming from South America just to play our music in Canada, we put a lot of effort and passion into our performance!”

Tour Dates

May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 19 – Vernon, BC – Record City
May 20 – Prince George, BC  – Legion
May 21 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
May 25 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
May 26 – TBA
May 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
May 28 – Lethbridge, AB – Smokehouse
May 29 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
June – Chile Tour
July 14 – Abbotsford, BC – Brother’s Bowling and Billiards
August 5 – Drumheller, AB – Loud As Hell Fest

Four More Bands added to Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017

Carpathian Forest, Disharmonic Orchestra, Sabiendas and Antropomorphia have been added to the line-up of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2017.

The ninth edition of Netherlands‘ loudest festival will take place on Friday 15 & Saturday 16th of December 2017, once again at the Effenaar in Eindhoven.

The line-up is shaping up as follows:

ANTROPOMORPHIA (NL)
BAPTISM (FI)
BLASPHEMY (CA)
CARPATHIAN FOREST (NO)
CORONER (CH)
DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (AT)
DOOL (NL)
EXTREME NOISE TERROR (UK)
MERCILESS (SE) – Last show ever!
OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US (AT)
PENTACLE (NL)
SABIENDAS (DE)
TANKARD (DE)
VENOM (UK)
VERWOED (NL)

More bands will be announced soon.

The strictly limited Early Bird tickets flew out of the door! Regular combi-tickets (€85 + handling fee) are now available on the official festival website. Day-tickets and the schedule will be made available later on.

Doll Skin announce new album, tour and spot on Vans Warped Tour

Phoenix pop-punk favourites Doll Skin have announced the release date for their upcoming second album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which is due for release on 16th June via EMP/SPV in Europe and EMP Label Group in the US.  Produced and mixed by Cage9 frontman Evan Rodaniche (who also produced albums by Lacey Sturm, and Powerman 5000), Manic… is the follow up to Doll Skin’s EMP debut, 2016’s In Your Face Again, which was produced by Grammy Award winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, which spawned multiple singles including, Family of Strangers, Let’s Be Honest, and Furious Fixation.

2016 saw the band tour much of the year with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From The Gods, Hellyeah, Dead Kennedys and more, before settling in to record their new record.  Not to be outdone by last year, the band kicked off 2017 in equally notable fashion with a packed hometown show supporting former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, and the announcement that the band would join the lineup of the 2017 Vans Warped Tour from June 16-25, appearing on the “Hard Rock” Stage alongside Metal and Punk bands such as The Dickies, Municipal Waste, The Ataris, TSOL and more.

In addition to the stint on Warped Tour, Doll Skin have announced a run of headlining dates in April and May, as well as the release of Shut Up (You Miss Me) as the first single from the new album.

Drummer Meghan Herring says:

“How excited are we for Warped Tour?? Psyched. Ecstatic. Beside ourselves. We’re feeling it all at once. Before we were even a band, I would go to Warped with the girls. Now our names are on the poster. It’s a surreal feeling. The lineup this year is absolutely incredible as well. Let’s do this!!!”

And on the subject of the new album Herring adds:

“We are so crazy excited for this new record to be released!! The sophomore album is an entirely different beast. It’s colorful, loud, and all over the place. It really shows the world who we are.”

Vocalist Sydney Dolezal adds:

“I am so excited to be hitting the road again this spring! We’ve got some great new tunes that we know you’ll all love, and I can’t wait to see all of our friends and fans around the country!”

Tour Dates:
DOLL SKIN Headlining:
4/29 Tucson, AZ. @ The Loudhouse w/ Dead Horse Trauma
4/30 Albuquerque, NM. @ The Co-Op
5/02 Lubbock, TX. @ Backstage Live w/ Never Say Die
5/03 Abilene, TX. @ My Place w/ Never Say Die
5/04 Ft Worth, TX. @ Ridglea Theatre w/ Never Say Die
5/06 Hutchinson, KS. @ The Rusty Needle w/ Another Lost Year & Never Say Die
5/09 Peoria, IL. @ Rail II w/ Drugs Delaney & Evil Engine
5/10 Crest Hill, IL. @ Bada Brew w/ Drugs Delaney & Evil Engine
5/11 Ft Atkinson, WI. @ Hijynx w/ Evil Engine
5/12 Mt Calvary, WI. @ Maximillians w/ Evil Engine
5/13 LaCrosse, WI. @ The Warehouse w/ In Solace
5/18 Colorado Springs, CO. @ Sunshine Studios
5/19 Salt Lake City, UT. @ Club X
5/20 Las Vegas, NV. @ Adrenaline
VANS WARPED TOUR 2017 PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS:
June 16 — CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
June 17 — Oregon State Fairgrounds – Salem, OR
June 21 — Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
June 22 — Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ
June 23 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
June 24 — Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
June 25 — Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

WYRD WAYS EXCLUSIVE: My Dying Bride on Nuclear Blast Move and New Material

After 27 years, West Yorkshire Doom Metal giants My Dying Bride have moved their ‘crushing misery‘ to metal monster label, Nuclear Blast Records. Described as “the voice of the hopeless and broken” the band have so far given us 12 studio albums forged from “beautiful grief“.

The thirteenth album sees a move away from previous label Peaceville, and a move to what singer and lyricist Aaron Stainthorpe describes as the ‘formidable’ Nuclear Blast Records.

I was lucky enough to catch up with current sticks man Dan Mullins, to get a bit of insight into the move, and what’s up next for MDB.

On the move to Nuclear Blast:

Well, the talks were conducted and a decision was reached not too long back, obviously details to iron out. But this has been in the works for a good number of months. The signing to NB was a simple matter of the [fact that the] band were approaching the end of their contract with their former label and as such, there were offers placed on the table from a lot of companies wanting to carry on the MDB legacy.

After looking through what was best for the band a decision was made to go with NB. Everyone is totally enthusiastic as ever to push My Dying Bride the same as the band have done since its inception. The energy levels are so on the up currently. The band are engaged in constructing new material which will be on the new record, although it’s early days to say how it will turn out. This momentous occasion has ensured that My Dying Bride can bestow some world class misery upon all. Mercilessly!

Signing to NB was just amazing, they are a great label with a super fantastic team, there to push the band forward! Everyone is enthusiastic and supportive of what it is that My Dying Bride is. It’s a mutual thing; really, they want the best out of the band just as the band want the best out of the label. All on the same page.

And any scoop for us on the new material?

The new material is still a work in progress. We do have plenty of riffs sections and songs, yet until we’ve been through the process it’s hard to say what the feel of this new record will be. However trust me – as an MDB fan myself – it is devastating!

Any UK shows coming up?

This year the only live UK show is the HRH Doom vs Stoner on Oct 1st in Sheffield, which will be great!

When can we expect the new album?

It’s hard to say when the new album will actually land! However rest assured when it does, as always it’ll be a great occasion!

Thanks for talking to Wyrd Ways, Dan!

Watch this space for further news on the upcoming release. If you can make it to Tilburg (Netherlands) in April, for the Roadburn Festival, you might be able to catch MDB perform their 1993 classic Turn Loose The Swans in its entirety, joined exclusively on the drums by Shaun ‘Winter’ Taylor-Steels.

Live dates in full:

22nd April – NL, Roadburn Festival
15th July – POL,  Bolkow, Castle Party
1st October – UK, HRH Doom Vs HRH Stoner

 

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Wacken Metal Battle 2017

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival, Wacken, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes. For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Here’s a trailer to whet your appetite.

WINTERSUN UNVEIL ALBUM ARTWORK

Last week, the Finnish epic melodic death metallers Wintersun announced that their crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st, allowing fans to secure their ‘Forest Package’  (which includes their upcoming studio album The Forest Seasons) directly from the band. With the collected amount, front man Jari Mäenpää plans to build his own studio that would finally allow him to record his long-awaited album Time II. Today, Wintersun unveil the cover artwork of their third album ‘The Forest Seasons’.

Jari Mäenpää states:

“We’re proud to show you guys our NEW 3rd full length album cover! The album cover was made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates THE AWAKENING of a mystical forest where the seasons are merging together.
By the way, this preview is just 1280 x 720 resolution. Wait till you see it in 5K! 😉
Enjoy guys! This album is sick and minds will be blown! Our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st where you can order the new album DIRECTLY from us with the highest quality!
Thank you!”

– Jari, Jukka, Kai, Teemu

Here is the artwork, what do you guys think?

Here is the track list of The Forest Seasons:
1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring) 14:40
Part I The Dark Slumber
Part II The Awakening
2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer) 12:18
3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn) 14:08
Part I Haunting Darkness
Part II The Call of the Dark Dream
Part III Beyond the Infinite Universe
Part IV Death
4. Loneliness (Winter) 12:54

In the meantime you can witness the band’s return to the stage at the following festivals:

Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
Zvolenská Slatina – More Than Fest

If you haven’t heard Wintersun before, here’s a little taster, in the shape of Beyond The Dark Sun, from their eponymous 2004 album.

SHREDMONTON 2017 LINE UP

Canadian Metal fans listen up: Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce their 2017 line-up for Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference, ShrEdmonton.  Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s festival will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s doom metallers Psychotic Gardening (a regular occurence for me), and Edmonton gore masters Blëed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room (full band list below). This year’s festival also features an all ages event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on www.Shredmonton.com and at the following Edmonton locations Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Shredmonton 2017 – Line Up

All events at Mercury Room (10575 114 St.)
Follow festival details on Facebook event here.

Friday, May 12

Show (18+)
Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osryon (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00 Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Show (18+)
Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash The Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14

Show (All Ages)
Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb The Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Bleed (Edmonton, AB)

For more info, please visit: www.Shredmonton.com.

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Anyone in USA want to play at Wacken?

Americans!  Ever wanted to play at Wacken Open Air in Germany?

Everybody’s heard of Wacken Open Air, right?  If anyone hasn’t, it’s possibly the biggest (and probably the best known) outdoor Metal festival in the world.

Here’s a trailer:

For over a decade, up-and-coming bands have competed at the festival to be crowned Metal Battle winners.  This year, for the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is going to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia (more may be announced).  The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th in Wacken in Germany.

Submissions for Metal Battle USA began October 21st and will end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST.

Band submissions can be made at the following link: https://metalbattleusa.com/apply/ 

How it works:

Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by city.

2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City

For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattlusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metalbattleusa/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetalBattleUSA 

For more info on international battle, please visit: http://www.metal-battle.com

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com

RULES:

All bands, that wish to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

  • Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
  • Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
  • PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
  • Backline arrangements TBA.
  • The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
  • To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
  • Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are ok as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live. Intros / interludes are also ok.
  • Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.

If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

Please note:
Travel for the winning band to go to Germany is at their own expense and accommodations at the festival will be in the form of camping in the VIP area.
Full professional back line will be provided for performance.

FOUR MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SOS FESTIVAL 2017

RockSector Records the people behind Wyrd Ways Rock Show favourite, the SOS Festival have literally just announced four more additions to the festival line-up for 2017.

News has reached WWRS HQ that Lynne and Mark at RockSector Records have announced four more bands for the bill of British Underground Rock and Metal showcase, the SOS Festival 2017.  The first band on the list are the newly reformed British Power Metal band, and longtime friends of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, the mighty PowerQuest.  They have been given the prestigious headlining slot and will be given the task of closing the show for 2017.

PowerQuest formed in 2001, the brainchild of former DragonForce and more recently Eden’s Curse keyboardist Steve Williams.  Over the years the band has also featured another friend of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, Andrea Martongelli of Italian Heavy Metal band, Arthemis.

PowerQuest achieved an enviable reputation in the Power Metal genre, rubbing shoulders with many of the genre’s top names, whilst surviving a series of line-up changes and releasing a succession of great albums until 2013 they split after a final show on the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock (after which The Wyrd Ways Rock Show conducted this emotional interview).  After three years, including a stint in Eden’s Curse, Steve Williams resurrected PowerQuest in 2016 with a new line-up including Ashley Edison from the highly regarded Dendera and a fresh energy and enthusiasm.

Also playing on Sunday we have Fire Red Empress from the Midlands who Classic Rock magazine have described as “a hard-charging, riff-fuelled, radio-baiting monster”, plus Metallers Kill Or Cure hailing from Manchester and Brighton return, having been a revelation for so many people in our 2015 event. On Saturday we additionally announce a return for local heroes Sister Rose who also helped to light up our festival in 2015.