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Anarchaeon

Formed in 2015, Anarchaeon features vocalist Kaija Kinney, founder of Metalocalypstick Fest, the Canadian metal festival that celebrates women in metal, along with guitarist Clayton Bach, bassist Sylvain Maltais and drummer Steve “Machine” Richardo (ex-Messiah, ex-Green Jellÿ). With a band name playing off the word Anarchy, Anarchaeon are more of a Frankenstein of their various influences with their powerhouse of screams, catchy riffs and energetic heavy bass leads.

The quartet recently unleashed their new EP, Stratusfear last month.

Their first music video Etherous Claws directed by Markham Samuels and produced by Whitelf  Films, tells the story of Anarchaeon using the power of heavy metal to summon an ancient vampire from her slumber.

Kaija:

“This is our first music video so of course we are super stoked about it. We wanted to have a bit of a back story on the song in a more poetic way rather than literal. Our good friend with Whitelf Films did an amazing job getting our vision onto screen and looking sharp!  And for those checking out our EP, it’s basically a coming together of all four members. We had so much fun writing these songs. All four of us have very different music tastes so it was very interesting coming together with such chemistry and creating something that we were all stoked about. We are already gearing up for a full album!”

Paradise Lost tease new album

On 1st September, Halifax (the real, original one in West Yorkshire, not the pretend one in Canada – Ed) legends and general miserable bastards Paradise Lost release a new studio album entitled Medusa.

The lads have promised a return to their doom metal roots for this, their 15th full-length release, which has (obviously – Ed) been named after the Greek mythological Gorgon whose gaze was literally petrifying.

The band will premiere the first track from this freshly forged monster on 7th July.  Play the video below and you’ll hear a snippet from the upcoming single, The Longest Winter.

In addition, the band have announced the Medusa track list, which is as follows:

  • Fearless Sky (8:30)
  • Gods Of Ancient (5:50)
  • From The Gallows (3:42)
  • The Longest Winter (4:31)
  • Medusa (6:20)
  • No Passage For The Dead (4:16)
  • Blood & Chaos (3:51)
  • Until The Grave (5:41)
  • Bonus track: Frozen Illusion (5:45)
  • Bonus track: Shrines (3:59)
  • Bonus track: Symbolic Virtue (4:38)

On 1st September, for one night only, the band will perform their new album in its entirety at the LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart.  More details about this exclusive album release show will be revealed soon, but since the tickets are strictly limited, make sure you get yours now via the Nuclear Blast shop

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

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.

Cydemind Announce New Album: ‘Erosion’

L-R: Camille Delage (Keys), Nico Damoulianos (Bass), Olivier Allard (Violin), Alexandre Dagenais (Drums), Kevin Paquet (Guitars)

Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini and Rush, as well as classical music, jazz and progressive rock, Cydemind are ready to present their first full length album, Erosion, on May 26th, 2017 to follow their 2014 debut EP, Through Mist and Ages.  The album was recorded in Montreal at The Grid with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis) along with additional recording of grand piano done at Studio 270.

“Even if we are a metal band, classical music is part of our identity and it was clear starting the project that we wanted to record with the most acoustic instruments possible.” explains Camille Delage, a graduate of classical piano from CEGEP St-Laurent in Montreal.

The Album

Erosion consists of six compositions including the 27 minute title track, making this release Cydemind‘s most ambitious project to date. The haunting album artwork was done by drummer and band co-founder Alexandre Dagenais. It is accompanied by lyrical poems, included with the release, written by pianist Camille Delage. The poems describe each composition as the album gravitates around the theme of nature and its persistence through time.

Check out the first single, What Remains, right now.

Absinthe From Society Stream New EP: The Angels Ignored Us

Absinthe From Society are back after a short hiatus, with their latest release, The Angels Ignored Us. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the band hit the metal scene in 2006, although their debut EP, Project Infection, wouldn’t appear for nigh on another six years. After a (slightly) shorter wait this time, fans will be pleased to know they can stream the latest offering via bandcamp.

Comprised of Ian “Saint Absinthe” Harper, the founder of the band (vocals, guitar and keyboard) and Adam “The Caveman” Roberts (drums & percussion) with Lexi “Shitkicker 9000” Graham (bass & vocals), the trio combine an aggressive sound with ethereal texture.
The new EP promises ’emotional themes with a raw, heavy backdrop’. Like it? Love it? Let us know in the comments. Here’s a practice performance vid to whet your appetite.

 

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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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CHARIOTS OF THE GODS Post Studio Video For Upcoming Album

After a short hiatus and line up change Chariots Of The Gods return in 2016 with an upcoming album Ages Unsung set for release on September 16th to follow their 2013 debut album Tides of War that was produced by music legend Glen Robinson (Queensrÿche, Gwar, Annihilator).

The band’s Kickstarter campaign surpassed their goal of $3,000 which meant they could record the album at The Grid with legendary Canadian producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis).  The band has posted a teaser video with studio and music clips for fans to check:

Chariots Of The Gods are also streaming the first single Into Oblivion, which features a guitar solo from Pascal Jobin of The Agonist and can be heard here:

 

Canadian Bands! Want to play Armstrong Metal Fest?

Armstrong Metal Fest is proud to announce they will be taking band submissions until November 1st for this year’s 8th annual 2016 edition taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena to showcase over thirty Western Canadian and international bands.

Festival co-founder Jesse Valstar comments:

“I make it my mission to actively check out every single band submission and check out their music! No matter how much time it takes. This is a big job because currently we have over 60 band submissions in the opening week! And we look forward to more.”

Previous years of the festival have seen line ups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, Gomorrah among many others .

About:

Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but eleven local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul and Odinfist to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 will be the eighth year of the festival and is planned to be the largest year for music and attendance yet. This year’s team of organizers known as the West Metal Entertainment Society is the most dedicated to date and are excited to present an incredible line up along with some changes to come for AMF 2016.

For more info, please visit www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca

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Avatarium – Avatarium

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Nuclear Blast

Review by Rick Ossian

Buy the CD HERE and the MP3 HERE

Avatarium are a 5-piece outfit from Stockholm; their members include Candlemass Leif Edling on bass, Jennie-Ann Smith on some extraordinary vocals, Marcus Jidell on guitar, Lars Skold on drums and Carl Westholm on keyboards.  They may be one of the single most exciting acts from Sweden when it comes to psychedelic and/or progressive rock.  This eponymous debut may be one of the best records I’ve heard all year.

Proceedings begin with the enormous epic Moonhorse, just shy of 9 minutes long and not short on anything it seems.  Powerful riffs and doom-laden chords lace this powerhouse of a tune, and the main riff is fantastic.  Doomy opening chords alternate with plaintive vocals and guitar strumming, just one instance of the dichotomy operating here musically.  Two minutes in things step up a notch as the main riff kicks back in.  It is NOT the last we will see of the heavy riffing, either.  At 3:20 there is a different heavy riff, then a glorious guitar solo.  There is a great jam at the four-minute mark, and then more strumming at about five minutes in.  We are almost to the six-minute point when Riff City is once again in our sights, and then we experience a brilliant guitar solo from about 6:15 until 7 1/2 minutes in!  Talk about a lengthy solo!  Some of the lyrics are a bit bizarre (‘Mother, are there horses on the moon?’ or ‘Mother, are there tigers in the sea?’), but overall still a very good tune.

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Pandora’s Egg is relatively short compared to its associates, but still stands firmly on its own.  It begins life with a cool little guitar intro, then at about 1:00 the main riff kicks in.  At 2:45 there is another lengthy guitar solo (he fades out at about 3:50).  At 4:50 the main jam kicks back in, and we are done before we know what hit us!

Avatarium (Track #3) is another 8-minute beast, positively ringing with cool lyrics that kind of rhyme with the title (sanitorium, cerebrium, etc.).  It features some rather bluesy, introspective guitar and vocal work, but is a bit mellower than the norm here so far.  Lyrically I am bound to mention a couplet that stood out for me: “So many voices inside my head/They speak of the living/They speak of the dead“.  At 4 minutes in we get to hear the obligatory guitar solo, then at 4:40 there is a bit of a BASS guitar solo, of all things.  At five minutes in things return to ‘normal’ as the guitar returns to the forefront.  The main riff returns at the close, and there is some heavy riffing at the fade out.

Boneflower, another shorter tune when compared to its fellows, comes in with a cool chord sequence at the beginning.  This is a heavy track with textures of both light and darkness.  Smith promises us ‘a one-way trip to the promised land‘, and then the band delivers an appropriate jam at about two minutes in.  There is a very wah-drenched solo at 2:20 that carries us all the way to the 3:30 mark, then the vocals make a slight return.  The ending belongs to a keyboard solo this time out!

Bird of Prey is not just any old bird of prey.  He is a ‘Man in mask/Human bird of prey/Like the plague/He elevates from the sewers of decay/Merciless and grim’.  I will confess that I was sort of hoping for Avatarium’s take on the old Uriah Heep number when I saw the title.  This is possibly even better than that, if you can believe it!  The main riff kicks in at about 1 minute in, then shifts to a double-bass drum slammer at about the two-and-a-half minute mark.  At 2:55 there is a lead guitar solo that has elements of flamenco style in it, then proceeds to get heavier…At four minutes the vocals kick back in, and at 5:00 we get more soloing from the keyboards!  At 5:30 there is another shift, then some very pretty piano playing for the vocal and key-fueled outro.

Tides of Telepathy is another doomy number that begins with marching drums and ominous guitar creeping in.  ‘Psychic technology/Ancient machinery‘ is quite possibly one of the best lyrical couplets I’ve heard in a long time.  A return to doom seems in order at the 2-minute mark, and then we get drums, guitar and doom again at about 3:25.  The four-and-a-half minute mark finds us enjoying more psychedelic guitar (laden with wah-pedal histrionics), only to return to the doominess at 4:45.  The vocals return at 5 minutes in, then there is another wah solo at 5:45 that continues shredding mercilessly through to the end.  A total jam on this number!

The closing track, Lady in the Lamp, is a vocal tour-de-force that begins with a cool guitar lead, mainly single-note picking, and some wickedly cool lyrics: “Trapped inside a prison made of glass/Gives her little dance in the Necromancer’s hand“.  I also liked the lines “Enchanted in her cage/She sings before the mage“.  Very cool stuff indeed.  At the four-minute mark there is a guitar solo, then some big shredding again at about 5:15.  There is a creepy, ominous vibe throughout, but at this point that shouldn’t surprise anyone – right?  Looking forward to hearing much, much more from these folks!

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