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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.


“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!”

3 Inches Of Blood to split

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3 Inches Of Blood on The Ronnie James Dio Stage at Bloodstock 2013


According to a posting on their Facebook page, Canadian Trad Metal band 3 Inches Of Blood have decided to call it a day:

It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches of Blood has decided to part ways.

Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision. While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on.

All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that.

We are eternally thankful to our fans, friends and family that have stuck by us through thick and thin and always believed in us. You are the reason this band got anywhere and kept us going. We’d also like to thank our musical peers and former 3 Inches of Blood members for all your love and support over the years.

We’d like to put one last stamp on the band’s career and end it in grand style.

Our final performance will be in our hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the fabulous Commodore Ballroom. We’re pleased to say that, Fire Up the Blades-era bassist, Nick Cates will be playing the show with us. As well, we intend to deliver other special surprises that will make this a night to remember. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 5 and you will be able to get them HERE.

Seven Year Storm – Aion I EP


Hammerdown Records

Review by Rick Ossian

Buy the MP3s HERE

Seven Year Storm is quite possibly one of the most interesting instrumental prog projects I’ve heard in some time.  They hail from Vancouver, British Columbia, and are sporting one of the best percussionists in the business, one Sean Lang.  Sean is a professional freelance drummer and instructor, and didn’t even plan on recording this stuff until he got a load of advice from some musician friends that he should.  It is truly lucky for us, especially if you are a prog aficionado like yours truly.  Seven Year Storm also features Dean Lamb (Archspire) on lead guitar and Brent Mackenzie on bass, and they are definitely a wonder to behold.  There are five compositions here, and though there is some repetition, it is glorious for the most part!


Morphogenesis starts thing off with a pounding drum/keyboard intro.  It is a wonderful instrumental with some wicked guitar work going on.  Talk about your busy drummers!  I know it is a (most likely annoying) catch phrase of mine, but I’m not quite sure how else to describe it.  There is intricacy, there is persistent percussion, a veritable cornucopia of pulsing, pounding beats!  That should do it for descriptive power.  This is fairly heavy prog, by the way; some moments of light do exist, but then what the dark be without a bit of light?

Dyatlov features a violin at the outset, along with some drums and a slamming guitar entry about 20 seconds in.  Again, there is some really cool drumming going on here, and even a guitar/drum duel of sorts.  At 3:30 there is the obligatory lead guitar solo, but for the most part the focus is on the drums.

Virtue has a weird synth intro and some heavy duty drums.  This is very cool soundscape stuff.  The way the guitars weave and conspire with the drums is positively ear-bending!  Some very cool riffs abound, and at 3:20 the violin action gives way to some slamming drums.  Surprise!

Nazca Lines starts life off with a handclap intro and some pretty cool guitar and keyboard work.  The drum entry is pure prog, and one can’t help but wonder if they were to see a Seven Year Storm show, just how big/long of a drum solo would there be?  We can only hope it would be a monster!  This is majestic, powerful, fist-pumping prog at its finest, filled with guitars and keys widdling away, with an absolutely pounding drum beat behind it all.  The drums are driving this beast, but the bass and guitar work are also very good.  Technical and precise, with shifts (2:00) and guitar shred (2:30), not to mention keys, especially piano (3:25).

Blue Car Syndrome closes out the show, and is the longest piece on board here by a minute and a half or so (6:47).  This is a heavy jam, with more violins and keys at the intro.  Stately and grandiose, with pounding drums (again) and heavy instrumental action.  At its best it is an atmospheric soundscape, at its worst it is pure widde, so if you came to hear some vocals, forget it!  Fifty seconds in we get slammed with power prog guitar, and we get a slight shift in the proceedings at 1:15.  This is a totally inspiring instrumental jam, with a shift (3:00) to air keys and a lead guitar-led jam (3:20).  At 4 minutes in, thing build faster, then we get a briefly slower blues.  Some seriously busy drumming going on again, and what a total jam that takes us to the fade at the end.

As mentioned above, this may not be for you.  However, if your thing is instrumental prog with a heavy accent on the drums, then rejoice!  This may be one of the best pieces you will hear all year.  I, for one, am looking forward to #2!


Coal Chamber Announce New Album for 2015 and North American Tour

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Reactivated Los Angeles, California’s “Spooky Core” band Coal Chamber have announced a North American Headline Tour for Spring 2015.  The tour is in support of their forthcoming album that will be released on Napalm Records.  Support on the tour will come from Filter, Combichrist and Wyrd Ways Rock Show favourites, American Head Charge.  The tour begins March 6th in Tempe, AZ and runs through to April 12th in Dallas, TX.

The band are offering an exclusive (pretty much obligatory) VIP Packages for every date on the tour; pre-sales for those can be found HERE.  The VIP package includes a meet and greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).  Tickets are on sale now.

Coal Chamber are currently in the studio working on their first studio album in over 12 years with producer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder).  The album is still untitled album, but is tentatively slated for a Spring 2015 release.

Here’s the dates:

3/6: Tempe, AZ @ MarqueeK1600_flyer+cc
3/7: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
3/8: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Grand
3/9: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
3/11: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
3/12: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
3/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/14: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
3/16: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
3/17: Wichita, KS @ The Cottillion
3/18: Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
3/20: Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
3/21: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
3/22: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
3/23: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue*
3/25: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
3/26: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
3/27: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
3/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/31: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
4/1: Hartford, CT @ The Webster
4/2: Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
4/3: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
4/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
4/7: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
4/8: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
4/9: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/10: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
4/11: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/12: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live

*No American Head Charge

Steel Panther – Feel The Steel

RomanceI know I have been super quiet since I joined Wyrd Ways Rock Show webzine.  Life has been beyond chaotic for me lately and I was in great need of something to cheer me up.  Perhaps I needed a good rock show in my life and a night out with friends. Luckily I scored tickets to see Rock Legends, Judas Priest (OMG They were AMAZING)  and opening for them was one of my long time favourites; Steel Panther.

I am lucky that both cities I have lived in are huge on Steel Panther, and keep them doing appearances on a regular basis. Las Vegas used to host them twice a week (House of Blues and Green Valley Ranch) and even allowed locals to attend for free.  I spent many weekends hanging out with friends, all dressed up in 80’s band attire, front row at their shows. Before I was in Vegas I knew them from my days in Seattle. They come here often as opening acts for touring bands (such as JP) and also they are big with the local rock radio station KISW, regularly appearing in their station event shows.  I have been lucky to be surrounded by so much Steel Panther.  Endless memories of nights dressed in “80’s rock wardrobe” with friends, letting go and having a great time laughing and singing along to both original hits and covers of the major Metal hits of the 80s.

English: Russ Parrish performing with Steel Pa...
Russ “Satchel” Parrish performing with Steel Panther in Las Vegas on February 20, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steel Panther are a band in a class all their own. They are a cover band somewhat, but also have many hilarious Metal singles of their own… and they are actually good.  The band is consists of four members who truly embrace their alter egos and become the one and only Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and my favourite Stix Zadinia. Steel Panther embraces the stereotypical 80’s hairband “band dude” image and attitude and have built a show that is comedy, great music, and of course topless women that truly embraces all that was great about Metal in that era.  It is impossible not to have a great time and fall in love, especially when they play originals such as Community Property or Death to all but Metal.



It hurts my heart to think that so may people have no idea who or what I am talking about, and honestly my little blog won’t do them justice. Do yourself a favour and check out the information below.  Discover Steel Panther for yourself, and yes… It’s even better when you put on leggings and a silly wig and see them live. I have included tour information below!


Dec 10, 2014   Charlotte, N.C.   The Fillmore
Dec 12, 2014   Cincinnati, OH    Bogart’s
Dec 13,2014    Cleveland, OH   Hard Rock
Dec 14, 2014   Royal Oak, MI    Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 16, 2014   Chicago, IL        House of Blues
Dec 17, 2014    Nashville, TN    Marathon Music Works
Dec 19, 2014   St. Paul, MN      Myth
Dec 20, 2014   Des Moines,      IA7 Flags Event Center
Dec 21, 2014   Madison, WI      Orpheum Theatre

EXPAIN album 'Just The Tip' and New Video

Daniel Brand – Vocals | Nikko Whitworth – Bass Ryan Idris – Drums | (laying across couch) Pat Peeve – Guitar | Eric Morrison – Guitar – Photo Credit: Samantha Mayne

     Jazz thrash architects EXPAIN announce they will be performing local show dates in the Vancouver, BC area on August 1st in Richmond, BC at the International Summer Night Market w/ Lethal Halo plus a date on September 13th at Rickshaw Theatre w/ West of Hell, Revenger and Hellchamber in support of their debut album ‘Just The Tiprecently released on June 24th and available on Bandcamp.
“Expain is super excited to be playing both these shows. Be prepared to thrash while eating weird fried foods at the Richmond Summer Night Market and on Sept 13th prepare for the night of your life!  Possibly the best lineup ever with metal brothers West of Hell, Revenger and Hellchamber!” comments guitarist Pat Peeve. 
Upcoming Show Dates:

August 1 – International Summer Night Market – Richmond, BC w/ Lethal Halo

Sept 13 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC w/ West of Hell, Revenger, Hellchamber

Birthed out of the womb of Craigslist, where members found one another, EXPAIN delivers music that’s energetic, diverse and thoughtful in every sense of the word.  Playing to its sense of humour, ‘Just The Tip’ also represents the beginning of a musical journey that’s not bound to stop or slow down any time soon.  With itslyrical content showcasing everything from overcoming adversity to partying hard, living in an ever-changing city and the state of today’s society as a whole, EXPAIN has captured its true identity on record. Ranging in influences from progressive tech to thrash groovy jazz. Check out their guitar bass playthrough video‘Aggressions Progression’, you’ll see what ‘Just The Tip’ has to offer with a flick of a volume knob!

Full Album Stream EXPAIN – ‘Just The Tip’ at the following links:
Bandcamp + Album Order: http://expainband.bandcamp.com
EXPAIN video cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’:


Free Download from The Body Politic



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L-R – Rob Wilkinson – Keyboards – Matt Aasen – Guitar – Sam Britton – Vocals- Dan Montgomery – Guitar – Jesse Janzen – Bass/Vocals – Spencer Bowman – Drums – Photo Credit – Evan Nixon

    Vancouver, BC six-piece powerhouse THE BODY POLITIC has teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com for the premiere and FREE download of their new single ‘Armature’ off their forthcoming EP ‘Egressor’ due out on September 16, 2014.

Free download at the following link: http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/the-body-politic-armature-free-song-download-exclusive-world-premiere

Drummer Spencer Bowman comments:

“Armature’s lyrics are written from the perspective of someone who is wrestling with who they are as a person, both physically and emotionally. It’s a notion that hits close to home with us. The song is a big departure from our earlier work, and we think it gives a good impression of what people can expect from Egressor.”

Taking their name from a Clive Barker short story and shifting gears from jazz (which most of the members studied at Vancouver Island University) to progressive metal, the band combine poly-metric grooves, aggressive screams and soaring vocal melodies to push the boundaries of modern metal music with technically impressive musicianship to follow up their 2011 debut album ‘All Too Human’ (also available for free download at the following link http://thebodypolitic.bandcamp.com/). Their emotionally charged songs incorporate an element of playfulness that has lead THE BODY POLITIC to stand out in a vast metal crowd and to perform opening slots for Tesseract, Protest The Hero and Scale The Summit plus multiple Western Canadian tours with their evolution.

In additional news, the band will be performing at this year’s Beaver Fest in Valley View, AB on August 29th alongside Protest The Hero, Silverstein, Comeback and many more. For more info, please visit the following link:





TESSERACT present 'Of Matter (Live At Sphere Studios)' video

TESSERACT present ‘Of Matter (Live At Sphere Studios)’ video

UK’s progressive rock band, TesseracT, present the first part of their latest album ‘Altered State’ in a breathtaking version live in the studio. It follows a tradition the band already started on their debut album ‘One’ as the band explains:

“Way back in 2010, we filmed a live recording of ‘Concealing Fate’ at Sphere Studios with Francesco Carmeli. We enjoyed this so much that we have always wanted to do it again, and ‘Altered State‘ gave us the perfect opportunity to do so. Sphere Studios London has now closed and moved to L.A, so it was especially important for us to go back and film the recording of ‘Of Matter‘ before Francesco moved the studio.

This video is hopefully the first of four, that cover the whole of the latest album, where we aim to film four different recordings of the four different sections of ‘Altered State’ in four different studios throughout our small little world. As with everything TesseracT, the video shows the slight evolution of each track as we take it from the studio on to the stage. We hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!”

TesseracT are right now in Australia playing the massive Soundwave festival tour. Next stop is North America. It will be TesseracT’s third US tour supporting their critically acclaimed ‘Altered State’ album. Former touring partners and label mates, Intronaut, who will be coming fresh off a tour of their own with Between The Buried and Me and Deafheaven will be direct support. To make these events even more special, instrumentalists, DIY prog artist, Cloudkicker, will be touring for the first time ever with the members of Intronaut as his backing band. European fans can see the band on a couple of summer festivals that will be announced soon.

North American 2014 Tour with Intronaut and Cloudkicker
3/29/2014 Empire West Springfield VA*
3/30/2014 The Casbah Tremont Music Hall Charlotte NC*
4/1/2014 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta GA
4/2/2014 Brewster’s Roc Bar Jacksonville FL
4/3/2014 Backbooth Orlando FL
4/5/2014 Club Dada Dallas TX
4/6/2014 Dirty Dog Bar Austin TX
4/7/2014 Fitzgerald’s Downstairs Houston TX
4/10/2014 Club Red Tempe AZ
4/11/2014 Roxy Theatre West Hollywood CA
4/12/2014 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA
4/13/2014 DNA Lounge San Francisco CA
4/14/2014 Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR
4/15/2014 Studio Seven Seattle WA
4/16/2014 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver BC
4/18/2014 The Pawn Shop Edmonton AB
4/19/2014 Republik Calgary AB
4/22/2014 The Railyard Billings MT
4/23/2014 The Marquis Theatre Denver CO
4/25/2014 Skyway Theater – Studio B Minneapolis MN
4/26/2014 Agora Ballroom Cleveland OH
4/27/2014 The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie NY
4/28/2014 Brighton Music Hall Boston MA
4/29/2014 The Barbary Philadelphia PA
4/30/2014 The Gramercy Theatre New York NY
*TesseracT only

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UnderTheGun Premiere Lucid Skies Track ‘Shotgun Mouthwash’ From Upcoming EP ‘Hounds’ + Canadian Tour Dates

Live Line-Up – Top L- R – Jesse Berger (Guitar), Justin Smith (Drums),  Bottom L-R – Sam Jackson (Bass), Nick Odgen (Vocals) = Photo Credit: Tyler Frith from Frith Photography

UnderTheGunReview.net has teamed up with Edmonton, AB hardcore metal band Lucid Skies for the premiere of their new track ‘Shotgun Mouthwash’ at the following link here. The song is from their forthcoming EP ‘Hounds’ set for release on November 26th, which will be supported by a Western Canadian tour w/ Bonfire.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce the release of our new EP and our Western Canadian tour with our good friends Bonfire. We put a lot of effort into this EP and can’t wait to get it out there to the provinces we haven’t had the pleasure of touring yet.” comments guitarist Jesse Berger.

Hounds‘, is a four track EP fusing classic hardcore with infectious melodies, that the band demonstrates in their on stage aggression and banter, which they invite the crowd to become a part of.

Their enticing vocals combined with melodic riffs allude to metal godfathers; Hatebreed (lyrically, vocally, and melodically) while sticking to their hardcore influences (Comeback Kid, Holly Springs Disaster).­ Instrumentally, Lucid Skies draws from d-beats, breakbeats, and breakdowns. Their EP ‘Hounds’ is peppered with chugging bass lines and complimented by rhythmic guitar arrangements.

Their origin of Lucid Skies is simple: Jesse Berger kick-started the process for collecting members and establishing a sound for the band in Edmonton in 2009. Soon after, Berger recruited Nick Ogden to enhance the overall aggression and build their signature sound. Many of the members would frequent Avenue Theatre (formerly Avenue Skatepark) and attend local and touring hardcore and metalcore shows. It seemed it was only a matter of time before Sam Jackson (Bass), was bullied by the band to join, and soon followed after by Justin Smith (drums) as the final member for Lucid Skies.

Lucid Skies - Hoods Album Artwork

Track Listing – Hounds EP
1. Shotgun Mouthwash
2. Left Hook
3. With Eyes
4. Count Me Out

The band will be touring the following Canadian cities in promotion of the release.

Western Canadian Tour Dates:
November 21, 2013 – Avenue Theatre – Edmonton, AB
November 22, 2013 – Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
November 25, 2013 – Slumland Theatre – Red Deer, AB
November 26, 2013 – Verns – Calgary, AB
November 27, 2013 – TBA – Saskatoon, SK
November 28, 2013 – Humbolt Complex – Humbolt, SK
November 29, 2013 – Swan Valley Regional – Swan River, MB
November 30, 2013 – Elice Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
December 1, 2013 – Park Community Centre – Brandon,  MB
December 2, 2013 – The Club – Regina, SK

Canadian blues rockers No Sinner announce London album showcase

NO SINNER – the sexy, powerhouse blues rock band from Vancouver, Canada, fronted by vocalist Colleen Rennison – release their debut mini album “Boo Hoo Hoo” on January 20th 2014.

The raunchy video for the single “Boo Hoo Hoo” is already creating a stir on YouTube:

NO SINNER make their UK live debut on Monday 25th November at The Black Heart in Camden.

Tickets are available from 0844 871 8819,  seetickets.com, gigantic.com, and alt-tickets.com.

25-year-old Colleen Rennison is a post modern blues belter and queen of soul.  She’s a hard-singing, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-working throwback to those she grew up listening to – Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Big Mama Thornton, and Bessie Smith.

“People have told me I sound like Janis Joplin since I was five years old,” says the Canadian blues rock vixen. “My mom was a little wary of introducing me to her at an early age. Maybe she wanted to keep me away from sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll as long as possible. I want to bridge the gap between class and trash. I love the idea of these women who lived in a man’s world, touring on the road.”