Tuesday 03rd, July 2012 / 16:01

So. Much. Heavy. We’ve been spoiled this summer with great local shows and, thankfully, the best is yet to come in the late summer and fall! So keep the momentum going and go out and get down!

On Friday, July 6, drink away your Stampede blues with the Sleazy Stampede Show at Below Deck Tavern (221 8th Ave. SW). Guns N’ Roses-esque hard rockers ゼ [Ze] will be headlining for their CD release party, playing alongside Victoria’s The Lust Boys and Calgary’s Hrom and The Devil’s Own. Tickets are $10 at the door and craft brews will be available aplenty!

The following Wednesday, July 11, escape to Vern’s (622 8th Ave. S.W.) for an evening of the blackest black. Featuring noisy punkified blackened metallers Black Pestilence alongside Netheriel, Skymir, Blackest Sin and Immortal Sacrifice, tickets are only $7 at the door and first band will be on around 9 p.m. Escape Stampede [day two], continues the next evening at the same venue with Copsickle, the Reckless Heroes, Go Away Ghost Ship, Streets of Pestilence, and Medicine Hat’s Naraka. Tickets are $8. Meanwhile, the Distillery will be hosting an evening of power metal, featuring Vancouver’s Iron Kingdom alongside Calgary’s Hell Razer, Hrom, and the Profits of Doom. Show starts around 9:30 p.m. Swords not included.

Vancouver stalwarts Three Inches of Blood will be heading to the Gateway with Wretched on Friday, July 13. Their shows are always a good time, and tickets are only $20 from Ticketmaster. How could you go wrong??

On Saturday, July 14, head to the New Black for Dead Salvation’s CD release party! Archelaos, Truck, World Class White Trash and Hammerdrone will be performing at the show, where the headliner will release their debut album Death is an Artform, featuring 11 tracks from their tenure as Dead Salvation (five tracks) and Fetal Defilement (six tracks). Tickets are $15 at the door; show starts at 6:30 p.m.!

Saskatoon metallers Into Eternity will be heading down to Calgary for their western Canadian tour. See the epic prog metal band – now fronted by Amanda Kiernan of Edmonton act The Order of Chaos – at Vern’s on Friday, July 20. The next evening (Saturday, July 21) they will perform at the Armstrong Metal festival, a two-day event in interior British Columbia featuring camping, and 26 acts from all over Western Canada, including Ninjaspy, The Almighty Excruciating Pain, Skullhammer, and Slagduster. Tickets for that event are $60 and include camping. There are tickets still available, so take a drive down for the weekend if you can! And, in case you haven’t had your fill – or live elsewhere – on Thursday, July 26, Into Eternity will hit the Pawn Shop in Edmonton.

Crushing death and doom will be on full display on Saturday, July 21 for a show organized by Clennon Presents with Hate. Watch Vancouver Lovecraft infused death/grind metallers Auroch with Edmonton’s Begrime Exemious, alongside Calgary’s Savage Streets, Ominosity and the Whorehouse Massacre. Auroch will be touring in support of their upcoming full-length debut, From Forgotten Worlds, following their 2010 demo, Stranger Aeons. Tickets are $10, show starts around 9 p.m. This could be one of the best shows of the month… so go!

In a somewhat strange booking for Broken City, you can see NWOBHM-inspired band Sacred Savage, with No More Moments and Soggy Moccasins at the venue on Wednesday, July 25. Doors at 8 p.m. It’d be great to see more traditional metal shows at the venue, so make sure to head down and show your support!

Last, but certainly not least, head down to the New Black on Thursday, July 26 for Reckless, Stranger Danger, A Deceased Legacy, Columbian Necktie, and two Saskatoon hardcore metallers: Hhogwash and Psalms to the Sky! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Show starts at 6:30 p.m., so show up early!

Listings and Sacred Savage photo by Sarah Kitteringham