Before we begin, let us utter thanks to the New Black Centre for Music and Art, which closed down at the end of September. The venue hosted a myriad of heavy shows during its tenure and was a cornerstone for the all ages crowd that enjoyed it. We are sorry to see it go, but, thankfully, another venue which hosts the heavy is now included in this very column. For more details, read on.
First up for shows: head to the Ship & Anchor Pub (534 – 17 Ave. S.W.) on Wednesday, October 2 for Calgary’s own Doberman, fresh off their Noctis appearance. Joining them will be Ghetto Hawk and Violence. Bands are at 9 p.m. and the show is free.
The following Saturday, October 5, Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave. S.W.) will host the BreakOut West Festival. Featuring local metal act Hellrazer, the show is stacked high with bands from a variety of music genres. Another show will be running across the parking lot at Lord Nelson’s Bar & Grill (1020 – 8 Ave. S.W.) Thirteen bands are only $10 in advance or $15 at the door! The event will feature Just Stay Fucking Dead, Wraith Risen, Frightenstein, Maimed Wolf, Skymir, Obsidious, Hellborn Death Engines, Cryptosis, Demise Without Reason, Leave the Living, Blackest Sin, World Class White Trash and Shark Infested Daughters.
On Monday, October 7, get your tech love on. Between the Buried and Me will perform at the Republik (219 – 17 Ave. S.W.) with The Faceless and The Contortionist. Tickets are $25 in advance.
Everyone’s favourite intergalactic space demons GWAR will perform at MacEwan Hall Ballroom (402 Collegiate Blvd. N.W.) on Tuesday, October 8. Opening will be Whitechapel and Iron Reagan. Tickets are $32.50 plus service charges.
NEW(ISH) ALL AGES VENUE! The Alibi Room (5403 Crowchild Tr. N.W.) is now hosting shows. On Saturday, October 12, the venue will feature a fantastic hardcore lineup. L.A.’s legendary Terror, alongside Texas’ Powertrip, Pittsburgh’s Code Orange Kids, Hamilton’s Counterparts, and Edmonton’s Secret Rivals will perform. Tickets are only $13 in advance, or $17 at the door. Let’s make sure we all show up, respect the space and contribute to the longevity of the venue, yeah?
On Saturday, October 19, head to The Gateway (1301 – 16 Ave. N.W.) for the Throne of Vengeance CD release party. The 35-minute, seven-song collection is dubbed Live Evil. As drummer Trevor Cobb explains, the record is “a collection of songs about our experiences from the last couple of years.” Tracked by Ian Dillon at Calgary’s Electric Park Studios and mixed and edited by Paul Sabu, the record follows their 2009 EP Toxic Black Cloud and 2011’s Flesh Engine and delivers the thrash-tinged classic metal for which the quartet is renowned. The show will also feature Chron Goblin and Lordosis. Tickets are $13.25 in advance, or $10 when purchased directly from the bands.
Monday night is as good as any a night to drink beers in an alley, so make sure you head to Vern’s Pub on October 28 for some speed, thrash, and sludge. Epi-Demic and Gatekrashör will be performing alongside Winnipeg acts Dead Ranch and Solanum. Ticket prices had yet to be announced at press time; it should cost around $10.
Smoke beer, drink weed!
By Sarah Kitteringham
Photo: Paige Woodbury