Edmonton extreme metal event Black Mourning Light Festival grows bigger and better

Monday 17th, October 2016 / 10:17
By Sarah Kitteringham
Image: Retrieved from Black Mourning Light Festival website

Image: Retrieved from Black Mourning Light Festival website

CALGARY — Following the success of Halloween 2015’s first ever Black Mourning Light Festival, the Edmonton event is returning in a bigger and better capacity for round two. With two concerts (rather than one) and 16 bands (rather than 11), this year’s rendition will run from October 21st to 23rd, capped off by a Sunday VIP “mourning after” breakfast with all the bands.

Dustin Ekman, the mastermind behind the webzine Crown of Viserys and record label Funeral Rain, is the curator and organizer of the festival, which highlights black and doom metal in particular. Its expansion was courtesy of chance, he explains.

“To be honest, I didn’t plan on two days. It’s simply the fact that the Panzerfaust/ Erimha/ Idolatry tour was coming in, and I had a chance to snag it for Friday. If I didn’t, someone else would have, and so it just made it natural to expand the fest,” says Ekman. Given that the event expanded naturally, he figured to cap it off with an unusually intimate ending.

“The breakfast is ultimately my way to make Black Mourning Light truly stand apart from many other festivals. It’s a way for fans and bands to connect in a unique way, and it’s also just a good way to send a band home or to their next tour stop, with a belly full of food and newly made friends,” he says.

The VIP breakfast will also take place at Rendezvous on Sunday morning, after two band-packed nights. On Friday, it will be a Canadian band only affair, featuring Panzerfaust, Erimha, Idolatry, Display of Decay, Vile Insignia, and Hive; Saturday will feature American bands UADA and Helleborous, alongside Wormwitch, Norilsk, Cell, Holocaust Lord, Nachtterror, Dethgod, and Ye Goat-Herd Gods. On both nights, the venue will screen independent filmmakers work amidst the cavalcade of bands. Keeping with tradition, prizes will be awarded to the best of the best of those who wear costumes, given the festival’s “proximity to Samhain.”

Black Mourning Light festival takes place from October 21st to 23rd at Rendezvous Pub in Edmonton, Alberta. Individual day tickets or festival passes are available online from BigCartel.com. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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