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This Month in Metal: April 2017

Thursday 06th, April 2017 / 09:32
By Sarah Kitteringham

Power metal legends Hammerfall perform at Dickens on May 4th!
Photo: Tallee Savage

April is the best, because it’s when shows start happening so frequently you can’t keep up with them all. So here weeeeee gooooooooo!

Head to the Nite Owl in Calgary for the second annual Extreme Metal Radio festival. It runs April 6th until the 9th. Bands like Display of Decay, Planet Eater, Path To Extinction, Vile Insignia, Graveyard Nemesis, W.M.D, Train Bigger Monkeys, and more are performing. Shows are $20 each night at the door, and there will be loots for prizes and giveaways.

That same weekend in Edmonton, the third round of the Stabmonton D.I.Y. Fest will be going down. Los Angeles grindcore acts Vulva Essers and Zaklocic will be performing, as will Archagathus, Messiahlator, Tekarra, and many more. If you dig your music filthy, crusty, political, and fucking ferocious, this is the fest for you.

If you live in Calgary, there are several shows to steal your attention on Thursday, April 13th. You could to head to the Striker album release party at Dickens (just make sure you read our feature on the band first); you could also head to the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Cub for Monolith AB, Snake Pit, Regress, and Mortality Rate. Either way, you’re going to have a blast.

If you’re not heading to the 420 Music and Arts Festival in Calgary (which, let’s face it, is a rather ridiculous decision on your part), then there are several great gig options in Edmonton that weekend. On Saturday, April 22nd, Vancouver sludge mongers Anciients are playing at the Mercury Room with Dead Quiet, Tekarra, and Solarcoven. That same evening over at the Forge, Aggression is playing with Quietus, Skepsis, and Tessitura.

The stoner gigs are coming hard and fast this month! On Tuesday, April 25th, sludge legends Weedeater will perform at Distortion with Primitive Man, Nosis, and Rebuild/Repair. If you dig your bands getting sister fucking wasted on couch syrup and delivering a wall of sound, this gig will deliver yer fix.

Near the end of the month, Blind Beggar Pub in Calgary has a metal gig going down. On Friday, April 28th, DTR performs with Red Cain and Sage Rhoades.

With publication dates being the precarious beasts that they are, there was no way to fit in this gig for a story, which is a real shame.  Nevertheless, power metal legends Hammerfall are playing with Delain and Ravenous: Eternal Hunger on Thursday, May 4th at Dickens. Two days later on Saturday, May 6th, metal spoof band Okilly Dokilly will be playing at the same venue. Perhaps then people will figure out how truly awful they are musically, rather than marveling at their Simpsons-worship-Ned-Flanders-aping-shtick. The band will also be performing in Edmonton on May 7th at the International Beer Haus & Stage.

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