By Sarah Kitteringham
June is packed full of excellent shows and releases from strong Western Canadian bands. So let’s get started!
First up: although this date was at the end of May and has already passed, this release is worthy of attention. Long-running Calgary melodic death metal act Divinity released their Immortalist EP trilogy as one full-length album on Friday, May 26. Containing the EPs Awestruck, Momentum, and Conqueror in one cohesive package, the release is available on CD and digitally. Remixed and re-mastered by Christian Donaldson of The Grid Productions, and featuring guest vocals by Björn Strid of Soilwork fame, Immortalist sees the band take their slick, groovy sound to new heights.
On Friday, June 2, Vancouver power metal institution Unleash the Archers will release their fourth studio album, the triumphant and driving Apex. Unveiled via their long running label Napalm Records, the 10-track record sees the band utilizing their musical standards (think driving guitars, pummeling drums, soaring vocals alongside ample growls) to strong effect. Undoubtedly yet more touring will follow from the band, watch these pages for a full-length article soon!
If you’re the festival going type, I highly recommend you get your ass out to Vancouver for the third rendition of the mighty Covenant Festival. Featuring performances by Swiss extreme metallers Bölzer, American technical death act Blood Incantation, and Canadian acts Revenge, Sortilegia, and Phylactery, among many more; the festival runs from Thursday, June 8 until Saturday, June 10. With shows at the Red Room and the Rickshaw Theatre, this will be the best festival offering in Western Canada in 2017. With a three-day pass only setting you back $90, it’s also close to the most affordable and offers the most bang for your extremely discriminating buck.
Head to the Nite Owl in Calgary on Friday, June 9 for a metal bill featuring the dizzyingly technical and heavy Kataplexis. They’ll be performing alongside their counterparts in Krepitus, Spurn, and Locutus. That same evening, Vancouver sludge icons Bison will be playing at the Palomino Smokehouse and Bar; read our article in the section and check online for our full album premiere of their newest full-length, the hypnotic and crushing You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient.
Calgary based technical metal band Statue of Demur are set to “deliver an intoxicating mind-fuck melody of tunes” on June 17 when they release their sophomore full-length Alien Pacific. The follow-up to 2015’s Subhuman Ataxia, the 10-track album will be available on the evening of the band’s performance at Distortion in Calgary. Leave the Living, Concrete Funeral, Train Bigger Monkeys, and Without Mercy will also perform; at the show also be sure to pick up a copy of TBM’s newest EP offering from April, dubbed Doomed and Repeating It. Tickets for the gig are $20 in advance and can be purchased from local bands or at Distortion.
Metal Blade signees and black/death/thrashers Goatwhor