By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY – Kick off your month with raunchy punk and grindcore as the stage at the GasPump Night Club & bar is broken in. Hosted on Treaty 6 territory, Punx at the Pump presents a double feature with Feeding and Feminal Fluids on Friday, July 7 (Edmonton). The former plays vicious hardcore; the latter specializes in feminist riot girl ass kicking punk.
Armstrong Metal Fest goes down on July 14 to July 15 in Armstrong, British Columbia (it’s about halfway between Vancouver and Calgary). With a line-up chock-full of Western Canadian bands, the event will host performances by Exit Strategy, WMD, Planet Eater, Golers, Gatekeeper, Dahmers Realm, and many more. Of course, the annual Thrash Wrestling event will also go down. Head over to https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/ for more details!
Regina’s thrashy/sludgy/deathcore project Planet Eater will release their much-anticipated album Blackness from the Stars on Friday, July 14 at Distortion (Calgary). They’ll be performing alongside their pals in World War Waiting, who are also releasing a full-length. Formerly known as Sentient, World War Waiting performs heavy thrash. Rounding out the line-up is Burning Effigy, Concrete Funeral, and Erebos.
One of the best doom/sludge line-ups of the month is happening on Thursday, July 20 at the Palomino Smokehouse and Bar (Calgary). There, you’ll see stellar Squamish act and Noctis luminaries Hoopsnake perform with Calgary’s own Chieftain, who’ve been laying low for quite some time. They’ll be joined by Mind Mold, who are making their live debut following the release of their self-titled debut (out April 28 via Sentient Ruin). Don’t miss this gig!
If you weren’t able to catch Hoopsnake in Calgary, head over to the Sewing Machine Factory (Edmonton) on Friday, July 21 for the band. They’ll be performing alongside Begrime Exemious, Tekarra, and Falsehood. The show is also Begrime’s tour kick off show before they depart to the Midwest United States; plus tickets are only $10 at the door!
On Friday, July 28, head to Distortion (Calgary) for Stab.twist.pull, Burning Effigy, World Class White Trash, Meggido, and Bazaraba. Tickets are only $10, and this will be Calgary’s first chance to see Stab’s newest member, also known as James Arsenian (Exes for Eyes). Don’t miss it!
Your other best stoner doom offering of the month goes down on Saturday, July 29 at Distortion (Calgary). There, you’ll see brand new project Cycolith, which features members of Mendozza, Terminal Sequence, and Sewer Rat playing a heavier, more death metal oriented style of doom. Also appearing on the line-up is Vancouver sludge band Heron, Calgary’s own Hypnopilot, and Siksika’s Iron Tusk. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.
Fresh off their European tour, Calgary’s own BlackRat are performing on Saturday, July 29 at Nite Owl (Calgary). Considering the band are one of Alberta’s strongest these days, you’d be foolish to miss the gig if you dig all things blackened, thrashy, and battering, be sure to be in attendance.
Now celebrating their sixth year, Loud as Hell festival will be going down from August 3 to August 6 [Drumheller, Alberta]. With 41 bands performing, clinics, vendors, and freak shows, the event promises to be a blast. Head down to see Battlecross, Bison, Aggression, Black Wizard, All Else Fails, Sentient, Neck of the Woods, and MANY more; you can find more details at http://www.loudashell.com/.Aggression, All Else Fails, Battlecross, Bazaraba, Begrime Exemious, Bison, Black Wizard, BlackRat, Burning Effigy, Chieftain, Concrete Funeral, Dahmers Realm, Erebos, Exit Strategy, Falsehood, Feeding, Feminal Fluids, GasPump Night Club & bar, Gatekeeper, Golers, Hoopsnake, Hypnopilot, Iron Tusk, Meggido, Mind Mold, Neck of the Woods, Planet Eater, Punx, Sentient, Siksika's Iron Tusk, Stab.Twist.Pull, Tekarra, Treaty 6 territory, WMD, World Class White Trash, World War Waiting