By Sarah Kitteringham
Although there are multiple great metal shows coming through Alberta in August, we decided that Canadian metal never gets quite enough love. That’s why this month, every single band featured in the Shrapnel section hails from the true north strong and free. Canadian metal, just obey! On your weak sounds, WE WILL PREY!
To kick it off, head over to beatroute.ca for our album premiere of Edmonton death thrashers Phylactery. The band runs in the vein of Morbid Saint and Demolition Hammer, and their newest offering Necromancy Enthroned RIPS.
Meanwhile, wordsmith Christine Leonard spoke with East Coast doom masters Zaum about crafting transcendental hymns to far away lands; read her article in the section before heading to their gig. The band is touring across Canada this August with the fantastic Flying Fortress. If you don’t know the latter yet, it’s about damn time you checked them out. The duo is made up of the two thirds of now defunct classic metal/doom trio Goat Horn. The sonic shift from their previous act is noticeable; while Goat Horn channeled early Cathedral, Flying Fortress goes for a bastardized, alt-indie version of Inepsy. Their newest offering BITCHWIND comes out on October 10 via Uncle D Records, and is available for streaming now over at https://flyingfortresstunes.bandcamp.com/. Get in on the brilliance at Distortion on Friday, August 18 (Calgary); don’t be surprised if you see ZAUM drummer Kyle McDonald behind the kit for the show rather than Steel Rider (AKA Jason Mellish).
Speaking of Canadian metal, the gals and guys behind a ton of what goes on in Calgary are celebrating their 13th anniversary this August. Head to Distortion on August 10, 11, and 12 for the Calgary Beer Core’s annual birthday bash. This year, they’ll be showcasing a monster load of Canuck bands, including Golers, Path to Extinction, Concrete Funeral, Glare, Train Bigger Monkeys, Hazzerd, Citizen Rage, and Rebuild/Repair. Of note: two bands will be releasing albums at these parties. First up, Hazzerd! They’ll be releasing their CD Misleading Evil on Friday, August 11. The band plays an energetic style of classic thrash with vocals reminiscent of Megadeth, and their album spans eight tracks. Be sure to pick up a copy at the show. Second up: Citizen Rage! The band will be releasing their fifth EP Pink on Saturday, August 12. The hardcore punk band contains several of the hardest working musicians in Calgary, so make sure you pick up a copy!
On August 24, check out one of the strongest offerings of the month when Halifax crust punk band Napalm Raid performs at the Palomino Smokehouse & Bar. The band is touring in support of their newest offering Wheel of War, and will be playing alongside Enemies, Erector Set (new hardcore act featuring members of PMMA, Empty Heads), and Full Choke (new punk act featuring members of Chieftain and Savage Streets).
At the end of the month, Vancouver’s proggy sludge metal aficionados Anciients will be performing at the Palomino Smokehouse & Bar. Head to the bar on Wednesday, August 30 to see the Season of Mist signees perform with Dead Quiet and Denim Machine.Anciients, Citizen Rage, Concrete Funeral, Dead Quiet, Denim Machine, Enemies, Erector Set, Flying Fortress, Full Choke, Glare, Golers, Hazzerd, Metal, Napalm Raid, Path To Extinction, Phylactery, Rebuild/Repair, Train Bigger Monkeys, Zaum