By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY – Thanks to the sheer volume of bands BeatRoute has covered (sometimes multiple times) that are coming through the city in November, we decided to keep the section local and cover both international and local shows in the column this month. Hey ho, let’s go!
First up: album releases. Death metal institution Cannibal Corpse put out their 14th studio album Red Before Black on November 3. If you dig Cannibal Corpse doing what Cannibal Corpse does best, then you’ll probably think it’s pretty, pretty good. Experimental doom drone act Opium Warlords will release Droner and blow your earholes into outerspace. Go spend yer money!!
On Saturday, November 4, head to Vern’s for Lutheran, a two-piece Saskatoon based black/death act. They’re playing with Medicine Hat band Ted Bundy and Calgary openers Vile Insignia, Pathetic, and Cultist. Be sure to pick up a copy of the new split by Pathetic at the gig!
Former Nile guitarist Dallas-Toler Wade will be coming through Calgary for a performance on Wednesday, November 8 with his death metal project Narcotic Wasteland. Conceptually based on the military town of Fayetteville, North Carolina, which struggles with unusually high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and Shaken Baby Syndrome, the band has two full-lengths out which reflect the horrors of the city in which multiple members grew up. They’ll be playing at Dickens with Moosifix and Dethgod.
Finland’s own Children of Bodom will be performing on Friday, November 10 at MacEwan Hall (Calgary) as part of their 20 Years Down & Dirty Tour (yeah, classy, we know). They’ll be bringing symphonic black metal band Carach Angren, thrash act Lost Society, and American technical metal act Uncured on the road; the tour also hits the Commodore Ballroom on November 8 (Vancouver) and the Ranch Roadhouse on November 11 (Edmonton). If you dig orchestrated melodic power death, Guitar Hero, and guyliner, this’ll be the gig for you.
Friday, November 10 is a good day for releases: first up, Dark Descent Records death metal act Desolate Shrine will be releasing Deliverance from the Godless Void. Doom icons Electric Wizard will also unveil Wizard Bloody Wizard, complete with goofy ass album artwork.
If you’re a horror movie junkie, be sure to head to the Globe Cinema on Saturday, November 11 (Calgary). They’ll be screening Italian film Suspiria in celebration of the iconic film’s 40th anniversary. Before you head down, be sure to read Breanna Whipple’s excellent article in the film section.
If you’d rather be banging your head than getting the pants scared off you, then head to Dickens Pub that evening (November 11) for progressive extreme melodic metal act Ne Obliviscaris. Although we did try to get them on the horn to dish about their brand new album Urn released on October 27 via Season of Mist, it unfortunately wasn’t in the cards. The Australian band is playing with Allegaeon and Dead Asylum. You can also see Ne Obliviscaris at the Rickshaw Theatre on November 9 (Vancouver) and the Park Theatre on November 13 (Winnipeg).
Head to Distortion on Friday, November 17 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Full Treatment album release with Montreal thrash metallers Aggression. They’ll be playing the album in its entirety. The band has a long and storied history, breaking up shortly after the release of the iconic album. In 2014, they officially reunited; their third studio album Fragmented Spirit Devils followed shortly after. For the Calgary show, Aggression will be performing alongside Divinity, Hammerdrone, World Class White Trash, and Tessitura. You can also see Aggression in Edmonton on November 18 at the Starlite Room alongside Mortillery, Tessitura and Begrime Exemious.
The best local gig of the month goes down on Friday, November 24 when Calgary grindcore titans WAKE perform alongside Edmonton death metal institution Begrime Exemious, howling sludge mongers Adolyne, and new raw punk band Full Choke. The gig goes down at the Palomino Smokehouse & Bar.
End your November the right way! Head to Distortion on Saturday, November 25 for an evening of black and death metal featuring Vile Insignia, Krepitus, Korperlose Stimme, Traer and Pecado…
… And then start your December the right way! On Saturday, December 2, Toronto punk act FLQ will be performing alongside Janitor Scum, Artificial Slits, and Paradise at delicious hotdog hub Tubby Dog. The show is all-ages, all-inclusive, and pay what you can. You know what to do.Adolyne, Aggression, Allegaeon, Artificial Slits, Begrime Exemious, Cannibal Corpse, Carach Angren, Children of Bodom, Cultist, dead asylum, Dethgod, Divinity, FLQ, Full Choke, Hammerdrone, Janitor Scum, Korperlose Stimme, Krepitus, Lost Society, Lutheran, Moosifix, Mortillery, Narcotic Wasteland, Ne Obliviscaris, November, Opium Warlords, Paradise, Pathetic, Pecado, Ted Bundy, Tessitura, This Month in Metal, Traer, Uncured, Vile Insignia, WAKE, World Class White Trash