By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY – There’s not enough space in these pages to cover even a third of the great heavy music acts coming through Western Canada.
American power metallers Iced Earth will perform at the Starlite Room on March 2 [Edmonton] and at the Marquee Beer Market & Stage on March 3[Calgary].
Industrial crossover act Soulfly will perform as Nailbomb, delivering the entirety of their groundbreaking album Point Blank at Dickens on March 5 [Calgary].
John Garcia of legendary space rockers Kyuss will perform at Distortion on March 10 [Calgary].
Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider will perform at the Marquee Beer Market & Stage on March 15 [Calgary] and at the Starlite Room on March 16 [Edmonton]. Despite our best efforts, we were not able to get him on the horn.
Hazzerd, Blackest Sin, Meggido, Pervcore, and more will play at Distortion on March 16 [Calgary].
Manitoba Metalfest 2018 goes down on March 16 – March 17 at the Park Theatre [Winnipeg]. Bands performing include legendary death thrashers Demolition Hammer, as well as sets by Skeletal Remains, Cancer Bats, and Damascus, who are doing a “one time only reunion show.”
Local stoner rockers Woodhawk perform at the Ship & Anchor on March 21 [Calgary]. The following evening they’ll be performing alongside Wolfrik and Highbernation at the Starlite Room [Edmonton].
Seattle death metal act Fetid will perform with Vern’s on March 23 [Calgary] alongside Messiahlator, Pathetic, Cultist and Full/Choke. The following evening, head to the Sewing Machine Factory [Edmonton] for Fetid with Begrime Exemious, Pathetic, and Lutheran.
Unfortunately, the Ross the Boss shows scheduled for Western Canada (including March 29 at Distortion [Calgary]) have been postponed indefinitely. Although we chatted with the legendary guitarist to hear his thoughts on the scheduled finale of Manowar and his upcoming third album under the Ross the Boss moniker, the story has been postponed until the show is rescheduled.
The second rendition of Covenant Montreal will begin at La Sala Rossa on March 29 and runs until March 31 [Montreal]. The fantastic black and death metal oriented line-up includes Dead Congregation, Ruins of Beverast, Thantifaxath, Auroch, Adversarial, and more.Adversarial, Auroch, Begrime Exemious, Blackest Sin, Cancer Bats, Cultist and Full/Choke, Damascus, Dead Congregation, Demolition Hammer, Fetid, Hazzerd, Highbernation, John Garcia, La Sala Rossa, Lutheran, Manitoba Metalfest 2018, Manowar, Marquee Beer Market & Stage, Meggido, Messiahlator, Nailbomb, Park Theatre, Pathetic, Pervcore, Ross the Boss, Ruins of Beverast, Sewing Machine Factory, Skeletal Remains, Soulfly, Starlite Room, Thantifaxath, This Month in Metal, Wolfrik, Woodhawk