By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY – As per usual, June is our Sled Island issue…. Which means there’s less space in the section for articles and more space for all the killer metal appearing at Sled. In that vein, check out our festival section for features on Italian psychedelic doomsters Ufomammut, terrifying emerging prog/experimental act Lingua Ignota (whose album All Bitches Die was recently picked up for a vinyl press by Profound Lore Records) and the heart melting and gorgeous 40 Watt Sun. As for the rest, we’ll fill you in on the best here.
Decimate Metalfest kicks off the month, running from Thursday, June 7 until Sunday, June 10 at Distortion (Calgary). That same weekend, Hammerfall is playing at Dickens on Thursday, June 7 (Calgary) and at the Starlite Room on Friday, June 8 (Edmonton). Brujeria plays Dickens on Friday, June 8 (Calgary); Calgary based sludge metallers Monolith AB are releasing their album at the Palomino on Friday, June 8 (Calgary). Check out www.beatroute.ca for features on most of the above from the May issue; meanwhile, you can find the Monolith AB article in the RockPile section.
Head to Rendezvous Pub on Friday, June 8 (Edmonton) for the Tessitura EP release party. The band will be unveiling the album Unearth the Underworld; they will perform alongside Nylithia, Blackwater Burial, and Breaking the Silent.
On June 8, sludge metallers YOB release their eighth studio album Our Raw Heart via Relapse Records. Shockingly, it’s their best offering yet and rivals their breakthrough The Great Cessation in its musical variation. That same day, Toronto death metallers Tomb Mold unleash their debut for new label 20 Buck Spin. Manor of Infinite Forms is crushing.
Head to the Palomino Smokehouse on Saturday, June 16 (Calgary) for a stoner pysch bill featuring Dead Quiet and Electric OWL alongside Hashteroid.
The annual Covenant Festival will be running from Thursday, June 21 until Saturday, June 23 at Rickshaw Theatre (Vancouver). If you like your metal visceral and challenging, the festival has lots to offer. Bands performing include Profanatica, Incantation, Witches Hammer, Blasphemy, and Hacavitz. To get your advance tickets, head to http://www.covenantfestival.com/
American black metallers UADA are returning to Alberta on the heels of the release of their second full-length, Cult of a Dying Sun. Following in a similarly relentless vein of their apocalyptic debut, the album sees them moving away from straight-up MGLA worship and exploring further deviations in the melodic black metal realm. The band will be performing at the Starlite Room on Wednesday, June 27 (Edmonton) and at Distortion on Thursday, June 28 (Calgary) with Wolvhammer.
On Friday, June 29, Edmonton’s own excellent post-punk act No Problem will release their new album Let God Sort ‘Em Out via Deranged Records. Check the Edmonton Extra section for an article on the band; they’ll be playing at 9910 (Edmonton) alongside Languid and Sister Suzie.40 Watt Sun, Blackwater Burial, Blasphemy, Breaking the Silent, Brujeria, Dead Quiet, Decimate Metalfest, Electric Owl, Hacavitz, Hammerfall, Hashteroid, Incantation, Languid, Lingua Ignota, Monolith AB, No Problem, Nylithia, Profanatica, Sister Suzie, Tessitura, Tomb Mold, UADA, Ufomammut, Witches Hammer, Wolvhammer, YOB