By Josh Wood
CALGARY – Traditionally November is a little lighter on international shows as many bands are in the studio to get a spring release for the festival season and summer tour circuits. However, there are still enough local shows to please most metal fans.
In/Vertigo launch the month on November 3rd with their ‘Sex, Love & Chaos’ EP release party at Dickens Pub. They are backed up by the prowling fury of Raised By Wolves and Syryn.
In a unique industry-related event of interest to all local bands, Celestial Agency is hosting an event called “Recipe For Success: Music Industry Organization and Navigation” on Monday, November 5th at Dickens Pub. This useful three-hour seminar from 6:00-9:00pm covers multiple topics of interest from grants and touring to PR, management and more.
In the category of ‘it must be seen to believed,’ MacSabbath — the Black Sabbath McDonalds Restaurant mash-up parody/comedy metal troupe – will be rumbling into Dickens Pub on November 7th before drivin’ on thru Alberta to the Starlite Room in Edmonton the following night. McDonalds gift certificates are not redeemable for entry.
The first big international tour to hit Alberta in November is Finland’s Korpiklaani in support of their new album Kulkija (Wanderer). These heavy metal Vikings are roving through Canada along with Russia’s Arkona as their supporting shield bearers. This pagan/folk metal tour hits the Starlite Room on the 9th and Marquee Beer Garden in Calgary on the 10th. If you are still in a medieval mood the following night in Calgary, check out the Heavy Metal Axe Throwing Night at BATL located at 2151 32nd St. NE. Metal tunes, beverages, lessons and more!
Get your groove on with Montreal’s incendiary sons Barn Burner who will be blazing up the stage with Calgary’s Woodhawk and Iron Tusk in what promises to be an action packed gig at Broken City on November 15th.
Arguably the biggest metal show of the month, Polish black metal titans Behemoth are set to level MacEwan Hall on November 16th. The dark icons are touring in support of the brand new album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” and they dragging along At The Gates and Wolves in The Throne Room, two heavyweights in their own right, in their wake. This same tour invades Edmonton the following night at the Union Hall. Edmonton fans can also check out the new sludge/grind act Culled, who are having their CD release party at the Starlite Room on November 16th and then repeating that feat at The Palomino in Calgary on the 24th.
If you have the stomach for it, Nauseator and support act Chaos Being will be swaying and churning at Vern’s on November 23rd. Take your Gravol and a dose of salt; the debut of Calgary’s ‘Murder Metal’ band is not for the weak, or easily offended!
November 30th ends the month with a (head) bang and you might have some painful choices to make. A quartet of great locals, Red Cain, Kashura, Volition, and Subsume will be a sight to behold at The Blind Beggar Pub. Meanwhile, over at Dickens Pub, it’s time to shred as forest-dwellers Mammoth Grove host a psych-rock blowout to celebrate the release of their second LP. Still hungry? You should cram into Tubby Dog for great eats and a cozy all-ages gig with Mandible Klaw, Total Wolf, Vibes and, the band with the most attention-grabbing name, Cheap Beer!Arkona, At the Gates, Barn Burner, Behemoth, Black Sabbath, Broken City, Celestial Agency, Chaos Being, Dickens Pub, Gravol, In/Vertigo, Iron Tusk, Kashura, Korpiklaani, Kulkija, Love & Chaos, MacEwan Hall, MacSabbath, Mandible Klaw, Marquee Beer Garden, Nauseator, Raised By Wolves, Red Cain, sex, Starlite Room, Subsume, SYRYN, The Blind Beggar Pub, The Palomino, This Month in Metal, Total Wolf, Vibes, Vikings, VOLITION, Wolves in the Throne Room, Woodhawk