By Joshua Wood
After a slow start to the year for international touring acts, February brings the heat! The most depressing month? Not if you are a fan of live metal!
Friday, Feb. 1 delivers an all-ages party night at Tubby Dog with the Kataplexis CD release featuring Gorgos, Feeding and Sawlung! The following night, Dickens Pub is throwing a sizzling EP release party for Sadistic Embodiment, who will be backed by a diverse mix of bands; Citizen Rage, Quietus and T.H.C.
One of the first big tours of year rolls through Western Canada in the dead of winter. Brave souls from the southern U.S. (the Carolinas and Louisiana) have decided to sample our weather. The fools!
Corrosion of Conformity,Crowbar, Weedeater, and Mothership will be at the Rickshaw in Vancouver on Feb. 2, The Starlite Room in Edmonton on Feb. 4, The Marquee Beer Market in Calgary on Feb. 5 and then it’s over to the Park Theater in Winnipeg on Feb. 7. Good luck, dudes! Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!
Speaking of big wheels, diesel-fueled rockers Monster Truck rumble into The Palace on Wednesday, Feb. 13.. Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and what better way to say, “I love you!” than with a Feb14. date night at The Blind Beggar Pub for the Classic Rock Metal Jam? Your charming hosts Sharkskin will keep the spirit of romance alive all evening long!
On Friday, Feb. 15, Big Nate Productions, in conjunction with the Calgary Beer Core, presents Metal for a Cause: A Show for Melanie Sinneave. This fundraiser features the talents of Blackest Sin, Caveat and Greybeard. Admission is a mere $10 donation at the door and you could be taking home silent auction items, cool prizes, warm fuzzies and more!
Saturday, Feb, 16, the Brass Monkey presents arguably the heaviest show of the month with death metal pundits Path to Extinction, Detherous, Animosity and Skalds of Surt slated to put on a scathing mid-winter show.
Can’t get enough of that heavy metal lovin’? Grab yer black cowboy hat and drop by the County Line Saloon on Feb, 16 for Valentines Schmalentines… more like METALTines! Staged by Voxx Promotions this metalcore giggity-gig stars Metavore, For a Life Unburdened, Born For Tomorrow, Syryn and Liandra.
Embrace your inner Viking with Heavy Metal Axe throwing at BATL on Feb. 17. This all-ages event combines metal music and adult beverages and axe throwing…a winning recipe in our books! What could possibly go wrong?
The annual Wacken Metal Battle will continue all across Western Canada this month with bouts planned for Feb. 7 and 21 at The Starlite Room–Temple in Edmonton, Feb. 9 at The Black Cat Tavern in Saskatoon and Feb. 20 at Dickens Pub in Calgary. Check www.ashermediarelations.com for full lineups and schedules as they become available.
Feeling lucky, punk? Throw your hat in the ring for The Mosh Lotto on Feb. 22 at the County Line Saloon. This raffle-and-riff combo welcomes a huge line-up of hardcore talents including Chaos Being, No More Moments, After the Prophet, Chained by Mind, Iron Tusk, Dystonic Waves, Snakepit, Vexterity, Father Moon and Sicks. All ticket holders and, more importantly the bands, have a chance to win $649 cash by the end of the night!
On Feb. 23, The Red Room in Vancouver will be hosting the World Premier gig of Imonolith, the Western Canadian all-star band featuring members of Threat Signal, Devin Townsend Band and Fear Factory (to name a few). Watch for them to visit Calgary on March 1 at Dickens Pub and Edmonton at The Starlite Room–Temple on March 2, for their second and third-ever shows!
Gird your loins in fur and prepare your soul for battle—Liverpool, England’s Conan is about to thunder across the west. After plundering The Starlite Room–Temple in Edmonton on Feb. 25, they will head down to Calgary where BeatRoute Magazine will present them on Feb. 26 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club alongside Culled and Gone Cosmic!
All you classic rock snowbirds can flock to The Grey Eagle Casino on Feb. 27 to warm up to the familiar sounds of Foreigner and their nostalgic Cold As Ice Tour.
Treading that fine line between Feb. and March, American rock-metal gods Clutch are bringing their grand Book of Bad Decisions Tour to Canada. Catch them with Big Business and Inspector Cluzo in Calgary on March 3, The Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton on March 4, and Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg on March 6.
Stay frosty, everyone!After the Prophet, Animosity, Big Business, Book of Bad Decisions, Burton Cummings Theatre, Chained By Mind, Chaos Being, Clutch, Cold As Ice, Conan, Corrosion of Conformity, County Line Saloon, Crowbar, Culled, Detherous, Devin Townsend Band, Dystonic Waves, Father Moon, Fear Factory, Foreigner, Gone Cosmic, Imonolith, Inspector Cluzo, Iron Tusk, Mothership, No More Moments, Path To Extinction, Sicks, Skalds of Surt, Snakepit, The Grey Eagle Casino, The Mosh Lotto, The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, The Ranch Roadhouse, The Red Room, The Starlite Room, Threat Signal, Vexterity, Wacken Metal Battle, Weedeater