By Josh Wood
CALGARY – The Wacken Metal Battle is raging across the country. Dickens Pub hosts Calgary-Round Three on March 6 featuring Osyron, Red Cain, Hyperia and Vexerity. Meanwhile, Logan’s Pub is hosting Victoria-Round One on March 9 featuring Electric Druids, Liberatia, Krypteia, and Forever Frost. The Red Room is hosting Vancouver-Round Two on March 10 featuring Kayas, Crnkshft, Hunting Giants, Ophelia Falling, and Age of Entitlement. The Red Room hosts once again for Vancouver-Round Three on March 24 featuring Apprentice, Alice Hardy, Fallen Stars, Roadrash, Desert Merc and Blackwater Burial. Then, it’s back to Dickens on March 27 for Calgary-Round Four with bands TBA. Phew!
Circle the date! March 15 finds no less than five metal gigs all falling on one night in Calgary. U.K. black metallers Cradle of Filth descend on the Marquee Beer Market during the Canadian leg of their Cryptoriania World Tour with Wednesday 13 and Raven Black in tow. That same lineup will be in Edmonton on March 16 at The Starlite Room. Right after the Cradle of Filth gig head across the parking lot and show your ticket stub to save $5 off at The Blind Beggar Pub for the Hazzerd vinyl release party with Blackest Sin, Tessitura and Hyperia. If those two throwdowns are not for you, rumble on over to the County Line Saloon for a night of death metal with Enterprise Earth, Aethere, Vultures, Born For Tomorrow and Gutter King. Not in the mood for the heavy stuff? Head over to the Palomino Smokehouse to enjoy In/Vertigo, Open Air and The Rumble. Last, but not least Stab Twist Pull, Bazaraba, Vectivus, Without Mercy and PDS will be tearing the roof off at The Brass Monkey.
March 16 has WMD and Chained By Mind playing an all-ages show at the Upper Deck Public House in Calgary.
Milwaukee metalcore outfit Misery Signals is in Alberta for the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Slam. They’ll be in Calgary at Dickens Pub with Sight & Sound, Trench and Spiritbox on March 16 and then again with the same bill in Edmonton at The Starlite on March 17.
Bookburner is hosting an all-ages metalcore gig at McHugh House in Calgary on March 18 featuring Underlier (London, Ontario), Bastian (Vancouver), Exits (Edmonton) and Calgary’s own Spurn.
Baroness, Deafheaven and Zeal & Ardor are touring the west with gigs in Edmonton on March 22 at Union Hall and in Calgary on March 23 at The Palace Theatre.
The 420 Music and Arts Festival is throwing a Beer Launch party on March 29 at Next Level Brewing with a performance by psych-rock legends Hypnopilot as musical enticement. Cheers!
Guitar gods invade the region with John 5 and Jared James Nichols shredding Calgary at Dickens Pub on March 29 before hitting up Edmonton on March 30. If that wasn’t enough, Uli John Roth will be at the County Line Saloon in Calgary on April 3 for his 50th Anniversary Tour doing a special set of old Scorpions’ tunes.
Don’t flip your calendars just yet, Saturday March 30 San Diego’s Tzimani will heat up Dickens Pub with the aid of Calgary locals Hrom and Tyrants of Chaos.