By Ana Krunic
From its inception in 2016, Modified Ghost festival has been bringing internationally acclaimed metal acts to Vancouver. While only in its fourth edition, it’s one of Vancouver’s most anticipated events on the metal calendar. Spanning subgenres, there’s something for everyone – headbangers, hardcore kids, punks, thrashers and doom stoners will all find common ground at the Rickshaw Theatre for a four-day festival showcasing some of the best of heavy music today.
w/ The Spits, Night Birds, Sore Points, Storc, Chain Whip
Thursday, May 23
These Virginian party-thrashers are always out to have a good time, a far cry from some of the grim posturing in heavy music. Ripping crossover thrash with a sense of humour, Municipal Waste makes you feel like you’re 16 years old, drinking malt liquor in a skate park. (Maybe you are).
w/ Xibalba, KEN Mode, Cult Leader, The Atlas Moth, Neck Of The Woods
Friday, May 24
Among the pioneers of metalcore, Converge have smashed expectations and genres over their 29-year career. With Jacob Bannon’s uniquely frenetic vocals laid over dynamic songwriting, their live shows make it clear why they’ve been so influential for so long.
w/ Converge, Xibalba, KEN Mode, Cult Leader, The Atlas Moth, Neck of the Woods
Friday, May 24
Taking their name from the underworld, the “place of fear” of Mayan mythos, California’s Xibalba evokes their namesake by taking their favourite parts of old-school death metal and hardcore and adding a generous handful of sludge with fresh resuts.
High on Fire
w/ Toxic Holocaust, Doomriders, Dopethrone, Black Wizard, Spirit Adrift, Hashteroid
Saturday, May 25
No one has stitched together the attitude of thrash with the menace of doom quite like riff-lord Matt Pike and his band High on Fire. Pike rose from the grave of his former outfit Sleep to create one of the most distinct sounds in metal today.
w/ Exciter, Exmortus, Nylithia
Sunday, May 26
One of Canada’s most influential bands, Voivod’s music ranges from eccentric prog to plain old thrash and every grey area in between. Their erratic 35-year discography can make even the most intensive music nerd’s head spin, making these veterans part of our cultural fabric. These Quebec veterans just won their first Juno in March.
Modified Ghost Festival goes from May 23 to 26 at the Rickshaw Theatre.
Tix: $130 (festival pass), $30-40 (single day), showpass.com