For all music lovers out there, everyone has a band and or musician that has touched their heart in a significant way, dubbing them your favourite. Having a favourite musical influence can sometimes lead to a borderline obsession. For some that obsession comes in the form of stalking the group and or artist throughout and entire tour, or it could be that you have every piece of memorabilia that has ever been produced that dawns the logo or name of that band or artist; t-shirts, CDs, maybe even some vinyl’s or patches. All of those examples are pretty standard and expected to be in any fan’s repertoire of support swag for their favourite artists and my collection for some of my favourites has grown significantly over the years. However, there is one type of paraphernalia that I can’t wrap my head around; Deluxe CDs. Read more
Soon after their May 12th release of “Kevin” ChuggaBoom’s latest EP, I had the chance to speak with lead vocalist and Messiah of ChuggaBoom, Levi Taurus. The metalcore band hailing from the U.K. has been taking the world by storm with an ever-growing populous of “Chuggalos” behind them since their 2015 album release of “Zodiac Arrest”. During my early morning chat with Levi, he elaborated on the inspirations behind some of their new songs as well as his future ambitions for ChuggaBoom. Read more
They’re back again! Striker has made their presence known early into 2017 and shows no signs of slowing down. Amidst their rigorous touring all over the globe and recently playing the famous “70,000 Tons of Metal” Cruise Ship Festival, the heavy metalers from Edmonton Alberta are set to release their newest and self-titled record, “Striker”, February 24th 2017. This will be with fifth studio album from the power-house, metal group and it is some of their best work yet. Read more
Late last week, Suicide Silence released their new single, “Doris”, accompanied by a 360 degree music video featuring both live performances, as well as footage from the band in studio recording their new self-titled album, set to release February 24th, 2017. Within the week of the release, the general feedback from fans on the new product has been surprisingly negative and shockingly hostile in some aspects as some are threatening to stop following the band completely. I’m sure the reaction from the band’s following isn’t what the group was hoping for, but possibly expected as “Doris” contains a sound that doesn’t resemble what would be expected in a Suicide Silence track. Read more
When you think of a nightclub you don’t often imagine mosh pits, or metal music. However on the frigid night of December 9th, 2016, Level Night Club in Kelowna, B.C. was filled with nothing but. The small, jam packed nightclub had no idea the shit-storm it was about receive from the hardcore acts, Cyclamen, Auras, A Wilhelm Scream, and Protest The Hero. The staff security was up for a massive challenge, and would met it head on in what would be a night of insanity, devastating mosh-pits, and awe-inspiring live performances from groups as a whole and some artists individually. The bitter cold wait outside would prove to be worth the wait and pain as fans would experience an exhilarating night that wouldn’t be forgotten any time soon. Read more
Five years is a long time; half a decade. Within five years you could have endured a presidential election, witnessed the wins and losses of the Olympic Games, or even renewed your mortgage. All of which are incomparable to what happened on Monday, September 12th, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta’s folk group Audio/Rocketry released new music for the first time, you guessed it, in five years. Earlier this week the group announced on their Facebook page that they would be releasing a new single “Fault Line” from their new self titled album, set to release November 3rd, 2016. Mark you’re calendar, set an alarm, do what needs to be done to make sure you don’t miss this album; it’s going to be good. Read more
Something I’ve always loved when I learn of a band I’ve never heard before, is that “Oh, shit!” moment. That moment when you’re listening to a new album, and a part in a song makes you involuntarily start head banging, regardless of your surroundings, and then let out a Ric Flair, “WOOOO!” afterward. This moment came to me on my morning commute while listening to the new EP, “Underbelly”, released mid August of this year by Windsor, Ontario’s The Apex. Dealing with a recent relocation across the country, the opportunity to check out new music didn’t really present itself, but I couldn’t be happier that I didn’t miss this. Read more
Van Halst have released their first studio album, World of Make Believe. Fronted by Kami Van Halst, her eclectic vocals, along with honest and direct lyrics gives the album a sentimental and intimate vibe. Musically, the diverse styling designs a unique tone and helps accentuate the socially-aware messages in each track. The record has grabbed a lot of attention since its release in early March of 2016 and is a great example of a metal group who wants to influence change through music.
With the release of their first studio album, Van Halst will be celebrating by holding their CD release party in Edmonton, AB at Filthy McNasty’s on Saturday April 2nd, 2015 . Accompanying them will be, The Order of Chaos and Monarch Sky. This is be one you won’t want to miss.
The highly anticipated seventh studio album Incarnate, from Killswitch Engage was released on March 11th, 2016 and is now available on iTunes and in most music stores. If you’ve been a fan of Killswitch Engage during the early days or most recent, this record is one you should be adding to your library.
The coveted arrival of Striker’s fourth studio album, Stand In the Fire is finally upon us. Friday February, 5th, 2016 is when you can get your hands on the bands most recent works. Through the years, the group has reflected different stylings of playing between the thrash metal and speed/hair metal genres but have always stayed true to the unique sound that is Striker. Within Stand In The Fire (2016) you get a taste of everything that Striker has been, who they are now, and who they’re going to be.
If you weren’t in Edmonton, at the Starlite Room on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 – you fucked up. Striker, the speed metal band hailing from Edmonton, AB was hosting a party, a CD Release party for their fourth studio album, Stand In The Fire (read my review HERE) and everyone was invited. Through a spectacular showcasing of what the band’s home town has to offer and an immense amount of energy from all the bands of the night was enough to keep my head moving through to the next day.
Click below to check out all of Ashton’s favourite metal albums for 2015!