Canadian Television has interviewed Spencer Prewett regarding the band's recent nomination for the JUNO award - the national equivalent of the Grammy award. The Archspire drummer is featured in his home town of Oak Bay in Victoria, BC and the interview includes segments with local residents and mayor Nils Jensen. The feature is now streaming at Archspire's Facebook page at the link below.
Dean Lamb: guitar
Spencer Prewett: drums
Oliver Rae Aleron: vocals
Tobi Morelli: guitar
Jared Smith: bass
Imminence Records, in partnership with Truth Inc. Records, is proud to release the new lyric video from Canadian progressive metalcore band Eyes Over Sea. released today. "Ruins" is off the band's seven track full-length, entitled Dreamwave that already features hit singles "Dreamwave" and "Beyond The Light" and has caught the attention of fans and critics alike.
""Ruins" is about pulling yourself out from the ruts that kill your growth as a person. The song was written while dealing with the effects of drug addiction on loved ones. It was written to express the extremes that reality brings while also exposing the true culprit, as is done in the final verse of the song. The hope was to get the different emotions involved conveyed and keep a message of recovery or overcoming present” - John Tesla (Bassist)
Eyes Over Sea is a progressive metalcore band from Canada, whose forthcoming album shares its name with the band's first single, "Dreamwave". The band's current line-up is comprised of Eric Pacheco, vocals; Patrick Currier, vocals; Jacob Mcsheffrey, guitar; Shane Calkins, guitar; and John Hicks, bass. Titled Dreamwave, it is is a journey within a conscious space that serves as the antagonist for the album story. In October of 2017, the band announced that it had signed with Imminence Records and Truth Inc. Records to release the album November 17th, 2017. The band started recording its first single in October 2016. Only a year later, the band is back strong, sharing the name of its beginnings with a full-length release, a taste of what is to come.
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The first single "Losing My Humanity" from Kobra & The Lotus’ upcoming album “Prevail II” is celebrating its track premiere with a lyric video! The album will follow on April 27th 2018 via Napalm Records.
"Losing My Humanity" is an exemplary melodic feast of both guitar and vocal craftsmanship that anchors the Canadian four piece firmly in between hard rock and heavy metal with a modern touch and the occasional classic rock!
Kobra about the new song and story behind:
“Ignorance is bliss. This song is the cynical point of view regarding the ways of human nature. We pretend we've been different but through out history we have always been a barbaric and brash species. The silence kept during times of pain or unjust suffering is profoundly loud. Does it make us better when we stand by and say or do nothing when we know something is wrong? I would argue it makes us almost the same. Take the words figuratively or literally, I'm just calling it as I see it, even if it's me taking a clear look at myself in the mirror.”
This is not just another lyric video. It gives the perfect underlining of what the song is all about: a critical reflection of what humanity is all about and what it became in the past years.
Watch the lyric video premiere HERE!
Pre-order album “Prevail II” HERE!
The new EP 'The New Mythology Vol. 1' from Vancouver-based groove thrashers Revenger, has been unleashed and is streaming in its entirety! Get a fiery helping of Canadian metal at revengermusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-mythology-vol-1
Make sure to check out the official video for opening track "Hex" at this location.
The New Mythology Vol.1, Revenger's second studio release, is a five-song EP that expands on the band's aggressive thrash style with tracks that are more technical, visceral and direct than debut album To The Wolves. Formed in 2012, the band introduces some key members that shape the sound and vibe of this EP, which is more calculated and driven than before. Heavy guitar rhythms punctuated by a consistent thrash pulse breaks only when the groove requires and marks Revenger's particular style.
The lyrics and gritty death vocals also bring out the rage and bitterness of the subject matter which, for this EP, is slightly more conceptual and inspired by comic books and how today's mythology could become tomorrow's dogma.
With the intent of bringing together technical thrash metal and gritty groove riffs, Revenger was born in 2012 through the hands of guitarist Jean-Pierre Poulin and drummer Chris Warunki. The pair had written music together before and the combination of their styles and personalities was a natural experiment. In March 2014, Revenger debuted in Vancouver to warm reviews.
Their first independent album To the Wolves came out in September 2014 with Jordan Knute (lead guitar), Greg Cavanagh (vocals) and Darryl Greer (bass). In early 2015, Revenger's line-up evolved to include Julia Geaman (drums) and Andrew Bailey (vocals). The following year was largely focused on wood-shedding, playing local and regional shows/festivals alongside renowned bands such as Havok, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Tengger Cavalry, Stryker and Unleash the Archers.
2016 saw the introduction of Sean Parkinson on guitar (replacing Jordan Knute), and the interesting switch from guitar to bass for founder and main song writer JP Poulin. Ending the year with a 5-song EP written and ready to be recorded in early 2017, Revenger is ready to tour extensively and work tirelessly to get their music out to the world.
Andrew Bailey (Vocals)
JP Poulin (Bass)
Sean Parkinson (Guitars)
Julia Geaman (Drums)
Kobra & The Lotus kept their word and will soon deliver the second part of their opus magnum one year after the successful release of rock juggernaut Prevail I!
Prevail II is the proverbial yang to the yin and continues right where Kobra & The Lotus left off in 2017. Set for a release on April 27th 2018 with Napalm Records, the band has now unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for their hotly anticipated Prevail II!
Says vocalist Kobra Paige:
“Humanity. One of the greatest struggles of our human existence is to retain it. This sequel album takes a deeper dive into the darkness of our psyche and explores the personal torment and struggle we inflict upon ourselves, one another, and the earth. It has become common place for people to give up on themselves and lose their belief in their abilities and self-worth. This in turn affects our daily actions/behaviour. We are a cripplingly, self-harming species BUT we are also profoundly capable beings of altruism, evolution, and positivity. This album will close the ‘Prevail’ double sequel on the lightest of all notes by acknowledging that every single person has a desire to be and deserves to be truly seen, loved, and heard. When the ignorance is cleared, we can recognize that we are all in this together.”
Kobra & The Lotus know perfectly well what it takes to cater for the needs of every metal, hard & classic rock fan. With Prevail II the Canadian four piece deliver the grand finale to their emotional and musically diverse Prevail-series while showing all of the band's facets at its best: This is Pure Rock adrenaline!
Set for a release on April 27th 2018, 'Prevail II is now available to pre-order HERE!
Montreal-based progressive death metal legends Augury has been hard at work the last few years writing and recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Fragmentary Evidence. Today the group is proud to officially announce their 3rd full-length, Illusive Golden Age. Set for release on March 30th through The Artisan Era.
The stunning cover art was designed by renowned artist Filip Ivanović, who created last year's Origin album art. Augury enlisted Cryptopsy guitarist Chris Donaldson at The Grid Studios in Montreal with the album's mixing and mastering to ensure a high-quality sounding final product. Illusive Golden Age is certain to be one of 2018's most memorable death metal records, and a strong return to form from one of the modern eras most influential progressive death metal acts. The albums first single will see release next Monday, February 5th.
**You can listen to an early album teaser video HERE
Augury had the following to say about Illusive Golden Age:-
“We're proud to present you Illusive Golden Age, our new album, which makes the connection musically and lyrically with Concealed and Fragmentary Evidence. It took us quite a long time to concretize so we're eager to see people's reaction to our new music. Illusive Golden Age is a poetic tale about the recurrence of downfall and a glance at some factors that bring down societies, influenced by lost civilizations and their enigmas.”
Stay tuned for more Augury news, pre-orders, and early singles in the coming weeks.
Patrick Loisel - Vocals, Guitars
Mathieu Marcotte (Humanoid) - Guitars
Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (First Fragment, ex-Beyond Creation) - Bass
Antoine Baril (Contemplator) - Drums
Nuclear War Now! Productions has set March 15th as the international release date for Rites of Thy Degringolade's long-awaited comeback album, The Blade Philosophical, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Anyone familiar with the history of extreme metal in Canada must acknowledge the importance of Edmonton veterans Rites of Thy Degringolade. Originally conceived in 1997 as a solo project by Paulus Kressman, known at that time for his phenomenal drumming and vocals for Sacramentary Abolishment (who would evolve into Axis of Advance following Kressman’s departure), the earliest Rites recordings were solitary, experimental endeavours. The self-titled 1999 demo and the debut album, The Carytid, from 2000, feature Kressman handling all instrumentation.
With the inclusion of guitarist J. Wroth in 2001, Rites became more powerful and precise. Over the next several years, the duo recorded and released the legendary Totality album, the follow-up Totality’s Kommand EP, and the split with Portal, entitled Our Dreadful Sphere. Kressman and Wroth then recruited Malevolus (Godless North, Gloria Dioboli) for the recording of the third album, An Ode to Sin, which the band elected to release on Nuclear War Now! just as the label was beginning to establish its own prominence in the underground.
That line-up wouldn’t last, however, and by 2006, the band was dormant, with Kressman focusing on other projects for the next decade, including Warmarch, Weapon, and Gloria Diaboli among others. It was, therefore, an unexpected and welcome development when, in 2015, Kressman and Wroth reunited to resurrect Rites of Thy Degringolade, along with new members, guitarist N.K.L.H. (Antediluvian, Weapon, Amphisbaena) and bassist C.W. to perform at the Covenant Fest in Vancouver. The band persisted and with this line-up—the fullest in the band’s history—Rites set about recording their first album in 13 years.
The Blade Philosophical is at once a recapitulation of the band’s earlier work and a continued expansion of the boundaries of extreme metal. It is, in the truest sense, a real album, with common sonic and thematic threads woven throughout, drawing the tracks together into something cohesive and whole. Conceptually, the album is an exposition of the themes that permeate the band’s entire body of work. While many details of the philosophy of Rites remain obscure, the overarching premise emerges: the exaltation of the self—the cultivation of the individual will—to disrupt, navigate, and ultimately control the ever-flowing streams of determinism. “The Blade Philosophical,” Kressman elaborates, “is the study and catharsis in the constant state of will—deterministic all, and the self as creator and destroyer.”
The sound of Rites has always been distinctive—the band is one of a handful that can be honestly characterized as unique. On this album, the full spectrum of the band’s sound is on violent display. Kressman’s frenetic percussion and the low-end guitars form a tangled and tense knot at the core, that is draped and gilded with shimmering contrapuntal melodies delivered by Wroth and N.K.L.H. The organic fibres of Rites’ sound remain in omnipresent tension with the grinding mechanistic and boldly physical elements.
The sprawling universe suspended in death-black paralysis. The misshapen spine of the cosmos dissected in the mind of man. The Blade Philosophical is a controlled descent into the orgiastic field of rape and disorder called the world and the corresponding ascendency of the individual from within.
The release of The Blade Philosophical signifies more than just the band’s return to recording: Rites is currently preparing to embark on its first major-scale European tour (24 dates), and will be playing various fests in 2018 and beyond. NWN! is supremely honoured to present this monumental return to form by one of the greatest bands of the last several decades. Hear for yourself the first new example of such with the track "The Final Laceration" HERE at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp.
Shades of Sorrow is a heavy metal band from Moncton, New Brunswick Canada. Their sound is a blend of old and new metal with a splash of European influence. Shades of Sorrow are an eclectic group that has spent the last 10 years honing their sound and are ready to expand their reach to the rest of the world. With influences ranging from all over the musical spectrum, they seamlessly blend multiple genres into their signature heavy sound. The group has had the pleasure to perform with some of the best bands from the East Coast and the rest of Canada as well as international touring acts.
Their fourth release and second album, Ascension was initially released independently on their own label, Chester Records, and will now be released worldwide through Sliptrick Records in early 2018. The album has already received a nomination for the “Loud” categories in both the MusicNB Awards and East Coast Music Awards and the band has performed at both of their respective showcases. Shades of Sorrow is currently recording the yet to be named follow up to Ascension which will also be released via Sliptrick Records later in the year.
Shades of Sorrow are:
Monise Ouellette – Vocals
Mike Taylor – Guitars
Pascal Deslongchamps – Drums
Julien Leblanc – Bass
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Experimental death metal act Sanguine Glacialis have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Hadopelagic" (produced by Chris Donaldson of Cryptopsy).
Release date April 6th 2018.
Without darkness there can be no light, Sanguine Glacialis have stared into the very blackest pit, and, inspired by what they saw there, forged sonic masterpieces of the darkest beauty, it is not surprising their name means ‘frozen blood’ in Latin!
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Sanguine Glacialis have shared the stage with Dark Tranquility, Omnium Gatherum, Delain, Hammerfall, Unexpect, Necronomicon and many more. The dark heart of Sanguine Glacialis is vocalist/keyboardist Maude, the sole original member left in the band. She describes their sound as ‘unique, original, intense and dark’.
Maude is enthusiastic about their new songs. “We took a huge step forward with this album and fans will appreciate it much more than the previous one. Everything is better in this one in my opinion. We want to show the new direction of the band. We want to show how much we’ve grown and how much the band has changed between the two albums. This album is a very dark part of my life, and it's something that everybody lives in their own way, and I hope this album will help fans go through their own difficulties.” Lyrically, Maude avoids the usual metal clichés. “Most of the songs are personal experiences that I wrote in the form of stories and legends.”
The band released the official video for the song "Monsters", taken from the upcoming album "Hadopelagic".
Maude promises that Sanguine Glacialis offer a very different live experience. “What really makes this band special is the vast variety of influences we have. It goes from technical death metal to classical, through nu metal, rock, jazz, pop, rap, world music, and so much more.On stage, we bring our own theatrical style as well as a dark atmosphere that fits our songs. We have our own dynamic, and I play keyboards and sing at the same time during the show, which is also a change from the typical front-woman!”
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The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
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